Editors



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, February 22, 2017

Dr. Brent Kelly's Band has a fabulous performance at Galveston's 2017 Mardi Gras

2017 Mardi Gras celebrants were treated to a rare Texas public performance by the 1990s rock band Zaemon in Galveston on February 18th. Fans of Zaemon, including dermatology residents and medical students, gathered to hear guitarist Dr. Brent Kelly (photo 1) perform. We hope to see them back in Galveston soon! 



Photo 1: Guitarist Dr. Brent Kelly 

Photo 2: Dermatology residents and medical students gather to watch Zaemon (from left to right: Vlad Codrea, Dung Mac, Kristin Wolff, Will Tausend, Rebecca Philips, Kristyna Gleghorn)

Stay Shady visits Morgan Elementary

On February 17th, UTMB DIG presented another installment of Stay Shady at Morgan Elementary. Keith Wagner (MS2), Mai-Ahn Vu (MS1), Michael Ryan (MS1), and Aspen Stuart (MS1) presented to over 500 K-4th grade students! This fun, interactive presentation is aimed at making kids aware about the sun damage and how to protect themselves! Shout out to Morgan's faculty and administrators for allowing DIG to present! Additionally, thank you to Allheart for supplying Starbucks coffee and pastries for the school’s faculty during our presentations.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

UTMB PGY3 Dermatology Resident Awarded International Travel Grant

Dr. Chinelo Ikpeama, a current UTMB PGY3 dermatology resident, was competitively awarded an International Travel Grant by the American Academy of Dermatology to attend the British Association of Dermatology Meeting in Liverpool this summer. Congratulations Dr. Ikpeama on this outstanding professional recognition!

Monday, February 20, 2017

DIG Annual Bake Sale 3/8/17

DIG is pleased to announce that the Annual Bake Sale will be Wednesday, March 8th in the Jamail Student Center from 11:00-2:00! The money raised is used to help purchase more supplies for Stay Shady for the elementary school children of Galveston! If you would like to volunteer some of your time to run the booth or provide baked goods for us to sell, please email Keith Wagner at kedwagne@utmb.edu.

AIM for the Cure Melanoma 5K Walk and Fun Run 2017



Dr. Lindy Ross Receives Prestigious UTMB Thayer Teaching Award

Congratulations to UTMB PGY3 Dermatology Resident Dr. Lindy Ross, who was awarded a Thayer Award for Excellence in Teaching. Awardees are UTMB residents who demonstrate exemplary scientific knowledge, compassion for patients, and dedication to learning and teaching. This award is made annually by the Osler Student Scholars in the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine at UTMB.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Dr. Brent Kelly’s Band to Perform at Galveston’s 2017 Mardi Gras (Budweiser Main Stage, 23rd and Strand)

Fans of Zaemon may recall that the band performed at Galveston’s Mardi Gras last year. They have been invited back to open for Sugar Ray on Saturday, February 18, 2017. Zaemon is scheduled to perform at 4:15 pm. All are welcome to attend this party! General admission tickets cost $19.82

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Mentee Advice

JAMA published invaluable advice to mentees and their mentors in the February 7, 2017 issue (2017;317:475-476). In, “Mentee missteps: tales from the academic trenches,” three University of Michigan co-authors offer critical analysis about different types of problematic mentees they have encountered: the overcommitter, the ghost, the doormat, the vampire, the lone wolf, and the backstabber. Potential solutions for both the mentee and the mentor are offered. This article offers very sound advice!

UTMB House Staff Pay Raise on Horizon for 2017-2018 Academic Year

UTMB house staff will receive pay raises during the upcoming academic year if approved by the UT System Board of Regents. The proposed pay scale will be:
 
PGY1: $51,681
PGY2: $53,432
PGY3: $55,087
PGY4: $57,545
PGY5: $60,195

Original Research Highlights UTMB’s Innovative Surgical Training for Residents

Congratulations to Dr. Julie Croley, a current UTMB PGY1 resident in preliminary internal medicine and soon-to-be UTMB dermatology resident for achieving first authorship in important educational research recently conducted in the UTMB Mohs clinic (Croley JA, Malone CH, Goodwin B, Phillips LG, Cole EL, Wagner RF Jr. Mohs surgical reconstruction educational activity: a resident education tool. Advances in Medical Education and Practice). This research demonstrated that PGY3 dermatology and plastic surgery residents benefited by planning wound repairs following Mohs surgery for skin cancer patients. Resident surgical closures were reviewed by the faculty Mohs surgeon and feedback was provided to each resident. Coauthors on his publication were Drs. Helen Malone (UTMB inaugural Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellow), Dr. Richard Wagner (UTMB Mohs Fellowship Director),  Dr. Brandon Goodwin (UTMB Dermatology and Dermatopathology Faculty), Dr. Linda Phillips (Director, UTMB Plastic Surgery), and Dr. Eric Cole (UTMB Plastic Surgery Faculty). This peer-reviewed, open access journal article is available at https://www.dovepress.com/mohs-surgical-reconstruction-educational-activity-a-resident-education-peer-reviewed-article-AMEP

