Editors



Current Editors: Alex Acosta and Dung Mac



Past Editors: 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 08, 2014

Dermatology Clinic Staff Retirement Announced

Ms. Eranell Batiste,  well known to staff and patients in the UTMB dermatology clinics, has announced her retirement from UTMB after this month. She worked in the UTMB dermatology clinics for 22 years and enjoyed working with our faculty, residents and medical students. She will be greatly missed by all.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

JAMA Editor's Advice About Getting Published

Althouth this excellent article by JAMA Deputy Editor Dr. Edward H. Livingstone on the AMA Wire (  http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/ama-wire/ama-wire/post/9-top-tips-getting-published-medical-journal?&utm_source=191323&utm_medium=BulletinHealthCare&utm_term=120614&utm_content=MorningRoundsWeekendEdition&utm_campaign=BHCMessageID ) is directed toward resident physicians, medical students can learn from it too. It is too easy for inexperienced authors to get discouraged in this professionally demanding, time consuming process of peer-reviewed publication. Many UTMB medical students have been first authors of dermatology publications, due to departmental support and mentoring by experienced UTMB dermatology residents and faculty.

Friday, December 05, 2014

UTMB Optional Interval With Internal Dermatology Residency Applicants A Success

The UTMB Department of Dermatology interviewed 7 internal applicants for dermatology residency on Friday, December 5, 2014. All were UTMB MS4s except for one PGY1 resident who graduated last year. One internal MS4 applicant could accept this optional UTMB interview due to a conflicting dermatology interview out of state. UTMB has been separately interviewing internal candidates as a group since last year.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Previous UTMB DIG President Selected for Cutis Editorial Appointment

Congratulations to Dr. Sheila Jalalat, our previous UTMB DIG President who has been appointed by Cutis for a resident editorial position. Dr. Jalalat is one of three resident named to write for Cutis’ Resident Corner, an online publication. She will be responsible for submitting four columns during 2015. Her articles will be available at www.cutis.com.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

UTMB Approved for Ebola Care

UTMB is one of 3 Texas hospitals approved by the US Department of Health and Human Services for the treatment of patients infected with the Ebola virus. The other two Texas hospitals are Methodist Hospital System in collaboration with Parkland Hospital System and the UT Southwestern Medical center in Richardson.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

"Tan-Free Campus" Initiative Needs Your Help!

The Acting Surgeon General, Boris Lushniak, MD, recently declared a Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer. Following this and a recent study published in JAMA Dermatology regarding indoor tanning availability on college campuses, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, along with their member groups, including Melanoma Research Foundation, CDC, EPA, the Skin Cancer Foundation, and many more activist groups, is starting a “Tan-Free Campus” initiative in order to promote health and prevent skin cancer, particularly targeting college campuses. We are searching for those members also passionate about skin cancer prevention and decreasing the prevalence of indoor tanning.

Our mission is to enhance knowledge of the dangers of UV radiation from the sun and indoor tanning beds and decrease the amount of indoor tanning bed use among young adults through active awareness campaigns.

Please e-mail Sarah at Sarah.Malerich@SkinCancerPrevention.org if you are interested in getting involved or have any questions.

Monday, December 01, 2014

January 2015 Interviews Offered to Outside Dermatology Applicants

UTMB Dermatology has made 30 interview offers to applicants from outside medical schools. All three outside rotators were offered interviews. Thirteen men and 17 women were invited. All were US MS4s except for one clinical dermatology fellow. Sixteen of the interviews were given to applicants from other Texas medical schools. Out of state selectees were from Nebraska (Creighton), Louisiana (LSU-NO and Tulane), Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia (Medical College of Georgia and Morehouse), Tennessee (East Tennessee and Vanderbilt) and Florida (University of Miami, University of South Florida, and University of Florida College of Medicine). All but 3 of the thirty were AOA members. Their mean Step 1 (n=30) was 254 (range 234-265) and Step II (n=21) was 260 (range 241-280).

