Current Editors: Michael Ryan and Alec De Jong

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.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

UTMB MS3 Publishes Case Report in The Journal of Cutaneous Pathology

Congratulations to Michael Ryan (MS3) for his recent publication in The Journal of Cutaneous Pathology:

A rare variant of extraskeletal osteosarcoma presenting as a clinically benign subcutaneous neoplasm. Ryan MP, Woolridge KF, Sedrak M, Berlingeri-Ramos AC, Group AR. J Cutan Pathol. 2019 Apr 11. doi: 10.1111/cup.13474. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30972791

His co-authors from UTMB included Dr. Ashley Group (Associate Professor of Dermatology) and Dr. Kate Woolridge (PGY-4 Resident), as well as former UTMB Assistant Professor Dr. Berlingeri-Ramos and former UTMB dermatopathology fellow Dr. Sedrak.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

NSRF 2019 Dermatology Award Winners

Congratulations to the following award winners at the 2019 National Student Research Forum:

Best Oral Presentation:

Jacquelyn Dang
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Sunscreen application technique amongst patients with a history of skin cancer

Best Poster Presentation:

Elise Weisert
University of Texas Medical Branch
Assessment of Online Patient Materials for Acne Vulgaris: An Analysis of Readability and Patient Understanding

Congratulations to both award winners and a special thanks to the Department of Dermatology for funding these awards!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

UTMB Medical Student Dermatology Abstracts at the 2019 National Student Research Forum (NSRF)

UTMB is hosting the 60th Annual National Student Research Forum on April 18th and 19th this year in Levin Hall, and a new addition to the conference is the available of meeting podium and poster abstracts online. Congratulations to the following UTMB medical students participating in the dermatology section this year:

MS4 Keith Wagner: Online Skin Disease Hoaxes: An Evaluation on Their Scope and Potential Impact on Dermatology, https://www.nsrj.org/post/online-skin-disease-hoaxes-an-evaluation-on-their-scope-and-potential-impact-on-dermatology

MS3 Michael Ryan: An Atypical Presentation of Juvenile Xanthogranuloma,https://www.nsrj.org/post/an-atypical-presentation-of-juvenile-xanthogranuloma

MS3 Michael Ryan: Bullous Hemorrhagic Lichen Sclerosus of the Breast,https://www.nsrj.org/post/bullous-hemorrhagic-lichen-sclerosus-of-the-breast

MS3 Caroline Crain: Eruptive Lichenoid Lesions Following Introduction of Leflunomide,https://www.nsrj.org/post/eruptive-lichenoid-lesions-following-introduction-of-leflunomide

MS3 Maureen Ezekor: Low-dose Methotrexate-Induced Acute Pneumonitis in Patient with Bullous Pemphigoid, https://www.nsrj.org/post/low-dose-methotrexate-induced-acute-pneumonitis-in-patient-with-bullous-pemphigoid

MS3 Maureen Ezekor: Concomitant Kwashiorkor and Zinc Deficiency in a Middle-Aged Obese Woman; Characteristics and Risk, https://www.nsrj.org/post/concomitant-kwashiorkor-and-zinc-deficiency-in-a-middle-aged-obese-woman-characteristics-and-risk

MS2 Elise Weisert: Assessment of Online Patient Materials for Acne Vulgaris: An Analysis of Readability and Patient Understanding, https://www.nsrj.org/post/assessment-of-online-patient-materials-for-acne-vulgaris-an-analysis-of-readability-and-patient



Wednesday, April 17, 2019

UTMB’s Economic Impact

 According to the Wednesday, April 17, 2019 Galveston Daily News (page C3), in 2018 UTMB’s financial impact was a $2.25 billion budget, with about 3350 students and 13,100 employees (2067 in the academic enterprise). 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Another Successful Melanoma Walk

This year’s AIM at Melanoma Walk took place this past Saturday (4/13/19) on the Seawall. Caitlin Pekowski (MS3) planned and organized the event with the help of Ryan Lawrence (MS4), Caroline Crain (MS3), Michael Ryan (MS3), Corley Pruneda (MS3), and Christina Davis (MS1). DIG was able to make the event very successful this year with over $3300 raised to fight Melanoma! The walk had a Melanoma Survivor Honoree recognized for the first time, which generated a lot of interest in the walk and donations, as well as provided a deeper connection for why we hold this event. A special thank you to Caitlin Perkowski and all the other DIG members who helped make this event a success!

