Editors



Current Editors: Tim Allen and Keith Wagner



Past Editors: 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.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

DIG needs volunteers for Plazapalooza

DIG is looking for members to volunteer at our Plazapalooza booth Tuesday, August 22nd 5:30-8:30. It will be outside of Old Red. There will be food and drinks at the event. Please email Kedwagne@utmb.edu

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Volunteers needed for Saturday

UTMB DIG is requesting volunteers for the DIG booth this Saturday. There will be a breakfast served before the fair and lunch will be after. We are also looking for someone to design our poster for the table.  Details below. Email Kedwagne@utmb.edu if you would like to help us this weekend!

Location and Time:
Welcome Weekend will take place at the Moody Gardens Convention Center at 7 Hope Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77554. The Community Fair will occur from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM in Expo Hall C in the Convention Center. Student Organizations and Community Vendors will be allowed to set up for the fair starting from 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM. All student organization must be at their tables and ready to go at 9:45 AM. Volunteers will be unable to enter the Expo Hall after 9:45 AM, as we will be preparing to transition the first group of students into the fair.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Lots of Medical Students at UTMB

928 allopathic medical students as of last fall, making UTMB the 9th largest medical school in the US.

UTMB Dermatology Publishes Original Research in August 2017 JAAD

UTMB dermatology research about nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (Wilson J, Gleghorn K, Seigel Q, Kelly B. Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis: A 15-year retrospective study at a single tertiary care center. J Am Acad Dermatol 2017; 77:235-240) was published in the August 2017 issue of JAAD. The first author, Dr. Janice Wilson, recently completed a dermatopathology fellowship at UTMB and will join the dermatology faculty next month. She will be the 9th UTMB faculty member.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Texas Dermatological Society Requesting Posters for Fall 2017 Meeting in Bastrop, Texas

The application deadline for the Texas Dermatological Society (TDS) fall meeting applications for poster presentations is September 1, 2017, with complete abstracts due by September 8th. Only residents are eligible to win awards, but medical students may submit their work. Materials presented must not have been published, but may be already accepted for publication. Winning abstracts are published in The Texas Dermatologist. The meeting is on September 29th and 30th. Please email any questions to sylvia.hall@texmed.org

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Living with Melanoma Symposium at MD Anderson Cancer Center, 8/26

Hey DIG members, Register now for the free 2017 Living with Melanoma Symposium at MD Anderson Cancer Center on August 26! Hear stories from survivors of melanoma, as well as lectures by melanoma experts on topics related to melanoma. Click the link below for more information and to register. 

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

St. Vincent Dermatology Night 8/3

Join UTMB Dermatology residents and faculty for the upcoming dermatology night (Thursday, August 3rd) at St. Vincent’s Clinic. Please see the calendar link below to reserve your volunteering spot:
When: Thursday, August 3rd, 5:30-8:30PM (volunteers should arrive at 5:15)
Volunteer link: http://ift.tt/25Hmbgd

Friday, July 28, 2017

UTMB Dermatology Resident Receives eGEM Recognition

The UTMB eGem (“Going the Extra Mile,” https://www.utmb.edu/gem/ program recognizes UTMB employees, students and volunteers for professional behavior and excellent patient care. One recent patient wrote, “Dr. Tausend took the time to personally call me and give me my bx results the normal 8 to 5 hours. It was a great feeling to have a personal touch to my care instead of only getting an update via MyChart. Dr. Tausend was wonderful during my clinic appointment answering my questions. He's wonderful asset to the derm depart. and we are lucky to have a Resident that cares as he does.” Congratulations Dr. Tausend! Nominations for eGEM awards can be made at https://www.utmb.edu/gem/SendGEM

New Dermatology Journal Publishes Two Articles from UTMB Dermatology

A new peer-reviewed, open access, quarterly dermatology journal, Skin: The Journal of Cutaneous Medicine (http://jofskin.org/index.php/skin), has published two articles from the UTMB Department of Dermatology in its first issue. Dr. M. Wilkerson, Professor, Dermatology supervised the medical student (first author) and two UTMB dermatology residents who co-authored these reports. The full articles are available at the journal website:

A Rare Transition from Pemphigus Vulgaris to Pemphigus Foliaceus Following Rituximab Therapy Confirmed by Antidesmoglein ELISA
Samuel P Haslam, Katelyn F Woolridge, Michael G Wilkerson

Penile Mondor's Disease: Two Rare Cases
Samuel P. Haslam, Chinelo Ikpeama, Michael G. Wilkerson

