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.

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.

UTMB MS3 Publishes in JAMA Dermatology Notable Notes

Congratulations to UTMB MS3 Jorge Roman. He published an original article entitled, “Beauty That is More than Skin Deep,” in the May 2016 issue of JAMA Dermatology (pages 562-563).

Monday, May 09, 2016

Dermatology Times Focuses on Dermatologist Burnout

According to the May 2016 issue of Dermatology Times, dermatologist burnout is increasing (Hilton, l. Why burnout is increasing among US dermatologists, pages 66-69). The causes of burnout are interactions between 5 factors: excessive workload, inefficiency, loss of autonomy, problems with work-life integration, and a loss of meaning in work. Multiple dermatologists in private and university settings were interviewed for this interesting article.

Volunteer Opportunities Available for Camp Dermadillo, Aug 6-12

Camp Dermadillo is currently looking for male volunteers for their summer camp session. The orientation is on Sat, Aug 6, so volunteers would need to be available from Sat, Aug 6- Fri, Aug 12.  They would be finished at least by noon on Friday. Please email Dr. Raegan Hunt at Raegan.Hunt@bcm.edu if you are interested in volunteering!
For those unfamiliar with Camp Dermadillo: This is a program supported by the American Academy of Dermatology. It is a one-week summer camp experience, where young people ages 8-16 with a chronic skin condition come together to participate in fun camp activities. It also offers volunteers an opportunity to learn more about the effects of dermatological conditions as they interact and work with camp participants. More information can be found at https://www.aad.org/public/kids/camp-discovery/about

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Volunteers needed for skin cancer screening

The UTMB Department of Dermatology will be performing free skin checks on May 21st from 10-12 at the Stewart Road clinic. Medical students volunteers are needed for this event. Please email Kristyna Gleghorn (klglegho@utmb.edu) if you would like to volunteer. 

Monday, May 02, 2016

What is the h-index and Why does it Matter?

The h-index is a measure of publication quantity and impact (through citation). Research about h-index in dermatology departments was recently published by Dermatology Online Journal (http://escholarship.org/uc/item/1hx610pf#page-1). This study may be of interest to medical students and dermatology residents interested in academic careers.

Dr. Rebecca Philips Recognized

The UTMB DIG is pleased to report that UTMB’s PGY4 Chief Academic Resident has been named the outstanding dermatology resident for the 2015-2016 academic year. Nominations are based on multiple criteria, including leadership roles in state and national dermatology organizations, academics, volunteer activity, educational, and research during dermatology residency. Dr. Philips was previously the UTMB DIG President and Editor-in-Chief. She will remain at UTMB during the 2016-2017 academic year as one of two UTMB dermatopathology fellows.

UTMB DIG Presented "Stay Shady" at Holy Family Catholic School

On Thursday, April 14th, UTMB DIG members Paige Hoyer (MSII), Tara Akunna (MSII), and Seena Monjazeb (MSIII) presented "Stay Shady!" to the students at Holy Family Catholic School. This fun, interactive presentation is aimed at making kids aware of the damage that the sun can do to their skin and to inform them on how to protect themselves. The students gave the presentation and answered questions for 50 kids in total! They also helped them make UV bracelets out of beads that change color in the sun to raise awareness of sun damage and remind the kids to wear sunscreen. A special appreciation goes out to the students of Holy Family for being such a great audience and to our DIG volunteers!
From left to right: Seena Monjazeb, Paige Hoyer, Tara Akunna

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

AIM for the Cure Melanoma 5K Walk and Fun Run 2016

The UTMB Dermatology Interest Group is hosting the annual AIM for the Cure Melanoma 5K Walk and Fun Run to take place on Saturday May 21th at 7:30AM at the UTMB Alumni Field House. To register to run/walk or to donate, visit https://walk.aimatmelanoma.org/Galveston2016/Static/Event-InfoIf you would like to register with the DIG team, choose the “UTMB Dermatology Interest Group” team when prompted.
If you would like to participate as a volunteer at this event, email Dung Mac at dhmac@utmb.edu. Don't miss out on this opportunity to help raise funds for the AIM at Melanoma Foundation, which aims to lead the battle against melanoma through research, education, and caregiver support!
If you have any additional questions, contact Dung Mac (dhmac@utmb.edu) or Paige Hoyer (pehoyer@utmb.edu).

