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.

Monday, April 24, 2017

3 UTMB Dermatology Faculty Visit Mt. Everest

Following volunteer dermatology clinics abroad, three of our UTMB dermatology faculty (right to left: Drs. Ashley Group, Michael Wilkerson, and Brandon Goodwin) visit Mt. Everest. They will return to Galveston during the first week of May.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Recap of DIG meeting from 4/12/17

Officer Elections
Congrats to the new 2017-18 Officers! We know y'all will do a great job!
President - Timothy Allen (MS3)
Vice President - Keith Wagner (MS2)
Sun Protection Chair - Michael Ryan (MS1), Joshua Hays (MS3), Eric Mong (MS2), and Caroline Crain (MS1)
Melanoma Chair - Paige Hoyer (MS3), Ryan Lawrence (MS2), Eduardo Rodriguez (MS3), and Ben Falck (MS3)
Psoriasis Chair - Tara Akunna (MS3), Jacob Benavidez (MS2), and Morgan Arnold (MS3)
Fundraising Chair - Uloma Ibezim (MS2)

Advice from matched MS4s
Current MS4s Kristyna Gleghorn, Seena Monjazeb, and Jorge Ramon took time out of their busy schedules to offered advice for hopeful students. Some of the highlights included:
  • Application numbers
    • At minimum, applicants should have 8+ leadership/extracurricular experiences, 8+ research experiences, and 10+ volunteer experiences
    • Students should apply to all Derm programs (112) and between 10 and 40 Prelim/Transitional Year programs
    • Can use IM or Derm letters for Pre-lim or TY programs
    • Some programs may require a secondary
  • Letters
    • Make sure the writer knows you well and can write a strong letter
    • All Dermatologists should be from Academic medicine
    • If you need a letter from Internal Medicine, you can ask the Chair
  • Away Rotations
    • Be fun to work with while there
    • Do at least 1 out of state away
    • Do aways at programs that offer interviews to their rotators
  • Overall Advice
    • Be fresh/fun
    • Research the Programs before you go
    • Review your CV and research
    • Make sure to elaborate on your hobbies/interests
    • Some programs may want your Step 2 score (but it is ok to not release it)
  • Interview Questions
    • Wide variety of questions with topics that investigate your personality as well as your aspirations
    • Some examples include:
      • Why Derm?
      • Why not anything else?
      • How would you handle the following situation?
      • Teach me something in 60 seconds.
      • Tell me a joke.
      • Tell me a time you were unhappy with an attending or with a patient.
      • Tell me about a patient encounter where you failed, where you were unhappy, or where you did an amazing job. 
      • Why this program?
      • What would be your superpower?
      • What type of cheese, cereal, or wine would you be?
      • What do you want to be famous in Derm for?
      • What are your future plans?
  • Personal Statement
    • Should be less than a page with the format of: 
      • How you got interested
      • Why Derm?
      • What you give to Derm and your skills
      • What you want out of a program
  • What the interviews are generally like
    • General structure is 8-10 interviews that last 10-15 mins
    • Usually meet everyone in the program
    • Can be 2-on-1 or group-on-1
    • Always attend the night before dinner if possible (offers insight into the program and a chance to meet the residents the night before)
  • Stuff you should ask the Interviewers
    • How life is outside the residency
    • Where the program is going
    • Faculty accessibility
    • Do they offer feedback and/or autonomy

Upcoming Psoriasis Talk in Houston, TX (More than Skin Deep)
On 5/6/17, the Psoriasis National Foundation will host a speaker and breakfast in Houston from 930am-1230pm. It'll take place at the Holiday Inn Houston (S-NRG/Medical Center) at 8111 Kirby Drive Houston TX 77054. Please use the following link to receive a ticket to the event if interested. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/more-than-skin-deep-2017-houston-tx-registration-32279398550

American Board of Dermatology Changes Resident Testing in 2018

On Thursday, April 12, 2018 PGY2 dermatology residents will take a new informational test administered by the American Board of Dermatology (ABD) at their residency programs, similar to previous ITE exams. No pass/fail grades will be given.

