The M.D. degree course in Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy (3 candidates per year) was started in the year 1973 and in 1986 Diploma in Leprosy (2 candidates each year) was introduced. From 2010, Diploma in Leprosy (which was earlier converted into Diploma in Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy) was abolished and all the five postgraduate course seats were changed to MD degree course in Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy. From 2014, the postgraduate admission occurs in two sessions January and June with three candidates per session being admitted to the course selected through entrance examination. As on 31st December 2021, the department has 20 students undergoing training for M.D., Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy; one student each undergoing Post Diploma Certificate Course (PDCC) in Pediatric Dermatology and Dermatosurgery & Lasers; one student is undergoing PhD training. The students are awarded M.D degree after they pass the Exit exam (theory & practical) at the end of three years. PDCC candidates are awarded their fellowship degree after they pass the Exit exam (theory & practical) at the end of one year. Last year, six postgraduates were awarded M.D degree from the department. There are five senior residents in the department. The Department also conducts lecture classes for MBBS students and bedside clinical classes for MBBS and nursing students.
Dr. DM Thappa has been editor of four textbooks - Textbook of Dermatology, Leprology & Venereology and Essentials in dermatology for undergraduates and Clinical Pediatric dermatology and puzzling cases in Pediatric dermatology for postgraduates.Last Updated :10-Jun-2022