Editors



Current Editors: Michael Ryan and Alec De Jong

(Please email editors if there is blog-worthy news that you would like to see shared)

Past Editors: Keith Wagner, Tim Allen, 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.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Period 2 Students’ Present “Kodachrome Cake”

Thank you to our Period 2 rotating dermatology students who presented UTMB Dermatology residents and faculty with a “Kodachrome Cake” (based on our weekly clinical unknown Kodachrome conference) on the last day of the 4 week rotation. We all enjoyed working with you this month and learned from your end-of-rotation presentations. Good luck in your medical careers.




Photo caption (left to right): Mason Yu (UTMB PA student), MS4 Kathryn Hinchee-Rodriguez (UT San Antonio), MS4 Brandy Drozd (Texas A&M), MS4 David Duff (U Mississippi), MS4 Timothy Tran (Texas Tech El Paso), MS4 Kevelyn Rose (UT Houston), and MS4 Meenakshi Manivannan (Texas Tech El Paso)


Dr. Keith Wagner interviewed by The Dermatologist

Congratulations to Dr. Keith Wagner, a recent UTMB SOM graduate who will begin dermatology residency at UTMB in July 2020. He was interviewed by Melissa Weiss, Associate Editor of The Dermatologist about his research on skin hoaxes. Dr. J. Croley (UTMB PGY4) and Dr. Janice Wilson (UTMB Assistant Professor of Dermatology) are credited with helping Dr. Wagner with his research. Their internet resource for the public and researchers interested in this topic is also mentioned (www.SkinHoax.com). The interview is available online at https://www.the-dermatologist.com/article/qa-dr-wagner-online-skin-disease-hoaxes

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Dr. Ben Raimer Named UTMB Interim President of UTMB

 Congratulations to Dr. Ben Raimer, the new Interim President of UTMB. His wife is Dr. Sharon Raimer, former UTMB Dermatology Chair (1999-2016) and current dermatology professor. His son, Dr. David Raimer, is a UTMB SOM graduate, UTMB dermatology resident, and current UTMB Clinical Dermatology Faculty and a core faculty for the UTMB Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship Program.

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Academic Trifecta!

Academic publication can be a daunting task for medical students. However, in academic medical centers and medical schools, experienced help is usually available! In many settings, presentations and publications are needed by medical students applying for residencies, residents seeking fellowships, and faculty seeking promotion and tenure. Where do medical students fit in? In many instances, medical students (especially in their final year) have time to read about interesting case presentations, topics, participate in research projects, write a first draft abstract or manuscript for review and editing by the resident(s) and faculty, and finally submit the work for conference presentation or publication.

This describes an often iterative process that may take several weeks in the writing phase until everyone is satisfied with the final draft. After submission, the medical student keeps coauthors informed during the review process and organizes everyone if revisions are requested. In doing so, everyone on the team benefits. Students become more acquainted with medical research and become better writers. Resident and faculty are able to help medical students by providing direction, editing, and providing mentorship. Following positive team interactions through this process, faculty become important professional references. When posters, presentations, and publications appear with medical student, resident, and faculty co-authors, everyone wins!

UTMB Honors Research Program has a New Director

Congratulations to Bret T. Howrey, PhD (UTMB Associate Professor of Family Medicine). Dr. Howrey is the new Director for the UTMB Honors Research Program for medical students. Since 2001, 32 UTMB medical students have completed this program in the Department of Dermatology, with the vast majority of these students matching into dermatology residency programs.

UTMB Dermatology Chair Search Announced

UTMB has announced its search for a Dermatology Chair. Dr. Bernard Gibson, UTMB Associate Professor of Dermatology, has been the UTMB Dermatology Chair ad interim since 2016.

Monday, August 05, 2019

UTMB SOM 2019 Graduate Publishes about Porphyria

Congratulations to Dr. Christopher Dallo, who published, “The Royal History of Porphyria” in Online Journal of Community and Person-Centered Dermatology.

The article may be found at http://ojcpcd.com/dallo-c-h/royal-history-of-porphyria/  Dr. Dallo begins dermatology residency at the University of Kansas in July 2020.

Updated Date for DIG 2019-2020 Opening Meeting (8/29/19)

Please note that the date for the opening meeting has been moved from Monday 8/26/19 to Thursday 8/29/19. The corrected announcement is copied below:

Come join the Dermatology Interest Group for their first meeting of the year! We will have UTMB Dermatology Program Director Dr. Richard Wagner present to answer questions about matching into dermatology. We will also discuss future events and have sign ups available for our fall fundraising bake sale and community outreach "Stay Shady" program. The meeting will be held on Thursday 8/29/19 in the 5th floor Dermatology conference room (5.124) at 5 pm. We hope to see you there!

