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, December 17, 2018

Thank you Dr. Anna Sarno Ryan

UTMB Clinical Instructor, Dr. Anna Sarno Ryan, made an excellent presentation on Friday, December 14th 2018 about her experience as a locum tenens dermatologist to the UTMB Dermatology Department. Her talk was very well received and we hope that she will continue to lecture our department on other areas of interest to dermatologists.

Friday, December 14, 2018

UTMB MS3 Publishes Interesting Case Report

Congratulations to UTMB MS3 Michael Ryan for his case report, “Pseudohalo Basal Cell Carcinoma” that was published in the November 2018 issue of Dermatologic Surgery (2018;44: 1462-1464). His UTMB coauthors on this paper were former UTMB Mohs Fellow, Dr. Helen Malone (currently Assistant Professor in the Baylor Department of Dermatology, Houston, Texas), Dr. Brandon Goodwin (Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Dermatopathology at UTMB), and Dr. Richard Wagner, Professor Dermatology and Program Director for the UTMB Dermatology Residency and Mohs Fellowship Programs.  

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Changes in Ambulatory Community Selectives Graduation Requirement for UTMB Medical Students

Ambulatory Community Selectives were adopted as a graduation requirement for UTMB MS4s during the 2004-2005 academic year (see http://ar.utmb.edu/ACSelectives/HistoryandRationale.htm ) and many UTMB medical students with a career interest in dermatology worked with Texas dermatologists around the state to gain insight into dermatology practice in the community setting. Although the option of ACS is still available for UTMB medical students, the graduation requirement may also be met through a clinical elective.

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Careers in Pediatric Dermatology

 An informative editorial in the November 2018 issue of Cutis (2018; 102:305-306) highlights the national shortage of pediatric dermatologists and the increasing national need for these subspecialists, but also pointed out existing barriers to those interested in this area. Although there are currently 36 fellowship training programs, not all are funded. In addition, the editorial noted that pediatric dermatologists typically earn $100,000 less each year than their dermatology colleagues who treat adults.

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

UTMB MS4 Publishes Case Report

Congratulations to UTMB MS4 Pricilla Ly for her interesting case report, “Rhabdomyolysis attributed to terbinafine: A rare occurrence that can be mistaken for terbinafine-induced hepatotoxicity” in the January 2019 issue of JAAD Case Reports (see https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352512618302327 ) Her co-authors were Dr. A. Subrt who completed UTMB dermatology residency this spring and Dr. Michael Wilkerson, UTMB dermatology faculty. 

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

UTMB MS2 Presents Bench Research at Shriners Research Conference

Congratulations to UTMB MS2 Antonio Jimenz for presenting a summary of bench research he performed during the MSSRP program this summer at the Shriners Weekly Research Conference. This work was performed in Dr. Finnerty’s lab at Shriners Hospital in collaboration with Dr. M. Wilkerson, Professor Dermatology. His talk was entitled  “Rose Bengal Update, Effect of Rose Bengal on expression of collagen in hypertrophic scar fibroblasts.”

Former UTMB Dermatology Resident in Texas Monthly

Dr. Renee Snyder, a UTMB SOM graduate who completed dermatology residency at UTMB in 2005 (back row, second from left), was featured with her practice associates in the December 2018 issue of Texas Monthly. She is currently practicing dermatology in Austin, Texas.

Houston Dermatological Society President has UTMB Ties

Congratulations Dr. Neda Nosrati  the current President of the Houston Dermatological Society (HDS). Dr. Nosrati completed dermatology residency at UTMB in 2012 and has a private dermatology practice in Houston.

Thank you Dr. M. Wilkerson for providing this photo from the HDS meeting at The Health Museum on 12/3/18.

Friday, November 30, 2018

2019 UTMB Dermatology Residency Interviews

The UTMB Dermatology Residency Program sent 2019  interview invitations for 4 available PGY2 NRMP positions offered through ERAS. UTMB medical students interview on Friday morning, January 25, 2019 and external applicants (including clinical rotators) will interview on the morning of either February 7th  or February 8th. All interviews are scheduled to end about noon. There is a resident dinner for external applicants the evening before scheduled interviews. 30 Medical students were invited from 17 different medical schools this year from over 400 applications received.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

St. Vincent's Student Clinic Dermatology Night 12/6/18

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, December 6th at 5:30-8:30PM (volunteers should arrive at 5:15)
Where: St. Vincent's House, 2817 Post Office Street, Galveston, Texas 77550

Monday, November 12, 2018

UTMB Dermatology Faculty Participates in “The Arts of Healing”

