Editors



Current Editors: Kristyna Gleghorn and Tim Allen



Past Editors: 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.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

DIG Meeting Recap from July 19th

Important Topics Covered (Q&A with DIG President & MS4, Kristyna Gleghorn)
1. The DIG blog (http://digutmb.blogspot.com/) is a great resource for medical students interested in Dermatology.
2. Overview of dermatology rotations offered at UTMB. UTMB offers the 2nd most dermatology courses/electives of any school of medicine in the US. (Clinical Dermatology, Dermatologic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology, Dermatopathology, Acting Internship (AI) in dermatology, Dermatology Consults, Skin Diseases Depicted in Film, History of Dermatology, Skin Diseases in Modern World Literature, Dermatology Research, Skin diseases in Novels and Films, Dermatology Boot Camp, Narratives of Skin Disease) 
3. Planning for away rotations (Tip: Many away rotations only offer clinical dermatology so consider taking a different elective, such as consults/Mohs surgery/Dermatopathology, as a MS3 at UTMB to receive credit for your aways)
4. Research is highly encouraged for dermatology applicants and there are many opportunities to become involved at UTMB. The earlier you start, the better. Research opportunities: 
- Texas Dermatologic Society Fall and Spring meetings: poster presentation
- American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting: poster presentation or Gross and Microscopic Symposium (powerpoint presentation)
- American Academy of Dermatology Summer Meeting: poster presentation
- Honors Research Program (proposals due by December of third year)
- Case reports and review articles for journals (JAAD, JAMA Dermatology, JAAD Case Reports, Cutis, etc...)
5. Step-by-step process for writing a case report, review article, and getting Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval for projects. 
6. The National Dermatology Interest Group Association has a number of resources for medical students who hope to pursue a career in Dermatology. Visit their website (http://www.derminterest.org/) and join their Facebook Group “Dermatology Interest Group Association” for more information.

Follow our blog to learn about upcoming events that you can participate in. Important upcoming UTMB student life, dermatology-related, and community service projects:
1. Welcome Weekend for MS1s: Information session and sign up for DIG (Saturday, August 20th). 
2. Plazapalooza: DIG will have a booth & fun game for MS1s to get to know current officers and learn how to join DIG. (Tuesday, August 23rd)
3. Stay Shady Presentations at local schools, dates TBA for this semester
4. DIG Bake Sale, date TBA
5. Texas Dermatologic Society Fall Meeting Sep 30th-Oct 1st

Our next meeting (date TBA) will feature a talk with Dr. Wagner, Dermatology Program Director and DIG's faculty advisor, about getting into Dermatology residency. Please contact Kristyna Gleghorn or Tim Allen with further questions about becoming an active member of UTMB DIG!

Kristyna Gleghorn (klglegho@utmb.edu
 UTMB DIG President 2016-2017

Tim Allen (tirallen2@utmb.edu)
 UTMB DIG Vice President 2016-2017

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Did You Know?

A recent column in the Galveston Daily News (“Patients sometime just have to have patience,” July 19, 2016, page B4) made the unfortunate comment, “Some medical problems are more easily diagnosed and treated than others. Skin rashes for example, while annoying, do not require nearly as much of the physician’s time as do gall bladder complications.” A day spent in a typical dermatology practice easily dispels this notion that all skin rashes are always easily diagnosed. Skin rashes, like other medical conditions, can require an extensive history, a skin biopsy, blood tests, and possible imaging techniques for accurate diagnosis and management. Sometimes it takes a great deal of time to arrive at the correct diagnosis.

Help A UTMB Resident with a Poster Presentation for the Fall Texas Dermatological Society Meeting

The fall Texas Dermatological Society Meeting (Hyatt Hill Country Hotel in San Antonio, September 30th and October 1st) is a great opportunity for UTMB medical students to assist our dermatology residents in poster preparations for the meeting as co-authors. Contact our dermatology residents about their posters for this meeting. Don’t delay because the abstract submission deadline is September 12, 2016.

