Anand Rajpara, MD
Thomas L. H. Hocker, MD, M.Phil
Associate Program Director
Welcome to the University of Kansas Dermatology Residency Program!
We firmly believe that we offer the best dermatology training in the country. At graduation, our residents not only excel as superior diagnosticians, but also as compassionate providers. At our world-class health system, our residents are exposed to patients with a wide variety of complex clinical diagnoses. We not only place strong emphasis on clinical education, but also on resident autonomy, work-life balance, and our core value of patient care.
Our residents train extensively in General, Pediatric, Surgical, and Cosmetic Dermatology, and practice under renowned practitioners at distinguished settings including The University of Kansas Hospital, Children's Mercy Hospital, and the Kansas City VA Medical Center. At the University of Kansas, we feel we provide the clinical experience, mentorship support, and educational resources to allow each resident to reach his/her personal goals and full potential. Our residents graduate with the tools and confidence to excel in any fellowship program or practice setting.
The Children's Mercy Hospital (CMH) faculty includes four pediatric dermatologists, all of whom are board certified in pediatrics and/or dermatology, and three of whom are trained in both sub-specialties as well as board certified in pediatric dermatology. The CMH faculty are actively involved in several clinical research endeavors and welcome resident and medical student participation. Several division members are co-founders of the Hemangioma Investigator Group, which collaborates on numerous clinical studies focusing on infantile hemangiomas. CMH offers experience in procedural pediatric dermatology, including surgical excisions and laser therapies. As a renowned referral center, CMH boasts a specialized multidisciplinary approach with entire clinics dedicated to complex diagnoses ranging from vascular malformations to neurofibromatosis. Lastly, CMH offers a pediatric dermatology fellowship program approved by the American Board of Dermatology.
The University of Kansas Dermatology Residency Program is in the process of establishing a Mohs Fellowship with an anticipated start date of July 2022. Under direct supervision of our newly-appointed Department of Surgery Chair and Associate Program Director, Dr. Thomas Hocker, this is sure to quickly become a top Mohs program. With dual fellowship training in both Mohs and Dermatopathology, Dr. Hocker imparts advanced surgical and diagnostic wisdom to ensure that residents and future fellows receive comprehensive training. Under Dr. Hocker's excellent supervision, current residents become experienced taking stages, reading pathology, and planning/executing surgical closures. Dr. Hocker also facilitates board review sessions, given that he has co-authored "Review of Dermatology," the most used dermatology board review book in the country.
Our residents also volunteer at the Dermatology Clinic at KC Care Health Center for underserved and uninsured individuals in our community. As the dermatology director of this clinic, I have witnessed residents gain a unique perspective on dermatology as they problem solve in order to treat complex conditions with limited resources. This clinic also offers a unique opportunity for residents to give back to our community and make a huge difference in the lives of patients who may otherwise be denied care. At the free clinic, residents provide all aspects of dermatologic care from surgical excisions to complex medical management of severe psoriasis with biologic therapy. Through an in-house 340B pharmacy, we can obtain most dermatologic medications at little or no cost to the patient.
At The University of Kansas Health System, we value our residents' clinical education. Residents are allotted adequate time off from clinic dedicated to resident-led group didactic sessions with a wide variety of faculty guest lectures. Residents are also granted multiple half days per month for individualized board preparation and research. Our residents are well-trained in dermatopathology with weekly lectures from one of the top dermatopathologists in the nation. The vast hands-on training our residents receive, combined with time allotted for board preparation, guarantees that our residents are not only prepared for board examination, but also for a successful career. This is further evidenced by our 100% board exam pass rate.
The rigorous clinical and surgical experience at KU is balanced by our emphasis on resident wellness. We pride ourselves on fostering a friendly and fun work environment where residents feel comfortable learning and laughing with their peers and attendings. We hold annual activities for residents and attendings such as pickleball outings, a fantasy football tournament, Top Golf social, and attendance at sporting events such as the Kansas City Chiefs and Sporting KC.
Thank you for your interest in our program.
Anand Rajpara, MD