TCM Diploma Course Practical Dermatology Chicago

$850.00

Deposit

Being held for the second time in the USA, Mazin Al-Khafaji's Diploma Course is the epitome in Chinese Medicine Dermatology, and we are excited to announce that this years course will be taking place in San Jose (Five Branches University) and Chicago (National University of Health Sciences).  

His teaching is firmly rooted in real life experience and application of herbal medicine derived from his clinical work at Avicenna in Hove, UK. For many, completing Mazin's course and mastering the material he teaches has become the missing link that changes their practice forever, and leads them to achieve dramatic and life-changing results for their patients.

Since its inception in 2005, the course has become internationally accredited, and a whole generation of over 200 doctors and herbal practitioners from many countries all over the world have travelled to London and attained Mazin's Dermatology Diploma, and many have come twice, or even three times!

Skin disorders in their various forms are amongst the commonest diseases suffered by mankind, accounting for no less than 20% of all visits to outpatient departments in the Western world.

Chinese medicine has a very significant role to play in treating the widest range of such conditions (particularly chronic disorders such as atopic eczema and psoriasis that prove so difficult to manage satisfactorily with biomedicine), and yet despite this fact, many people practicing Chinese medicine do not achieve optimal results in this field due to lack of specialist training and clinical experience.

“To be able to do this using centuries of knowledge and a few herbs is in itself humbling and inspiring. You are a truly great teacher to continue this traditional knowledge.”

Mazin's teaching reflects his own long and arduous journey through Chinese Medicine and condenses personal insights accumulated over 30 plus years of study and clinical practice - all presented in a comprehensive and relevant yet incredibly humble way.

Course Fee

Full Fee   $4,450.00

Earlybird $4,005.00

This includes Module 5, the final certification examination and a two day on Auto Immune Masterclass at a cost of $700.00. 

If you prefer not to attend the last Module, get in touch and the fee can be adjusted.

 

Payment Options

To secure a space, a non-refundable deposit of $850 is required. Spaces are limited and given out on first come first served basis.

The following payment method options are available:

Deposit

Secure your space  — $850.00

Full Payment

Final Balance — $3,600.00

Early Bird Discount

If paid in full before 31st August 2018, this will be $3,155.00 (10% discount)

Instalment Option

Instalment One   — $1,000.00 (to be paid by 31st August 2018)

Instalment Two    — $1,000.00 (to be paid by 28th February 2019)

Instalment Three  — $1,600.00 (to be paid by 15th May 2019)

Please contact us to discuss payment options if you need further help.

 

Examination

To achieve certification for the Diploma Course students must sit and pass the final examination.  This will take place on Day 1 of the last weekend of the course cycle (Module 5).

* Please note: Previously, Examination and Module five were scheduled and booked separately after the Dermatology Course was completed.

During this course cycle, final examination  & Module 5  (Auto Immunity) have been grouped together with the 4 Dermatology Modules, and this is included in the overall cost of the Course.

If you don't want to sit the exam or attend the Auto Immune Module for some reason, please get in touch and we can rearrange the payment plan for you.

Students will only be eligible to sit the exam and certify if they have not missed more than one day of lectures of modules 1 to 4. 

Venue

National University of Health Sciences
200 East Roosevelt Road
Lombard, Illinois 60148-4583
USA

Course Duration

October 2018 - November 2019

Module Dates

Module 1: 5–7 Oct. 18
Module 2: 29–31 March 19
Module 3: 14–16 June 19
Module 4: 13–15 Sept. 19
Module 5 & Exam: 15-17 Nov. 19


CEU/PDA

We are both NCCAOM and California Board CEU/PDA Providers. Modules 1-4 attract 19.5 CPD points and Module 5 attracts 13 CPD points, therefore the whole course represents 91 points.

 

 California Board CE Provider No: 1198 / Course Category 1

Refund Policy

Cancellation from 60 to 30 days prior to course start, 50% of the course fee will be deducted from your refund.
No refund if you cancel less than 30 days prior to course start.
The deposit of $850 required to secure your booking is non-refundable regardless of the policies listed above.

