Current Editors: Renat Ahatov, Michael Phan, and Andrea Francis

(Please email editors if there is blog-worthy news that you would like to see shared)

Past Editors: Elise Weisert, Michael Ryan, 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.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

July 2021 Hats for the Homeless

 Another successful meeting for Hats for the Homeless on July 31st. Pictured from left to right: Alex Parkhurst (MS1), Benjamin Garcia (MS3), Renat Ahatov (MS4), and Andrea Francis (MS3).

Friday, July 30, 2021

University of Missouri Dermatology Virtual Open House


NYU Dermatology Informational Session - August 9th



The webinar will take place on August 9th at 7:30PM EST. 


For more information, feel free to reach out to a member of our

Education Team below:

Norma Elliott: Norma.Elliott@nyulangone.org

Kristen Gelpi: Kristen.Gelpi@nyulangone.org

Craig Burke: Craig Burke@nyulangone.org

You can also reach us at (212) 263-5313.


Visit our website at: https://med.nyu.edu/departments-institutes/dermatology/education

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Medical College of Wisconsin Virtual Meeting for Interested Applicants

 The Dermatology Department at the Medical College of Wisconsin is hosting a virtual meeting for dermatology applicants interested in learning more about their program. It will be held on August 11, 2021 at 7-8 p.m. (CST)


To find out more about this program: https://www.mcw.edu/-/media/MCW/Departments/Dermatology/Dermatology-Residency-Meet-and-Greet-Aug-11-2021.pdf?la=en


To register for this meeting, please go to: https://mcw-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0qc-mpqTIoHdyCtjs5Gazf41lISmyWgPAP

Monday, July 26, 2021

Harvard Calling

Dermatology residency applicants considering the Harvard program are encouraged to attend their informational webinar on 8/18/21 (7:30 pm EST). Those interested should sign up at https://partners.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oLWyS1mrRzuWevOWhUW39A

DIGA and APD Joint Webinar About Next Dermatology Residency Application Cycle

 DIGA and the APD (Association of Professors of Dermatology) will host a joint webinar on Tuesday August 10, 2021 at 8PM EST to provide information and updates regarding changes to ERAS and the residency application process for the upcoming 2021 - 2022 cycle. (i.e. preference signaling, secondary application, virtual vs in-person interviews)


Submit any questions that you have using the form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf_4TrRWSTtkwOnjVqjVLDiEhgGz18ovyxkqE8QnQNoDnP-GQ/viewform?form=MY01SV&OCID=MY01SV


Questions will be compiled and used to guide discussion during the webinar.


Please note that DIGA and the APD are planning to host a second webinar in November to answer any questions specifically regarding the interview process.

Friday, July 23, 2021

First General DIG Meeting

 The first general meeting for the Dermatology Interest Group will be held on Monday, August 2nd at 5 pm. To get the meeting information please fill out this google form: https://forms.gle/4aP1tGAY2qtL9Wro8

American Board of Dermatology (ABD) Recommends Pearson VUE Test Centers for CORE Exams

Due to reliable internet connectivity and other factors, the ABD is recommending Pearson VUE Test Centers for dermatology residents taking the 4 CORE exams now needed to take the ABD Certification Examination following residency completion. ABD is also interested if residents encounter any problem with their test experience, and request that these residents contact the ABD directly at 617-910-6400 (Kara Fuller, ext. 4) who is their first-line advocate.

Monday, July 19, 2021

What are the Best Educational Resources for a Clinical Dermatology Rotation?

According to a survey published in the June 2021 issue of DOJ Volume 27, Number 6, 27(6):3, residents and fellows thought that AAD modules and online resources were most useful. For the complete study, please see https://escholarship.org/uc/item/5x36x0hk

2021 Fall Texas Dermatological Society Abstract Deadlines

 The Texas Dermatological Society will hold its annual fall meeting on September 24 and 25 at the The Hyatt Hill Country Resort in San Antonio. Poster deadlines are August 24, 2021 for applications and the Abstract Paragraph & Poster PDF Deadline is due on August 30, 2021. No deadlines have been set for the podium presentations yet. Please go to https://www.texasdermatology.org/amsimis/TDS/Residents_Corner/TDS/Residents_Corner/Resident_s_Corner.aspx?hkey=35b67b30-fd36-47ac-9cd6-16d3efcf4ab8  for more information.  

Monday, July 12, 2021

MS4 Dermatology Honors Research Project Accepted

Congratulations to MS4 Renat Ahatov for the acceptance of his UTMB Dermatology Research Honors Project, “Analysis of Androgenic Alopecia Treatment Preferences in Dermatologists.” The project will serve to analyze the treatment preferences for the elusive androgenic alopecia in males and females, in dermatologists across the United States via a survey study. His ad hoc thesis committee members are Dr. Bret Howrey (Family Medicine, Director of the UTMB Honors Research Program), and dermatology faculty Drs. Lindy Ross (faculty advisor), Michael Wilkerson, Sharon Raimer, and Richard Wagner.

