Current Editors: Keith Wagner and Michael Ryan

Past Editors: 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.

Monday, April 23, 2018

DIG's 13th Annual Melanoma Walk Results

The DIG would like to send a big thank you to everyone that donated, came out to participate, or volunteered in the Annual AIM for the CURE Melanoma 5K! The weather cooperated this year and we had a great turnout. Thanks to everyone's efforts, the DIG raised a substantial amount of money for research, education, and patient/family support for those affected by melanoma. 

Pictured above: Some of the participants in this year's 5K relax after their run. Congratulations to DIG member Tyler Marion (MS3) for his photo finish* 2nd place!

Pictured above: DIG Volunteers (Left to Right) - Keith Wagner (MS3), Priscilla Ly (MS3), Michael Ryan (MS2), Ryan Lawrence (MS3), Tyler Marion (MS3), Caitlin Pekowski (MS2)
Thanks to Nariman Khan (MS3) for volunteering and taking the photo!

Pictured above: Coordinators of this year's event - Caitlin Pekowski (MS2) and Ryan Lawrence (MS3). Not pictured - Paige Hoyer (MS4).

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Texas Dermatological Society (TDS) Recognized at 2018 AAD Annual Meeting

Congratulations to the TDS for its well-deserved recognition of the “Model State Award with Honors” by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) at its annual meeting in San Diego. On the far right of the photo is Dr. M. Wilkerson, UTMB Professor of Dermatology and recent President of TDS.

Taking Donations for Melanoma Walk Saturday

Hello DIG Members!

Our annual 5K Melanoma Walk and Fun Run is happening THIS Saturday (4/21). Thank you to all of those that have signed up. If you have not signed up, there is still time! Sign-up using this link and join the DIG team https://walk.aimatmelanoma.org/Galveston2018/Account/Register.

We would also really appreciate any donations that you can make to AIM. Even if you don't want to participate in the run, you can still donate! We encourage all participants to donate at least $10 to cover the cost of your goody bag (which includes a nice T-shirt and lots of expensive sunscreens!). Also be sure to reach out to family and friends and see if they will support you. Use the following link to donate: https://walk.aimatmelanoma.org/Galveston2018/Donate

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ryan Lawrence (512-788-6628).


Monday, April 16, 2018

More Volunteers needed for Melanoma Walk

With DIG hosting the 13th Annual AIM for the Cure Melanoma 5k Walk & Fun Run on the Seawall next weekend, April 21st, we really need some volunteers to help with set up/sign in/standing at the turn around point! Any donations from DIG members of bananas, granola bars, or cases of water to pass out to participants would also be greatly appreciated even if you can't make it Saturday. But if you are interested in volunteering please sign up using the link!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Ryan Lawrence (rylawren@utmb.edu) or Caitlin Pekowski (cnpekows@utmb.edu).

Friday, April 06, 2018

JAMA Dermatology Discontinues “Notable Notes” Feature

In July 2009, JAMA Dermatology announced a new feature, “Notable Notes,” that was intended to add a humanities aspect to the Journal, often with “…historical notes of interest, practice pearls, or definitions of dermatologic terms and signs.” In 450 words or less, UTMB medical students would submit interesting articles for consideration, some of which were published. Sadly, JAMA Dermatology has decided to discontinue “Notable Notes,” and is no longer accepting submissions.

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Volunteers Needed for Melanoma Walk

With DIG hosting the 13th Annual AIM for the Cure Melanoma 5k Walk & Fun Run on the Seawall on April 21st, we are looking for volunteers to help with set up/sign in! We will also need someone to stand at the turn around point. We are asking for donations from volunteers of bananas, granola bars, and cases of water to pass out to participants. If you are interested in volunteering please sign up using the link!


If you have any questions, feel free to contact Ryan Lawrence (rylawren@utmb.edu) or Caitlin Pekowski (cnpekows@utmb.edu)."