A practice CORE Exam will be given to PGY3 and PGY4 dermatology residents on Thursday, March 8. It will be similar to previous ITE exams but it may be taken at home or in office via remote proctoring.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

UTMB MS4 Presents Dermatology Research Honors Thesis

Please join Kristyna Gleghorn and her UTMB Dermatology Research ad hoc faculty committee for the defense on her thesis, “Severe Cutaneous Drug Reactions, such as Steven-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, in Pediatric Patients with an Emphasis on Recently Approved Medications,” on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 11 am in the Dermatology Conference Room, 4.130 McCullough Bldg. Her dermatology faculty advisor on this research was Dr. Brent Kelly, and her ad hoc thesis committee members are Drs. M.K. Peek, J. Wilson, and R. Wagner. Ms. Gleghorn is the immediate past president of the UTMB Dermatology Interest Group (DIG) and the only MS4 in the UTMB SOM Class of 2017 to participate in the dermatology honors research program. It is the 29th dermatology research thesis presented by a medical student since the UTMB department of Dermatology started participating in this university program in 2001. Following her PGY1 year in California, Dr. Gleghorn will return to UTMB in July 2018 for dermatology residency. UTMB medical students who are interested in learning more about this university sponsored research program for non-PhD students may be especially interested in attending this presentation.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Mohs Fellow Nominated for UTMB’s 2016-2017 Outstanding Fellow Award

Please congratulate Dr. Helen Malone for her recent nomination for UTMB’s 2016-2017 Outstanding Fellow Award. Nominees and recipients will be honored at a luncheon and ceremony scheduled May 24th at noon in the Caduceus Room.

UTMB Dermatology Resident Nominated for 2016-2017 Outstanding Resident Award

Please congratulate Dr. Chinelo Ikpeama for her recent nomination for UTMB’s 2016-2017 Outstanding Resident Award. Nominees and recipients will be honored at a luncheon and ceremony scheduled May 24th at noon in the Caduceus Room.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

New UTMB Dermatology Research Honors Project Approved

Congratulations to UTMB MS1 Michael Ryan for approval of his UTMB Dermatology Research Honors Project entitled, “A Disturbing Dichotomy: Dermatologic Depictions in Animated Movies.” His research faculty advisor on this study is Dr. Richard Wagner, the UTMB Dermatology Program Director. His thesis committee is composed of Dr. M.K. Peek and ad hoc dermatology faculty committee members, Dr. B. Kelly and Dr. J. Wilson.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

UTMB Dermatologists Publish Innovative Wound Repair

Congratulations to UTMB Mohs Fellow, Dr. H. Malone, UTMB MS4 Drew DeCrescenzo, PGY3 Dermatology Resident Dr. Adrian Subrt, and Dr. Richard Wagner our UTMB Dermatology and Mohs Fellowship Director. They co-authored, "Rhinophyma graft for repair of the phymatous nasal ala" in the April 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 76(4):e123. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2016.10.003(PMID:  28325413). This article is available at http://www.jaad.org/article/S0190-9622(16)30893-3/abstract 

Friday, April 07, 2017

2017 ITE Scores Released to Dermatology Residents

Dermatology residents received their 2017 ITE scores from the February 16, 2017 test this week. UTMB residents were able to score above the 90th percentile in dermatopathology and basic science this year.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Broadcast and Print Media Interested in UTMB Movie Research

Within hours of embargo end, major news outlets from around the world have published stories about the newly published dermatology research about skin disease representations in movie villains and its potential social impact on people with skin diseases ( see http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamadermatology/fullarticle/2614259 ). First author Dr. Julie Croley, a UTMB PGY1 in the UTMB Department of Internal Medicine, will begin dermatology residency at UTMB this July. Her co-authors on this publication were Drs. Vail Reese (San Francisco, California) and Richard Wagner (Galveston, Texas). Here is a sampling of articles related to this original UTMB Department of Dermatology research:

Landmark Research Article Published by UTMB Dermatology

Incoming UTMB Dermatology Resident and current PGY1 Internal Medicine Resident Julie Amthor Croley is the first author on an important original research article entitled, “Dermatologic Findings in Classic Movie Villains: The Face of Evil,” that has been published in the prestigious peer-reviewed dermatology journal, JAMA Dermatology that was published online this month (please see http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamadermatology/fullarticle/2614259 ). Her coauthors on this research are Drs. Vail Reese (publisher of skinema.com) and Richard Wagner, the UTMB Dermatology Program Director. This project grew out of a research essay that Dr. Croley wrote for Dr. Wagner’s popular UTMB didactic film class (DERU-4007 and DERU-4051) while she was a UTMB MS4. Many of Dr. Wagner’s film class students have published original research related to this class in peer-reviewed medical journals. Congratulations to Dr. Crowley for this amazing professional achievement so early in her dermatology career!

Monday, April 03, 2017

DIG Meeting on Wednesday, April 12th at 5 pm: Advice from matched MS4s & Officer Elections

UTMB DIG is hosting a meeting on Wednesday, April 12th at 5 pm in the Dermatology Conference Room (4.112 McCullough). MS4s who applied for dermatology residency this past year will be attending the meeting to give advice to future dermatology applicants. We will also be electing new DIG officers. The available positions include the following: 
- President 
- Vice President 
- AIM for the Cure Melanoma Walk Fundraising Chair
- Sun Protection Officer
- Psoriasis Awareness Chair

Please contact Kristyna Gleghorn (klglegho@utmb.edu) with any questions! We hope to see you at our meeting. 

Dermatology Night At St. Vincent's on 4/6/17

Join UTMB Dermatology residents and faculty for the upcoming dermatology night (Thursday, April 6th) at St. Vincent’s Clinic. Please see the calendar link below to reserve your volunteering spot:
When: Thursday, April 6th, 5:30-8:30PM (volunteers should arrive at 5:15)
Where: St. Vincent's House, 2817 Post Office Street, Galveston, Texas 77550

Monday, March 27, 2017

2017-2018 Dermatology Chief Residents Announced

All UTMB PGY4 Dermatology Residents serve as Chief Residents during their final year of residency. These additional administrative duties are educational and part of training as the ACGME envisions it. Because the duties of Chief Residents are many, in recent past UTMB has split the Chief Resident Duties into 4 annual appointments:

Administrative Scheduling Chief: Dr. Adrian Subrt

Didactic Education Chief: Dr. Will Tausend

Student Liason Chief: Dr. Lindy Ross

Academic Conference Chief: Dr. Chinelo Ikpeama

We look forward to working with you during the upcoming academic year!

Street Parking Around UTMB

A front page story in the Monday, March 27, 2017 Galveston Daily News (Ketterer S, Galveston to charge for street  parking near UTMB, pages A1 and A4) provided some information about this parking plan change. According to this report, UTMB has returned about 80 street parking spots to the City of Galveston for future parking administration that will begin on June 1, 2017. The City of Galveston will charge $2 per hour for parking.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

UTMB Dermatology Publishes Followup Study on Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis

Congratulations to UTMB co-authors Dr. J. Wilson (UTMB Dermatopathology Fellow), UTMB MS4 Kristyna Gleghorn, and Dr. B. Kelly (Director of UTMB Dermatopathology) for their JAAD article, “Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis: A 15-year retrospective study at a single tertiary care center.” Their article was published in the March 2017 issue of Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. The abstract is available at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28318680

UTMB Fellow Co-authors Case Report on Scabies

Dr. H. Malone is the co-author on a peer-reviewed report about scabies (Misdiagnosed crusted scabies in an AIDS patient leads to hyperinfestation, Cutis 2017;99:202-204). The other co-authors, from the UTMB Department of Internal Medicine, were Drs. Niloofar Yari and Antonio Rivas. This report was submitted to Cutis when Dr. Malone was a UTMB dermatology resident. She is now the Mohs fellow at UTMB. This article is available at http://www.mdedge.com/cutis/article/132743/infectious-diseases/misdiagnosed-crusted-scabies-aids-patient-leads