UTMB Dermatology Interest Group Featured in Commentary

The UTMB Dermatology Interest Group (DIG), one of the early chapters of the national Dermatology Interest Group Association (DIGA), was one of eleven DIGs reviewed in the July 2016 issue of Dermatology Online Journal (DOJ) about DIGs around the USA (see http://escholarship.org/uc/item/1zm883qs#page-4 ). UTMB SOM Class of 2016 Katherine Tinkey was a co-author of this commentary. Three published articles from the UTMB Department of Dermatology about our DIG blog were cited in this work.

Monday, July 18, 2016

DIG Meeting Tuesday, July 19th

The UTMB DIG will be holding a meeting this upcoming Tuesday, July 19th at 5:15 PM in the Dermatology Conference Room (4.112 McCullough Building). Important topics for this meeting include Q&A session for dermatology rotations/reserach/etc, community volunteering, and Welcome Weekend planning. 

We hope to see you all there!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

UTMB Dermatology Commemorative Plaques Relocated

The UTMB Dermatology Commemorative Plaques, one dating from 1986 (Thomas W. Freese, MD Memorial Endowment for Excellence in Dermatology that is awarded to a UTMB MS4 annually), have been relocated from the McCullough Building Dermatology Conference Room to the administrative reception area. These plaques celebrate the academic success, teaching, and research achievements of past and present UTMB medical students, residents and faculty. Our department currently makes 11 new awards each year in these categories.


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

UTMB Dermatology Alumni Now President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

Congratulations to our UTMB dermatology resident graduate, Dr. Dan McCoy who is now the President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. Dr. McCoy is no stranger to readers of the blog. He completed dermatology residency in 1997 at UTMB. He initially went into dermatology practice in Corsicana and later practiced dermatology at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas where he was involved with the creation of a new dermatology residency program and a research institute. The July 2016 issue of Texas Medicine has published a profile about his career (Sorrel, AL, Physician at the helm: TMA Board of Trustees’ Dan McCoy, MD, Named President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, pages 39-46) in a not to be missed article.



Dr. Cris Berlingeri Announces Departure from UTMB Dermatology Department

The UTMB DIG was sad to learn the Dr. Cris Berlingeri is leaving UTMB for a dermatology private practice opportunity in Tyler, Texas. Dr. Berlingeri joined the UTMB dermatology faculty as a part-time Assistant Clinical Professor after completing the UTMB dermatopathology fellowship in June 2009.  You will be missed! With Dr. Berlingeri’s announcement, the UTMB Department of Dermatology will have 8 remaining faculty members.

Dr. Erica Kelly Advises About Sunburn Prevention

The Sunday, July 10, 2016 issue of the Galveston Daily News offered worthwhile advice about summer health hazards. Correspondent Marsha Canright  (How to prevent summer miseries, pages C1, C6) interviewed UTMB Clinical Associate Professor, Erica Kelly about preventing sunburn.

Dr. Erica Kelly Recognized for Cosmetic Expertise

Congratulations to Dr. Erica Kelly, a Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at UTMB. Dr. Kelly has nationally recognized expertise in cosmetic dermatology, and the Galveston Daily News readers have awarded her the 2016  “Reader’s Choice” award as the top area physician in the category of “Cosmetic Surgery” (page 21, June 2016). Dr. Kelly is actively involved in teaching UTMB dermatology residents and the procedural dermatology fellow about cosmetic dermatology procedures.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Is Grit Required for a Dermatology Career?

The concept of grit has recently been publicized in the news as a key ingredient for achieving career goals. Grit is defined as the personal quality of focused perseverance toward a long term goal. How does this concept relate to a dermatology career? Many dermatology applicants are not successful in their first attempt to match into a dermatology residency, but are ultimately successful in achieving their goal. Most successful re-applicants have grit. They are determined to have a dermatology career no matter how long it takes! How are they able to achieve success?