UTMB MS2 Presents Stay Shady to Holy Family Catholic School

Michael Ryan (MS2) presented Stay Shady to the 4th-8th grade students at Holy Family Catholic School on Thursday April 5th. The students enjoyed the interactive presentation and asked excellent questions at the end. All of the students were able to make UV sensitive bracelets that change color when exposed to the sun and had the opportunity to test them outside after the presentation. They were amazed to see that even through the clouds the beads lit up completely, which highlighted the importance of wearing sunscreen even on cloudy days! The event was a great success and the teachers said they are looking forward to more presentations in the coming years. UTMB DIG would like to thank Michael Ryan for giving the presentation, Tyler Marion (MS3) for scheduling the event, and the staff at Holy Family for being so welcoming!

Michael Ryan presenting Stay Shady

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

JAAD Publishes Ethics Article Critical of 3 + 3 Dermatology Residency Program Model

Most agree there is a need for more academic dermatologists, and some residency programs are now asking their dermatology residents to contract with them to stay an extra 3 years as junior faculty to become experts in non-ACGME accredited fellowship areas such as basic science, hair, contact dermatitis, etc. The April 2018 issue of JAAD addresses this phenomenon (see http://www.jaad.org/article/S0190-9622(17)32194-1/fulltext ). After discussing the issues of unconscionability and conflict of interest, the authors concluded that “While there is a need for more academic dermatologists, the 3 + 3 program is not an ethical way to achieve this goal. New residents are not in a position to agree to this mandated contract and therefore lose their autonomy and the program has too many conflicts of interest to be in a position to offer it.” 

Dermatology Standardized Letters of Recommendation

Although controversial (and not uniformly adopted), standardized Letters of Recommendation (SLORs) in recent years have been used by some dermatologists to recommend residency applicants. A study published last month (J Clin Aesthet Dermatol 2018;11:26-29) retrospectively analyzed SLORs from 3 participating institutions and found that the best recommendations come from writers who know the applicant well. Grade inflation was present (“exceptional,” a grade that should be limited to the top 5% of applicants, was given  to 25.4%). Dermatology faculty (31.5%) were more likely to evaluate applicants as “exceptional” than departmental chairs, program directors, and assistant program directors. Research potential and applicant inquisitiveness were rated lower than other categories in SLORs. Based on this study, the authors concluded, “…we were unable to draw conclusions about the reliability of the SLOR.”

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

AIM Melanoma Walk!

The 13th Annual AIM Melanoma Walk hosted by DIG is happening on Saturday, April 21st on the Seawall. The event starts with sign-in at 6:30 AM and fun run at 7:00 AM. Please register ASAP and join the DIG team. Registration includes a gift bag and T-shirt. Come on out to support UTMB DIG and a cure for melanoma

Contact Ryan Lawrence (ryanelawrence@gmail.com, 512-788-6628) for more details.

Dr. C. Helen Malone Accepts Faculty Appointment at Baylor (Houston)

Former UTMB dermatology resident and inaugural Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellow (2016-2017) has accepted a full-time academic appointment in the Baylor Department of Dermatology in Houston. She had previously worked in private practice in Katy, Texas. UTMB visiting dermatology students are looking forward to working with Dr. Malone in the future when they take away rotations at Baylor (Baylor has a rotation available in Dermatological Surgery, MEDER-506). The UTMB DIG wishes you success in your new position!

Monday, April 02, 2018

UTMB Medical Student and Resident Posters at 2018 American Academy of Dermatology Meeting, San Diego, California

Congratulations to all of the UTMB presenters at this very prestigious meeting:

[6691] Dermatologic Depictions in Animated Movies
Categories: Epidemiology & Health Services Administration, Epidemiology & Health Services Administration, Arts, History, & Humanities of Dermatology
Authors: Michael P. Ryan, Vail Reese, Richard F. Wagner
Presentation(s): ePoster Presentation Center 1 - 2/17/2018 9:10 AM until 9:15 AM

[7431] A Case of Darier Disease: Intersection of Genetics, Environmental Triggers and Medication Side Effects
Categories: Genodermatoses
Authors: Caroline Crain, Vlad Codrea, MichaeI Wilkerson