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

UTMB Dermatology Resident and Faculty Return from Annual Leprosy Conference

UTMB PGY4 dermatology resident Dr. Brandon Goodwin and dermatology faculty Dr. Ashley Group recently returned from the annual leprosy conference in Carville, LA (“Hansen’s Disease in the United States Diagnosis & Treatment”). This highly educational conference is recommended to all UTMB dermatology residents, and many have participated in past years. No registration fee is charged.

Monday, November 17, 2014

UTMB Presents 22 Patients at Annual Knox Lecture

This past Saturday (11/15/14) the UTMB Department of Dermatology hosted the Houston Dermatological Society annual John M. Knox, MD Memorial Lecture in Galveston, Texas. The patient presentations were:

1.  Trichodysplasia Spinulosa (Rebecca C. Philips, M.D. and Michael G. Wilkerson, M.S., M.D)
2.  Pediatric Keratosis Lichenoides Chronica (Rebecca C. Philips, MD, Brent C. Kelly, MD and Sharon S. Raimer, MD)
3.  Primary Cutaneous Gamma-Delta T-cell Lymphoma with the Hemophagocytic Syndrome (Brandon Goodwin, MD and Brent Kelly, MD)
4.  Subcutaneous Panniculitis-like T-cell Lymphoma Alpha-beta Phenotype associated with the Hemophagocytic Syndrome (Brandon Goodwin, MD and Brent Kelly MD)
5.  Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis (Brandon Goodwin, MD and Brent Kelly, MD)
6.  Pancreatic Panniculitis (Helen Malone, MD and Brent Kelly, MD)
7.  Pemphigoid Gestationis (Helen Malone MD, Tanya Trynosky, MD and Michael Wilkerson MD)
8.  Incontinentia Pigmenti (Emily Grimshaw, MD and Bernard Gibson, MD)
9.  Pyoderma Gangrenosum (Audra Clos MD, Brent Kelly MD)
10.  Telangiectasia Macularis Eruptiva Perstans (Audra Clos MD, Michael Wilkerson MD)
11.  Skin Self-injury in the Setting of Paresthesia after  Parotidectomy (Amber Gill, MD and Erica Kelly, MD)
12.  Generalized Lichen Nitidus (Amber Gill, MD and Bernard Gibson, MD)
13.  Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (Young Thi McMahan, MD and Sharon Raimer, MD)
14.  Granuloma Faciale (Tanya Trynosky, M.D. and Michael Wilkerson, M.D)
15.  Flegel’s Disease (Tanya Trynosky, MD and Erica Kelly, MD)
16.  Juvenile Dermatomyositis, Case A (Elizabeth Schepp, MD and Erica Kelly, MD)                      
17.  Juvenile Dermatomyositis, Case B (Elizabeth Schepp, MD and Bernard Gibson, MD)
18.  Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Classical Type (Lindsey Hunter-Ellul, M.D. and Ashley Group, M.D)
19.  Oculocutaneous Albinism (Lindsey Hunter-Ellul, M.D. , Michael Wilkerson, M.D., and Richard Wagner, M.D.)
20.  Bleomycin-Induced Flagellate Hyperpigmentation (Alison Lowe, MD and Bernard Gibson, MD)
21.  Eosinophilic Fasciitis (Janice Wilson, M.D. and Bernard Gibson, M.D.)
22.  Congenital Yellow Plaques (Janice Wilson, M.D. and Sharon Raimer M.D.)

Many thanks to the UTMB dermatology residents, faculty, staff, guest speaker (Dr. Karen Wiss) and volunteer UTMB medical students who helped create such a successful meeting.

Monday, November 10, 2014

More Volunteers Needed for Knox Lecture, 11/15

What: 2014 John M. Knox, M.D. Memorial Lecture, hosted by UTMB Department of Dermatology
When: Saturday, November 15, 2015 starting at 7:30 AM
Where: UTMB 5th floor University Hospital Clinics

The UTMB Department of Dermatology is looking for 3-4 volunteers to help set up and to direct meeting attendees and patients to the appropriate places.  This is an exciting educational opportunity and great way to be involved with the department!

