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, 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


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.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Dermatology Clinic Transforms Pumpkin

Penny Pumpkin wants to look her best for the upcoming Halloween Holiday on October 31st, so she went to the Bay Colony UTMB dermatology clinic in League City to see Dr. Will Tausend (UTMB PGY3 dermatology resident) and NP Stephanie Kemmerling, She was very pleased with the results!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

What do Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas have in common? On Thursday, July 13, 2017 dermatology residents from these three states will be in Tampa, Florida to take the American Board of Dermatology Certification Examination. Good luck on this test!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Congratulations Dr. Brandon Goodwin!

Dr. Brandon Goodwin, the newest UTMB faculty in the Department of Dermatology, passed his Dermatopathology Certification Examination. He completed dermatopathology fellowship at UTMB during the 2015-2016 academic year. Prior to that he completed dermatology residency at UTMB in June 2015. He will practice clinical dermatology at UTMB and also attend on our dermatopathology service.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

UTMB Dermatology Residents Score in 96th Percentile on 2016 American Board of Dermatology Certification Exam

Congratulations to UTMB’s most recent 4 dermatology residents who completed training in June 2016. Collectively, they scored in the 96th percentile on the most recent American Board of Dermatology Certification Examination (“The Boards) out of 120 dermatology residency programs that were ranked. The resident group that graduated last year (June 2015) also performed admirably, with a collective 90thpercentile score on the test.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Study Supports Standardized Dermatology Letter of Recommendation

The Divisions of Dermatology and Pediatric Dermatology at The Ohio State University (Columbus) published a study in the September 2016 issue of The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology about their single institution  retrospective experience that compared the new standardized letter of recommendation with the more traditional letter (Volume 9, Number 9, pp.36-42). The authors concluded that the standardized dermatology letter meets the goals of efficiency, applicant stratification, and validity.

Got 10 Dermatology Interviews?

According to a lecture at the Annual Association of Dermatology Professors Meeting in Chicago last week, dermatology applicants during the 2015-2016 academic year who participated in 10 interviews had a 98% chance of matching! Over half of all dermatology interviews (53%) were offered in January last year, so that is a good time to be on vacation or on a rotation that will permit frequent interviewing.

Walk to Cure Psoriasis a Success!

The UTMB DIG recently participated in the National Psoriasis Foundation's "Walk to Cure Psoriasis" on October 2, 2016. We are excited to announce that we exceeded our goal and raised $222.00 as the UTMB DIG team. A total of $22,346 was raised in support of to efforts to cure psoriatic disease and improve the lives of those affected.  Thank you to everyone who signed up and donated to our team
Pictured: Seena Monjazeb, MS4 (left) and Paige Hoyer, MS3 (right)

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Dermatology Night At St. Vincent's on 10/6/16

Join UTMB Dermatology residents and faculty for the upcoming dermatology night (Thursday, October 6th, 2016) at St. Vincent’s Clinic. Please see the calendar link below to reserve your volunteering spot:

When: Thursday, October 6th, 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/

Dermatology Interest Group Association 2016 Fall Newsletter

National DIGA is a great resouce for dermatology applicants and local DIGs. Their fall newsletter features an interview on the journey to dermatology residency with Dr. Kurt Ashack, a preliminary intern starting dermatology residency at UIC in 2017. The newsletter can be accessed at the following link: http://us12.campaign-archive2.com/?u=87e06011a087bf7c3fc72dfff&id=d340ad7a65&e=bbe4fd1b93

Another helpful tool is the dermatology residency interview calendar on the DIGA website (derminterest.org). This is helpful for current applicants scheduling interviews. UTMB DIG would like to wish current applicants good luck this interview season! 

Monday, October 03, 2016

2017 ITE Exam Announced

The American Board of Dermatology has announced the date of the 2017 In-Training Examination (ITE), also known as the “mock boards.” This 4.5 hour exam will be on Thursday, February 16, 2017. It is typically taken by all of the residents.

Helpful Interview Advice

Interviewing for a dermatology residency interview has much in common with other high stakes competitive interviewing for jobs. A company may interview 10 or more applicants for one highly sought job opening, hoping to find the ideal employee. What are the employer’s goals in conducting these interviews? How does an applicant stand out from the others in a good way? Advice for interviewing is available on the Yale University website (seehttp://funding.yale.edu/planning/interviewing-external-fellowships) in the context of competitive external fellowships. Much of this advice applies to dermatology residency applicants and is worthy of consideration.