[7459] Cutaneous Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Infection: A Retrospective Study of 78 Cases
Categories: Infection - Bacterial & Parasitic, Hair & Nail Disorders
Authors: Paige Hoyer, Rebecca Philips, Skyler White, Katherine Tinkey, Michael Loeffelholz, Clark Andersen, Michael Wilkerson, Bernard Gibson, Brent Kelly
Presentation(s): ePoster Presentation Center 2 - 2/16/2018 10:15 AM until 10:20 AM

[7559] Previously undiagnosed Darier’s disease complicated by bilateral ecthyma gangrenosum masquerading as a vasculopathy with retiform eschar formation
Categories: Infection - Bacterial & Parasitic, Genodermatoses, Clinical Dermatology & Other Cutaneous Disorders
Authors: Kristin Wolf, David Nash, Brent Kelly

[6915] An 89 year old female with a leg rash after Prolia injections
Categories: Pharmacology, Internal Medicine Dermatology, Clinical Dermatology & Other Cutaneous Disorders
Authors: Timothy Allen, Julie Croley, Michael Wilkerson
Presentation(s): ePoster Presentation Center 1 - 2/16/2018 10:05 AM until 10:10 AM

[6220] Severe Cutaneous Drug Reactions, such as Steven-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, in Pediatric Patients with an Emphasis on Recently Approved Medications
Categories: Pharmacology, Pediatric Dermatology, Pediatric Dermatology
Authors: Kristyna Gleghorn, Brent Kelly
Presentation(s): ePoster Presentation Center 1 - 2/17/2018 2:15 PM until 2:20 PM

[6200] Rose Bengal Dye Reduces Collagen Expression in Post-burn Hypertrophic Scar Fibroblasts In Vitro
Categories: Wound Healing & Ulcers
Authors: Mai-Anh Vu, Jayson Jay, Dung Mac, Anesh Prasai, Amina El Ayadi, Ye Wang, Michael Wilkerson, David N. Herndon, Celeste C. Finnerty

[6438] Dermatologic Applications of Sodium Sulfacetamide
Categories: Wound Healing & Ulcers, Epidemiology & Health Services Administration, Clinical Dermatology & Other Cutaneous Disorders
Authors: Kory Lee, Natalie Kash, Kristin Wolf, Sirunya Silapunt
Presentation(s): ePoster Presentation Center 2 - 2/17/2018 3:15 PM until 3:20 PM

Michael Ryan (MS2) with Poster

Mai-Anh Vu (MS2) with Poster

Friday, March 30, 2018

UTMB “Positivity Corner” Launched!

UTMB PGY2 dermatology resident Dr. Skyler White has developed a “Positivity Corner” for our department to publically acknowledge the great work that our dermatology residents and others do each day in the clinic and hospital. A box (decorated with donuts) for anonymous reports about how our professionals exceed expectations is located in the Galveston departmental mail room and its contents will be reviewed each week at the Friday dermatology department meeting that is attended by residents, faculty, and providers. Everyone is invited to contribute anonymous positive reports.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

St. Vincent's Student Clinic Dermatology Night 4/5/18

Join UTMB Dermatology faculty for the upcoming dermatology night (Thursday, April 5th) at St. Vincent’s Clinic. Please see the calendar link below to reserve your volunteering spot.

When: Thursday, April 5th at 5:30-8:30PM (volunteers should arrive at 5:15)
Where: St. Vincent's House, 2817 Post Office Street, Galveston, Texas 77550

Monday, March 26, 2018

Summer Basic Science Research Opportunity for Current UTMB MS1

Work with Drs. M. Wilkerson and Finnerty at the Galveston Shriners Burn Hospital during the upcoming 2 month summer break in ongoing research about the effects of rose bengal on scars. Applications are currently being accepted via the UTMB Medical Student Summer Research Program. Those with previous bench experience with cell cultures and PCR techniques are preferred.

Dermatology Honors Thesis Defense Scheduled

DIG members are invited to attend UTMB MS3 Tyler Marion’s Dermatology Honors Research presentation, “Dermatologic Features in Good Film Characters Who Turn Evil: The Transformation,” on May 11, 2018  at 8 am in the dermatology conference room (5.120F McCullough Bldg).
His honors thesis advisor is Dr. Richard Wagner, UTMB Professor of Dermatology, and his ad hoc UTMB Dermatology Honors Research Committee includes Drs. M.K. Peek, J. Wilson, and B. Kelly. UTMB MS1 and MS2 medical students interested in participating in the UTMB Dermatology Honors Research Program would benefit from attending.