Sunday, August 04, 2019

American Academy of Dermatology Abstracts Due August 28, 2019 for 2020 Annual Meeting in Denver

Please see https://www.aad.org/meetings/annual-meeting/for-abstracts for additional details. The meeting is scheduled for March 20-24, 2020. Unfortunately it overlaps with the 2020 Match Day (Friday, March 20).

Friday, August 02, 2019

Psoriasis Walk is Coming Up!

The bi-annual National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) walk is quickly approaching this autumn & we encourage you to join the UTMB DIG team as we raise awareness for a great cause.


When: Saturday, 10/19/19 at 8 AM
Where: Memorial Park - Picnic Loop in Houston, TX


If you are interested in walking & fundraising with UTMB DIG, please contact Mai-Anh Vu (MS4), UTMB DIG's Psoriasis Chair, at mnvu@utmb.edu. An official registration form will be distributed to interested members within the next few weeks. UTMB DIG's team page can be found here: https://npf.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=8024

Thursday, August 01, 2019

UTMB Announces House Staff Orientation Dates for 2020-2021 Academic Year

There will be two different UTMB house staff orientations in 2020. The June orientation will be 4 days, starting on Tuesday, June 16 and ending on Friday, June 19th. A second orientation will be held for those unable to attend the June meeting starting on Wednesday, July 1st through Friday, July 3, and again on July 6th.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

UTMB Dermatology Residency is Expanding

Monday, July 29, 2019

UTMB DIG 2019- 2020 Opening Meeting (8/29/19)

Come join the Dermatology Interest Group for their first meeting of the year! We will have UTMB Dermatology Program Director Dr. Richard Wagner present to answer questions about matching into dermatology. We will also discuss future events and have sign ups available for our fall fundraising bake sale and community outreach "Stay Shady" program. The meeting will be held on 8/29/19 in the 5th floor Dermatology conference room (5.124) at 5 pm. We hope to see you there!

Friday, July 26, 2019

Competitive Advantage of Medical School Academic Schedules

Several medical schools conclude their MS3 year early, permitting students to take 4 week away dermatology rotations during June. At other medical schools the MS3 year is not completed until the end of June. These scheduling differences may advantage students with one additional away rotation during the dermatology residency application cycle because successful away rotations appear to increase applicant chances of matching in these programs. 

DIGA Newsletter is Out!

DIGA’s Summer Newsletter has been published. This newsletter includes research opportunities and advice for dermatology applicants. DIGA is the largest national, non-profit student-run dermatology interest group encompassing over 100 school. Mai-Anh Vu (MS4) is current DIGA Co-President and was the lead editor of this newsletter. Congratulations!


Thursday, July 25, 2019

Should I take a year off to do dermatology research before applying for residency?

Maybe. A year of dermatology research between the MS3 and MS4 year is becoming a trend as competition increases for residency positions. Funded positions are competitive and can demonstrate a commitment to a dermatology career, in addition for an educational opportunity to gain substantive dermatology research experience. DIGA (Dermatology Interest Group Association) lists some of the ones available at https://derminterest.com/research/

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

St. Vincent's Student Clinic Dermatology Night 8/1/19

Join UTMB Dermatology faculty and residents for the upcoming dermatology night at St. Vincent’s Clinic. Please see the calendar link below to reserve your volunteering spot.

When: Thursday, August 1st at 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://stvsc.org/index.php/students/sign-up

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Good Luck UTMB Completing Dermatology Residents!

This Thursday, July 18, 2019 our 2019 UTMB Dermatology Residency graduates will be in Tampa, Florida for the ABD Certification Examination (“The Boards”). We wish Drs. Vlad Codrea, Kyle Kaltwasser, Kristin Wolf, and Kate Woolridge the best of luck on this examination!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

UTMB MS4 Honored a 170th Osler Birthday Celebration

Congratulations to UTMB MS4 DIG President Michael Ryan for receiving the John D and Mary Ann Stobo Award in Oslerian Medicine. The event was held at the JD Rogers Building on the historic Strand in Galveston, and was hosted by the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine.



MS4 Michael Ryan receiving the award from Dr. Joan Richardson, Chair of UTMB Pediatric Department and Osler Scholar.

Monday, July 08, 2019

UTMB Medical Student Publishes in SKIN

Congratulations to UTMB MS4 Caroline Crain and UTMB alumni Drs. Tyler Marion and Jake Gibbons (SOM 2019) for their recent publication, “The Father of Modern Cryotherapy.” Their article appears in the “Compelling Comments” section of SKIN (2019, Volume 3, Number 4). https://jofskin.org/index.php/skin/article/view/407

Friday, June 28, 2019

Registration and Hotel Information for 2019 Fall Texas Dermatological Society Meeting (San Antonio)

The Texas Dermatological website is now accepting registration for the fall meeting in San Antonio (https://www.texasdermatology.org/AMSIMIS/shared/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=TDSF19 ). Hotel reservations at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort are also available by calling  (210) 647-1234 at the discounted meeting rate of $229/night if you tell them you are there for the TDS meeting.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

