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.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

DIG Meeting Recap from 1/17/17

1. DIG Bake Sale

The spring DIG Bake Sale to raise funds for Stay Shady will occur during the week of March 6th to 10th. It will be in the Jamail cafeteria on the first floor. Keith Wagner, MS2, will be taking the lead on this event. If you are interested in either making baked goods or volunteering your time to help the sale, please contact Keith at kedwagne@utmb.edu

2. Stay Shady

There are two more sign up dates available for Stay Shady (Feb. 17th at Morgan elementary and Mar. 2nd at Crenshaw)! Please sign up if interested in volunteering. Contact Tara Akunna for more information at taakunna@utmb.edu.

3. Melanoma Walk

The UTMB Melanoma walk will be Saturday, March 11th. Check in will be from 7-8am and the race will go from 8-9am. We need DIG volunteers to help set up the event, check in participants, and help mark the course! Please visit https://walk.aimatmelanoma.org/Galveston2017/ for more information online. Watch the blog for information on how to sign up! Contact Paige Hoyer for more information at pehoyer@utmb.edu

4. Suture Workshop

The Spring suture workshop will be this upcoming March. Watch the blog for more information on dates and how to sign up.

5. Away rotations for fourth year medical students interested in dermatology 

Current DIG President Kristyna Gleghorn graciously took time out of her interview season to provide advice on how to choose away rotations. Main points included: beginning the VSAS application, getting immunizations now before VSAS applications open, and having your application ready for submission by the first of March since it is important to apply as early as possible (the day applications open) for away rotations. Most students complete 2-3 away rotations, and you may have to apply to more programs (~5-6) in order to make sure you get accepted to 2-3 rotations that will work with your fourth year schedule. Contacting programs directly by email or phone call to express interest in a program can help when applying for aways. 

Dermatology Programs in Texas include: UTMB (Galveston, TX), Baylor Scott & White A&M (Temple, TX), Texas Tech (Lubbock, TX), UTHSA (San Antonio, TX), UT Houston, Baylor Houston, Baylor Scott & White (Dallas, TX), UT Austin, and UTSW (Dallas, TX). Current MS4s have also done away rotations out-of-state at locations such as: Univ of South Florida, Vanderbilt, Colorado, Univ of Florida at Gainsville, Oregon Health and Science Center (OHSU), Cook Country (Chicago, IL), Metrohealth Medical Center, and Louisiana State University

Dr. Janice Wilson Accepts UTMB Faculty Position for 2017-2018 Academic Year

The UTMB DIG was very happy to learn that current UTMB Dermatopathology Fellow Dr. Janice Wilson has accepted a dermatology faculty position following the completion of her dermatopathology fellowship in June 2017. We are all looking forward to working with you! This will bring  the number of UTMB dermatology faculty to 9 dermatologists.

Friday, January 13, 2017

PGY2 UTMB Dermatology Residents Dine with Faculty for Free!

The UTMB Graduate Medical Education (GME) has instituted a new dinner meeting program related to their Resident Wellness Initiative that applies to our PGY2 (first year) dermatology residents. Volunteer dermatology faculty  are paired with a PGY2 dermatology resident (significant others are also invited) to dine at GME expense (up to $100). There are many excellent restaurants in the Galveston/League City area to enjoy and a good chance to interact with dermatology faculty on a personal level.

Dr. Ashley Group Certified in Wound Care

Congratulations to Dr. Ashley Group for passing the certification examination administered by the American Board of Wound Medicine and Surgery, a non-ABMS  specialty organization. Dr. Group sees dermatology patients with complicated and chronic wounds at the specialized UTMB Health Wound Care and Hyperbarics Clinic in Dickinson, Texas. UTMB dermatology residents are very fortunate to work with Dr. Group during their PGY2 year because they gain additional expertise in this interesting subspecialty area of dermatology. Not many dermatology residency programs in the United States have a dermatology faculty with wound care certification.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Calling all DIG members to help volunteer for Stay Shady!

The UTMB DIG is looking for volunteers to present our sun protection presentation, "Stay Shady!," to the students at Morgan Elementary School in Galveston, TX. “Stay Shady!” is an interactive presentation aimed to teach elementary and middle school children about sun safety.

