Current Editors: Tim Allen and Keith Wagner

Past Editors: Kristyna Gleghorn, Dung Mac, Alex Acosta, William Tausend, Sheila Jalalat, Rebecca Philips, Chelsea Altinger, Lindsey Hunter, Alison Wiesenthal, Leslie Scroggins, Mara Dacso, Ashley Group, Fadi Constantine, Emily Fridlington, Joslyn Witherspoon, Tasneem Poonawalla.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

First Spring DIG meeting to be Tuesday, February 6th

The first spring DIG meeting will be Tuesday, February 6th at 5pm in the 5th floor conference room. All DIG members are invited as well as any other student who's interested in Dermatology. Topics for discussion include:
  1. Officer Elections (President, VP, Stay Shady Chair, Psoriasis Chair, Melanoma Walk Chair, and Fundraising chair)
  2. VSAS information
  3. Spring Stay Shady dates
  4. Spring Bake Sale
  5. Upcoming Volunteer opportunities
  6. Upcoming Research events
  7. Course recommendations

The minutes for this meeting will be posted ASAP on the DIG blog. Any member who isn't able to attend but is interested in running for a position should email Tim (tirallen2@utmb.edu) with the position desired and a quick paragraph about why they should get that position.
What: Spring DIG Meeting
When: Tuesday, February 6th @ 5pm
Where: 5th floor conference room (5.124 McCullough)

Monday, January 22, 2018

2018 National Student Research Forum (NSRF)

The 59th Annual NSRF will be hosted by UTMB from April 25 through April 27, 2018 (see https://www.utmb.edu/nsrf/ for additional information). According to the website, registration (along with the $125 registration fee) must be postmarked by March 17th and online abstract submissions are due March 1. Manuscripts are due on April 1 for those competing in oral presentations. The UTMB Department of Dermatology sponsors student and resident awards for the best poster and the best oral dermatology presentations. Last year Eduardo Rodriguez (UTMB SOM Class of 2018) was awarded the Best Presentation in Dermatology while he was a UTMB MS3.

UTMB MS4 DIG Member Active in National Student Research Forum (NSRF)

UTMB MS4 Joshua Hays is the Advertising and Social Media Director for the upcoming 2018 NSRF meeting in Galveston. He is a good contact for current DIG members who are interested in learning more about this campus organization and who may want to volunteer for the next NSRF in 2019.
Joshua Hays (back row, far right) along with other 2018 NSRF Student Directors

Saturday, January 20, 2018

DIGA Student Mixer at the Upcoming AAD

All DIG students who are attending the upcoming AAD meeting in San Diego should register for the first annual DIGA Student Mixer. The event will be Saturday, February 17th at 6:30pm. Location is TBD. DIGA (http://derminterest.org/) is the national association for DIG groups and helps provide advice, recommendations, and networking opportunities for students interested in applying for a future career in dermatology. Contact Paige Hoyer (MS4) for further details. Link for RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/52p55R1yFXLaNVW53

Volunteers needed for upcoming National Psoriasis Foundation event

Jacob Benavidez (MS3; current Psoriasis Chair) is calling for all available DIG members to help volunteer at the Nation Psoriasis Foundation's upcoming event "Be Joint Smart". The event will be in Houston on Saturday, February 10th and he is asking for 4-5 volunteers to help with registration, checking attendees in, and setting up the event. Click the following link to sign up: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1B4j-ta6U6Qt3ln08PqscKeQrMCSYsplXLOiAMKfGbAY/edit?usp=sharing and please email Jacob with any other questions (jabenavi@utmb.edu)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Weather Emergency in Galveston Leads to Student Dismissal from Class

Medical students at UTMB were dismissed early from classes and rotations on Tuesday, January 16 due to freezing rain. Classes were also suspended on Wednesday, January 17 due to icy roadways. They are scheduled to resume on Thursday, January 18, 2018 when the weather is expected to improve.

Monday, January 15, 2018

UTMB Dermatologists Propose Renaming Some Herpes Infections

Congratulations to UTMB co-authors, Drs. J. Croley (PGY2 Dermatology Resident) and Richard Wagner (Dermatology Program Director) on their most recent publication, "Countering Creeping Confusion: A Proposal to Re-Name Herpes Virus Taxonomy," due to confusion abou thet clinical classification and stigmatization of the name "herpes" for non-STD entities. Their publication, along with first author Dr. Vail Reese (private practice dermatologist in San Francisco and creator of skinema.com), was published in Dermanities (Online Jourrnal of Community and Patient-Centered Dermatology), January 14, 2018 (see full article at http://ojcpcd.com/long-v/countering-creeping-confusion-a-proposal-to-re-name-herpes-virus-taxonomy/ )

Sunday, January 14, 2018

UTMB PGY2 Dermatology Resident Publishes Case Report About Unusual Mycobacterium Skin Infection