Upcoming DIGA Seminar in New York, NY

Skin of Color Seminar Series, New York, NY May 6-7, 2017
In an effort increase diversity in dermatology, DIGA has provided a discount code for medical students interested in attending this amazing event. The price of the conference for medical students is $199, but with the discount code, DIGA, it will be $140. Register March 31, 2017 to be eligible for this discount (original pricing will resume on 4/1/17). https://skinofcolorseminars.com/

How to register for the conference as medical student
b. Credentials should be whatever degree you have: e.g. BS, BA, MPH or etc
c. Registration type: medical student
d. Medical License No: 000000000
e. Medical License State: NA
f. Discount Code: DIGA

Monday, March 20, 2017

UTMB SOM and Dermatology Alumnus Elected to ABD BOD

Congratulations to Dr. Scott M. Dinehart, MD, FAAD for his recent election to the American Board of Dermatology Board of Directors. Dr. Dinehart graduated from UTMB and completed dermatology residency at UTMB before taking a Mohs Fellowship at Duke. He is currently in private practice in Little Rock, Arkansas.

UTMB MS4 Co-authors JAAD Article

Congratulations to UTMB MS4 Drew DeCrescenzo for his recent publication, “Rhinophyma graft for repair of the phymatous nasal ala.” It has been published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Volume 76, Issue 4, April 2017, Page e123. His co-authors on this innovative approach to reconstruction of the phymatous nose were Drs. H. Malone (first author and Mohs Fellow), Adrian Subrt (UTMB PGY3 Dermatology Resident), and Richard Wagner (UTMB Dermatology Residency and Mohs Fellowship Director). Drew participated in the case while on the UTMB Dermatologic Surgery elective, and presented it at the 2017 American Academy of Dermatology Meeting.

Dr. Sharon Raimer Queen at Artillery Club’s 51st Fat Tuesday Ball

Galveston Daily News readers were pleased to see Dr. Sharon Raimer, former UTMB Dermatology Chair and current faculty member, in Frances Powell’s column (Artillery Club celebrates 51st annual Fat Tuesday Ball, Sunday March 19, 2017, page C2). Congratulations Dr. Raimer!

Friday, March 17, 2017

UTMB Announces PGY2 Residents for 2018

Congratulations to the following MS4 medical students who matched through the 2017 NRMP into the 4 available advanced PGY2 dermatology residency positions at UTMB:

Kristyna Gleghorn (UTMB)
Seena Monjazeb (UTMB)
Swaminathan Sundaresan (UT Houston)
Frank Winsett (UT Houston)

Welcome to our program! We are excited to have you join us in July 2018!

UTMB DIG Members Attend AAD in Orlando

During the first weekend of March, UTMB residents and DIG members traveled to Orlando to attend the annual AAD conference. DIG members that attended and/or presented at the annual conference included: Kristyna Gleghorn (MS4), Dung Mac (MS4), Andrew DeCrescenzo (MS4), Tim Allen (MS3), Paige Hoyer (MS3), Tara Akunna (MS3), and Andrea Johnson (MS3). Every students enjoyed the experience and many gained exposure to the various fields of dermatology including Cosmetic, Pediatric, and Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology. In addition, many members enjoyed the opportunity to network with current resident, Program Directors, and other hopeful medical students!

Posters presented:
"A Novel Training Exercise for Learning Digital Nerve Blocks, Nail Avulsions, Matricectomy and Matrix Biopsies in Dermatology Residency: A Pre and Post Training Workshop Research Survey" by Dr. Young McMahan, Kristyna Gleghorn, and Dr. Bernard Gibson 
"Case of Lichen Planus Pigmentosus" by Dr. Divya Sadhwani, Kristyna Gleghorn, and Dr. Lucia Semanario
"Examining the Effects of Rose Bengal on Fibroblast and Scarring" by Dung Mac, Jayson Jay, Dr. Celeste Finnerty, Dr. Michael Wilkerson
"Rhinophyma graft for repair of the phymatous nasal ala" by Dr. Helen Malone, Dr. Adrian Subrt, Andrew DeCrescenzo, and Dr. Richard Wagner
"A rare case of nasal myiasis caused by O. ovis from Cusco, Peru" by Paige Hoyer, Ryan Williams, M. Lopez, and Dr. MM Cabada