Please email Alex Acosta at kaacosta@utmb.edu if you are interested in volunteering.

For more information about this event, please follow link to the flier: http://www.houstondermsociety.org/2014_111514_Knox%20Lecture_Agenda%20(2).pdf

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

No Texas Dermatology Residency Programs in the Top 20!

According to a study published in the October 2014 issue of Cutis, no Texas Dermatology Residency Programs are ranked in the top 20 programs nationally (see Aquino LL, Wen G, Wu JJ. US Dermatology Residency Program Rankings. Cutis 2014;94;180-194). Conclusions were based on data from 2008. The only southern programs in the top 20 were Emory (#12) and Wake Forest (#14). One Texas program (UT Southwestern) made the “Top 5 Dermatology Residency Programs Based on Amount of DF Funding Received in 2008.” They were #5. All of the authors were from Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Los Angeles. Kaiser did not make the list either!

Sunday, November 02, 2014

UTMB Dermatology Poster Presentations at 2014 Fall Texas Dermatological Society Meeting

UTMB was once again well-represented by its medical students, residents and faculty at the annual fall Texas Dermatological Society meeting in Bastrop, Texas last month. Authors of the 6 UTMB poster presentations were:

Kevin Sharghi, BS (UTMB MSIV), Ammar Ahmed, MD, Jason Reichenberg, MD, and Dawn Parsons, RN, OCN
Title: Effective skin cancer education, outreach and screening in central Texas.

Lindsey Hunter-Ellul, MD (UTMB PGY-4 Dermatology Resident), Vlad Codrea, PhD (UTMB MSIV), Stephanie Nemir, MD, PhD (UTMB PGY3 Plastic Surgery Resident), and Richard Wagner, MD (UTMB Dermatology Faculty)
Title: Reconstruction of a large anterior ear defect after Mohs micrographic surgery with a cartilage graft and postauricular revolving door flap

Gregory Peterson BS, (UTMB MSIV),  Audra Clos, MD  (UTMB PGY-4 Dermatology Resident) Bernard Gibson, MD (UTMB Dermatology Faculty)
Title: An Unwanted Souvenir: Rickettsia Africae in a Tourist Returning from South Africa

K Alexandra Acosta, BA (UTMB MSIV), Lindsey Hunter-Ellul, MD (UTMB PGY-4 Dermatology Resident) , and Michael Wilkerson, MD (UTMB Dermatology Faculty)
Tanning Bed Use as a Medical Therapy

Andrew DeCrescenzo, BS (UTMB MSII), Janice Wilson, MD (UTMB PGY-3 Dermatology Resident), and Michael Wilkerson, MD (UTMB Dermatology Faculty)
Title: Exacerbation of Darier disease with concomitant drug eruption due to pegfilgastrim, a granulocyte colony-stimulating factor

Skyler White, B.S. (UTMB MSIII), Lindsey Hunter-Ellul, M.D.(UTMB PGY-4 Dermatology Resident) , Meredith Revell, PA-C (UTMB Dermatology), Michael Wilkerson, M.D. (UTMB Dermatology Faculty)
Title: Persistent leg infection due to Mycobacterium immunogenum, a relatively novel species

Friday, October 31, 2014

UTMB Dermatology Presents Auricular Reconstruction “Revolving Door Flap” at Texas Dermatology Meeting

Last week UTMB PGY4 Dermatology Chief Scheduling Resident Dr. Lindsey Hunter-Ellul (left) and UTMB MS4 Dr. Vlad Codrea (right) presented their poster entitled, “Reconstruction of a Large Anterior Ear Defect after Mohs Micrographic Surgery with a Cartilage Graft and Postauricular Revolving Door Flap” at the fall meeting of the Texas Dermatological Society in Bastrop, Texas. Their co-authors were Dr. Stephanie Nemir (UTMB PGY3 plastic surgery resident) and Dr. Richard Wagner (UTMB Departments of Dermatology, ENT and Surgery).