UTMB dermatology residents and alumni showed support for Dr. Brandon Goodwin (UTMB dermatology / dermatopathology faculty), Dr. John Cangelosi (UTMB dermatopathology alumni), and Dr. Paul Smith (husband of UTMB dermatology alumni Dr. Neda Nosrati) in "The Arts of Healing," a physician-based charity that raised money and awareness for lung cancer through a representation of a physician's personal artistic talents to the local community.  Dermatopathology photography art was displayed by both Drs. Brandon Goodwin and John Cangelosi.  Dr. Paul Smith entertained the guests by singing and playing the guitar.  The annual event was held November 8th at the River Oaks Shopping District in Houston and was quite a success. All proceeds went to the The American Lung Association's Lung Force initiative.   
For more information about the event:  https://theartsofhealing.org/

UTMB MS4 Publishes in SKIN

Congratulations to UTMB MS4 Tyler Marion for his 2018 “Compelling Comment” publication in SKIN, Volume 2, Number 6 (“Diaries of James Clarke White,” https://www.jofskin.org/index.php/skin/article/view/333/pdf ). His coauthor was UTMB MS4 Jake Gibbons.

UTMB PGY4 Dermatology Scholarly Project Published

Congratulations to Dr. Chinelo Ikpeama her research letter publication of her UTMB Dermatology Scholarly Project publication, “Why dermatology? A survey of factors influencing resident physician selection of a career in dermatology,” in volume 2 (2018), issue 6 of the peer-reviewed publication, SKIN  (https://www.jofskin.org/index.php/skin/article/view/365/pdf). Her coauthors were UTMB  PGY2 dermatology resident Dr. Kristyna Gleghorn, Dr. Tara Acuna (UTMB SOM 2018 and future PGY2 dermatology resident at the University of Arkansas), UTMB MS3 Michael Ryan, and dermatology faculty supervisor, Dr. Michael Wilkerson.

UTMB Dermatology PGY3 Appointed to American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Council on Communications

Congratulations to Dr. Julie Croley, a UTMB PGY3 dermatology resident, for her selection as the dermatology resident member to the AAD’s Council for Communications. The appointment is for 2 years (2019-2021).

UTMB Dermatology Adjunct Instructor Volunteers in Rural India

New appointed dermatology adjunct faculty Anna Ryan’s volunteer work (“Passion to Heal” Program) in Rajasthan, India was reported in the September 2018 issue of Dermatology Times (pages 18, 94, 96, 98). Congratulations on such wonderful volunteer work!

St. Vincent's HOPE Health Fair

The Dermatology Interest Group hosted a booth at the annual St. Vincent's HOPE Health Fair on Saturday, November 10th. The health fair is a community-wide event focused on providing health screening opportunities, health resources and health education to the underserved population of Galveston. The "Skin & Hair" Booth provided participants with free skin and haircare items as well as educational materials on sun protection, sunscreen usage, spotting skin cancers, psoriasis, and lice. The booth was created and run by Elise Weisert. Thank you to Anu Reddy for your help educating participants and thank you to all of the UTMB students who helped put on a great event. 

Thursday, November 08, 2018

UTMB Dermatology Resident Selected for Cutis Resident Corner

Congratulations to UTMB PGY3 dermatology resident, Dr. Julie Croley for her selection by Cutis as one of their 3 dermatology resident contributors to the Cutis Resident Corner. Contributors are expected to write 4 columns during 2019 on current topics of interest to residents. She is the first UTMB dermatology resident to be selected for this competitive honor.

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Dr. Michael Wilkerson Named Clinician of the Month

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Wilkerson (Professor Dermatology) for his November 2018 recognition as Clinician of the Month by the UTMB Academy of Master Clinicians. This award is made in recognition of outstanding care of patients.

UTMB MS3 Publishes in JAAD

Congratulations to Mai-Anh Vu (MS3) for her publication to JAAD. Her paper is titled "Insect Repellents: An Updated Review for the Clinician". The full publication can be seen here: https://www.jaad.org/article/S0190-9622(18)32824-X/fulltext

Monday, November 05, 2018

UTMB DIG Presents Stay Shady to Austin Middle School

The Dermatology Interest Group (DIG) hosted their first Stay Shady event on Wednesday, October 24th at Austin Middle School in Galveston. Second-year medical students Eunice Ko and Elise Weisert delivered an educational presentation on sun safety and helped Austin Middle School students make UV-sensitive bead bracelets. Special thanks to Ms. Nancy Cooley at Austin Middle School for coordinating the event and to DIG fundraising participants for providing the materials for the bead bracelets.

Dermatology Procedure and Suture Workshop!

