Introduction to Dermoscopy

Dermoscopy has an evidence base supporting its use in primary care for skin cancer detection, but need for training has been cited as a key barrier to its use. Please join us as faculty provides learners with information, illustrations, tips and tricks about how to recognize dermoscopic criteria for various issues seen frequently in Family Physician offices.


This activity is supported by the California Academy of Family Physicians.

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This activity will not include discussions of products or devices that are not currently approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Learners must register to participate in and receive credit for this online educational activity. Read the target audience, learning objectives, and author disclosures.  Study the educational content online, answer the questions and complete the evaluation.  For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.

This enduring material activity, Improving Practice through Dermoscopy, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.25 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins May 15, 2020. Term of approval is one year from this date. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Target Audience

This activity is intended for family medicine physicians, and other primary care team members.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the Dermoscopic criteria for melanoma
  • Recognize dermoscopic criteria for: melanocytic nevus, seborrehickeratosis, basal cell carcinoma, dermatofibroma and vascular lesion
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AAFP Prescribed
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     Faculty Physician and Residency Faculty
     Stanford-Affiliated San Jose-O’Connor
     Family Medicine Residency Program
     San Jose, CA



George Kent, MD, completed his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.  He served his residency in family medicine at Community Hospital of Sonoma County in Santa Rosa, and also completed a preventive medicine residency at the Centers for Disease Control, where he served as a medical epidemiologist. Dr. Kent is a faculty physician with the Stanford-affiliated San Jose-O’Connor Family Medicine Residency Program, and is Clinical Professor at Stanford School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Div. of Primary Care & Population Health. He practices full-scope family medicine, including OB, and is also a specialist in HIV Medicine.  He has been active in medical education at the local, state, and national level throughout his 30-year career in family medicine. He also volunteers for international projects to provide medical care and to train health professionals in Latin America and Africa.  Dr. Kent is a long-time member of CAFP and is a recipient of the CAFP Foundation's Barbara Harris Award for Educational Excellence.


George Kent, MD declares that in the past 12 months neither he nor his partner/spouse have a financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with one or more organizations that could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest in the context of the subject of this continuing education activity.


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This Enduring Material activity, Improving Practice Through Dermoscopy, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.00 Prescribed credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins November 23, 2020. Term of approval is for one year from this date.
AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AAFP Prescribed
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