Update from Texas Dermatologic Society 2016 Annual Fall Meeting

UTMB dermatology faculty, residents, and medical students attended the TDS meeting in San Antonio, Texas over the weekend. UTMB had an impressive number of posters accepted for presentation at the conference: 

1. Lizy Paniagua, Alison Lowe, Michael Wilkerson. A Unique Presentation of Tinea Corporis in a Renal Transplant Recipient. 
2. Samuel Haslam, Chinelo Ikpeama, Tara Akunna, Michael Wilkerson. Penile Mondor's Disease: Two Rare Cases. 
3. Neil Jackson, Timothy Allen, Richard Wagner. Understanding Ultraviolet Radiation of Dorsal Foot Injury at the Beach. 
4. Adrian Subrt, Lizy Paniagua, Bernard Gibson. Microsporum cutis infection presenting as cutaneous pseudolymphoma.
5. William Tausend, Paige Hoyer, Keith Wagner, Brandon Goodwin. Sorafenib-Induced Perforating Folliculitis. 
6. Kristyna Gleghorn, Vlad Codrea, Kristin Wolf, Adrian Subrt, Ashley Group. Mycobacterium monacense infection presenting as bullous disease. 
7. Samuel Haslem, Katelyn Woolridge, Michael Wilkerson. A Rare Transition from Pemphigus Foliaceus Following Rituximab Therapy Confirmed by Antidesmoglein ELISA. 
8. Paige Hoyer, Lindy Ross, Michael Wilkerson. Topical Timolol as a safe and economical adjunctive treatment of a recurrent pyogenic granuloma. 
9. Andrew Decrescenzo, Gabriel Hundeshagen. A New Synthetic Matrix with Bimodal Pore Structure Provides Favorable Characteristics as a Transfer Vehicle for Adipose Derived Stem Cells and Fibroblasts. 
10. Dung Mac, William Tausend, Brent Kelly. Photo-distributed Rash in a Homeless Man. 
11. Seena Monjazeb, Kristyna Gleghorn, Adrian Subrt, Michael Wilkerson. Neuropathologist Dermatitis: Unilateral Hand Contact Dermatitis Associated with Formaldehyde Exposure. 
12. Anna Buteau, Keith Wagner, Elizabeth Schepp, Brent Kelly. Scalp Spicules After Hair Transplantation: A Case of Demodex Infestation.

 (left to right): Adrian Subrt (PGY-3 Dermatology Resident), Kristyna Gleghorn (MSIV), Seena Monjazeb (MSIV)

Dung Mac (MSIV)
Drew Decrescenzo (MSIV)

Kristyna Gleghorn (MSIV)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Stay Shady Presentation at Satori Elementary School

On Monday, September 19, UTMB DIG members Abby Bobo (MSI) and Caroline Crain (MSI) presented "Stay Shady!" to 3rd and 4th grade students at Satori Elementary School. "Stay Shady!" as an interactive presentation that focuses on educating kids about sun damage and informing them on ways to protect themselves. The students were able to help make UV bracelets out of beads that change colors when exposed to UV light from the sun. This helped the kids visualize and raise awareness of sun damage and remind them to wear sunscreen. A big thank you goes out to Satori Elementary for allowing our DIG members to give this presentation!

Abby (L) and Caroline (R)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Meeting Recap from September 26, 2016: Advice from UTMB Dermatology Residency Program Director, Dr. Richard Wagner

1.   Prepare early: The first year clinical dermatology preceptorship is a great way to get involved early (2 students can rotate during both May and June after MS1 year). Doing two electives between the MS1 and MS2 school year can give you more time to do away rotations and have time off for interviews as a MS4.
2.   Getting involved with research, specifically related to dermatology, is important. The average number of posters/abstracts/publications for matched applicants in 2016 was a total of 9.  The school of medicine Honors Research Program is a great option. There are two Texas Dermatologic Society meetings per year where students often do poster presentations, and the Annual American Academy of Dermatology meeting as well.
3.   Dermatology applicants have a busy fourth year. Most applicants do 2-3 away rotations.  Applications can be submitted September 15th of each year. It is recommended to have a letter from the dermatology program chair, program director, and someone you have done research with. Scheduling is important since dermatology applicants must apply and interview for preliminary programs, in addition to dermatology programs.  Prelim program interviews are typically Nov-Dec; Dermatology interviews are typically late Dec-Jan.  Since dermatology is becoming increasingly competitive it is important to consider a back up plan when applying to dermatology. Options include: dual applying to another specialty, completing a medicine or surgical preliminary year and reapplying, completing a research fellowship, or SOAPing to another specialty if you do not wish to reapply.
4.   UTMB has the 2nd most number of dermatology rotations of any medical school in the US.
a.   First year preceptorship offered to 2 students during May and 2 students during June of each year.
b.   Clinical dermatology: students typically take this course during third year or during fourth year as an away rotation.  
c.   Clinical dermatology in Austin: rotation with the Dell Medical School program which is set up by UTMB.
d.   Consult dermatology: inpatient medicine with exposure to clinic as well. A great rotation during third year if you want to save clinical dermatology to get credit for away rotations.
e.   Acting internship: The acting internship in dermatology is unique in that it is designed for students to interact with all faculty and residents in the program; rotators spend a week on Moh’s surgery, dermatopathology, consults, and clinical dermatology.
f.    Dermatopathology
g.   Dermatologic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology
h.   Skin diseases depicted in film
i.    History of dermatology
j.    Narratives in Skin Diseases
k.   Skin diseases in Modern World Literature
l.    Dermatology Research
m.  Skin diseases in Novels and Films
n.   Dermatology Boot Camp
o.   Basic Science and Humanities Selective (BSHS), a MS4 writing course requirement, can be completed in the dermatology department through the Honors Research program, the Skin diseases in Modern World Literature course, or the Skin diseases depicted in novels and films course.
p.   Ambulatory Community Selective (ACS) can be completed with local dermatologists.