US Preventative Services Task Force Recommendations for Skin Cancer Behavioral Counseling

In a recommendation surprising to most dermatologists, the US Preventative Task Force “…concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of counseling adults about skin self-examination to prevent skin cancer. (I statement)”
However, it does recommend “…counseling young adults, adolescents, children, and parents of young children about minimizing exposure to UV radiation for persons aged 6 months to 24 years with fair skin types to reduce their risk of skin cancer (B recommendation)” The entire report may be reviewed in JAMA.2018;319(1):1134-1142 (March 20, 2018).

Friday, March 23, 2018

Volunteers needed for Stay Shady

UTMB DIG is excited to announce another Stay Shady presentation at Holy Family Catholic School at 1:00 pm on March 28th! We are looking for volunteers, preferably some 1st and 2nd years. Volunteers would need to be there at 12:45, and the presentation should only take about an hour. If you would like to do the presentation, more information will be provided before Wednesday. Interested volunteers should email Tyler Marion, MS3, asap at trmarion@utmb.edu to reserve their spot. 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

UTMB MS2 Presents Stay Shady at Odyssey Academy

Michael Ryan (MS2) gave several Stay Shady presentations to over 250 students from the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade at Odyssey Academy on Tuesday March 20th. The students enjoyed the interactive presentation and asked excellent questions at the end. All student were able to make UV sensitive bracelets that change color when exposed to the sun and had the opportunity to test them outside. The event was a great success and the teachers said they are looking forward to Stay Shady presentations again next year. UTMB DIG would like to thank Michael Ryan for setting up and presenting the program as well as Odyssey Academy and their staff for being so receptive and welcoming!

Michael Ryan (MS2) preparing to present Stay Shady to Odyssey Academy students

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

UTMB PGY3 and PGY4 Dermatology Residents Take 2018 American Board of Dermatology ITE Tomorrow

Good luck everyone! 

UTMB MS3 Coauthors Article about Pyoderma Gangrenosum

Congratulations to UTMB MS3 Drew Armenta for his recent 2018 publication, “Delayed diagnosis of post-surgical pyoderma gangrenosum: A multicenter case series and review of literature.” It was published in the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports, Volume 33, pages 152-156. Additional coauthors include two former UTMB dermatology residents (Drs. Julie Martin and Mara Dasco) and UTMB dermatology and dermatology faculty Dr. Brandon Goodwin. This article is available online at https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2210261218300592?via%3Dihub

Monday, March 19, 2018

UTMB Medical Students Publish 2 “Notable Notes” in March 2018 JAMA Dermatology (Volume 154, Number 3)

Congratulations to Kevin Cao (MS2) and Tyler Marion (MS3) for their recent JAMA Dermatology publications, “A Thousand Words,” (page 375) and “Monroe’s Mark” (page 308). Their co-author was former UTMB medical student, Dr. Jorge Roman.

UTMB MS4 Coauthors JAAD Research Letter

UTMB MS4 Eduardo Rodriguez has coauthored a Research Letter that was published in the January 2018 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD) entitled, “Retrospective effects of the American Joint Committee on Cancer’s eighth edition guidelines for staging melanoma,” (78:177-178). His coauthors were first author, Dr. Janice Wilson and Dr. Brent Kelly, both dermatology and dermatopathology faculty members in the UTMB department of dermatology.  

Friday, March 16, 2018

Is it Better to go Unmatched and SOAP?

Is it Better to go Unmatched and SOAP?