Congratulations to UTMB PGY2 dermatology resident Dr. Skyler White, for her recent publication in SKIN: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine entitled, “Persistent Cutaneous Infection Due to Mycobacterium Immunogenum, a Relatively Novel Species,” Volume 2, Number 1, pp. 69-74, 2018.Her co-authors on this case report MS4 Katrina Kesterson, a visiting medical student from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee, and Dr. Michael G Wilkerson, UTMB Professor of Dermatology. This article is available at https://jofskin.org/index.php/skin/article/view/57/pdf

Friday, January 12, 2018

UTMB MS3 Launches New Website to Combat Online Skin Disease Hoaxes

Congratulations to UTMB third year medical student Keith Wagner MS (Dermatology Interest Group Vice President) for his creation and launch of a new not-for-profit website designed to inform the public about online skin disease hoaxes. The new website, skinhoax.com details skin disease hoaxes that are currently circulating on the internet. Its goal is to help victims of internet skin disease hoaxes learn that these skin diseases are not real by providing factual information about them. Two UTMB dermatology physicians, Drs. J. Croley (PGY2 dermatology resident) and Janice Wilson (dermatology and dermatopathology faculty) have agreed to serve as medical editors for this new website. The website will also accept reports about potential new skin disease hoaxes that readers have seen on the internet. Skinhoax.com will investigate and will share the finding with viewers. Please feel free to visit this website and leave your comments.

Spring Texas Dermatological Society (TDS) Meeting is on April 27-28, 2018 in Austin (Hyatt Regency

It is not too early for interested UTMB medical students to start planning their poster/podium presentations for the upcoming spring TDS meeting in Austin, Texas. UTMB dermatology residents and faculty welcome your help and participation. All posters and podium presentation applications are due by March 23, 2018, and abstracts must be received by March 30, 2018.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

UTMB Dermatology Faculty Giving Clinical Lectures During MS2 DHM Course

Here is the lecture schedule for our dermatology faculty who are giving our second year medical students the DHM Dermatology Clinical Lectures this academic year:

Erica Kelly, MD: Infectious Skin Disease (2/28/18, 4 pm)

Brent Kelly, MD: Dermatologic Signs of Systemic Disease (3/1/18, 2 pm)

Bernard Gibson, MD:  Skin Findings of Collagen Vascular Diseases (3/1/18, 4 pm)

Richard Wagner, MD: Clinical Aspects of Skin Cancer (3/5/18, 3 pm)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

UTMB Dermatology Publishes Article in Plastic Surgery Literature

For the first time, UTMB Dermatology has published an article in the peer-reviewed journal PRS Global Open. The article, “Progressive Tightening of Pulley Sutures for Primary Repair of Large Scalp Wounds,” is a case report of a novel surgical closure technique for large scalp wounds that was developed in the UTMB Department of Dermatology last year. The first author of the article was Dr. Helen Malone, the inaugural UTMB Fellow in Micrographic Surgery and Dermatology Oncology (Mohs), and UTMB resident co-authors were Dr. Jillian McLaughlin (UTMB PGY4 Plastic Surgery Resident) and Dr. Lindy Ross (UTMB PGY4 Dermatology Resident). UTMB Faculty Co-authors on this publication were Dr. Linda Phillips (UTMB Division Director of Plastic Surgery) and Richard Wagner (UTMB Mohs Fellowship Director). The UTMB DIG congratulates all of the authors of this innovative surgical technique!

The article is available at http://journals.lww.com/prsgo/Fulltext/2017/12000/Progressive_Tightening_of_Pulley_Sutures_for.37.aspx
(Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open: December 2017 - Volume 5 - Issue 12 - p e1592 doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000001592)

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

ACGME Grants Continued Accreditation for UTMB Dermatology Residency and Dermatopathology Fellowship

During its annual program review of the UTMB dermatology residency and dermatopathology fellowship meeting earlier this month, the ACGME Review Committee for Dermatology granted Continued Accreditation for both. The UTMB Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship, as a new program that began training fellows in July 2016, was not reviewed at this meeting.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

St. Vincent's Student Clinic Dermatology Night 1/4/18

Join UTMB Dermatology residents and faculty for the upcoming dermatology night (Thursday, January 4th) at St. Vincent’s Clinic. Please see the calendar link below to reserve your volunteering spot:

When: Thursday, January 4th 5:30-8:30PM (volunteers should arrive at 5:15)
Where: St. Vincent's House, 2817 Post Office Street, Galveston, Texas 77550

