Melanoma Early Detection Provider Toolkit

This educational toolkit 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 and learning preferences, training will be available in two formats — in-person or online.

 In-person training

DETECT in-person training
Upcoming training opportunity:
Saturday, May 18, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
OHSU Center for Health and Healing
3303 SW Bond Ave
Portland, OR 97239

War on Melanoma™ Provider Training

Join us for an in-person, dermatologist-led lecture designed to increase your melanoma-specific knowledge and increase diagnostic accuracy for skin lesions. Participants will also have an opportunity to shadow dermatology providers in a community screening offered with the American Academy of Dermatology's SPOTme program (space limited).
Target Audience

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.   

Learning Objectives

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

    Content Outline

    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
    (In-person; Optional) Experiential learning opportunity: shadow a dermatologist as they provide skin exams

    Self-Guided Training Modules

    INFORMED Melanoma Modules
    This training contains a series of short video lectures and interactive eLearning modules, including the INFORMED curriculum developed by Dr. Martin Weinstock.

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

    The self-guided training modules are not yet complete. To sign up to be notified once they are, register using your name and email below:


    What is it?

    The Melanoma Early Detection Provider Toolkit was developed to increase melanoma-specific knowledge and diagnostic ability for non-dermatology medical providers. Providers can participate in-person training events, or by using self-guided online modules.

    We are also offering melanoma-specific tools and education for providers to distribute or direct patients to.

    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