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.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Are Dermatology Residency Videoconferencing Interviews a Disadvantage for Matching?

Faculty and resident respondents to a recent survey about the dermatology residency application process (J Am Acad Dermatology 2018;79:157-159) found that “Nearly 80% of both faculty and residents believe that applicants who interview via videoconferencing are not considered equally when compared with those who interview in-person.” Videoconferencing has the potential to lower application costs by decreasing travel expenses.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Preresidency Publications Predictive of Academic Dermatology Career

The July 2018 issue of JAMA Dermatology contained a Research Letter (154:844-846) from Harvard Medical School that analyzed the careers of dermatology residents certified by the American Board of Dermatology in 2015. It was found that dermatologists with advanced academic degrees were more likely to enter academic dermatology. Dermatologists who had 2 or more preresidency publications indexed in PubMEd were more likely to enter academics compared to those with 0 or 1. Dermatologists with 4 or more dermatology PubMed residency publications were also more likely to be found in an academic career 2 years after dermatology residency completion.

UTMB Medical Students Publish Another “Notable Note”

Congratulations to UTMB medical students Tyler Marion and Keven Cao for their recent article, “Tesla and the Violet Ray” that was published in the July 2018 issue of JAMA Dermatology (154:813). Their coauthor was former UTMB medical student Dr. Jorge Roman. Those of use with an interest in the history and humanities aspect  of dermatology are sad to learn that JAMA Dermatology will cease this interesting feature in the future and is no longer accepting these types of submissions.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

UTMB Dermatology Celebrates Elizabeth (“Betty”) Head’s 90th Birthday

Happy Birthday! Mrs. Head began working at UTMB during WW2 when she was 16 years old. She is an important part of the dermatology department (especially in mycology) and remembers all of the dermatology residents and faculty who trained and worked at UTMB. She recently co-authored a poster presented at the 2018 spring Texas Dermatological Society about one of her Ball High School (Galveston) Classmates, Dr. Charles Wilson who was the first physician to perform Mohs surgery at UTMB in the 1950s. In this 90th birthday photo, Mrs. Head is standing between UTMB faculty dermatologists, Drs. Brent and Erica Kelly. Thank you Dr. M. Wilkerson for the photo!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Recent UTMB Dermatology Residency Graduate Publishes Brief Article

Congratulations to Dr. Adrian Subrt, for his recently published Brief Article, “Evolution of a Doxycycline-Induced Phototoxic Rash with an Unusual Distribution” in SKIN: The Journal of Cutaneous Medicine (Volume 2, Number 4, 2018). His coauthors were Drs. Katrina Kesterson and UTMB Dermatology Professor Michael Wllkerson. The article is available online at https://jofskin.org/index.php/skin/article/view/45/pdf

Thursday, July 05, 2018

St. Vincent's Student Clinic Dermatology Night 7/5/18

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, July 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, July 02, 2018

UTMB MS1 Presents 2018 MSSRP Dermatology Research Poster

Congratulations to UTMB MS1 Tony Jimenez for his poster titled, “Rose Bengal Dye Reduces Collagen-1, -3, and -5 Expression in Post-burn Hypertrophic Scar Fibroblasts In Vitro” about laboratory research he conducted during the 2018 UTMB Medical Student Summer Research Program. His coauthors on this poster were Jayson W. Jay, Anesh Prasai,  Amina El Ayadi, Michael G. Wilkerson, David N. Herndon, and Celeste C. Finnerty.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

UTMB MS2 writes Column for DIGA Spring Newsletter

The spring DIGA newsletter is out and it features a column by UTMB DIG's own Mai-anh Vu (MS2). Mai-anh is the current DIGA Psoriasis Chair and her column can be found in the following link:

Saturday, June 16, 2018

UTMB MS2 Publishes Original Movie Research Letter about Animated Character Appearance in the British Journal of Dermatology

Congratulations to UTMB MS2 Michael Ryan and UTMB Dermatology Interest Group (DIG) Vice President for his recent publication in the British Journal of Dermatology. Michael completed original research on this topic as a UTMB MS2 this year through the UTMB Dermatology Honors Research Program under the direction of his mentor, Dr. Richard Wagner, UTMB Professor of Dermatology. He presented this research as a poster at the Annual American Academy of Dermatology held in San Diego in February 2018, as an oral presentations at the Annual Fall Meeting of the Texas Dermatological Society in 2017, and at the 2018 National Student Research Forum in Galveston where he was awarded 1st Prize in Podium Presentation for this research. Michael’s paper may be read here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/bjd.16880

UTMB MS3 Publishes Osler Essay

Congratulations to Priscilla Ly (MS3), for her recently published essay about William Osler! The article can be found at OJCPCD.

