A Message from our Program Director

Welcome!  We are delighted at your interest in our dermatology residency training program.


We are pleased to announce that we have received continued accreditation from the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  As part of the process, we are now participating in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). All filled residency positions will be done via the MATCH.  We accept applications from both MD and DO candidates, and for both Reserved and Advanced resident positions.

The mission of the KCU-GMEC Phoenix Derm program is to produce dermatologists who are ethical, professional, and committed to delivering the highest quality of dermatologic services as readily accessible and cost effectively as possible, in any patient care setting in which they find themselves. 

Program Aims


  • In order to produce graduates who are highly competent, autonomous practicing dermatologists, the program provides regularly scheduled didactic sessions with a well-organized course of instruction in the basic sciences, as well as in medical, surgical, and aesthetic  dermatology, dermatopathology, and pediatric dermatology.

  • To educate Residents that ethical behavior and professionalism are integral to the practice of medicine.

  • Educate Residents to investigate and evaluate their care of patients, to appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and to continuously improve patient care based on constant self-evaluation and life-long learning.

The program considers all applicants equally, regardless of circumstances or professional affiliation. We strive to ensure that all applicants receive fair and consistent consideration and decision making in each aspect of the application process.  The program seeks to select trainees among all eligible applicants on the basis of program-related criteria such as preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation, integrity and professionalism.  We do not discriminate with regard to sex, race, religion, color, national origin, disability, or any other applicable legally protected status.

We welcome any questions you may have and look forward to sharing more information about our program.

Best wishes,

Stephen Kessler, DO

Program Director