MS3s (from L to R): Paige Hoyer, Andrea Johnson, Tara Akunna, and Tim Allen

MS4 Mac Dung presenting his poster

MS3 Paige Hoyer presenting her poster

UTMB DIG Match Day Results

Congratulations to the following MS4 medical students who matched into a PGY2 dermatology residency positions:

Kristyna Gleghorn (UTMB)
Seena Monjazeb (UTMB)
Andrew DeCrescenzo (Baylor - Dallas)
Jorge Ramon (NYU)

In addition, a special congratulations to Dr. Kevin Sharghi, a UTMB graduate and current dermatology clinical fellow, who matched at Carilion Clinic Virginia Tech SOM!

Congratulations on all of your achievements and keep up the amazing work!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

2017 AIM for the CURE Melanoma Walk

This past Saturday, March 11th, the annual AIM for the CURE Melanoma Walk was held on the Galveston Seawall. Volunteers and participants raised $1,615, our most successful yet! Proceeds are donated to help support research, education, and patient/family support. We are very thankful for our dedicated D.I.G. volunteers and participants. Pictured below are: Caitlin Otto (MS1), Uloma Ibezim (MS2), Andrea Johnson (MS3), Keith Wagner (MS2), Nishita Soneji (MS2), Dung Mac (MS4), Michael Ryan (MS1), Paige Hoyer (MS3), Josh Hays (MS3), and Seena Monjazeb (MS4).

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Another Successful Suture Workshop

On Thursday, March 9th, Dr. Richard Wagner, Dr. William Tausend (PGY3), and Dr. Lindy Ross (PGY3) helped host a procedural workshop for UTMB students. Students were given a lecture on surgical instruments and techniques frequently used by dermatologists as well as taught how to perform tangential biopsies, punch biopsies, injections and suturing techniques. They were then allowed to practice these skills on tomatoes, marshmallows, and pigs' feet! Thank you to Drs. Wagner, Tausend, and Ross for holding such a great workshop!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Another Successful Bake Sale

On March 8th, 2017, DIG hosted its annual bake sale in the Jamail Student Center to raise money for supplies for the Stay Shady presentations! The bake sale was a huge success, raising $157, more than enough to keep DIG functioning for another year. The quality of the baked goods exceeded all expectations and included home-baked treats from: Keith Wagner (MS2), Tim Allen (MS3), Uloma Ibezim (MS2), Caitlin Otto (MS1), Paige Hoyer (MS3), Tara Akunna (MS3), Caroline Crain (MS1), Dung Mac (MS4), Josh Hays (MS3), Michael Ryan (MS1), and Nisha Soneji (MS2)! We are very appreciative of everyone who bought baked goods or donated for the cause!

24 Hour Workdays Back for PGY1 Residents

Yes, after several years of 16 hour work limits for PGY1 residents, the ACGME has adopted a 24 hour limit starting this July (Tanner L. New rules let rookie doctors work longer. Houston Chronicle, Sunday, March 12, 2017, Page A13). However, the 80 hour workweek limit remains in place.

UTMB Fills All 137 Positions in 2017

UTMB filled all 137 available positions  (100%) of its available residency positions through the NRMP and the San Francisco Match. This includes the four advanced PGY2 dermatology residency positions that begin in July 2018.

Friday, March 10, 2017

2018-2019 Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology (Mohs) Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. Josh Hammel, a current PGY2 dermatology resident at the University of Iowa. Due to a San Francisco Match exemption, Dr. Hammel has accepted the UTMB ACGME-accredited Mohs Fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year. Prior to dermatology residency, Dr. Hammel was an integrated plastic surgery resident in Illinois where he worked with UTMB’s current Mohs fellow, Dr. C. Helen Malone. He also was a dermatology clinical research fellow at Northwestern prior to dermatology residency.