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

DIGA Winter Newsletter and Leadership Application

The Dermatology Interest Group Association (DIGA) recently published it's Winter Newsletter featuring an interview with Dr. Papier, co-Founder and CEO of VisualDx. VisualDx is a cinical decision suport system used to help with differential diagnosis, testing, therapy and patient education in dermatology. Many medical schools have a license to VisualDx- if your medical school does not have a license and you would like access to help introduce VisualDx to your medical school email Lauren at lmacdonough@visualdx.com. 

Also, the DIGA Leadership Application is now open! DIGA is a great way to get involved with dermatology at a national level. The application can be found at http://www.derminterest.org. If you would like to apply, send your application to ApplyToDIGA@gmail.com by February 13th, 2017. This year UTMB MS4s Kristyna Gleghorn (UTMB DIG president) and Lauren Williams were DIGA officers. Contact Kristyna Gleghorn (klglegho@utmb.edu) for any questions. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Dermatology Night At St. Vincent's on 2/2/17

Join UTMB Dermatology residents and faculty for the upcoming dermatology night (Thursday, February 2nd, 2017) at St. Vincent’s Clinic. Please see the calendar link below to reserve your volunteering spot:

When: Thursday, February 2nd, 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/

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Stay Shady Presented at Odyssey Academy

Over the course of two days, 480 children at Odyssey Academy participated in DIG’s “Stay Shady!” presentation. The presentation is aimed at raising sun damage awareness for the children of Galveston Island. Keith Wagner (MSII) and Jacob Benavidez (MSII) kicked it off on January 17th, and Uloma Ibezim (MSII) and Eric Mong (MSII) finished the presentations January 18th. The staff were extremely supportive, and the students were very eager to soak up our warnings about soaking up too much sun! The presentations went so well, that a staff member asked for a copy to review with his students to ensure they “Stay Shady!"

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

DIG Meeting Recap from 1/17/17

1. DIG Bake Sale

The spring DIG Bake Sale to raise funds for Stay Shady will occur during the week of March 6th to 10th. It will be in the Jamail cafeteria on the first floor. Keith Wagner, MS2, will be taking the lead on this event. If you are interested in either making baked goods or volunteering your time to help the sale, please contact Keith at kedwagne@utmb.edu

2. Stay Shady

There are two more sign up dates available for Stay Shady (Feb. 17th at Morgan elementary and Mar. 2nd at Crenshaw)! Please sign up if interested in volunteering. Contact Tara Akunna for more information at taakunna@utmb.edu.

3. Melanoma Walk

The UTMB Melanoma walk will be Saturday, March 11th. Check in will be from 7-8am and the race will go from 8-9am. We need DIG volunteers to help set up the event, check in participants, and help mark the course! Please visit https://walk.aimatmelanoma.org/Galveston2017/ for more information online. Watch the blog for information on how to sign up! Contact Paige Hoyer for more information at pehoyer@utmb.edu

4. Suture Workshop

The Spring suture workshop will be this upcoming March. Watch the blog for more information on dates and how to sign up.

5. Away rotations for fourth year medical students interested in dermatology 

Current DIG President Kristyna Gleghorn graciously took time out of her interview season to provide advice on how to choose away rotations. Main points included: beginning the VSAS application, getting immunizations now before VSAS applications open, and having your application ready for submission by the first of March since it is important to apply as early as possible (the day applications open) for away rotations. Most students complete 2-3 away rotations, and you may have to apply to more programs (~5-6) in order to make sure you get accepted to 2-3 rotations that will work with your fourth year schedule. Contacting programs directly by email or phone call to express interest in a program can help when applying for aways. 

