Melanoma Early Detection Provider Training

This melanoma training will provide you with information and resources to equip you to provide screenings for skin cancer, detect melanoma early, and empower patients with provided educational resources. To accommodate individual schedules, the training is available as an online self-guided set of modules.

Online training

Sign up for the online melanoma training for medical professionals

This training contains a series of short video lectures and interactive eLearning modules.

These modules are followed by a test on knowledge and melanoma diagnosis through image identification.

To sign up for Melanoma Early Detection Provider online training, complete sign up form.

The information presented is relevant to a broad range of non-dermatologists and primary care providers, including physician assistants, general practitioners, internists and nurse practicioners.   

  • Identify high-risk patients
  • Apply screening recommendations
  • Diagnose melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer with increased accuracy
  • Educate patients using provided resources

Introduction and pre-test

  1. Pre-test: visual identification of images
  2. Survey Questions


  1.  War on Melanoma™ vision and research design
  2. Melanoma epidemiology and trends

Risk Factors

  1. Identify high-risk patients
  2. Apply the USPSTF screening recommendation by risk levels


  1. Apply the ABCDE and Ugly Duckling method to identify melanoma
  2. Identify non-melanoma skin cancers
  3. Identify common lesions that may mimic melanoma and determining when biopsy is necessary
  4. Practice visual identification of melanoma images with immediate feedback
  5. Learn about additional training opportunities


  1. Perform standardized full-body skin exams
  2. Teaching self-exams and MoleMapper™


  1. How and when to biopsy suspected melanomas
  2. Interpret pathology reports
  3. Case discussions and patient education

Session evaluation

  1. Post-test evaluation
  2. Immediate feedback

Oregon Health &Science University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

OHSU School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

Online CME certificates are issued quarterly. If you have an urgent CME request, please contact and we'll attempt to expedite.

What is the Melanoma Provider Training?

The Melanoma Provider Training was developed to increase melanoma-specific knowledge and diagnostic ability for non-dermatology medical providers. Providers can participate by using self-guided online modules. See learning objectives and content outline tabs for more information.

Why was it created?

The War on Melanoma™ is launching a statewide public health campaign on the early detection of melanoma. If our efforts are as successful as we hope, it is plausible to predict an influx of patients looking to follow up on moles/lesions that concern them. We want to ensure: 

  • Providers statewide are aware of this potential influx, as the 'frontline' of medicine. 
  • Providers who feel the need to improve their knowledge on skin cancers/skin exams have access to do so via the Melanoma Early Detection Provider Toolkit


For any questions or concerns relating to the melanoma provider training, please contact:

Elizabeth Stoos, M.Ed

Content contributors

This training was developed with input, assets and content from the following contributors:

  • National Primary Care Training in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
  • INFORMED Curriculum; Martin Weinstock, M.D., Brown University
  • Laura Ferris, M.D., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Karen Edison, M.D., and Emily Hoffman-Smith, M.D., University of Missouri
  • Visual Perception Training; Steve Xu, M.D., MS.c., Northwestern Medicine Feinberg School of Medicine
    • Visual Perception Training was developed by Rebecca Xu, Andrew Choi MD, June Robinson MD, and Shuai Xu MD. It is copyrighted by Northwestern University and available with written permission from the developers.