Changes/Cancellations

We reserve the right to cancel or change location, start date, timetables or course content of live events at any time.  In the unlikely event that we have to cancel a live event without offering an alternative, a refund for the relevant fees will be made.

Register of TCM Dermatology

Participants who successfully complete the Diploma Course and pass the final examination become members of the Register of Chinese Medicine Dermatology, which to date consists of about 75 members from twelve different countries!

The Diploma awarded to those who pass the final examination reflects their hard work and the knowledge and skill levels acquired during their training with Mazin, and he is happy to endorse them as TCM dermatologists.

Names and contact details of members of the Register are available to members of the public, please enquire directly at admin@mazin-al-khafaji.com to make sure you book an appointment with a practitioner you can trust.

We are a NCCAOM/California Board Approved CEU Provider.

The newly revised and extended step-by-step, clearly laid out Diploma course will offer an in-depth and practical approach to understanding and treating the 20 most prevalent skin diseases seen in clinic. Emphasis throughout is put on pragmatic and clinically relevant information required to achieve success in practice.

Over two thousand slides will be utilized to illustrate in great detail all the steps required not only to accurately diagnose individual skin diseases & differentiate them form look-a-likes, but also to clearly understand and apply the principles of differentiation of pattern types according to Chinese medicine.

Numerous case examples with before and after slides will also be presented and will act as the basis of detailed discussion on the specifics of treatment with clear and practical instructions on adapting effective formulae to the vagaries of clinical reality.

DAY ONE:

(i) Introduction to Dermatology

  • An overview of the fundamentals of dermatology.
  • Lesions - An in-depth description with numerous images of all the primary & secondary lesions that manifest on the skin (such as papules, pustules, lichenification, atrophy, scaling etc), their meaning & significance according to Chinese medicine.
  • How to examination the skin including significance of morphology & distribution.
  • Pruritis - How it is understood, differentiated & treated in Chinese medicine.
  • The Eight Methods of Clearing Heat in Dermatology - Detailed description of the layers that pathological heat occupies in the body, the treatment protocols & important ingredients used to dissipate it.

DAY TWO:

(ii) Psoriasis* (Part I & II)

Psoriasis is one of the commonest and most stubborn diseases of the skin, affecting as many as 3% of the population. With a correct approach to treatment up to 65% of cases can be substantially helped with Chinese medicine.
As well as the commonest variant of psoriasis known as plaque psoriasis, other forms of such as guttate psoriasis, pustular psoriasis & erythrodermic psoriasis will also be included.

DAY THREE:

(i) Psoriasis* (Part III)

Continuation of previous days lecture.

(ii) Perioral Dermatitis*

A distinctive inflammatory eruption primarily affecting young women. It is characterised by pale red macular-papular eruption around the mouth, nose and eyes. As with acne this condition is very amenable to treatment, with the vast majority of cases resolving rapidly once a correct formula is prescribed.


* The following will be covered for each disease

  • Overview, its common and uncommon clinical features, differential diagnosis from other skin disease, patho-mechanism & aetiology.
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine pattern differentiation with treatment principles, representative formulae (internal & external) and modifications.
  • Numerous case examples with many detailed before, during & after pictures to illustrate in great detail common approaches to treatment with both internal and external formulae, how the prescription is modified to take account the changed circumstances as the patient improves, and finally how consolidation is achieved.

DAY ONE:

(i) Revision & Test on Previous Module's Material

A quick & fun test to highlight important elements of the previous modules, and an opportunity to ask question to clarify any areas of confusion.

(ii) Viral Warts*

A very common papilloma virus of the skin and mucus membrane. In addition to common warts, plane warts as well as molescum contagiosum will be discussed.

(ii) Stasis Eczema*

Also known as varicose eczema or gravitational eczema. This common and persistent disease of the elderly affects the lower limbs and arises as a consequence of varicose veins and subsequent venous hypertension.


