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Teaching and Learning Experiences

We value teaching and learning both in and outside of the clinical atmosphere. Dermatology residents attend lectures and conferences to expand their learning opportunities.

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:

Choose a session to explore:

A resident- and-faculty-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.

Unknowns/Top 200: The dermatopathologist and chief resident prepare a slide deck of most common unknowns. These are reviewed at the multi-headed scope during dermpath didactics. Residents are expected to review these slides individually and study the corresponding chapter(s).

Dermatopathology Lectures: Dermpath lectures are scheduled every Thursday during didactics to review slides accompanied by our selected dermatopathology text "Dermatopathology" by Dirk Elston, MD

Dermatopathology Slide Reviews: Residents may choose to attend slide reviews with our dermatopathologist to read biopsies from clinic. This provides an excellent opportunity for clinicopathologic correlation and review of basic dermatopathology.

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.

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
  • Thelda Kestenbaum, MD
  • Thomas Hocker, MD
  • Monisha N. Dandekar, MD
  • Buddy Wyre, MD

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.

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.

"I was initially drawn to the KUMC Dermatology Residency Program after rotating as a medical student and seeing how well all of the residents interacted with each other and all of the attending physicians. Throughout my three years in the Dermatology Residency Program, I received extensive surgical and Mohs training, including one-on-one instruction with leaders in the field of Mohs surgery. The pediatric training is also very strong and, after graduation, I feel very comfortable treating patients of all ages. I would highly recommend the KU dermatology program to anyone looking for an outstanding education and an environment where surgical, pediatric dermatology and general dermatology skills can be tailored to fit your interests."
Internal Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Dermatology Division
Mailstop 2025
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-3840
Fax: 913-588-3995