Long term planning is required. Once a person determines their career choice, they should think of the component steps necessary for success. The sooner the better! The plan may not proceed smoothly. The quest for a dermatology career may start as early as college.  Excellent medical school applicants with multiple admission offers may base their decision on the academic stature of the institution and its dermatology department because of the networking advantages it confers or its historically strong dermatology match statistics. First year medical students should work with faculty dermatologists on research and develop an impressive curriculum vitae for future residency applications. During medical school, if the applicant’s Step 1 score is below average for dermatology, additional gap years may be taken to improve research skills/earn a career relevant Master’s graduate degree or a Ph.D., and demonstrate high quality academic productivity with dermatology research poster presentations and publications. Joining the medical school Dermatology Interest Group and participating in community dermatology volunteer activities increases applicant visibility and opportunities for new professional contacts. Away rotations at dermatology departments that have previously accepted applicants from your school are strongly recommended. This type of action plan may not be possible for a variety of reasons. Completing another residency while doing dermatology related research may also position select applicants for an opportunity for a second residency in dermatology, but outside the military, this strategy is becoming more difficult due to current Medicare funding limits. Applicant self-knowledge is important because it may take multiple application cycles for an applicant to finally match into a dermatology residency program. Depending on applicant specifics, it may take years of work in an unaccredited clinical dermatology fellowship(s) following PGY1 in order to develop a competitive application. The emotional and economic costs can be very high, and unfortunately none of these approaches may result in a dermatology residency.

UTMB Dermatology Already Offering Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology (Mohs) Interviews During July and August 2016

Applicant registration with the San Francisco Match for ACGME approved fellowships in Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology opened last month, and UTMB is already scheduling interviews for this summer. Fellowship applicants are interviewed on either Tuesdays and Wednesday morning, first meeting with the Fellowship Director, Dr. Richard Wagner and the Fellow, Dr. Helen Malone. The applicant will have an opportunity to see the UTMB Mohs team in action for a few hours, before meeting with other departmental faculty. The interview concludes after lunch with the fellow. Fellowship applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Dr. Bernard Gibson is the UTMB Department of Dermatology Interim Chair

Congratulations to Dr. Gibson, a longtime UTMB dermatology faculty who has agreed to serve as the Chair ad interim. He follows our former Chair, Dr. Sharon Raimer who served from 2001 to 2016. Please welcome Dr. Gibson in his new departmental leadership role.

Friday, July 01, 2016

Dermatology Night At St. Vincent's on 7/7/16

Join UTMB Dermatology residents and faculty for the upcoming dermatology night (Thursday, July 7th, 2016) at St. Vincent’s Clinic. Please see the calendar link below to reserve your volunteering spot:

When: Thursday, July 7th, 5:30-8:30PM (volunteers should arrive at 5:15)
Where: St. Vincent's House, 2817 Post Office Street, Galveston, Texas 77550
Volunteer link: http://www.stvsc.org/index.php/students/

Monday, June 20, 2016

2016 UTMB Dermatology Residency Graduates

Congratulations to UTMB’s 2016 dermatology residency graduates, who complete three years of dermatology training on June 30, 2016 (left to right, Drs. Amber Gill, Rebecca Philips, Janice Wilson, and Helen Malone). Dr. Gill will practice dermatology in Hawaii, while Drs. Philips and Wilson will be the 2016-2017 UTMB Dermatopathology Fellows and Dr. Malone will be the 2016-2017 UTMB Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellow.


Where do Dermatology Residents Practice?