Thursday, October 30, 2014

UTMB MS4 Publishes Melanoma Article with UTMB Dermatology Faculty

Congratulations to UTMB MS4 Jonathan Stubblefield and dermatology Associate Professor Dr. Brent Kelly for their recent review entitled, “Melanoma in Non-Caucasian Populations” that was published in the October 2014 Surgical Clinics of North America, Volume 94, Number 5, pages 1116 to 1126.

Monday, October 27, 2014

“Stay Shady!” Presented at Holy Family Catholic School

On Thursday, October 23, UTMB DIG members Kristyna Gleghorn (MS2), Hunter Neely (MS2), and Jennifer Kohlnhofer (MS2) presented "Stay Shady!" to the 5th, 6th, and 7th graders at Holy Family Catholic School. This fun, interactive presentation is aimed at making kids aware that the sun can damage their skin and inform them how to protect themselves. A special appreciation goes out to the students of Holy Family Catholic School for being such a great audience and to our volunteers!
DIG Volunteers pictured: Kristyna Gleghorn (left), Hunter Neely (middle), Jennifer Kohlnhofer (right)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Volunteers Needed for Knox Lecture, Saturday, 11/15

What: 2014 John M. Knox, M.D. Memorial Lecture, hosted by UTMB Department of Dermatology
When: Saturday, November 15, 2015 starting at 7:30 AM
Where: UTMB 5th floor University Hospital Clinics

The UTMB Department of Dermatology is looking for 3-4 volunteers to help set up and to direct meeting attendees and patients to the appropriate places.  This is an exciting educational opportunity and great way to be involved with the department!

Please email Alex Acosta at kaacosta@utmb.edu if you are interested in volunteering.

For more information about this event, please follow link to the flier: http://www.houstondermsociety.org/2014_111514_Knox%20Lecture_Agenda%20(2).pdf

Monday, October 13, 2014

UTMB Selects 2016-2017 Dermatopathology Fellows

Congratulations to UTMB PGY3 dermatology residents, Drs. Rebecca Philips and Janice Wilson for their acceptance into the UTMB dermatopathology fellowship program during the 2016-2017 academic year. Both phyicians are scheduled to complete dermatology residency at UTMB in June 2016 prior to starting their year of dermatopathology fellowship in July 2016. The UTMB DIG looks forward to working with both of you during the remainder of dermatology residency at UTMB and during your year of UTMB dermatopathology fellowship!

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Volunteers needed for “Stay Shady!” presentation 10/23

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

When: Thursday, October 23rd at 8:15am- 9:30am


Where: Holy Family Catholic School, 2601 Ursuline Avenue, Galveston, TX 77550

This is a fun teaching experience and a great way to get involved with the DIG! Interested in participating? Please email Kristyna Gleghorn at klglegho@utmb.edu

Monday, October 06, 2014

UTMB Dermatology Residency Applications at Record Levels

415 applications have already been made for the UTMB dermatology residency. All applications are due by October 31, 2014 and must be complete in order for applicants to be considered for an interview in January 2015. UTMB dermatology typically does not starting reviewing applications until November 1st, the day after the application deadline. Every attempt is made to electronically notify about 30 successful outside applicants about their invitation to interview in Galveston by mid-December. Good luck in the application process!

Dr. Brent Kelly Accepted into UTMB Academy of Master Teachers

Congratulations to Dr. Brent Kelly, the first UTMB dermatology faculty member accepted into the UTMB Academy of Master Teachers (AMT). Founded in 2007, the UTMB AMT is a campus honorary service organization that provides a variety of educational functions and professional development opportunities to UTMB faculty. Additional information about the UTMB Academy of Master Teachers may be found at: http://www.utmb.edu/amt/about.htm

Friday, October 03, 2014

2nd Book by USCF Fellow Published in the Same Week!