When: Friday, February 17, at 8:50 am-1:55 pm grades Kinder-1st.
Where: Morgan Elementary, 410 37th St, Galveston, TX 77550

This is fun teaching experience and a great way to get involved with DIG! Interested in participating? Please email Tara Akunna (taakunna@UTMB.EDU), Barrett Riddle (bcriddle@UTMB.EDU), or Keith Wagner (kedwagne@UTMB.EDU) if you would like to volunteer! 

Calling all DIG members to help volunteer for Stay Shady!

The UTMB DIG is looking for volunteers to present our sun protection presentation, "Stay Shady!," to the students at Crenshaw Middle and Elementary School in Port Bolivar, TX. “Stay Shady!” is an interactive presentation aimed to teach elementary and middle school children about sun safety.

Where: Crenshaw Middle and Elementary School, 406 State Hwy 87, Port Bolivar, TX 77650

This is fun teaching experience and a great way to get involved with DIG! Interested in participating? Please email Tara Akunna (taakunna@UTMB.EDU), Barrett Riddle (bcriddle@UTMB.EDU), or Keith Wagner (kedwagne@UTMB.EDU) if you would like to volunteer! 

Calling all DIG members to help volunteer for Stay Shady!

The UTMB DIG is looking for volunteers to present our sun protection presentation, "Stay Shady!," to the students at Odyssey Academy in Galveston, TX. “Stay Shady!” is an interactive presentation aimed to teach elementary and middle school children about sun safety.

Where: Odyssey Academy 2412 61st St, Galveston, TX 77551

This is fun teaching experience and a great way to get involved with DIG! Interested in participating? Please email Tara Akunna (taakunna@UTMB.EDU), Barrett Riddle (bcriddle@UTMB.EDU), or Keith Wagner (kedwagne@UTMB.EDU) if you would like to volunteer

Monday, January 09, 2017

Botox on Cover of Time Magazine

It was surprising to see Botox as the cover story on the January 16, 2017 issue of Time magazine. Writer Alexandra Sifferlin authored the article, “The drug that’s treating everything,” on pages 39-44. It is recommended reading as an interesting and worthwhile report.

Update: UTMB DIG Meeting Now Tuesday, January 17th

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the UTMB DIG has moved its first meeting of the semester to be this upcoming Tuesday, January 17th at 6:00 PM in the Dermatology Conference Room (4.112 McCullough Building). This meeting is especially important for MS3s as we will be discussing VSAS, applying for away rotations, and which away rotations are recommended. We will also cover the DIG Bake Sale, Stay Shady events, suture workshop, and AIM for the Cure Melanoma 5K.  Please email Kristyna Gleghorn (klglegho@utmb.edu) or Tim Allen (tirallen2@utmb.edu) with questions.

Friday, January 06, 2017

UTMB DIG Meeting Wednesday, January 11th

The UTMB DIG will be holding its first meeting of the semester this upcoming Wednesday, January 11th at 6:00 PM in the Dermatology Conference Room (4.112 McCullough Building). This meeting is especially important for MS3s as we will be discussing VSAS, applying for away rotations, and which away rotations are recommended. We will also cover the DIG Bake Sale, Stay Shady events, suture workshop, and AIM for the Cure Melanoma 5K.  Please email Kristyna Gleghorn (klglegho@utmb.edu) with questions. 

John Sealy Hospital Construction Zone Fire Update

Dermatology clinics and student electives are still fully in operation following the evacuation of John Sealy Hospital on Wednesday afternoon, January 4, 2017. For additional information from the Galveston Daily News, please see http://www.galvnews.com/news/free/article_7d5a9c16-a161-553e-b2c3-e8f6c74e69f6.html

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Volunteers Needed for Dermatology Night at St. Vincent's Clinic Tonight


Please join UTMB Dermatology residents and faculty for the dermatology night at St. Vincent’s Clinic. We are in need of volunteers tonight!

When: Tonight (Thursday, Jan 5th, 5:30-9PM)
Where: St. Vincent's House, 2817 Post Office Street, Galveston, Texas 77550

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Still a Seller’s Market for Dermatologists

Dermatologists have recently been contacted about an employment opportunity at a hospital in Ohio. Starting salary ranges from $411,000 to $562,000 and there is an opportunity to earn more through incentive bonuses. Medical student loan repayment of up to $200,000 is available with this job.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

12th Annual AIM Melanoma Walk

Hey everyone! Mark your calendars for March 11, 2017. DIG will be hosting the 12th annual AIM Melanoma Walk. Funds raised from this event are donated to support Melanoma research, legislative reform, education, and patient and caregiver support. Everyone is welcome to participate, so please invite your family and friends. Location (in Galveston), time (AM), and sign up link will be sent out soon!

Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or would like to be involved with this event. Hope to see y'all there!

Paige Hoyer
UTMB MSIII
DIG Melanoma Chair
(512)968-5742
pehoyer@utmb.edu

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Dr. Goodwin Continues New UTMB Tradition for Innovative Dermatology Resident Education

Thank you Dr. Brandon Goodwin for continuing giving the UTMB dermatology residents a “mock mock” board exam this December in preparation for the 2017 ITE exam on February 16 and the July ABD certification exam for our 4 PGY4 residents. Dr. Cris Berlingeri first introduced the “mock mock” practice exam to our residents, and it was received very positively. She was familiar with this educational concept because was used in her dermatology residency program in Puerto Rico. Last year she expanded it from a purely dermatopathology focus to include other areas of dermatology. Following her departure for private practice in Tyler, Texas earlier this year, Dr. Goodwin, UTMB’s newest dermatology and dermatopathology faculty member, volunteered to continue giving the exam. Because of the increasing number of questions (some contributed by other UTMB dermatology faculty),  he broke the exam into two parts that are given on two consecutive Fridays in December. Examination questions are reviewed by Dr. Goodwin following the test, which is self-graded by the residents. It is a way for our residents to identify areas of dermatology that they may want to review prior to the ITE and the certification examination.

Friday, December 16, 2016

UTMB Dermatology Initiates New Funding Plan for Supplemental Dermatology Resident Education

The UTMB dermatology faculty have decided to implement a new approach for funding supplemental resident and fellow education regarding the purchase of textbooks, required equipment such as dermatoscopes and iPads, submission fees and related expenses for abstracts/posters for meeting presentation, and the costs of professional meeting attendance (registration, travel, meals, and hotel). Our dermatology department is well known for its generosity that provides for the professional development of its residents. The benefits of this plan are that it permits residents to budget for their purchases and meetings. It is also a very fair way to allocate limited financial resources among our 12 residents and 3 fellows annually. PGY2 residents receive the most funding under this plan because they need to purchase dermatology textbooks and clinical equipment for the clinic. Annual funding depends on the departmental budget. Directed donations from our SOM and graduates of our dermatology residency are often used for this purpose as well.

Dr. Erica Kelly Elected By UTMB Faculty

Congratulations to Dr. Erica Kelly, Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology, for her recent election by UTMB faculty to the Faculty Group Practice Clinical Operations Committee. Dr. Kelly will represent the small departments at UTMB (dermatology, psychiatry and neurology). Her appointment begins in January 2017.

Friday, December 09, 2016

UTMB Dermatology Invites 30 Medical Students to Interview for Residency

All 7 medical students who took 4 week rotations in Galveston during the current academic year were invited to interview on either February 2nd or 3rd, 2017, as were 23 other outside applicants selected from over 400 applications received. Selected applicants were from 6 states and 13 medical schools. 21 of the 23 outside applicants were in AOA at their medical schools. Their average Step 1 score ranged from 237 to 274, with a mean of 254.
Their Step 2 scores ranged from 237 to 276, with a mean of 261.

Dr. Erica Kelly Named Super Doctor by Texas Monthly

Congratulations to Dr. E. Kelly for her recognition in the December 2016 issue of Texas Monthly as a “Super Doctor.” She practices dermatology as a Clinical Associate Professor in the UTMB Department of Dermatology, and she is recognized for her special expertise in cosmetic dermatology. This award was determined by peer-review and a magazine scoring process.

Jason Hirshburg, MD, PhD is the 2017-2018 UTMB Mohs Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. Jason Hirshburg, who matched into the UTMB Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year. Dr. Hirshburg is currently completing this final PGY4 year of dermatology residency in the UT-Austin Dell Medical School Dermatology Residency Program.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Former UTMB Dermatology Resident Featured in Aspire


Dr. John Stephens completed dermatology residency at UTMB in 2011 and returned to his home state (Indiana) for private practice. He was featured in the Winter 2016 American Academy of Dermatology magazine, Aspire: Healthy Skin. Healthy Lives (“Learning, leading, and growing: From residency to practice, dermatologist stays involved,” volume 3, number 4, page 3). In the article, Dr. Stephens wrote, “I am thankful that my residency program at The University of Texas Medical Branch was so supportive of my involvement with the AAD. I was always encouraged to pursue these interests by my program and I will be forever grateful for that support.” While at UTMB, Dr. Stephens was awarded the prestigious “UTMB Outstanding Resident” in 2011, an annual institutional professional recognition from the UTMB Graduate Medical Education Office.