According to the newest study in the June 2016 issue of Dermatology Online Journal (Chen AJ, Schwartz J, Kimball, A. There’s no place like home: an analysis of migration patterns of dermatology residents prior to,
during, and after their training), dermatology residents from the Midwest and the South are most likely to practice in the region where they attended high school and medical school. Program Directors may keep this in mind when ranking dermatology applicants when they are located in a region with a dermatologist shortage. For the entire article, please see http://escholarship.org/uc/item/3sf6z3pn

Friday, June 10, 2016

UTMB Dermatology Residents Award 2016 Faculty Teaching Awards

UTMB dermatology residents vote each year to recognize a faculty and a community dermatologist for excellent resident teaching. This year the awards were presented to Drs. Sharon Raimer  (faculty) and Ramon Sanchez (community).

Dr. Rebecca Philips Recognized for Best Dermatology Resident Research in 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca Philips for receiving the 2016 Excellence in Dermatology Resident Research Award. Each year the UTMB dermatology faculty review all of the research activity by the PGY4 dermatology residents over their three years of residency. Number and quality of research posters, presentations, and publications are considered. The required resident scholarly project is also a factor.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Dr. Kevin Sharghi Accepts Clinical Dermatology Fellowship

Congratulations to Dr. Kevin Sharghi, a UTMB SOM graduate and current PGY1 internal medicine resident at UTMB. He accepted a clinical dermatology research fellowship with Dr. Stephen Tyring at 
Center for Clinical Studies in Houston for the 2016-2017 academic year (see http://ccstexas.com/current-studies/ccs-fellowship ). Good luck in this fellowship!

Is More Pay for Less Dermatology Care Coming?

Duke Consulting Dermatology Professor Dr. Zoe Draelos wrote an interesting editorial about Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) in the June 2016 issue of Dermatology Times (“Superior pay for non-performance model threatens dermatology, society,” page 10). According to Dr. Draelos, ACO patients could encounter primary care providers or dermatologists who might advise patients that their skin problem is so minor that it does not require treatment. This approach ultimate improves ACO financial performance by controlling costs, since no care is less expensive than care. She cautions, “In a society where people are paid more for doing less, you simply get less. Superior pay for non-performance will implode dermatology, medicine in general, and society.” Thank you Dr. Draelos and Dermatology Times for providing readers with such valuable information.

Skin Cancer Advice, Part 2, Galveston Daily News

Galveston Daily News Correspondent Rick Cousins has published a followup article entitled, “How to self-screen, prevent skin cancer” in the Tuesday, June 7, 2016 issue (pages B3, B6). UTMB Dermatology Chair, Dr. Sharon Raimer offers advice to readers. She recommends twice yearly self-examinations of your own skin for most people with dermatology followup if any concerns arise. However, if a person has had melanoma or has a close relative with that disease, it is worthwhile  to see the expert in skin cancer, a dermatologist for professional evaluation. Sun avoidance, protective clothing, and broad spectrum sunscreens with an SPF of at least 15 applied at least every two hours while outdoors during the day also play an important role in skin cancer prevention.

Do You Want to Present Your Research at the March 2017 American Academy of Dermatology Meeting?

Many successful dermatology applicants present their research at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Next year the meeting is from March 3-7 in Orlando, Florida. Please see the following information about submitting your abstracts for presentation at this highly visible international meeting: https://www.aad.org/meetings/annual-meeting/for-abstracts Three abstract submission categories opened June 7, 2016 and close on September 14, 2016 at 5 pm CT. Successful authors are notified by email in December. Many UTMB dermatology residents and faculty are happy to collaborate on abstract submission with our medical students, so if you have any interest in this opportunity, please do not hesitate to ask our residents and faculty about it.

Friday, June 03, 2016

Date Change for UTMB Internal Dermatology Applicants for 2017

The UTMB Department of Dermatology has pushed back the interview date for UTMB internal dermatology applicants from January 27, 2017 to February 10, 2017. Please update your interview calendars. If is a scheduling conflict with another outside dermatology program arises, please contact Ms. Kimberly Cooper and you will be able to schedule individual times to meet with all of the residents and faculty before the scheduled February 10, 2017 interview.