Dermatology Programs in Texas include: UTMB (Galveston, TX), Baylor Scott & White A&M (Temple, TX), Texas Tech (Lubbock, TX), UTHSA (San Antonio, TX), UT Houston, Baylor Houston, Baylor Scott & White (Dallas, TX), UT Austin, and UTSW (Dallas, TX). Current MS4s have also done away rotations out-of-state at locations such as: Univ of South Florida, Vanderbilt, Colorado, Univ of Florida at Gainsville, Oregon Health and Science Center (OHSU), Cook Country (Chicago, IL), Metrohealth Medical Center, and Louisiana State University

Dr. Janice Wilson Accepts UTMB Faculty Position for 2017-2018 Academic Year

The UTMB DIG was very happy to learn that current UTMB Dermatopathology Fellow Dr. Janice Wilson has accepted a dermatology faculty position following the completion of her dermatopathology fellowship in June 2017. We are all looking forward to working with you! This will bring  the number of UTMB dermatology faculty to 9 dermatologists.

Friday, January 13, 2017

PGY2 UTMB Dermatology Residents Dine with Faculty for Free!

The UTMB Graduate Medical Education (GME) has instituted a new dinner meeting program related to their Resident Wellness Initiative that applies to our PGY2 (first year) dermatology residents. Volunteer dermatology faculty  are paired with a PGY2 dermatology resident (significant others are also invited) to dine at GME expense (up to $100). There are many excellent restaurants in the Galveston/League City area to enjoy and a good chance to interact with dermatology faculty on a personal level.

Dr. Ashley Group Certified in Wound Care

Congratulations to Dr. Ashley Group for passing the certification examination administered by the American Board of Wound Medicine and Surgery, a non-ABMS  specialty organization. Dr. Group sees dermatology patients with complicated and chronic wounds at the specialized UTMB Health Wound Care and Hyperbarics Clinic in Dickinson, Texas. UTMB dermatology residents are very fortunate to work with Dr. Group during their PGY2 year because they gain additional expertise in this interesting subspecialty area of dermatology. Not many dermatology residency programs in the United States have a dermatology faculty with wound care certification.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Calling all DIG members to help volunteer for Stay Shady!

The UTMB DIG is looking for volunteers to present our sun protection presentation, "Stay Shady!," to the students at Morgan Elementary School in Galveston, TX. “Stay Shady!” is an interactive presentation aimed to teach elementary and middle school children about sun safety.

When: Friday, February 17, at 8:50 am-1:55 pm grades Kinder-1st.
Where: Morgan Elementary, 410 37th St, Galveston, TX 77550

This is fun teaching experience and a great way to get involved with DIG! Interested in participating? Please email Tara Akunna (taakunna@UTMB.EDU), Barrett Riddle (bcriddle@UTMB.EDU), or Keith Wagner (kedwagne@UTMB.EDU) if you would like to volunteer! 

Calling all DIG members to help volunteer for Stay Shady!

The UTMB DIG is looking for volunteers to present our sun protection presentation, "Stay Shady!," to the students at Crenshaw Middle and Elementary School in Port Bolivar, TX. “Stay Shady!” is an interactive presentation aimed to teach elementary and middle school children about sun safety.

Where: Crenshaw Middle and Elementary School, 406 State Hwy 87, Port Bolivar, TX 77650

This is fun teaching experience and a great way to get involved with DIG! Interested in participating? Please email Tara Akunna (taakunna@UTMB.EDU), Barrett Riddle (bcriddle@UTMB.EDU), or Keith Wagner (kedwagne@UTMB.EDU) if you would like to volunteer! 

Calling all DIG members to help volunteer for Stay Shady!

The UTMB DIG is looking for volunteers to present our sun protection presentation, "Stay Shady!," to the students at Odyssey Academy in Galveston, TX. “Stay Shady!” is an interactive presentation aimed to teach elementary and middle school children about sun safety.

Where: Odyssey Academy 2412 61st St, Galveston, TX 77551

This is fun teaching experience and a great way to get involved with DIG! Interested in participating? Please email Tara Akunna (taakunna@UTMB.EDU), Barrett Riddle (bcriddle@UTMB.EDU), or Keith Wagner (kedwagne@UTMB.EDU) if you would like to volunteer

Monday, January 09, 2017

Botox on Cover of Time Magazine

It was surprising to see Botox as the cover story on the January 16, 2017 issue of Time magazine. Writer Alexandra Sifferlin authored the article, “The drug that’s treating everything,” on pages 39-44. It is recommended reading as an interesting and worthwhile report.

Update: UTMB DIG Meeting Now Tuesday, January 17th

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the UTMB DIG has moved its first meeting of the semester to be this upcoming Tuesday, January 17th at 6:00 PM in the Dermatology Conference Room (4.112 McCullough Building). This meeting is especially important for MS3s as we will be discussing VSAS, applying for away rotations, and which away rotations are recommended. We will also cover the DIG Bake Sale, Stay Shady events, suture workshop, and AIM for the Cure Melanoma 5K.  Please email Kristyna Gleghorn (klglegho@utmb.edu) or Tim Allen (tirallen2@utmb.edu) with questions.