Left to right: Christina Davis, Michael Ryan, Corley Pruneda, Caitlin Pekowski, Caroline Crain

Still a Seller’s Market?

While it is difficult to ascertain the exact nature of advertised dermatology positions from a distance, a recent mailed request for a general dermatologist will likely generate interest. The opportunity offered a “guaranteed starting salary of $450,000 with a production bonus that can add significantly to the base salary.” In addition, the employer noted that “...with a signed contract, we will pay a monthly stipend to residents while in training.” Too good to be true?

Monday, April 15, 2019

Texas Medicine Reports Value of Hospital-Employed Physicians

 The April 2019 issue of Texas Medicine in its “Pulse” column reported interesting data learned from the 2019 Merritt Hawkin’s Physician Inpatient/Outpatient Revenue Survey. Primary care physicians produce a net revenue of $2,133,273, while specialists earn $2,446,429. The average for all physicians was $2,378,727 (page 8).

UTMB Medical Students Publish Research on Dermatology Residency Match

Congratulations to UTMB MS3 Michael Ryan and his MS2 coauthor Alec De Jong for their recent letter in the March 2019 issue of Dermatology Online Journal titled, “Medical School Rankings and Dermatology Match Results: An Analysis of the 2018 Match Data.” Their coauthor was Dr. Richard Wagner, UTMB Dermatology Program Director. The article may be found online at: https://escholarship.org/uc/item/59p3z80r

UTMB MS3 Authors Case Report about Ulcerative Tophaceous Gout

Congratulations to 2019-2020 UTMB DIG President and current MS3 Michael Ryan for the publication of a fascinating case of ulcerative gout in the March 2019 issue of Dermatology Online Journal. The citation is:
https://escholarship.org/uc/item/48z2d0k6#main UTMB Dermatology co-authors were Drs. Seena Monjazeb (PGY2 dermatology resident), Brandon Goodwin (Assistant Professor) and Ashley Group (Associate Professor).  

UTMB PGY3 Dermatology Resident Publishes in Dermatologic Surgery

 Congratulations to UTMB PGY3 Dr. Julie Croley for her latest first author publication, “Reconstruction of medium to large scalp defects by progressive tightening of pulley sutures for staged primary closure.” Her coauthors on this surgical series were Drs. C. Helen Malone (UTMB Mohs Fellow, 2016-2017), Jason Hirshburg (UTMB Mohs Fellow, 2017-2018), and Richard Wagner (UTMB Mohs Fellowship Director). The PubMed citation for this original article is Dermatol Surg. 2019 Apr 5. doi: 10.1097/DSS.0000000000001946. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available. PMID: 30964783

UTMB PGY4 Co-authors JAAD Split Earlobe Repair Article in JAAD

Volunteers Needed for DIG Bake Sale

DIG will be hosting its spring bake sale on April 24th from 11am to 1pm. We are looking for volunteers to bring baked goods and to help set up/run the table during the event. If you're interested in volunteering, please sign up using the link below. If you have any questions, please contact Caroline Crain (cbcrain@utmb.edu). 


Friday, April 05, 2019

DIG Volunteer Opportunity In Skin Cancer Screening

Please join UTMB dermatology faculty and residents during the annual UTMB Department of Dermatology free skin cancer screening from 10 am to noon on Saturday morning, May 4 at the Steward Road Family Clinic. Your help is appreciated!

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Volunteers Needed for Melanoma Walk

With DIG hosting the 14th Annual AIM at Melanoma 5k Walk & Fun Run on the Seawall April 13th, we are looking for 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 that Saturday. If you are interested in volunteering or donating items please sign up using the link!

Monday, April 01, 2019

2019 Dermatology Match Statistics

The NRMP has published information about the 2019 Dermatology Match (see https://mk0nrmpcikgb8jxyd19h.kinstacdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Advance-Data-Tables-2019_WWW.pdf ). In 2019 there were 128 participating dermatology residency programs with 447 available positions. For advanced position applicants, 488 were US Allopathic Seniors out of a total 701 applicants (69.6%). 370 US Allopathic Seniors successfully matched into 444 advanced positions (83.3%).

Friday, March 29, 2019

UTMB DIG Elects New Officers

Congratulations to all the new DIG Officers and Committee Members!