UCSF Clinical Psoriasis Research Fellow, Dr. Argentina Leon has coauthored a new book titled, Dermatoprevention: Psoriasis and Its Comorbidities with coauthors Drs. Wilson Liao and John Koo. Good luck to Dr. Leon in her quest for a dermatology residency position!

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

UCSF Research Investigators Publish Innovative Textbook

Congratulations to UCSF dermatology research investigators, Mona Malakouti MS and Gabrielle Brown, MD, two investigator medical students currently working with Dr. John Koo at UCSF. Ms. Malakouti took a year off from medical school in Chicago to work with Dr. Koo, an internationally acclaimed dermatology researcher. The title of their book is, Contemporary Guide to Achieving Patient Satisfaction in Dermatology.

American Board of Dermatology Releases Certification Exam Pass Rates

From 2011 through 2014, 2.4% of first time certification examination test takers failed. However, for 2014, only 0.5% failed.

PGY4 Completes Dermatology Scholarly Project in Record Time!

Congratulations to our current chief scheduling dermatology resident, Dr. Lindsey Hunter-Ellul, who presented her scholarly research project entitled, “Prescription Practices among Texas Dermatologists"
to the entire dermatology department and rotating medical students last week. After obtaining expedited approval from the Institutional Review Board for her anonymous professional survey and receiving permission from the Texas Dermatological Society (TDS), she surveyed members of the TDS at their annual spring meeting to compare prescription practices of dermatologists in private and academic settings. A detailed report about her findings will be published in an upcoming Texas Dermatological Society's Newsletter. Her faculty mentor on this project was Dr. Richard Wagner and she was also helped by Martin Tom (UTMB MS-IV) and Gwen Baillargeon from the UTMB Office of Biostatistics. All UTMB Dermatology resident are required to complete a scholarly project of their choosing over the course of their training as part of their graduation requirements. UTMB dermatology scholarly research projects must be presented to the department by April each academic year, but Dr. Hunter-Ellul was well ahead of schedule!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Save This Date!

The UTMB Department of Dermatology will offer all of our current UTMB MS4 applicants the option to interview with residents and faculty on Friday morning, December 5, 2014.
Invited non-UTMB applicants will be interviewed to interview in Galveston on Thursday, January 22nd and on Friday, January 23rd, 2015.

2014 UTMB Dermatology Research Honors Thesis about DIGUTMB.Blogspot.com Published

Congratulations to Dr. Sheila Jalalat, our former DIG President and 2014 SOM graduate for the recent publication of her dermatology research honors thesis. Her paper is entitled, “Utility of a Dermatology Interest Group Blog: The Impact of Medical Student Interest Groups and Web 2.0 Tools as Educational Resources.” It was published this month in the open access, peer-reviewed journal, Advances in Medical Education and Practice 2014,5:331-337.
The abstract and pdf for this article is available at: http://www.dovepress.com/utility-of-a-dermatology-interest-group-blog-the-impact-of-medical-stu-peer-reviewed-article-AMEP

This research may be of special interest to UTMB DIG members since the article is about our UTMB dermatology blog (digutmb.blogspot.com)!
Her co-author and faculty mentor on this research was Dr. Richard Wagner, the Program Director for the UTMB dermatology residency program and UTMB DIG faculty advisor. Dr. Jalalat will begin her dermatology residency at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida following her current PGY1 year in Chicago.

First DIG Meeting Recap: Q&A with Dr. Wagner, Residency Program Director


On September 22, 2014, the DIG had its first meeting of the year with Dr. Richard Wagner.  Dr. Wagner is UTMB’s Dermatology residency program director.  For those who could not make the meeting, here is a recap of what was discussed.


·      There are four positions available each year at the UTMB residency program.