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

UTMB MS2 Scheduled to Present Dermatology Research Honors Thesis

Please join UTMB MS2 Michael Ryan when he presents his UTMB Dermatology Research Honors Thesis, “Dermatologic Depictions in Animated Movies,” on Thursday October 5, 2017 in the 4th floor dermatology conference room (4.130 McCullough Bldg) at 5 pm. Mr. Ryan’s committee members are Drs. Peek, R. Wagner (faculty advisor), B. Kelly, and J. Wilson. UTMB DIG members with an interest in participating in the UTMB Research Honors Program should attend this presentation to find out more about this research opportunity. UTMB MS3s who are interested in participating should be aware that the thesis proposal deadline December 31, 2017. If the thesis proposal is approved, it meets the BSHS graduation writing requirement.

Monday, July 24, 2017

UTMB Dermatology to Provide Rotation for UTMB Family Medicine Residents

Starting this week, UTMB Dermatology will initiate a new clinical elective for UTMB Family Medicine residents. Family Medicine residents will be able to take this elective during their PGY2 and PGY3 year. UTMB Dermatology already has established rotations for UTMB Internal Medicine residents and for PGY3 Plastic Surgery residents (Mohs rotation). Dr. Brent Kelly coordinates the Family Medicine and the Internal Medicine residents, and Dr. Richard Wagner supervises the Plastic Surgery residents. The Family Medicine residents, like the Internal Medicine and Plastic Surgery residents, will be able to see patients in the dermatology clinics and write notes in EPIC, all under dermatology faculty supervision.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the History of the UTMB Dermatology Department!

Ms. Betty Head is the UTMB Department of Dermatology employee who has been with our department longer than anyone else. You are invited to listen to her re-collection of the Department’s history when she gives a lecture in the UTMB Dermatology 5th floor conference room at 10 am on Friday, July 21st.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Dr. Ashley Group Interviewed

UTMB Dermatology Assistant Dr. Ashley Group was interviewed for Valerie Well’s article about sunscreens in the Sunday, July 9, 2017 edition of the Galveston Daily News (“Dermatologist: Chemical sunscreens don’t cause cancer,” page A3). Dr. Group encouraged readers not to tan: “A suntan is just evidence your skin is damaged by the sun. Pasty is the new tan.”

Friday, July 07, 2017

UTMB MS2 Presents Dermatology Research at 2017 MSSRP

Congratulations to UTMB MS2 Mai-Anh Vu for her dermatology poster ("Rose Bengal Dye Reduces Collagen Expression in Post-burn Hypertrophic Scar Fibroblasts In Vitro")  at the 2017 MSSRP.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Will Artificial Intelligence Disrupt Dermatology?

The July 3, 2017 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek briefly discusses (1 page) this issue. While it is difficult to believe that “The developer, who has no background in dermatology…” has developed an AI algorithm that is a good at diagnosing skin cancer “…as accurately as a group of 21 certified dermatologists,” the writer concludes that dermatologists are still needed because 5 million US skin cancers require treatment by 12,000 US dermatologists.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Dr. Brent Kelly Appointed UTMB Dermatopathology Fellowship Director

The UTMB DIG congratulates Dr. Brent Kelly on his new appointment as the UTMB Dermatopathology Fellowship Program Director beginning July 1, 2017. Dr. Ramon Sanchez, the former fellowship director, will continue as the Associate Program Director.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Dermatology Night At St. Vincent's on 7/6/17

Join UTMB Dermatology residents and faculty for the upcoming dermatology night (Thursday, July 6th) at St. Vincent’s Clinic. Please see the calendar link below to reserve your volunteering spot:
When: Thursday, July 6th, 5:30-8:30PM (volunteers should arrive at 5:15)
Volunteer link: http://ift.tt/25Hmbgd

Monday, July 03, 2017

UTMB Dermatology Welcomes New Dermatopathology Fellow

Please welcome Dr. Chunhui Yi to the UTMB Dermatopathology Service for her 2017-2018 Dermatopathology Fellowship! She will overlap with Dr. Janice Wilson this July, while Dr. Wilson completes her UTMB Dermatopathology Fellowship.