DAY TWO:

(i) Lichen Planus*

Viewed by many as an autoimmune disease, it is known as 'Purple Patch Wind'(紫癜風)in traditional Chinese medicine. It is a common pruritic disease of the skin & mucus membranes that typically occurs in adults, affecting both males & females equally. The lecture will include detailed discussion of the common & hypertrophic forms as well as Lichen Planus of the mouth, tongue & genitals

(ii) Rosacea*

Also known as acne-rosacea. It is a frequently seen disorder of those in their 30's & 40's characterized by eruptions of acne like pustules, telangiectasia & erythema across concavities of the face & nose with frequent bouts of flushing.

DAY THREE:

(i) Pompholyx Eczema*

A common dermatitis of the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. It is Characterized by persistent & reoccurring blistering itching and desquamation of the skin.

(ii) Herpes Simplex*

Herpes simplex is an acute, reoccurring infection of the skin or mucus membrane, which can affect any part of the body, although most commonly seen on the genitals and lips.

(iii) Herpes Zoster*

Herpes zoster or shingles is a common, cutaneous viral infection affecting people of all ages, and typically characterised by an unilateral, painful, burning sensation involving the skin of a single dermatome.


* The following will be covered for each disease

  • Overview, its common and uncommon clinical features, differential diagnosis from other skin disease, patho-mechanism & aetiology.
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine pattern differentiation with treatment principles, representative formulae (internal & external) and modifications.
  • Numerous case examples with many detailed before, during & after pictures to illustrate in great detail common approaches to treatment with both internal and external formulae, how the prescription is modified to take account the changed circumstances as the patient improves, and finally how consolidation is achieved.

DAY ONE:

(i) Revision & Test on Previous Module's Material

A quick & fun test to highlight important elements of the previous modules, and an opportunity to ask question to clarify any areas of confusion.

(ii) Atopic Eczema* (Part I & II)

This very common allergic disease is the most frequently seen form of eczema in the clinic. Over the past 30 years it has reached epidemic proportions in industrialised nations. When well applied, Chinese medicine can have the most dramatic benefit on this distressing and stubborn disease.


DAY TWO:

(i) Atopic Eczema* (Part III)

Continuation of previous days lecture.

(ii) Fungal & Yeast Infection of the Skin*

Fungal and yeast pathogens famously manifests differently depending on the location of body that they grow. All common variants will be considered including Tinea of the hands and feet, the body, groin, nails as well as the yeast infection Pityriasis Versicolor.

DAY THREE:

(i) Vitiligo*

A common autoimmune disease affecting 2% of the population, characterised by loss of pigment of the skin, with the subsequent development of white patches of skin. Although a very difficult disease to clear, none the less treatment with Chinese herbs is superior to others methods available.

(ii) Alopecia Areata*

Another common autoimmune disease, but unlike many autoimmune conditions, there is no permanent destruction of the target cells (hair follicles), which means that regrowth of hair is a distinct possibility when correct treatment is applied.


* The following will be covered for each disease

  • Overview, its common and uncommon clinical features, differential diagnosis from other skin disease, patho-mechanism & aetiology.
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine pattern differentiation with treatment principles, representative formulae (internal & external) and modifications.
  • Numerous case examples with many detailed before, during & after pictures to illustrate in great detail common approaches to treatment with both internal and external formulae, how the prescription is modified to take account the changed circumstances as the patient improves, and finally how consolidation is achieved.

DAY ONE:

(i) Revision & Test on Previous Module's Material

A quick & fun test to highlight important elements of the previous modules, and an opportunity to ask question to clarify any areas of confusion.

(i) Seborrhoeic Dermatitis*

A very common, chronic form of eczema with a distinctive morphology & distribution (red, sharply marginated lesions covered with a greasy scale) affecting the areas rich in sebaceous glands such as the scalp, face, upper trunk, axillae & groin. The simplest form of seborrhoeic dermatitis is dandruff. Excellent results can be expected when correct formulation is prescribed.

(ii) Impetigo*

On of the commonest bacterial infections seen today. A contagious, acute, though sometimes chronic reoccurring superficial infection of the skin. Quickly and easily managed by using the correct herbs.