UTMB DIG had their annual Dermatology Procedure and Suture Workshop on Monday where participants learned to how to perform common dermatology procedures. Students learned how to do shave biopsies on tomatoes, punch biopsies on pigs feet, and how to close excisions and punch biopsies using sutures. The UTMB DIG would like to thank our faculty advisor Dr. Wagner and chief residents (PGY-4s) Dr. Wolf and Dr. Codrea for volunteering their time to help teach students. Special thanks to Michael Ryan (MS3) for organizing the event and bringing supplies. The event was a great success and students left with an understanding of some of the common procedures performed in dermatology clinics.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

DIG Fall Bake Sale

The Dermatology Interest Group had their Halloween-themed bake sale on Wednesday, October 31st to raise funds for its Stay Shady Program. Special thanks to medical students Elise Weisert, Alberto Cantua and Michael Ryan who ran the table as well as DIG's fundraising chairs Caroline Crain and Catherine Hazen who coordinated the event. The bake sale would not have been a success without the delicious contributions provided by Christina Davis, Alberto Cantua, Nate Giles, Anu Reddy, Nga Nguyen, Alyssa Hansen, Michael Ryan, Elise Weisert, Caroline Crain and Keith Wagner. DIG would like to congratulate everyone involved as well as thank the UTMB community for their support!

Caroline Crain (MS3) and Elise Weisert (MS2)

Alberto Cantua (MS1) and Michael Ryan (MS3)

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

UTMB MS4 Publishes Two Articles in OJCPCD

Congratulations to UTMB MS4 Chris Dallo for his two publications this month in the Online Journal of Community and Person-Centered Dermatology (OJCPCD). The two articles are:

Was Marx’s Probable Enemy Hidradenitis Suppurativa? http://ojcpcd.com/dallo-c-h/was-marxs-probable-enemy-hidradenitis-suppurativa/

UTMB MS4 Dermatology Research Honors Thesis Published

Congratulations to UTMB MS4 Tyler Marion and his co-authors (Drs. Vail Reese and Richard Wagner) for their Dermatology Online Journal original article, “Dermatologic features in good film characters who turn evil: the transformation.” This article appeared in the September 2018 issue

Monday, October 29, 2018

American Board of Dermatology Adds Additional Subspecialty Certification in Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery (MDS)

Although details are few, the American Board of Medical Specialties voted last week to approve a subspecialty certification board in Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery (MDS). No test date for the first certification examination for MDS was announced, but those wishing to take this examination must meet several eligibility criteria for certification:

“1. Possess a current, valid, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or osteopathy in at least one state or province within the United States or Canada;
2. Hold primary certification in general dermatology from ABD;
3. Be up to date in Maintenance of Certification (MOC) if certification by ABD is time-limited;
4. Demonstrate experience in the subspecialty by:
          successfully completing the ACGME-accredited MSDO fellowship
          during an initial 5-year practice pathway eligibility period only, attesting to practicing micrographic surgery;* and

5. Pass the MDS certification examination.”

UTMB DIG Bake Sale Needs Volunteers

UTMB DIG will be hosting its annual fall bake sale in the UTMB library on October 31st from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Please fill out this form if you are able to help by donating treats to sell: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MFhOPVI93sSaj2csPUw6B_g9cjoE7N1r3BI9i45r_xI/edit?fbclid=IwAR2U9MLEluX2O1iitfiY0beNSXVHc7y3IFh6wACwyUJ4PmGJiWvbWIES1jU#gid=0 We are also looking for volunteers to run the table for any or all of the time between 11am and 2pm and you can email Catherine and Caroline to sign up for that as well.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

St. Vincent's Student Clinic Dermatology Night 11/1/18

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, November 1st at 5:30-8:30PM (volunteers should arrive at 5:15)
Where: St. Vincent's House, 2817 Post Office Street, Galveston, Texas 77550

Friday, October 19, 2018

DIG Suture and Procedure Workshop

UTMB DIG will be hosting it's annual Suture and Procedure Workshop on November 5th at 5pm in the 4th floor Dermatology Conference room (4.130 McCullough Bldg). Seats are limited so please only RSVP if you are certain you can make it. Preference will be given to underclassmen as well as students who attended the opening meeting. Please use this link to sign up: https://goo.gl/forms/DzDZZ6yO7jm5VMMp2 Confirmation or wait-list emails will be sent out 1 week in advance. If you can no longer make it you must let us know at that time so we can give the spot to someone else on the wait-list.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

St. Vincent Health Fair

UTMB DIG will be hosting a booth at the annual St. Vincent's Health Fair on Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 9:00am to 12:00pm. The health fair is a community-wide event focused on providing health screening opportunities, health resources and health education to the underserved population in Galveston. Our booth will be focused on sun and skin care, and we will be providing participants with free samples and skincare education materials during the fair. Volunteers are needed to help run the booth for any or all of the time between 9:00am to 12:00pm. Please fill out this form if you are interested in volunteering. Please contact Elise Weisert (emweiser@utmb.edu) with any questions. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

UTMB DIG Blog Request

Our UTMB DIG blog is the best way to let our community (and others) know about your recent dermatology presentations and publications. Although we make every attempt to bring these academic accomplishments to everyone’s attention, your help is needed to make sure we are aware of them. Please share your success with our DIG blog editors, so that your excellence can be recognized!