Friday, June 15, 2018

UTMB Dermatology Faculty Awards Best Dermatology Research by PGY4 Resident

Congratulations to Dr. Lindy Ross for receiving the annual UTMB Dermatology Faculty Award for the Best Dermatology Research Performed by a PGY4 dermatology resident over 3 years of her dermatology residency.

Monday, June 04, 2018

2018 UTMB Dermatology Residents Ready for Launch!

The 2018 Dermatology Graduation Party celebrated the accomplishments of our current UTMB PGY4 residents, who will formally complete dermatology residency training at the end of this month. Pictured with their graduation plaques are (left to right): Drs. Lindy Ross, Adrian Subrt, Will Tausend, and Chinelo Ikpeama). All will be practicing in the Houston area, with Dr. Ross remaining UTMB as a dermatology faculty. Thank you Dr. Adam Nguyen (UTMB Dermatology PGY2) for the great photo!

St. Vincent's Student Clinic Dermatology Night 6/7/18

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, June 7th at 5:30-8:30PM (volunteers should arrive at 5:15)
Where: St. Vincent's House, 2817 Post Office Street, Galveston, Texas 77550

Friday, June 01, 2018

Dr. Bernard Gibson Interviewed for Galveston Daily News

Dr. Gibson, UTMB Dermatology Chair ad interim, provided excellent advice about sun protection at Galveston beaches in the June 1, 2018 issue of the Galveston Daily News in an article by Marissa Barnett (“Park board providing free sunscreen on some Galveston beaches”).

UTMB Dermatology Residents' Award Best Teaching Awards for 2017-2018

Brandon Goodwin, MD: UTMB Faculty Award for Best Dermatology Teaching

Rebecca Philips, MD: UTMB Community Dermatologist Award for Best Dermatology Teaching

2017-2018 UTMB DIG Teaching Awards for Best Resident and Faculty Dermatology Teaching

Lindy Ross, MD: Best Dermatology Teaching by a Resident

Brent Kelly, MD: Best Dermatology Teaching by a Faculty


2018 UTMB Dermatology Medical Student Awards

History of Dermatology Award: Daniel Burkholder  (“Dr. Charles Wilson: a Texas Mohs Surgery Pioneer”)

Best Original Essay for “Skin Diseases Depicted in Cinema”: Josh Hays (“When Film Inspires Innovation”)

Thomas W. Freese Memorial Award for Excellence in Dermatology: Paige Hoyer

Edgar B. Smith Endowed Scholarship in Dermatology: Morgan Arnold

Congratulations to all!

UTMB MS4s Morgan Arnold (left) and Paige Hoyer (right) with Dermatology Awards

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

New York Times Publishes About Acne

Acne acceptance is the theme of a recent article by Andrea Cheng (“Is Acne Cool Now? How celebrities and influencer are changing the stigma of having acne.” May 28, 2018, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/28/style/is-acne-cool-now.html ). It is definitely a “must read” for those with dermatology interest.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

This is No Joke

UTMB MS3 Tyler Marion is the first author on a published report published this month in Online Journal of Community and Person-Centered Dermatology that analyzes the appearance of the Joker, of comic book and movie fame. He and coauthors Keven Cao and Dr. Jorge Roman analyze Joker’s “green hair, bleached white skin, and cherry red lips” from a dermatologic perspective. It is available at http://ojcpcd.com/roman-g/why-so-serious/

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

UTMB Dermatology Resident Elected House Officer Association Public Relations Officer

Dr. Julie Croley, and UTMB PGY2 dermatology resident, has been elected House Officer Association (HOA) Public Relations Officer for the upcoming 2018-2019 academic year. In her duties as the HOA Public Relations Officer, she will attend the GMEC Chief Resident/HOA Officers Subcommittee meetings and the GMEC meeting, along with other HOA duties.

PGY4 Dermatology Resident is UTMB Outstanding Resident of the Year

Congratulations to Dr. Chinelo Ikpeama for being awarded Outstanding Overall Resident of the Year by the UTMB Graduate Medical Education Committee. It is a rare honor to be selected for this highly regarded institutional award. The only previous dermatology resident to receive this award was Dr. John Stephens in 2011.

(Left to right) Drs. D. Callender (UTMB President), B. Gibson (UTMB Dermatology Chair ad interim), C. Ikpeama (UTMB PGY4 dermatology resident), R. Wagner (UTMB Dermatology Program Director), D. Jacobs (UTMB EVP and Provost), and T. Blackwell (UTMB DIO)

Monday, May 21, 2018

"Broad Based Clinical Year"

Many readers of this blog know that a PGY1 year is required before starting a PGY2 (“Advanced”) dermatology residency. What many do not know is that there are 6 specialties where the PGY1 year may be taken, in addition to the highly sought Transitional Year:

-Emergency Medicine
-Family Medicine
-General Surgery
-Internal Medicine (most popular)
-Obstetrics and Gynecology
-Transitional Year

The advantage of a PGY1 year in General Surgery or Obstetrics and Gynecology is that complete Medicare residency funding is still available for a dermatology residency if the applicant needs to reapply, since General Surgery receives 5 years of funding, and Obstetrics and Gynecology receives 4 years of funding. All of the rest (excluding the Transitional Year) only receive 3 years of funding, placing many dermatology reapplicants at a disadvantage if the dermatology residency they are interested in is precluded by their institution from considering applicants without complete Medicare funding.