DAY TWO:

(i) Lichen Simplex*

Known as 'Ox Skin Dermatosis' (牛皮癬) in traditional Chinese medicine, Lichen simplex is a persistent & self perpetuating, highly pruritic condition. Very often associated with emotional upset & stress, a localized thickened (lichenified) leathery patch of skin gradually forms in areas that are easily reached by the distressed patient, such as the neck, elbows, genitals & ankles.

(ii) Urticaria*

Amongst the 20 most common skin diseases experienced by as many as 20% of the population. It is characterised by transient, oedematous, itchy papules and wheals. Although the acute form is well treated with biomedicine, the chronic form is not. Chronic urticaria can be dramatically helped with the correct formulation of herbs.

DAY THREE:

(i) Acne*

Without doubt the commonest and most easily recognised of all skin disorders, acne affects almost everyone in their adolescent years. Not only the bane of teenagers however, acne is often seen in many in their 20's and 30's and frequently has a significant impact on self image. The lecture will include detailed protocols for treating all forms of acne including post adolescent female acne (hormonal acne), nodular cystic acne & acne conglobata. With the correct differentiation and treatment the vast majority of sufferers can be helped using Chinese medicine.

(ii) Nummular Eczema*

Also known as Microbial or Discoid eczema, it is a very frequently encountered disorder in the clinic, characterised by disc or coin shaped areas of clearly demarcated, itchy patches of acute, sub-acute and chronic dermatitis.


* The following will be covered for each disease

  • Overview, its common and uncommon clinical features, differential diagnosis from other skin disease, patho-mechanism & aetiology.
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine pattern differentiation with treatment principles, representative formulae (internal & external) and modifications.
  • Numerous case examples with many detailed before, during & after pictures to illustrate in great detail common approaches to treatment with both internal and external formulae, how the prescription is modified to take account the changed circumstances as the patient improves, and finally how consolidation is achieved.

DAY ONE: Final Examination

In order to achieve certification for the Diploma Course students must first sit and pass the final examination.  The final examination is held in two parts over one day.  

Certification  includes an automatic 2 year membership  to the Register of Chinese Medicine Dermatologists for successful participants which is accessible to the public and refers patients to qualified practitioners worldwide.

DAY TWO & THREE: ALLERGY AND AUTOIMMUNITY MASTERCLASS

(i) Allergic Asthma*

Very frequently seen in the clinic as part of the atopic diatheses, along with atopic eczema & allergic rhinitis, it is now estimated that one in every four children living in cities within the Western world suffers with asthma, and there is much evidence to support the fact that many people are developing increasingly more severe forms of the disease. Morbidity and mortality from this common condition remains a substantial clinical problem despite considerable funding into new drug therapies. Without question properly applied treatment with Chinese herb medicines has a very significant part to play in managing this distressing disease.

(ii) Allergic Rhinitis*

Just as with asthma & atopic eczema, which it often accompanies, the incidence of allergic rhinitis has increased dramatically over recent decades. And just as with those two conditions, Chinese medicine correctly applied can have a profound effect not only to ease the distressing symptoms, but also frequently to resolve the allergic disposition.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease*

Known by several names in traditional Chinese medicine including 'Dysenteric Disorder' and ‘Intermittent Dysentery’, inflammatory bowel diseases includes both Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease, (although the focus will be on the former). The two conditions lead to ulceration of the mucosa of the gastro-intestinal tract, abdominal pains, diarrhoea, and frequent bouts of rectal bleeding. These common diseases, typically affects young adults in the prime of their life, and is a cause of much morbidity.

Using tried and tested strategies of treatment with Chinese medicine, including internal prescriptions, suppositories and herbal enemas, a very significant number of patients can be stabilised and sent into prolonged remission.

 

* The following will be covered for each disease

  • Overview, common and uncommon clinical features, differential diagnosis from other conditions that may mimic, patho-mechanism & aetiology.
  • Traditional Chinese medicine pattern differentiation with practical clinical relevant treatment principles, suggested formulae and modifications.
  • Numerous case examples will also be presented to illustrate in great detail common approaches to treatment, how the prescription is modified to take account of the changed circumstances as the patient improves, and finally how consolidation is achieved.

Medical illustrations sourced from Wellcome Images, a website operated by the Wellcome Trust.
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