Friday, January 06, 2017

UTMB DIG Meeting Wednesday, January 11th

The UTMB DIG will be holding its first meeting of the semester this upcoming Wednesday, January 11th at 6:00 PM in the Dermatology Conference Room (4.112 McCullough Building). This meeting is especially important for MS3s as we will be discussing VSAS, applying for away rotations, and which away rotations are recommended. We will also cover the DIG Bake Sale, Stay Shady events, suture workshop, and AIM for the Cure Melanoma 5K.  Please email Kristyna Gleghorn (klglegho@utmb.edu) with questions. 

John Sealy Hospital Construction Zone Fire Update

Dermatology clinics and student electives are still fully in operation following the evacuation of John Sealy Hospital on Wednesday afternoon, January 4, 2017. For additional information from the Galveston Daily News, please see http://www.galvnews.com/news/free/article_7d5a9c16-a161-553e-b2c3-e8f6c74e69f6.html

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Volunteers Needed for Dermatology Night at St. Vincent's Clinic Tonight


Please join UTMB Dermatology residents and faculty for the dermatology night at St. Vincent’s Clinic. We are in need of volunteers tonight!

When: Tonight (Thursday, Jan 5th, 5:30-9PM)
Where: St. Vincent's House, 2817 Post Office Street, Galveston, Texas 77550

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Still a Seller’s Market for Dermatologists

Dermatologists have recently been contacted about an employment opportunity at a hospital in Ohio. Starting salary ranges from $411,000 to $562,000 and there is an opportunity to earn more through incentive bonuses. Medical student loan repayment of up to $200,000 is available with this job.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

12th Annual AIM Melanoma Walk

Hey everyone! Mark your calendars for March 11, 2017. DIG will be hosting the 12th annual AIM Melanoma Walk. Funds raised from this event are donated to support Melanoma research, legislative reform, education, and patient and caregiver support. Everyone is welcome to participate, so please invite your family and friends. Location (in Galveston), time (AM), and sign up link will be sent out soon!

Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or would like to be involved with this event. Hope to see y'all there!

Paige Hoyer
UTMB MSIII
DIG Melanoma Chair
(512)968-5742
pehoyer@utmb.edu

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Dr. Goodwin Continues New UTMB Tradition for Innovative Dermatology Resident Education

Thank you Dr. Brandon Goodwin for continuing giving the UTMB dermatology residents a “mock mock” board exam this December in preparation for the 2017 ITE exam on February 16 and the July ABD certification exam for our 4 PGY4 residents. Dr. Cris Berlingeri first introduced the “mock mock” practice exam to our residents, and it was received very positively. She was familiar with this educational concept because was used in her dermatology residency program in Puerto Rico. Last year she expanded it from a purely dermatopathology focus to include other areas of dermatology. Following her departure for private practice in Tyler, Texas earlier this year, Dr. Goodwin, UTMB’s newest dermatology and dermatopathology faculty member, volunteered to continue giving the exam. Because of the increasing number of questions (some contributed by other UTMB dermatology faculty),  he broke the exam into two parts that are given on two consecutive Fridays in December. Examination questions are reviewed by Dr. Goodwin following the test, which is self-graded by the residents. It is a way for our residents to identify areas of dermatology that they may want to review prior to the ITE and the certification examination.

Friday, December 16, 2016

UTMB Dermatology Initiates New Funding Plan for Supplemental Dermatology Resident Education

The UTMB dermatology faculty have decided to implement a new approach for funding supplemental resident and fellow education regarding the purchase of textbooks, required equipment such as dermatoscopes and iPads, submission fees and related expenses for abstracts/posters for meeting presentation, and the costs of professional meeting attendance (registration, travel, meals, and hotel). Our dermatology department is well known for its generosity that provides for the professional development of its residents. The benefits of this plan are that it permits residents to budget for their purchases and meetings. It is also a very fair way to allocate limited financial resources among our 12 residents and 3 fellows annually. PGY2 residents receive the most funding under this plan because they need to purchase dermatology textbooks and clinical equipment for the clinic. Annual funding depends on the departmental budget. Directed donations from our SOM and graduates of our dermatology residency are often used for this purpose as well.

Dr. Erica Kelly Elected By UTMB Faculty

Congratulations to Dr. Erica Kelly, Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology, for her recent election by UTMB faculty to the Faculty Group Practice Clinical Operations Committee. Dr. Kelly will represent the small departments at UTMB (dermatology, psychiatry and neurology). Her appointment begins in January 2017.