EVENT REMINDER: Psoriasis Walk This Sunday!

The UTMB DIG will be participating in the National Psoriasis Foundation’s “Walk to Cure Psoriasis” THIS SUNDAY at Discovery Green. Come join us to raise awareness for Psoriasis and Psoriasis research. If you have yet to sign up or would like to donate, please do so by following these steps:

1. Go to:  http://npf.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=7056
2. Click “Join Our Team” to join the UTMB DIG group and walk with us!
3. Click “Support Us” to donate and select or enter a donation amount to make your donation to the UTMB DIG group.
4. Share on your social media pages

Where: Discovery Green Park, 1500 McKinney, Houston, Texas 77010
When: Sunday, October 2, 2016
Check-In: 8:00AM
Walk Begins: 9:00AM

Feel free to contact Seena Monjazeb (semonjaz@utmb.edu) with any questions. 

See you Sunday!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Dermatology Times Advisory Board Leader Calls for Limiting Dermatology Resident Interviews

Readers of this blog are aware that some dermatologists feel that applications to dermatology residency programs have become so overwhelming for training institutions that now is the time to limit the number of applications that applicants may submit, and perhaps limit the number of interviews residency programs conduct. For example, if applicants were limited to 10 dermatology applications, applicants might be more selective about where they apply. The same selectivity may also hold true if programs were only allowed to interview 5 applicants for each of their available positions. In the September 2016 issue of Dermatology Times (page 70), a columnist wrote about a former student who received 40 interviews and borrowed $40,000 to visit all of these programs. She is now a successful dermatologist, but was spending $40,000 necessary? Matching applicants may wonder if it was necessary to spend so much money interviewing at dermatology programs. However, we are skeptical that placing an arbitrary cap on number of applications that a prospective applicant may submit is fair. Are there other situations where the opportunity to compete for a job is restricted by limiting the number of job applications? Limiting the number of applications that an applicant may make to dermatology residency programs does not seem to be the best solution to increasing interest and competition for dermatology residencies.

DIG Meeting with Dermatology Program Director, Dr. Wagner

The UTMB Dermatology Interest Group will be holding our first meeting on 09/26 (Mon) from 5-6PM. Our guest speaker for this meeting is Dr. Richard Wagner, the UTMB Dermatology Residency Program Director. It is an informal Q and A session; where you can ask the director any questions you have regarding how to be competitive for a dermatology residency. Other topics for discussion include how to get involved in dermatology and how to get involved with research. Don’t miss out this highly informative session!

When: Monday, September 26th 2016 5-6PM
Where: Dermatology conference room, 4.112 McCullough Building 

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Stay Shady Presentation at Holy Family Catholic School

On Friday, September 2nd UTMB DIG member Keith Wagner (MSII), presented "Stay Shady!" to 100 elementary and intermediate students at Holy Family Catholic School. "Stay Shady!" is a fun and interactive presentation aimed at increasing sun protection awareness in children! The students had many great questions about skin protection, and were excited to participate in the discussion!  The students received bracelets with UV beads that change color in the sun to demonstrate how sunlight can damage unprotected skin. A great amount of appreciation goes to Holy Family Catholic School’s faculty and students, for accommodating DIG into their busy schedules, and allowing us to pass skin protection knowledge onto the next generation of Galvestonians and beyond! 

Friday, September 02, 2016


Congratulations to our 4 UTMB PGY4 dermatology residents who completed training in June 2016. They all passed the 2016  American Board of Dermatology Certification Examination. What a great way to kick of the Labor Day Holiday weekend (UTMB Clinics are closed on Monday, September 5, 2016).

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

UTMB House Staff Orientation Dates for 2017 Announced

In 2017, UTMB will hold its orientation for incoming house staff on June 26-29th. UTMB begins paying salary and benefits starting on the first day of orientation! Incoming house staff from outside institutions should plan on being at UTMB on these dates by planning vacation or terminal leave from their previous institutions.