Diploma of Cosmetic Medicine

Objectives

Knowledge and Understanding

During their Aesthetic Medicine training, trainees should develop a knowledge and understanding of:

  • The scientific method at a level adequate to provide a rational basis for a specialised practice, and to assimilate the advances in knowledge which will occur over their working life.
  • The normal structure, function and development of the human skin at all stages of life, the interactions between the skin and other systems and the factors which may disturb these.
  • The aetiology, pathology, symptoms and signs, natural history and prognosis of skin abnormalities.
  • Diagnostic procedures used in Aesthetic Medicine, their uses and their limitations.
  • The management of ageing conditions including pharmacological, physical, nutritional and other therapies.
  • The principles of health education, disease prevention, holistic medicine, amelioration of suffering and disability and rehabilitation where relevant.
  • The principles of ethics related to health care and the legal responsibilities of the medical profession.
  • The recognition and management of the patient with psychological problems.
  • The practice of specific procedures that enhance appearance.
Skills

During their Aesthetic Medicine training, trainees should develop the following skills:

  • The ability to take a tactful, accurate, organised and problem-focused medical history.
  • The ability to perform an accurate and relevant physical examination.
  • The ability to choose from the repertoire of clinical skills, those which are appropriate and practical in a given situation.
  • The ability to interpret and integrate the history and physical examination findings to arrive at an appropriate diagnosis and differential diagnosis.
  • The ability to select the most appropriate and cost-effective diagnostic procedures.
  • The ability to plan management with the appropriate involvement of the patient.
  • The ability to counsel sensitively and effectively, and to provide information in a manner which ensures that patients and families are adequately informed when consenting to any procedure.
  • The ability to interpret medical evidence in a critical and scientific manner and to use information sources to pursue independent inquiry.
  • The ability to communicate opinion in oral and written form.
Attitudes as they affect professional behaviour

During their Aesthetic Medicine training, trainees should develop the following professional attitudes, which are regarded as fundamental to medical practice:

  • Respect for every human being, with an appreciation of the diversity of human background and cultural values.
  • An appreciation of the complexity of ethical issues relating to human life and death including the allocation of scarce resources.
  • A desire to ease suffering.
  • An awareness of the need to communicate with patients and their families, and to involve them fully in planning management.
  • A desire to achieve optimal patient care that includes an awareness of the need for cost-effectiveness of the whole treatment program to allow maximum benefit from available resources.
  • Recognition that the health interests of the patient and the community are paramount.
  • A willingness to work effectively in a team with other health care professionals and to behave honourably towards them and to acknowledge and respect their opinions.
  • An appreciation of the responsibility to maintain standards of medical practice at the highest possible level throughout a professional career.
  • An appreciation of the need to recognise when a clinical problem exceeds their capacity, to deal with it safely and efficiently, and to refer the patient for help from others when this occurs.
  • A realisation that it is not always in the best interests of patients or their families to do everything that is technically possible to make a precise diagnosis or to attempt to modify the course of an illness.