UTMB Dermatology Honors Thesis Published

Congratulations to Dr. Keith Wagner (UTMB SOM 2019) and his coauthors Dr. J. Croley (UTMB PGY4 dermatology resident) and Dr. J. Wilson (UTMB Assistant Professor of Dermatology) for their recent publication in the peer-reviewed Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology titled, “Internet Skin Disease Hoaxes: An Evaluation on Their Scope and Potential Impact on Dermatology.” This Research Letter (J Am Acad Dermatol. 2019 Jun 22. pii: S0190-9622(19)31025-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2019.06.036. Epub ahead of print) was based on original research conducted while Dr. Wagner was a medical student participating in the UTMB Dermatology Research Honors Program. Dr. Wagner is the immediate past president of the UTMB DIG, and the recipient of the 2019 Edgar B. Smith Award for excellent dermatology research conducted while in the UTMB Department of Dermatology. Following a PGY1 transitional year at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan, he will join the UTMB dermatology residency program in July 2020.


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

More Information about 2019 Fall Texas Dermatological Society Meeting

All podium and poster applications are due on Friday, August 23, 2019 for the TDS September 27-28 meeting in San Antonio. Abstracts and poster PDFs are due on Friday, August 30th. Additional  information is available on the TDS website ( https://www.texasdermatology.org/amsimis/ ) under “Residents Corner.”

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

UTMB Mohs Team Publishes Article About Skin Grafting



Congratulations to Dr. Julie Croley for her first author publication in the June 2019 issue of Cutis titled,  “Clinical Pearl: Advantages of the Scalp as a Split-Thickness Skin Graft Donor Site” (103:369-370). Her coauthors are Drs. Jason Hirshburg (UTMB Mohs Fellow during 2017-2018 who is now dermatology faculty at University of Oklahoma) and Richard Wagner, UTMB’s Mohs Fellowship Director.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Thank You Dr. Will Tausend!



Dr. Will Tausend returned to UTMB Dermatology to lecture our residents about what he has learned during his first year of private practice. It was the last day that all 4 of our completing PGY4 residents were present. He is a UTMB SOM graduate (Class of 2014) and completed dermatology residency at UTMB in 2018. He is currently in practice with his father in Pasadena, Texas. Thanks for the cookie cake with the names of all of our new graduates!


UTMB PGY4 Dermatology Residents Present Scholarly Projects to Dermatology Department

Congratulations to our PGY4 dermatology residents for completing their departmental scholarly projects and presenting them to faculty and residents on Friday, June 14, 2019. The following research was presented:

Dr. Vlad Codrea: “Handedness in Micrographic Surgery Fellows: An Anonymous Professional Survey of Fellowship Directors”

Dr. Kyle Kaltwasser: “Dermoscopy Patient Satisfaction”

Dr. Kristin Wolf: “An Analysis of Dermatologic Diagnoses on Instagram”

Dr. Kate Woolridge: “Survey to Assess Laboratory Monitoring Practices during Standard Courses of Isotretinoin for Acne”


Following these presentations, the dermatology faculty commented how well-done all of the presentations were this year. They awarded Dr. Kate Woolridge with the 2019 “Dermatology Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Research.”

2019 Fall Texas Dermatological Society Meeting

The 2019 fall meeting of the Texas Dermatological Society (TDS) will be held in San Antonio at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort & Spa on Friday and Saturday, September 27-28. More information to follow. Residents who are the first authors on posters and podium presentations are eligible for awards in each category. Medical students may also present their work at this meeting, but are not eligible for awards when they are the first author on posters or presenters at the podium.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

UTMB Mohs Team Transitions



As Dr. Josh Hammel (center) completes Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship at UTMB, he instructs Dr. Vlad Codrea (left), the 2019-2020 Mohs Fellow, while PGY2 Dr. Kristyna Gleghorn (right) looks on.


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Learn How to Create a Better Scientific Poster

The UTMB Office of Educational Development is offering a Teaching Skills Workshop early next month (July 1 or July 2). Those interested are encouraged to attend. It is open to UTMB faculty, residents and students. Additional information and registration is available at https://utmb.us/3d3

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Summary of Dermatology Residency Interview Trends

For a good overview of dermatology interview trends over the past 5 years, a new study published in the May 2019 issue of Dermatology Online Journal provides useful information to current applicants in “Interview date trends for dermatology residency from 2012-2017” (see https://escholarship.org/uc/item/4pr742jj ). Highlights are that over 80% of dermatology interview invitations were sent in November, most interviews were scheduled for January (66.3%), and most programs have 3 or less interview dates. Since most programs interview on Thursdays and Fridays, overlapping interview dates from competing residency programs result in applicants declining interviews, with the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th week in January being the most problematic.