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

UTMB PGY2 Dermatology Resident Receives Recognition

Congratulations to Dr. Julie A. Croley for her recent JAMA Dermatology article, "Dermatologic Features of Classic Movie Villains: The Face of Evil." Her article was the third most widely read article in traditional and social media that was published by JAMA Dermatology during 2017! Her coauthors on this article were Drs. Vail Reese, a private practice dermatologist and creator of  the widely acclaimed skinema.com, and Richard Wagner, the Edgar B. Smith Professor of Dermatology at UTMB and our Program Director.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Current Practice Environment for Newly Graduating Dermatologists

Dr. Brett Coldiron’s column in the December 2017 issue of Dermatology Times (“I figured it out…I owe my soul to the company store,” pages 16 and 17) is worthwhile reading, especially for dermatology residents looking for their first employment opportunity following program completion. Although he recognizes that patients are the biggest losers as dermatology practice becomes more corporate, dermatologists joining these practices lose potential income and the autonomy that comes from traditional private practice.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Should Dermatology Interest Groups Do More for Dermatology Applicants?

An interesting article from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia about expanding the scope of Dermatology Interest Groups was recently published as a Commentary in Dermatology Online Journal (“Modernizing dermatology interest groups in medical school: Certificate programs,” https://escholarship.org/uc/item/9mp64547 ). One possible application to medical schools would be to offer medical students the opportunity to concentrate in specialized areas while obtaining their medical degree. For example, one might be able to major in dermatology through successful completion of a specified number of electives, related activities, and productive research. UTMB medical students may think that this proposal sounds like the multiple opportunities currently available at this medical school, although no dermatology certificate program is currently being offered. The authors think is possible that well-designed certificate programs could give dermatology applicants an edge in the residency selection process because it would establish early interest and commitment to the specialty.

Are You a Circle? Unanticipated Questions for Dermatology Residency Applicants at UC San Diego

Current dermatology residency applicants are advised to read a recently published article by Dr. Phil Cohen in Dermatology Online Journal (“Residency interview questions to assess non-cognitive characteristics: Reasons for answers allow applicants to express personality characteristics,” https://escholarship.org/uc/item/88h1f3hv ). According to the author, these unusual types of questions avoid rehearsed answers geared to pleasing the interviewer, and permit insight into the applicant’s personality and thought process. Applicants were also asked if they could identify Dr. Cohen’s latest publication (26% could identify recent publications)!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

There Are Not Enough Dermatology Residencies to Meet Current Applicant Demand

Even though dermatology residency programs have increased 9% over the past 8 years and the number of graduating residents has increased from 339 in 2007-2008 to 415 in 2015-2016, (Dermatology World, December 2017, page 59), there are still not enough dermatology residencies available to satisfy applicant demand. Prospects for increased numbers of dermatology residency positions is not good, especially since dermatology is not currently considered a specialty shortage area (2005 data). With this in mind, current applicants should also consider alternative medical careers in different specialties if they are unable to match into a dermatology residency.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Talking Yourself Out of a Job

The December 14, 2017 issue of the Wall Street Journal featured an article by Joanne S. Lubin entitled, “Talkaholics Hurt Their Careers, Firms Say,” (page B6). The bottom line is, at interviews remember that conversational interaction is key. Don’t dominate the conversation. According this report, it can come across as “poor preparation, an overblown ego or low confidence…”

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

UTMB MS3 has Dermatology Research Honors Project Approved

Congratulations to Tyler Marion, a current UTMB MS3 for having his Dermatology Research Honors Project approved by the UTMB Honors Research Committee. Tyler’s topic is “Dermatologic Features in Good Characters Who Turn Evil: The Transformation.” His faculty advisor for this research is Dr. Richard Wagner, the UTMB Dermatology Program Director. Other UTMB faculty members of his thesis committee are Drs. M.K. Peek, B. Kelly, and J. Wilson.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Dr. Brent Kelly and UTMB Clinic Staff Exceed Patient Expectations

From the November 2017 UTMB Health System Friday Focus Shout Out feature(page 7): “[We] would like to commend and recognize Dr. Brent C. Kelley and his wonderful staff in Dermatology for the wonderful work they do. I have been a patient of Dr. Kelley’s for many years and he has always gone beyond the call of duty to assist me with my dermatology needs. I can’t say enough as they will see me on short notice and spend time in discussion of any medical questions I might have.”

Congratulations Dr. Kelly and clinic staff!

