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Colorado Springs dermatology residency nearing capacity

April 1, 2015 Updated: April 1, 2015 at 4:15 am
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A dermatology residency program run through a Colorado Springs-based practice could reach full capacity this summer.

The Colorado Dermatology Institute expects to add its third and final resident in the coming months, said Jeffry Anderson, the institute's practice manager. The goal is to help alleviate a shortage of dermatologists and bring more home-grown talent to the Pikes Peak region, he said.

"The shortage of derm docs around the country is already acute, and the shortage of derm residencies is contributing to that," Anderson said.

The dermatology practice, which is owned by Anderson's son, Dr. Reagan Anderson, opened in 2010. The first resident began in July 2013, and funding from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to run the program began one year later, Jeffry Anderson said.

Each residency lasts three years.

"It boosts the entire community's resume, if you will, of the kind of opportunities a person can look for in Colorado Springs," Jeffry Anderson said.

The program marks the latest addition to Colorado Springs' burgeoning medical training field. In many cases - including the dermatology residency - Parker- based Rocky Vista University played a major role in establishing new programs.

El Paso County Public Health recently began hosting Rocky Vista medical students for clinical rotations. And Peak Vista Community Health Centers has partnered with the university to establish a family medicine residency program, which is slated to accept its first residents in 2016.

Other new programs are also slated for Colorado Springs over the coming years.

Peak Vista is developing an advanced practice registered nurse fellowship, and the University of Colorado School of Medicine is expected to begin sending medical students to the region in 2016.

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