Michael Ryan

Vice President:
Alec De Jong

Stay Shady Chairs:
Nick Tahmassi
Christina Davis

Melanoma Walk Chairs:
Caroline Crain
Corely Pruneda

Psoriasis Chair:
Mai-Anh Vu

Fundraising Chair:
Elise Weisert

Diversity and Welcoming Chair:
Sunny Patel

Committee Members:
Ali Haider: Stay Shady Committee
Renat Ahatov: Stay Shady Committee
Caitlin Pekowski: Melanoma Walk Committee
Eunice Ko: Psoriasis Chair Committee
Maureen Ezekor: Diversity Committee

Thank You 2018-2019 UTMB DIG Officers!

 The UTMB DIG thanks the 2018-2019 Officers for Excellent Leadership in guiding our organization in an extremely productive year. The following officers were recognized at the final DIG meeting of the year on Thursday, March 28, 2019:

President – Keith Wagner, MS

Vice President – Michael Ryan

Fundraising Co-Chairs – Caroline Crain and Catherine Hazen

Psoriasis Chair – Mai-Ahn Vu

Psoriasis Chair – Matt LaCour

Stay Shady Co-Chairs – Alec Dejong  and Eunice Ko

Melanoma Chair – Caitlin Pekowski

Diversity Chair - Maureen Ezekor

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

St. Vincent's Student Clinic Dermatology Night 4/4/19

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, April 4th 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 25, 2019

It’s ITE Time Again!

This Friday, March 29, 2019 UTMB PGY3 and 4 residents will take the American Board of Dermatology In-training Examination (ITE).  This examination provides feedback to those taking the examination and their programs by providing comparisons to examinees in other dermatology residency programs. Good luck! UTMB PGY2 dermatology residents take the BASIC examination on Thursday, April 11, 2019.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

An Interesting Read

Medical students and residents interested in the topic of dermatology practice buyouts by private equity firms may find the article by Dr. Brett Coldiron in Dermatology News to be of great interest. He discusses the trend of corporate buyouts of dermatology practices and the effects that they are having on dermatologists, especially young ones at the start of their career. The article can be found here: https://www.mdedge.com/dermatology/article/152321/business-medicine/well-i-figured-it-out-i-owe-my-soul-company-store

Thursday, March 21, 2019

UTMB MS3 Receives AAD Diversity Mentorship Award

Congratulations to UTMB MS3 Maureen Ezekor for receiving an AAD Diversity Mentorship Award. She will work with Dr. Amy McMichael in the Department of Dermatology at Wake Forest during July 2019. Ms. Ezekor extends special thanks to UTMB faculty Drs. J. Wilson and B. Goodwin, along with PGY3 dermatology resident A. Nguyen for their support and encouragement to apply for this award.

JAAD Case Reports Correction

LaCour M, Allen T, Wilkerson M, et al. A case of erosive pustular dermatosis of the scalp in a pediatric patient. JAAD Case Rep. 2019;5:118-120.

In the article above, Bernard R. Gibson, MD, was omitted from the author list. Please see https://www.jaadcasereports.org/article/S2352-5126(19)30084-0/fulltext?dgcid=raven_jbs_etoc_email for additional information.

UTMB MS3 Named as DIGA Co-President

Congratulations to Mai-Anh Vu (MS3) for being selected as one of the three 2019-2020 Dermatology Interest Group Association (DIGA) Co-Presidents. DIGA is the largest national, student-run, non-profit dermatology interest organization encompassing over 100 medical schools in the US.

The official 2019-2020 DIGA officer board photos can be found at https://derminterest.com/people/

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

March 2019 JAAD Research Letter on Dermatology Residency Match Trends from 2007-2018

These author provide a detailed historical analysis of 12 years of dermatology match data (JAAD 2019;80:788-790). Interesting findings were that although matched applicants with PhD degrees is diminishing (11.6% to 8%), those with other graduate degrees are increasing (6.8% to 12.8%). Matched US allopathic MS4s increased from 61.7% before plateauing at 82.7% in 2012. For matching US MS4 allopathic applicants from 2007 to 2016, mean step 1 scores increased from 238 to 249,  step 2 CK scores increased from 242 to 257, and AOA membership increased from 47% to 52.8%.

Upcoming DIG Elections

Come join UTMB DIG for our upcoming officer elections and rising 4th year meeting on Thursday March 28th at 6:30pm in the 5th floor dermatology conference room!

Several matched MS4s will be present to answer questions about ERAS, aways, and interviews.