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Dermatology Resident Evaluation of Quality Improvement (QI) Curriculum

University of Colorado were generally positive about their QI curriculum according to a recent article in Dermatology Online Journal  (see http://escholarship.org/uc/item/78q2r5j7#page-1 ). Residents worked in groups on different projects. They thought that QI project participation related to the ACGME categories of practice-based learning and improvement, systems-based practice, 
patient care, and medical knowledge.

Friday, April 22, 2016

UTMB Selects Dates for 2017 Dermatology Residency Applicant Interviews

The UTMB Dermatology Department has already selected dates for its 2017 interviews of dermatology applicants. 
UTMB internal applicants will be interviewed on Friday morning, January 27, 2017. Please keep this interview date in mind when scheduling interviews at other programs. If outside programs are only offering January 27 to interview, you will be able to make other arrangements to meet with all of the UTMB dermatology faculty and residents at mutually convenient times.
Outside applicants will be offered Thursday/Friday morning interviews that are scheduled for February 2nd and 3rd. 
Invitations to interview are usually sent in December.

Dr. Sharon Raimer Stepping Down from UTMB Dermatology Chair Position

UTMB Dean Danny Jacobs notified the UTMB community that UTMB Dermatology Chair, Dr. Sharon Raimer, will be stepping down from the chair position on June 1, 2016. We are all very grateful for the leadership and vision that she provided for UTMB dermatology, especially following the retirement of our previous Chair, Dr. Edgar B. Smith in 1999 and during department recovery and expansion following Hurricane Ike in 2008. Fortunately for UTMB and our department, Dr. Raimer will continue to educate medical students and dermatology residents and care for patients at UTMB as a dermatology faculty member.

UTMB DIG Announces 2016 Dermatology Resident and Faculty Teaching Awards

Congratulations to Drs. Helen Malone (PGY4 dermatology resident) and Brent Kelly (dermatology faculty) for receiving the annual teaching award from the UTMB Dermatology Interest Group (DIG). Each year the current MS4 members of the DIG vote to recognize their best dermatology teachers at the resident and the faculty level. Thanks to all of UTMB’s dermatology residents and faculty for their excellent teaching throughout the academic year!
left to right: Dung Mac (UTMB DIG President 2015-2016), Dr. Brent Kelly (UTMB Faculty Award recipient), Dr. Helen Malone (UTMB Resident Award recipient) and Kristyna Gleghorn (UTMB DIG President 2016-2017)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Dermatology Alumnae Returns to Galveston for a Brief Visit

Dr. Mika Yamazaki (photo), a UTMB Department of Dermatology Resident graduate in 2011, returned to Galveston recently to visit with Dr. Erica Kelly, one of our UTMB dermatology faculty. She is currently in dermatology private practice at Straub Clinic & Hospital in Aiea, Hawaii.

Monday, April 18, 2016

UTMB Dermatology Residents and Faculty Teach Medical Students Procedural Skills

The annual dermatologic procedures workshop sponsored by the UTMB DIG was a huge success again this year. 6 UTMB medical students (MS2s and MS3s) learned injection techniques, superficial biopsy techniques, punch biopsies and suturing on a tomato and pig’s foot. Thank you Dr. Janice Wilson (PGY-4 Dermatology resident), Dr. Adrian Subrt (PGY-2 Dermatology resident), and Dr. Richard Wagner (our DIG faculty advisor) for volunteering to teach dermatology procedure skills, and thank you Kristyna Gleghorn (MS3) for organizing this educational event! 

Image 1: Left- Janice Wilson (PGY-4 Dermatology Resident), Middle- Drew Decrescenzo (MSIII), Right- Lauren Williams (MSIII)
Image 2: Left- Tara Akunna (MSII), Right- Adrian Subrt (PGY-2 Dermatology resident)
Image 3: Left- Dr. Richard Wagner (UTMB DIG Advisor and Dermatology Director), Middle- Paige Hoyer (MSII), Right- Kristyna Gleghorn (MSIII)