·      Dermatology is one of the most competitive specialties.  Having research experience and publications are necessary to be a competitive applicant.

o   Research and publications in Dermatology are important

o   It doesn’t matter if you do a research project, case report, poster project, review article, etc.  The number of total research/publications is most important with the average being 5-6 publications.

o   Case reports are the fastest and easiest to publish.

·      If you have average Step scores, you have to excel in other ways. Past students have had a really extensive publication history.  You may choose to pursue a Dermatology research fellowship after graduating medical school and before applying to residency to make your application more competitive.

·      Fellowship are listed under DIGA website and are available to people who are in their PGY-1 year but haven’t matched into an advanced program (PGY-2 year).

·      AOA status is preferred and is an easy way to screen applicants since it reflects first, second and third year grades as well as showing that you are in the top 15% of your class.

o   It doesn’t matter if you are junior or senior AOA, but junior is impressive.

·      There is limited funding for residency programs.  The number of years of post-graduate funding you can receive is determined by the type of residency program that you match into initially.  For example, if you match into Surgery, you have 5 years of funding.  If you match into Internal Medicine, you have 3 years of funding.  If you match into Dermatology, you have 4 years of funding.  This becomes important if you don’t initially match into Dermatology, and reapply after your PGY-1 year.  If you matched into an IM preliminary year then apply to Derm the following year, you only have 2 additional years of funding as opposed to the 3 necessary.  Since programs may not be compensated for your PGY-4 year in Dermatology, and would have to compensate you themselves, they may be less likely to interview you.   It is important to weigh this new facet of residency training when applying.

·      There are 118 Dermatology programs nationally.

·      Interviews for residency are held mostly in January, but you have to go to interviews for your PGY-1 year in the fall.

·      UTMB is unique in that there is a democratic system for selecting applicants.  Residents who interviewed the applicants have a vote on that applicant. In other schools, residents may interview, but they usually don’t have a say on the voting process.

·      The best letters of recommendation are from people who worked with you personally for a period of time or someone you have done research with.  Three or four letters, usually from Dermatology/dermatologists are best because the people reading these letters may know the letter writers personally, which makes the letter more high impact..

·      Do away rotations. They will know your work and compatibility with the program and are more likely to interview you and consider you for a position.

·      Students are encouraged to come to the Dermatology clinics at UTMB, just check with the faculty first.

·      Dermatology boards are notoriously difficult with up to 10% of residents failing some years. This is why programs look for applicants who have high Step 1 scores and are AOA since they will be more likely to pass the board. There are not oral boards for Dermatology.



Thank you to Dr. Wagner for coming to answer our questions!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New Duty Hour Rule for Dermatology Residents at UTMB

Following the Dermatology Residency Review Committee’s decision that duty hour reporting is not a requirement for dermatology residents, the UTMB Office of Graduate Medical Education has discontinued its requirement for UTMB dermatology residents to log duty hours. Residents in the UTMB Department of Dermatology appear to be the only residents in the entire institution who are exempt from this institutional reporting requirement.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Tenure Dispute at MD Anderson Continues

Houston Chronicle reporter Todd Ackerman’s article on Saturday, September 20, 2014 (“Hospital may face blowback in tenure dispute,“ pages B1, B4) details the latest developments in the American Association of University Professors’ (AAUP) investigation of MD Anderson’s previously reported tenure dispute. MD Anderson representatives declined to meet with AAUP according to Ackerman. Reportedly MD Anderson representatives wrote, “We will not personally meet with representatives of a nongoverning entity conducting an unauthorized investigation with a pre-determined outcome.”

Dermatology Alum Publishes Letter in Wall Street Journal

Dr. Zoltan Trizna (UTMB Dermatology Residency Class of 2000) published a letter in the September 20-21 (2014) issue of the Wall Street Journal (page A14) under the heading, “It’s Harder to Practice Medicine Well under ObamaCare.” Dr. Trizna is currently in dermatology private practice in Austin, Texas.