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Colorado Dermatology Institute invests in Springs medical education professionals, students

By: Hannah Blick, hannah.blick@gazette.com
August 25, 2015 Updated: August 25, 2015 at 5:20 pm
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The road to improved medical education in our community is being paved by a group of dedicated dermatologists in Briargate.

Colorado Dermatology Institute (CDI), located at 8580 Scarborough Drive, Suite 225, recently developed an affiliation with the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology, allowing for collaboration between the only two dermatology residency programs in the state.

“They graciously came to me and asked if we would share resources,” said Reagan Anderson, DO, dermatologist at Colorado Dermatology Institute. “This means our residents now have access to university dermatology and some of the most complex cases in the state, so it really helps round out their education. Plus, we’re not a hospital – we’re a community clinic – so it offers residents access to another environment.”

There are added benefits for CDI patients, too – including the addition of Susan Schroeder, MD, the newest dermatologist at Colorado Dermatology Institute. Dr. Schroeder is also an assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus. “Dr. Schroeder brings university connections and offers us an easier route to get the care our patients need, especially when it comes to rare, genetic skin conditions and large cancers that require a multi-specialty approach,” Dr. Anderson said.

Dr. Anderson specializes in Mohs Micrographic Surgery for the treatment of skin cancer. Mohs is the most proven and effective method for removing both surface skin cancer and any remnants that exist below the surface of the epidermis. “It’s a highly precise procedure, so it also allows for the best cosmetic results because you cut out less skin surrounding the tumor,” he said. “It’s generally a safer, more convenient and less expensive procedure.” Dr. Anderson is one of 40 Mohs surgeons in the U.S. to have earned the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology Certificate of Added Qualification in Mohs Micrographic Surgery.

In addition to in-house surgical expertise, CDI ensures a high quality of customer service for its patients from the moment they walk through the door. “This is something we want the residents to see and learn, too,” Dr. Anderson said. CDI wants to see its new collegiate affiliation set the standard for future residency programs in Colorado Springs across medical disciplines. “I hope this will be a bridge for the osteopathic and allopathic communities; we can learn from each other, and it can be mutually beneficial for all our residents,” Dr. Anderson said.

“I can’t tell you how excited we are to see this take off and grow into something that builds our community and develops future dermatologists in our state. I’d love to see more clinics step up to the plate to institute residency programs and make our city a champion for medical education and care.”

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