Monday, November 28, 2016

UTMB SOM and Dermatology Residency Alum in Texas Monthly

We were happy to see Dr. Renee Snyder’s professional announcement that was published in the December 2016 issue of Texas Monthly. Dr. Snyder completed dermatology residency in Galveston in 2005. She was the first UTMB medical student to complete the UTMB Dermatology Research Honors Program as a MS4 in 2001 (Magna Cum Laude).


UTMB Mohs Fellow Publishes Article About Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans

Congratulations to Dr. Helen Malone, the current UTMB Fellow in Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology. She published a case report, “Nodular Fasciitis Complicating a Staged Surgical Excision of Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans” in the peer-reviewed journal, Case Reports in Dermatological Medicine (vol. 2016, Article ID 6074182, 5 pages, 2016. doi:10.1155/2016/6074182). Her article is available online at
http://www.hindawi.com/journals/cridm/2016/6074182/ Her coauthors on this academic paper are UTMB dermatology faculty (Drs. Brandon Goodwin, Richard Wagner, and Brent Kelly) from the Mohs and Dermatopathology Services and from the UTMB Department of Otolaryngology (Dr. Vicente Resto).

Friday, November 25, 2016

100%!

Congratulations to the UTMB Department of Dermatology and Dr. Erica Kelly in particular for achieving 100% participation in the “Together We Care,” the 2016 Annual State Employee Campaign. Dr. Erica Kelly coordinated the department’s effort this year, and did a great job!


Monday, November 21, 2016

Dermatology Night At St. Vincent's on 12/1/16

Join UTMB Dermatology residents and faculty for the upcoming dermatology night (Thursday, December 1st, 2016) at St. Vincent’s Clinic. Please see the calendar link below to reserve your volunteering spot:
When: Thursday, December 1st, 5:30-8:30PM (volunteers should arrive at 5:15)
Where: St. Vincent's House, 2817 Post Office Street, Galveston, Texas 77550

Best Practices for Identifying Future Dermatology Academicians

Can future dermatology academicians be accurately identified when they apply for dermatology residency? The University of North Carolina, a storied dermatology department with one of the better records of developing academic dermatologists recently reviewed their institutional experience with completing residents (Morales-Pico BM, Cotton CC, Morrell, DS. Factors correlated with residents’ decisions to enter academic dermatology. Dermatology Online Journal, Volume 22, Number 11, November 2016, http://escholarship.org/uc/item/7295783b#page-1 ). The only variable that predicted a future academic career was a PhD (p=0.05).

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Editor of Practical Dermatology Worried About Dermatology Future

Dr. Neal Bhatia, the Chief Medical Editor of Practical Dermatology has written a thought provoking editorial in the October 2016 issue (“Thanks, Doc, but we don’t need you anymore...”, page 7). He is concerned that traditional dermatology care is being challenged by changes in the healthcare marketplace and technologies that promote online and virtual care of skin diseases to patients. Dr. Bhatia is also in private dermatology practice in San Diego, California. His editorial is recommended reading.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Dermatology Night At St. Vincent's on 11/3/16

Join UTMB Dermatology residents and faculty for the upcoming dermatology night (Thursday, November 3rd, 2016) at St. Vincent’s Clinic. Please see the calendar link below to reserve your volunteering spot:

When: Thursday, November 3rd, 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/

DIG Booth at St. Vincents Health Fair on Nov 12

Attention DIG members: Volunteers are needed for the DIG booth at the St. Vincent's Health Fair on November 12th 10AM-12PM. Volunteers will talk about the importance of proper sun protection and sunscreen use to visitors at our booth. This is a fun and easy way to earn volunteer hours!

Please sign up using the link below by Friday Nov 4th. (It is divided into two shifts 10-11am & 11-12pm, but you are welcome to stay the time!)


 If you have any questions feel free to contact Paige Hoyer (512)968-5742. Hope to see you there!

UTMB Dermatology Hires Christi Wargo, CPNP

The UTMB DIG welcomes Ms. Christi Wargo, CPNP to the UTMB Department of Dermatology. She has special interest in pediatric dermatology.