2016 UTMB Dermatology Department Graduation Awards

The UTMB DIG congratulates the 4 senior medical students who have been selected to receive dermatology graduation awards this year. They are:
 
Best Original Essay for “Skin Diseases Depicted in Cinema”: Mark McCabe (“Greyscale and the Impact of Stigmatized Disease’)
 
Thomas W. Freese Memorial Award for Excellence in Dermatology: Julie A. Crowley
 
History of Dermatology Award:  Katherine L. Serrano (“Syphilis in Galveston, America’s First ‘Sin City,’ during the Early to Mid Twentieth Century”)
 
Edgar B. Smith Endowed Scholarship in Dermatology: Uyen Ngoc Mui


Photo caption: (left to right) Dr. Sharon Raimer, Katherine Serrano, Mark McCabe, Julie Crowley, Ngoc Mui,  and Dr. Richard Wagner)

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Successful Turnout at the 2016 Galveston AIM for the Cure Melanoma Walk and Fun Run

The UTMB DIG had a successful turnout for the 2016 Galveston AIM for the Cure Melanoma Walk and Fun Run on May 21st. We raised $1386 to support melanoma research and hosted over 40 participants. Thank you for the donations and support!


DIG volunteers, left to right: Timothy Allen, Kristyna Gleghorn, Seena Monjazeb, Jorge Roman, Lizy Paniagua, Brandi Clark, Irene Pedraza, Dung Mac, Paige Hoyer


Melanoma 5K Walk/Fun Run participants at the starting line, ready to make their impact on finding a cure for melanoma! 

UTMB Mohs Surgery Clinic Receives Positive Patient Feedback

The May 2016 issue of Health System Friday Focus (a UTMB internal publication), in the “UTMB Health Shoutouts” section (page 8) printed a positive anonymous patient comment about the UTMB Mohs service, a part of UHC Dermatology: “I cannot praise Dr. Richard Wagner enough. Dermatology resident Dr. Emily Grimshaw is on track to be pillar in her field! (UHC Dermatology)”

Galveston Daily News Features Article About Skin Cancer

The May 31, 2016 issue of the Galveston Daily News featured advice from UTMB’s Dr. Sharon Raimer about skin cancer detection (Rick Cousins, “Skin cancer affects young and old”). Dr. Raimer offered lots of useful advice to readers about the warning signs of skin cancer. Thanks Dr. Raimer for educating the public about how to recognize skin cancers!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Two UTMB Dermatology Residents Honored With 2016 Gold Humanism Awards

Congratulations to UTMB dermatology residents, PGY4 Janice Wilson and PGY2 Lindy Ross for receiving 2016 Gold Humanism Awards. 
 

Photo caption: Dr. Janice Wilson (right) receives 2016 Gold Humanism Award from UTMB MS3 Seena Monjazeb (left).

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

UTMB MS4 Publishes Skin Cancer Case Report

Congratulations to UTMB MS4 Julie Boisen. She has published a peer-reviewed case report entitled, “Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma with Invasion through Ear Cartilage” in the open access journal, Case Reports in Dermatological Medicine. The entire article is available at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/cridm/2016/9067428/ Her presentation is especially interesting because of the photomicrographs that document tumor invasion through auricular cartilage. Her coauthors were UTMB PGY4 dermatology resident Dr. Helen Malone, and dermatology faculty Drs. Brent Kelly and Richard Wagner.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Two Dermatology Posters Awarded at 2016 National Student Research Forum

Congratulations to Chi-Han Lu from Baylor College of Medicine for the first place poster award (“IL 10 SDF 1Alpha Overexpression Mechanisms Enhances of EPC Wound Mobilization Neovascularization and Recruitment via Regulation of VEGF and D,” and Jeffrey Smith from UTMB for his second place poster award (“Qualitative assessment of endothelial cell attachment in wound-healing biomaterials.” The National Student Research Forum is an annual event for medical students, graduate students, and residents in all specialties to present their research. The UTMB Department of Dermatology sponsors the dermatology awards each year.