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Philippine Dermatology Society
Interest Group



  • We are a group of PDS dermatologists with an interest and passion in dermoscopy. Our goal is to promote, develop and disseminate knowledge and skill in dermoscopy to all our PDS dermatology colleagues and to promote dermoscopy as a basic diagnostic tool (the dermatologist’s stethoscope). We also aim to include dermoscopy in skin, hair and nails as a required competency and skill to be obtained during dermatology residency.



  • To promote the practice of dermoscopy of skin, hair and nails for all PDS dermatologists and therefore improve their clinical eye. This group will emphasize the importance of dermoscopy, share knowledge, teach and develop skills in dermoscopy, as well as promote the clinical practice and application of dermoscopy
  • To upgrade the quality of service delivered to all dermatology patients by practicing dermoscopy in the clinics.
  • To share and disseminate knowledge, develop the skill and promote the incorporation of dermoscopy into the PDS dermatology residency training curriculum. Dermoscopes should be considered as a basic diagnostic tool (the dermatologist’s stethoscope) in all PDS dermatology residency training programs (focusing on consultants and residents).
  • This group will develop a competency-based curriculum in dermoscopy to be disseminated to the residency training programs
  • This group will create a basic modular curriculum in dermoscopy for the PDS membership accompanied by a video lecture library (see activities below).
  • To promote the correlation of dermoscopy with dermatopathology for clinico-dermoscopic-histopathologic correlation
  • To be able to collate and collect a PDS library of digital dermoscopic images (correlated to clinical and histopathologic images) for brown skin and other skin phototypes.
  • To focus on studying the dermoscopic features of brown (Filipino) skin and other skin phototypes with a range of undertones living in the tropics
  • To promote collaborative research between all PDS institutions and dermatologists emphasizing dermoscopy.



  • A PDS dermatologist will be the premiere resource and have the highest competence and skill in dermoscopy, leading the way and being a source of knowledge and training for other specialties aiming to learn this diagnostic tool. All PDS diplomates, fellows and dermatology residents will be highly equipped and skilled in dermoscopy, fostering a practice of excellence and extra-mile service that will benefit the Filipino patient.



  1. PDS Diplomate or Fellow with good moral character and good standing with PDS
  2. Must own a dermoscope (absolute requirement)
  3. Practicing dermoscopy clinically for at least 2 years
  4. Attended training, workshop or conference on dermoscopy
  5. Committed to the PDS Dermoscopy SIG activities and to the promotion, development and dissemination of dermoscopy practice in the Philippines
  6. Has fulfilled ANY ONE of the following:

    1. Published a journal or book chapter article on dermoscopy (local or intl)
    2. Conducts lectures and/or does training on dermoscopy, locally or internationally
    3. Doing active research on dermoscopy or imaging



  1. PDS Diplomate or Fellow in good standing with the PDS who must submit a certificate of good standing for the year of application
  2. A letter of intent addressed to the Chair of the interest group stating the reasons for the application and proposals/plans to contribute to the advancement of the interest group
  3. Complete curriculum vitae with 1×1 recent photo
  4. Attended a previous conference/course/workshop in dermoscopy (with certificate)
  5. Must own a dermoscope
  6. Practicing dermoscopy for any number of years (submit a short clinical and dermoscopy case from their practice)
  7. Has passed PDS local certification in dermoscopy.


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