Teaching and Learning Experiences

In addition to clinical experience, residents receive regular didactic teaching sessions. These sessions consist of both faculty and resident driven experiences. The following is a list of the lectures and conferences which all residents are expected to attend:

Textbook Review

A resident directed course, Textbook Review, is held twice a week. During the course of the year, residents review the following texts:

  • Dermatology (Bolognia)
  • Dermatopathology texts (Elston and Rapini)
  • Dermatologic Surgery (Elston)
  • Pediatric Dermatology (Hurwitz)
  • Drugs in Dermatology (Wolverton)
  • A series of board-style questions are answered to reinforce the pertinent information in the text.  Selected portions of other dermatologic texts are incorporated as desired by the residents. Residents are expected to read other relevant text on their own.


On a regular basis, the AAD kodachrome slide set is reviewed. During this time, description and differential building skills are honed.


A short review on a genodermatosis is presented by the second-year resident rotating at Children's Mercy Hospital every other week.

Dermatopathology Training

Unknowns: The chief resident prepares a weekly quiz of unknown pathology slides. These are reviewed at the multi-headed scope every Tuesday. Residents are expected to review these slides individually and study the corresponding chapter(s).

Case Reviews: This is a faculty-guided two-hour conference in which residents examine and explore the pathological and clinical manifestations of dermatologic diseases. Slides corresponding to the reading assignments in our dermpathology texts are reviewed.

Noon Time Lectures: Residents may choose to attend noon time lectures during their lunch hour where our dermatopathogist reads resident biopsies from clinic. This provides an excellent opportunity for clinicopathologic correlation and review of basic dermatopathology.

Journal Club

The faculty and residents meet monthly for Journal Club. Selected articles are assigned from leading dermatologic journals including the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and Archives of Dermatology.

Invited Guest lecturers

On a regular basis, we are grateful to have multiple community-based dermatologists who share cases and lectures in their specific areas of interest.

  • David Kaplan, MD
  • John Hall, MD
  • Brian Matthys, DO
  • Holly McCoppin, MD
  • Thelda Kestenbaum, MD
  • Thomas Hocker, MD
  • Monisha N. Dandekar, MD
  • Buddy Wyre, MD

Kansas City Dermatological Society

This group consists of KU faculty, KU residents, and dermatologists from metropolitan Kansas City and Topeka. The meetings begin with a one-hour didactic lecture presented by world-renowned authorities in various aspects of dermatology. The day finishes with patient-based viewing where interesting patients from KU and the local community are presented for diagnostic and therapeutic consideration. Typically, the residents receive an additional one hour lecture by the speaker prior to this meeting. The Kansas City Dermatological Society meets for one-half day every month.

American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)

All residents are expected to attend the winter session of the American Academy of Dermatology Meeting. Two first-year residents share the time of covering call during the conference. The cost of attending this meeting is partially covered by grants from the AAD.


At the discretion of the Program Director, second- and third-year residents have five academic days per year to attend conferences other than the annual AAD meeting. Depending upon the nature of the resident's involvement in these conferences, the cost of attending the meeting may be paid for by the Division.

Last modified: Oct 10, 2016