An unconventional and somewhat risky strategy for dermatology residency applicants is to intentionally go unmatched if a NRMP dermatology match was not achieved. This strategy permits several career options that may eventually lead to a dermatology residency:
  1. A categorical dermatology residency (4 year dermatology or 5 year  combined dermatology and internal medicine) may have gone unfilled, and the only MS4s eligible for it through the SOAP are those who do not already have a PGY1 year commitment through the Match. It is also possible that other categorical dermatology or combined residencies that were not filled and do not participate in SOAP and will be available once SOAP is completed (typically on Match Day).
  2. Depending on the year, there may be SOAP positions available in transitional (do not count toward Medicare residency funding) or preliminary surgery at prestigious academic institutions (5 year Medicare funding) that will allow those completing such programs to apply to a dermatology residency without Medicare funding issues being a concern. However, these positions may only be available in different parts of the country, so relocation is necessary.
  3. Depending on the medical school, an MS4 may be able to defer graduation for another year while having the opportunity to take more away dermatology rotations, conduct dermatology research, and/or complete a 1 year Master’s program in an area of interest such as a MPH, MBA, MS, etc.
  4. Graduating and taking a clinical or basic dermatology fellowship that does not require a medical license.

The disadvantages of this approach include:
  1. Not being able to take a dermatology clinical fellowship that requires a medical license.
  2. Not being able to apply for a PGY2 dermatology residency that becomes available during the PGY1 year (happens every year because new programs open, new PGY2 positions are funded, or a previous matched applicant is unable to take the position)
  3. Incurring more debt
  4. Opportunity cost of not taking a residency in another specialty and going into practice (multiple years of lost practice possible)
  5. No guarantee of getting into a dermatology residency and convincing other specialty Program Directors why you are now interested in their specialty

Meet the UTMB Dermatology Residency Class of 2022

Congratulations to the following MS4s who matched into the UTMB Dermatology Residency Program (Class of 2022):

Morgan Arnold: UTMB

Caroline Hagan: LSU-Shreveport

Paige Hoyer: UTMB

Anthony Linfante: Drexel

MS4s Morgan Arnold and Paige Hoyer at 2018 UTMB Match Ceremony

UTMB MS4s Match Into Dermatology Residencies for 2019

Congratulations from the UTMB DIG to our successful dermatology applicants from the Class of 2018! They are:

Tara Acunna: University of Arkansas

Tim Allen: University of Minnesota Combined Dermatology and Internal Medicine Program

Morgan Arnold: UTMB

Ben Falck: Cook County (Chicago)

Paige Hoyer: UTMB

Ben Nia: Howard

Eduardo Rodriguez: UTHSC-San Antonio

Jay Truitt: Texas Tech

Thursday, March 15, 2018

2019-2020 UTMB Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology (Mohs) Fellow Announced

Congratulations to Dr. Vlad Codrea, a current PGY3 dermatology resident at the UTMB. Through a San Francisco Match exemption available to dermatology residents currently in the same program, Dr. Codrea has accepted the UTMB ACGME-accredited Mohs Fellowship for the 2019-2020 academic year. The UTMB DIG looks forward to working with you next year as a chief dermatology resident and in the following year when you are the UTMB Mohs fellow.

Dr. Erica Kelly Selected for UTMB Academy of Master Clinicians

The UTMB DIG congratulates Dr. Erica Kelly for her selection to the UTMB Academy of Master Clinicians (AMC). This campus organization “is to promote clinical excellence and recognize our faculty that meet the rigorous standards defining a Master Clinician.”  It is an honor that is well-deserved!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

DIG has Another Successful Spring Bake Sale

The Dermatology Interest Group had their spring bake sale on Wednesday, March 14th to raise funds for its Stay Shady Program. Special thanks to medical students Caitlin Pekowski (MS2), Michael Ryan (MS2), and Alec De Jong (MS1) who ran the table as well as DIG's fundraising chair Uloma Ibezim (MS3) who coordinated the event. The bake sale would not have been a success without the delicious contributions provided by Keith Wagner (MS3), Mai-Anh Vu (MS2), Catherine Hazen (MS2) Caitlin Pekowski (MS2), Caroline Crain (MS2), Kevin Cao (MS2), and Alec De Jong (MS1). The DIG would like to congratulate everyone involved as well as thank the UTMB community for their support!
DIG Members (left to right) Alec De Jong (MS1), Caitlin Pekowski (MS2), and Michael Ryan (MS2) running the bake sale

DIG Spring Bake Sale Today!

The spring DIG bake sale is up and running in the UTMB library between 11 and 1. Come out and get some treats made by the DIG to fund Stay Shady!