UTMB MS4 Co-authors Lower Lip Reconstruction Article

Congratulations to UTMB MS4 Josh Hays for his co-authorship of the published review article, “A Systematic Review of Lower Lip Anatomy, Mechanics of Local Flaps, and Special Considerations for Lower Lip Reconstruction,” that was published in the December 2017 issue of Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (J Drugs Dermatol 2017;16[12]:1254-1261). Josh provided all of the original surgical drawings used in this publication. This manuscript involved collaboration of the UTMB Mohs service in the Dermatology Department and the UTMB Division of Plastic Surgery. The first author of this article, Dr. Stefanos Boukovalas, currently a PGY4 resident in the plastic surgery division, proposed this research while a PGY3 plastic surgery resident during his required PGY3 interdisciplinary rotation on the Mohs service. His other co-authors were Alexis Boson, Dr. C. Helen Malone (UTMB Mohs fellow at that time), and UTMB faculty, Drs. Eric Cole (plastic surgery) and Richard Wagner (Mohs). Congratulations to all contributors for this well-done and informative educational review article about lower lip reconstruction. It is available online at: http://jddonline.com/articles/dermatology/S1545961617P1254X/1

Monday, December 04, 2017

Are You Attending the Upcoming AAD Conference?

Current DIG President Tim Allen (MS4) is asking that all DIG members who are planning to attend the upcoming AAD conference email him for a head count. The conference is set to be in San Diego, California starting on Friday, February 16, 2018. Only DIG members who have had an abstract accepted to the conference are eligible to attend and represent UTMB. This is an amazing opportunity for medical students to be able to present research on a national level as well as meet many residents and program directors from other universities. Furthermore, students from different programs at UTMB (such as PAs) may also benefit! If you are planning on attending, please email Tim at tirallen2@utmb.edu with both your flight information and title of accepted abstract. Hope to see you there in Sunny San Diego!

Friday, December 01, 2017

UTMB Dermatology Invites Outside Medical Students for Residency Interviews

All 12 medical students who took 4 week rotations in Galveston during the current academic year were invited to interview on either February 1nd or 2nd, 2018, as were 18 other outside applicants selected from over 400 applications received.
Selected applicants were from 8 states and 15 medical schools. 15 of 18 outside applicants who did not do UTMB rotations were in AOA at their medical schools. Their average Step 1 score ranged from 243 to 274, with a mean of 253.
Their Step 2 scores ranged from 243 to 279, with a mean of 263.

St. Vincent's Student Clinic Dermatology Night 12/7/17

Join UTMB Dermatology residents and faculty for the upcoming dermatology night (Thursday, Dec 7th) at St. Vincent’s Clinic. Please see the calendar link below to reserve your volunteering spot:
When: Thursday, December 7th 5:30-8:30PM (volunteers should arrive at 5:15)
Where: St. Vincent's House, 2817 Post Office Street, Galveston, Texas 77550

Monday, November 27, 2017

UTMB MS4 Publishes Case Report

Congratulations to UTMB MS4 Morgan Arnold for her recently published case report, “A case of erythema multiforme major following administration of ciprofloxacin ophthalmic drops,” in the November 2017 issue of Dermatology Online Journal (Volume 23, Volume 10). Her co-author was dermatology professor, Dr. M. Wilkerson. The article is available at https://escholarship.org/uc/item/49k2k7xt

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

New York Times Publishes Critical Article About Dermatology Practices

DIG members (especially those currently interviewing for dermatology residencies) should review the November 20, 2017 New York Times investigative report, “Skin Cancers Rise, Along With Questionable Treatments,” by reporters Katie Hafner and Griffin Palmerov because of the ethical issues that it raises.

Monday, November 20, 2017

UTMB Publishes 3 More Case Reports in SKIN: The Journal of Cutaneous Medicine (Volume 1, Number 3)

Congratulations to the UTMB for their 3 recent publications in SKIN.
These areticles are:

Timolol for Treatment of Recalcitrant Pyogenic Granulomas: a Case Report and Review of the Literature
Paige Hoyer, Priscilla Ly,  Lindy Ross, Michael Wilkerson

Ulcerative Tinea Corporis in an Immunosuppressed patient
Lizy M Paniagua Gonzalez, Alison Lowe, Michael Wilkerson

Basal Cell Carcinoma with Adnexal Differentiation, a Rare Entity and Challenging Histopathology Presentation. Case Report
Lizy M Paniagua Gonzalez, Ikue Shimizu

Friday, November 17, 2017

DIG members help out at Cast Away Cancer

This past Thursday, DIG members participated in Cast Away Cancer, an event organized by member Priscilla Ly (MS3). In addition to making a poster, members Michael Ryan (MS2) and Catherine Hazen (MS2) taught both participants and the community about the different types of skin cancer, steps to recognize suspicious lesions, and ways to stay safe when exposed to the sun. The event was a huge success and even some dermatology faculty and residents stopped by as well! Thank you to all the DIG members who helped make the event a great success!

DIG members and residents (left to right): Michael Ryan (MS2), Catherine
Hazen (MS2), Dr. Chinelo Ikpeama (PGY-4), Dr. Lindy Ross (PGY-4),
 Priscilla Ly (MS3), Caroline Crain (MS2), and Daniel Burkeholder (MS3)

Medical Students (left to right) Priscilla Ly, Michael Ryan,
and Catherine Hazen posing in front of their Skin Cancer Poster