If you are interested in running for any of the following positions we ask that you come to the election meeting next Thursday March 28th at 6:30 pm. Please prepare a short statement about your previous involvement in DIG and why you would be a good fit for the position.

We have the following positions open:

Vice President (1):
-Runs the blog with the president and assists with day-day operations.
-Open to Current MS2s Only
-Preference given to current officers

Stay Shady Chairs (2):
-Plan and give presentations on Sun Protection to local Galveston Schools
-Preference given to current MS1s

Melanoma Walk Chair (1):
- Coordinate Annual Melanoma Walk
- Open to any year medical student

Psoriasis Chair (1):
- Plan Psoriasis Walk
- Open to any year medical student

Bake Sale Chair (1):
- Plan and Coordinate Fall and Spring DIG Bake Sale
- Open to any year medical student

Diversity Chair (1):
- Promote Diversity and run the booth for Welcome Weekend
- Open to any year medical student

If you don't want to be an officer or don't get a position, you can also become a committee member and help the chair with their duties throughout the year.

See you there!

“RTM Calls” and Advice to Future Applicants

Some residency programs are known to communicate with applicants following their rank list meeting and inform the highest ranked applicants (for example, the top 3 ranked applicants on a program  that has 3 NRMP positions) to let them know that the program really wants to match with them. This is allowed under current NRMP rules as long as the program does not inquire about how it will be ranked by the applicant. This is also known as the “Ranked to Match” (RTM call). It is a relief to applicants receiving this type of notification that they are going to match into the specialty, regardless of where the applicant places the program on their match list. However, this information may convince applicants to change the order of their match list, placing the program providing the RTM higher or even number 1 on their match list because the program has indicated such strong interest (“They really want me to go there because they called and told me.”).  While it is wonderful to learn that one or more programs have listed the applicant as RTM before match day, it can result in “match regret” following the match with the now matched applicant wondering if the right decision was made, because competing programs that the applicant also liked may have also listed the same applicant as RTM on their list but did not make the call. The best advice is for applicants to rank programs with the most desirable programs listed first, regardless of RTM calls that may have been received.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Couples Matching for Dermatology Applicants

As competitive as the dermatology residency application are, what happens when the dermatology applicant is in a couples match? When both applicants want to match into the same dermatology program, it could become much more difficult to match because most dermatology residency programs have relative few positions each year. Matching into dermatology programs in the same city or geographic area can also be difficult, even if there are multiple dermatology programs in the area because of the competitive nature of the application process. However, there may also be an advantage to couples matching when the couple wants two different specialties. Since dermatology interviews tend to be toward the end of the interview period with most dermatology interviews held in January, the applicant to a different specialty has often interviewed earlier. If the earlier applicant is competitive for that specialty and is wanted by the program director, it is not unusual for the program director to contact the dermatology program director at the same institution and request an interview for the dermatology applicant. When these types of internal contacts occur at multiple institutions it can result in an increased number of interviews for the dermatology applicant. Of course, more dermatology interviews are often correlated with increased chances of matching into a dermatology residency program. 

Friday, March 15, 2019

UTMB’s 2019 Dermatology Match

Andrew Armenta (UTMB)

Allison Good (University of Florida, Gainesville)

Victor Teran (University of Virginia, Charlottesville)

Keith Wagner (UTMB)

Welcome to the Class of 2023!

The UTMB DIG looks forward to working with you!

UTMB MS4 classmates Keith Wagner (left) and Drew Armenta (right) will begin dermatology residency at UTMB in July 2020.

Dr. Uyen Ngoc Mui Matches into Dermatology Residency

Congratulations to Dr. Mui for her recent match into a dermatology residency at Texas Tech. Dr. Mui graduated from UTMB SOM in 2016 and following completion of her PGY1 Preliminary Medicine year in California, took a clinical dermatology fellowship position with Dr. Stephen Tyring (Houston Skin Associates) for the past two years.

Another Successful Year for MS4 UTMB Dermatology Applicants!

Congratulations to all of the UTMB MS4s who successfully matched into dermatology residency programs in the 2019 NRMP:

Andrew Armenta: UTMB

Chris Dallo: University of Kansas, Kansas City

Ryan Lawrence: Tulane

Priscilla Ly: UT Austin (Dell)

Tyler Marion, MBA: University of Florida, Gainesville

Keith Wagner, MS: UTMB

Thank you UTMB dermatology residents and faculty for your support, outstanding education, and professional growth opportunities!