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 athttp://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.
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.
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.
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to volunteer.
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.
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.
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
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-Info. If 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 email@example.com. 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!
University of Colorado were generally positive about their QI curriculum according to a recent article in Dermatology Online Journal (seehttp://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,
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.
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.
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)
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.
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)
UTMB was once again well-represented by its medical students, residents, and faculty at the fall TDS meeting in Houston, Texas last weekend. 12 out of the 34 posters at the meeting were from UTMB. Congratulations to Dr. Janice Wilson (UTMB PGY4 dermatology resident), Kristyna Gleghorn (UTMB MSIII), and faculty supervisor Dr. Brent Kelly for winning 2nd place in the poster competition at this meeting!
Authors of the 12 UTMB poster presentstions were:
Janice M Wilson MD, Kristyna L Gleghorn BS, Brent C Kelly MD
Title: Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis: A Retrospective Study
Dung Mac BS, Paige Hoyer BS, Karl E Anderson MD
Title: Erytheropoietin Therapy for Porphyria Cutanea Tarda in Renal Disease
Andrew DeCrescenzo BS, Elizabeth Schepp MD, Michael Wilkerson MS MD
Title: Atypical mycobacterial infection arising after sclerotherapy
A resident podium presentation by Texas A&M Scott &White at the Texas Dermatological Society 2016 spring meeting in Houston explored the costs and value of the annual certification examination given by the American Board of Dermatology (Mansouri B, Walker GD, Fiala K. The estimated cost and overall value of the American Board of Dermatology Certification Exam, April 15, 2016). In recent years, the failure rate for first time test takers has been low (below 2%). The authors reported that that cost of failing the exam ranged from $204,000 to $1.6 million. Cost cutting measures were suggested, including use of the ITE examination offered by the American Board of Dermatology throughout all three years of residency training instead of the certification examination that is given each summer following completion of residency. Perhaps certification could be more efficiently achieved by receiving a certain “cutoff” score (20th percentile?) on each of three ITE tests during the three years of residency. That strategy would limit expensive testing with a low failure rate to “at risk” candidates who have not consistently performed well on the ITE examination throughout dermatology residency.
The UTMB DIG was sad to learn that the University of New Mexico Dermatology Residency Program is closing soon. We hope that their current dermatology residents there are able to transfer to other programs so that their dermatology training can be completed. UTMB has a strong historic connection to the New Mexico program because our former chairman, the late Dr. Edgar B. Smith was the Chairman of the Dermatology Department in New Mexico prior to his Chair appointment at UTMB. Following retirement from UTMB, he returned to New Mexico to be their dermatology program director.
The American Board of Dermatology administers an annual voluntary ITE exam (“mock boards”) annually to give individual dermatology residents and dermatology residency programs information about their educational progress. Areas tested are general dermatology, pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, basic science, surgery, visual recognition and applied knowledge. This year the highest individual scores were achieved in surgery and pediatric dermatology.
As of April 8, 2016 UTMB has new institutional policies for house staff regarding institutional drug screening procedures for probable cause and post rehabilitation. Details may be found in UTMB's GME Institutional Handbook.
Dermatology residents continue to suffer sharp injuries during training. A survey on this topic was recently published by Nambudiri VE, et al (Sharp injuries among US dermatology trainees: A cross-sectional study, J Am Acad Dermatol 74:756-758, 2016). 76% of surveyed dermatology residents reported a sharps injury. Injury during suturing was most common. Recapping needles and “cleaning up” accounted for 12% of reported injuries. The authors advised more safety training for dermatology residents as well as reducing “rushing” during procedures.
According to a recently published analysis by Mansouri B et al (The cost of applying to dermatology residency: 2014 data estimates, J Am Acad Dermatol 74:754-758, 2016), the average matched dermatology applicant spent $11,324 and unmatched applicants spent $9058. Suggestions to decrease application costs were to limit the number of programs where applicants could apply, regional interviews by multiple residency programs within a close geographic region within a narrow timeframe, video-conference interviews, capping the number of interviewees at programs based on the number of available residency positions, and increasing program transparency about selection criteria for applicant selection. Interviews were estimated to cost $500 each, and away rotations for one month were estimated to cost $2142.
DIG will be hosting its annual dermatological procedure workshop on April 18th at 5:30 pm in the Dermatology Conference Room (4.130 McCullough). Dr. Wagner and UTMB Dermatology Residents will be teaching injection techniques, superficial and punch biopsies, and suturing. Please email Kristyna Gleghorn (firstname.lastname@example.org) if interested in participating in this educational workshop.
The UTMB DIG congratulates UTMB MS4 Uyen Ngoc Mui on the presentation of her thesis, “An evaluation of patients’ habits and knowledge regarding sunscreen and factors that influence their choice,” on April 1, 2016. She was awarded Magna Cum Laude research honors for her original work. Her ad hoc committee members were Drs. A. Group (faculty advisor), B. Kelly, and M.K. Peek (Chair of UTMB Honors Committee). This year marks 15 years of UTMB medical students participating in the UTMB Dermatology Honors Research Program.
On Tuesday, March 8th, and Friday, March 11th, UTMB DIG members Paige Hoyer (MSII), Tara Akuna (MSII), and Tim Allen (MSII) presented "Stay Shady!" to the students at Satori and Crenshaw Elementary School. This fun, interactive presentation is aimed at making kids aware that the sun can damage their skin and inform them how to protect themselves. The students gave the presentation and answered questions for 100 kids in total as well as a couple teaachers! 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 both Satori and Crenshaw Elementary School for being such a great audience and to our DIG volunteers!
1. Advice from MS4s
preparing for Dermatology Residency
a.It is important to set yourself up for success during your
rotations at home and during aways. Do as many away rotations as will fit in
your schedule, even if they are later in the year. Consider doing away
rotations at a variety of programs. Ideas to consider include location variety
and programs that have previously accepted UTMB or Texas students.
b.Research is an important part of your application. Dermatology
looks highly at research projects specifically focused in dermatology. Make
sure to keep your CV updated with all posters, oral presentations, case
reports, abstracts, and pending manuscripts. Each poster presentation, even if
it is the same poster at a different conference, should be included. All awards
from conferences should be noted in your application as well.
c.Apply to as many dermatology programs as possible.
i.Standard interview questions/mainly want to get to know you
ii.Strengths & Weaknesses
iii.Why do you want to be a dermatologist
v.Know your application well and be able to talk about each
event/experience on it
e.A unique personal statement can help you stand out.
becoming increasingly competitive, it is important to consider a back up
plan.For someone who doesn’t match
major decisions will be made in a very short amount of time so some forethought
on what you would do in this situation could be beneficial. Options for someone
who does not match into dermatology include completing an internal medicine or
surgery prelim year and reapplying, taking a year for research, or dual
2AAD Summary from
Kristyna Gleghorn and Julie Croley
AAD is a great way for medical students interested in dermatology
to learn about new innovations in dermatology, explore specific dermatology
interests, and to get a better idea of what life as a dermatologist is like.
One of the sessions they highly recommended is the Hot Topics Sessions where
the forefront of dermatology research and pharmaceutical developments were
discussed. An abundance of other informative topic specific presentations were
held. Another benefit of attending AAD is presenting research in a poster
format or oral presentation in the Gross and Microscopic Symposium.