UTMB MS3 Research Presented at 2018 Society for Investigative Dermatology Meeting

Congratulations to UTMB DIG President, MS3 Keith Wagner, for presenting his research poster, “Online Skin Disease Hoaxes: an Evaluation of Scope and Potential Impact” in Orlando, Florida this month (LB 1498). The poster reported preliminary results of his UTMB Dermatology Honors Research Thesis. The Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID) holds annual meetings each spring. This year, since the meeting was held jointly with The European Society for Dermatological Research and the Japanese Society for Investigative Dermatology, it has become known as the “International Investigative Dermatology (IID)” meeting. His co-author on this work was Dr. Janice Wilson, UTMB dermatology and dermatopathology Assistant Professor and Keith’s faculty advisor on his Dermatology Honors Research Project.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

UTMB MS2 Publishes Article in Cutis

Congratulations to UTMB MS2 Michael Ryan for his recently published article "Perianal Basal Cell Carcinoma Treated with Mohs Micrographic Surgery" that appeared in the May 2018 Issue of Cutis. 

The full article can be read online here: https://www.mdedge.com/cutis/article/164898/nonmelanoma-skin-cancer/perianal-basal-cell-carcinoma-treated-mohs-micrographic

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Opportunity for VisualDx App

VisualDx has reached out to us and is offering free accounts to DIG members. VisualDx is a great app for forming differentials based on the appearance of skin lesions. It even has kodachrome-like quizzes to test your knowledge! If you are interested, email Ryan Lawrence at rylawren@utmb.edu and he can send your information to the company. Thanks!

UTMB MS3 Tyler Marion Completes Dermatology Honors Research Program

On May 11, 2018 UTMB MS3 Tyler Marion presented his UTMB Dermatology Honors Research Thesis, titled “Dermatologic Features in Good Film Characters Who Turn Evil: The Transformation.” His faculty committee was comprised of Dr. Peek (Institutional Representative) and ad hoc dermatology committee members, Drs. Richard Wagner (faculty advisor), Janice Wilson, and Brent Kelly. Mr. Marion was awarded Magna Cum Laude graduation research honors for his excellent work. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Recently Published UTMB Dermatology Article Receives Praise

MS4 Josh Hays’ original observation about the risk of reactive eccrine syringofibroadenoma causing confusion with basal cell carcinoma during Mohs surgery drew the praise of Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota) dermatologic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Lopez in his companion Commentary to the report in the May 2018 issue of Dermatologic Surgery (44: 740-741). Dr. Lopez commended the authors and wrote, “Their astute observation prevented unnecessary tissue removal…” Josh’s coauthors were Drs. Malone, former UTMB dermatology resident and UTMB’s first Micrographic Surgery Fellow, Brandon Goodwin, UTMB dermatology and dermatopathology faculty, and Richard Wagner, UTMB Micrographic Surgery Fellowship Director.

UTMB MS3 Publishes Humanism Essay

Congratulations to UTMB MS3 Keith Wagner for his recently published essay, “The Soul in the Machine,” that appeared in Online Journal of Community and Person-Centered Dermatology.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

UTMB Dermatology 2019 Dermatology Applicant Interview Dates

UTMB Dermatology will interview dermatology residency applicants for residency positions that start on July 1, 2020 on:

-Friday morning, January 25 (internal applicants only)

-Thursday or Friday morning on February 7 and 8 (external rotators and outside applicants)

To be considered for an interview, a complete application through ERAS must be received no later than October 31, 2018. USMLE Step 1 scores are required. UTMB Dermatology typically receives over 400 applications for only 4 available positions. They usually offer about 30 interviews to external rotators and outside applicants.

UTMB MS4s and other internal applicants should reserve January 25,, 2019 for their UTMB dermatology interview and schedule other dermatology residency interviews on a different day.

UTMB Dermatology Authors Publish Article about Split Ear Lobe Repair

Congratulations to UTMB PGY3 dermatology resident Dr. Vlad Codrea for his co-authorship of  “Split ear lobe repair with piercing preservation and optimal ear lobe aesthetics” that was published in J Am Acad Dermatol 2018 Apr 30 pii: S0190-9622(18)30646-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2018.04.042. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 29723558. The first author was Dr. CH Malone, former UTMB dermatology resident and fellow in Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology who is now dermatology faculty at Baylor in Houston, Texas. Dr. Richard Wagner, UTMB Professor of Dermatology also co-authored this article.