Friday, June 23, 2017

UTMB MS3 Publishes Case Report

Congratulations to UTMB MS3 Josh Hays on his recent publication, “Delayed Diagnosis of Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Upper Lip: The Possible Role of Incidental Multinucleated Foreign Body Giant Cells” in Case Reports in Dermatology 2017;9:50–54 (Karger), a peer-reviewed open access online medical journal. His UTMB co-authors were Drs. Helen Malone (Mohs Fellow), Will Tausend (PGY3 Dermatology Resident), Brandon Goodwin (Dermatology and Dermatopathology Faculty), and Richard Wagner (Dermatology Residency and Mohs Fellowship Program Director). This article is available at https://www.karger.com/Article/FullText/477455

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Dr. C. Helen Malone Completes UTMB Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology (Mohs) Fellowship

Congratulations to Dr. Malone! UTMB DIG members really appreciated your teaching and collaboration on our multiple research projects this academic year with you. Pictured with Dr. Malone (from left to right) are Dr. Richard Wagner (Fellowship Director) and the other two Mohs Fellowship Faculty, Drs. David Raimer and Aaron Joseph. Dr. Malone will begin the private practice of Mohs Surgery in Katy, Texas following program completion in June 2017. The new UTMB Mohs Fellowship is unique because it provides comprehensive fellowship training in Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology in a setting that is a true blend of academic Mohs surgery in a University setting and private practice Mohs.

Congratulations to UTMB’s Two Graduating Dermatopathology Fellows!

The UTMB DIG wishes Drs. Janice Wilson (left) and Rebecca Philips (right) every success in their professional careers. Thanks for all of the encouragement and teaching!


Congratulations to UTMB Graduating PGY4 Dermatology Residents!

The UTMB DIG wishes you every success in your professional careers!

Sunday, June 04, 2017

2017 UTMB Dermatology MS4 Graduation Awards

History of Dermatology Award: Paulyann Maclayton  (“History of Skin-Lightening: Past to Present”)

Best Original Essay for “Skin Diseases Depicted in Cinema”: Ahmed Chatila (“The Balding Athlete”)

Thomas W. Freese Memorial Award for Excellence in Dermatology: Seena Monjazeb

Edgar B. Smith Endowed Scholarship in Dermatology: Kristyna Gleghorn


Left to right: Ahmed Chatila, Kristyna Gleghorn, Seena Monjazeb, and Paulyann Maclayton

UTMB DIG Presents Annual 2016-2017 Dermatology Resident and Faculty Teaching Awards

Resident Teaching Award: Dr. Alison Lowe

Faculty Teaching Award: Dr. Brent Kelly

(left to right): Dr. Brent Kelly, MS4 Kristyna Gleghorn (2016-2017 UTMB DIG President), Dr. Alison Lowe

Dr. Emily Grimshaw Recognized for Best UTMB PGY4 Dermatology Research

The UTMB dermatology faculty vote annually to recognize the best dermatology resident research over the 3 year training program. Both quality and quantity of the research is considered, as well as presentations at meetings and publication. This year Dr. Emily Grimshaw was recognized. Congratulations to Dr. Grimshaw for her excellent dermatology research!

UTMB Dermatology Residents Present Annual 2016-2017 Faculty Teaching Awards

UTMB Faculty: Dr. Sharon Raimer

Community Dermatologist: Dr. Ramon Sanchez

Thursday, June 01, 2017

UTMB Dermatology Resident to Serve on UTMB GME House Staff Subcommittee

Dr. Chinelo Ikpeama will serve with the UTMB Chief Resident Officers as a Member-at-Large. Her duties for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year include attendance at the GME Chief Resident/HOA Subcommittee meetings.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Dermatology Night At St. Vincent's on 6/1/17

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

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Longer Dermatology Wait Times for New Patients Reported

Dermatology Times (May 2017, page 14) is reporting that new dermatology patients are waiting 3.5 days longer to see a dermatologist than they did three years ago. In large cities, the average wait time to see a dermatologist for new patients is 32.3 days. In midsize cities, new patients wait an average of 35.1 days to see a dermatologist. This finding could represent a growing shortage of dermatologists.

Yes, the Interview Really Counts!

For those applicants who remain skeptical about the value of the dermatology residency interview in the NRMP, a newly published letter in Dermatology Online Journal is very informative (Kamangar F, et al, “The residency interview is still paramount: results of a retrospective cohort study on concordance of dermatology residency applicant evaluators and influence of the applicant interview,” http://escholarship.org/uc/item/7rf0x11c ). The authors concluded that, “The final rank list submitted to the NRMP had a stronger correlation with interview scores than with application scores (P-value < 0.0001), which signify the importance of applicant performance during the interview. "

Will interview coaching become the next big thing for dermatology applicants?