Survey on Medical Student Dermatology Research

The July 2021 issue of SKIN provides interesting information about medical student perceptions about dermatology research. The authors conducted a survey of dermatology interest groups and had 57 students participate. Students participating in more than 8 research experiences had greater confidence in their research abilities. Posters, abstracts, and chart reviews were favored. For additional information, please see:

Carlos, C., Brown, C., Elliott, E., & Murina, A. (2021). Assessing Comfort in Conducting Research Among Medical Students Interested in Dermatology. SKIN The Journal of Cutaneous Medicine, 5(4), 388–392. https://doi.org/10.25251/skin.5.4.7

Thursday, July 01, 2021

Vanderbilt Dermatology Program Director Survey about USMLE Step 1 Scores

The June 2021 issue of Cutis (pages 293-294) suggests that dermatology program directors may start placing more emphasis on USMLE Step 2 once Step 1 scores are no longer available. 

Monday, June 28, 2021

DIGA Looking for National Committee Chairs

 Applications open 6/28/21 and close on Monday 7/12. There will be 2-4 positions in each committee. If you are interested, please apply!



Melanoma/Sun Protection: https://forms.gle/ppy9mfdSd2Fa6Eku7


Psoriasis: https://forms.gle/Bj8gFrUfj5kunvp77


Diversity: https://forms.gle/rQcLdmHrZCvnb9Aw8


Educational Outreach: Educational Outreach: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeMdqB3r52bBDuNJri95akwUtV3hHpVnLIOKRkkaQ_n0aQ0VA/viewform

Sunday, June 27, 2021

June 2021 Hats for the Homeless

Hats for the Homeless held another successful event on June 26th. Pictured from left to right: Fareen Momin (MS2), Renat Ahatov (MS4), Benjamin Garcia (MS3), and Andrea Francis (MS3) 

Monday, June 21, 2021

Dr. Frank Winsett Recognized for Excellent Dermatology Research by a Dermatology Resident

Congratulations to UTMB PGY4 Dermatology Resident Dr. Frank Winsett for his recognition by the UTMB Dermatology Faculty for  research excellence done by a senior dermatology resident during dermatology residency. He will become UTMB dermatology faculty on July 1, 2021. The UTMB DIG looks forward to working with you on new research projects!

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Publication by UTMB MS4 Medical Student in SKIN Volume 5, Number 3 (2021)

Jimenez AR, Hoyer P, Ross L. A Rare Presentation of Concomitant Alopecia Areata and Vitiligo in a Teenager. https://www.jofskin.org/index.php/skin/article/view/1149

Monday, June 07, 2021

UTMB DIG Raises $2,000 for AIM at Melanoma Foundation

Virtual Melanoma Walk for AIM at Melanoma Foundation happened on May 22nd, where $2,000 were raised this year. The event was honoring a local Galveston family who lost a loved one to melanoma. Big thank you to Kristen Kay (MS2) and Nikke Tweet (MS2) for organizing this event. 

UTMB Dermatology Residents’ Faculty Teaching Awards

 Congratulations to the UTMB Dermatology Faculty for their recent Dermatology Teaching Awards:

Janice Wilson, MD: Dermatology Faculty Teaching Award 

Rebecca Philips, MD: Clinical Faculty Teaching Award

UTMB DIG Blog Awards Dermatology Resident and Faculty Teaching Awards

Congratulations to Drs. Frank Winsett (PGY4) and Lindy Ross for their selection as the 2021 DIG Teaching Awards!

Friday, June 04, 2021

DIG 2021-2022 Election Results

Renat Ahatov
Michael Phan

Vice President 
Andrea Francis

Research Chairs
Puja Shah
Benjamin Garcia

Bake Sale Chairs
Claire Culbertson
Grace Obanigba

Diversity Committee
Chair: Biance Uzoma
Committee: Brenda Carrillo, Briana Ortiz, Obie Okafor

Melanoma Walk
Chair: Victoria Margolis
Committee: Fareen Momin and Andrea Rego

Psoriasis Walk Chairs
Nikke Bowerman
Alyssa Hansen

Stay Shady 
Chairs: Kate Zipperer and Olivia Arriaza
Committee: Gregory Ugoh and Nesiya Sheriff

Thursday, June 03, 2021

UTMB Dermatology Announces 2022 Dermatology Residency Applicant Interview Dates

 UTMB Internal Applicants: Friday afternoon, January 21, 2022


Outside Applicants: Thursday afternoon, February 10, 2022 or Friday afternoon, February 11, 2022

Saturday, May 29, 2021

UTMB MS3 Awarded for Poster Presentation at the 2021 Virtual National Student Research Forum

Congratulations to MS3 Sarah Kesaria for her first prize poster presentation “Hailey-Hailey Disease with Kaposi Varicelliform Eruption” at the 2021 Virtual National Student Research Forum!


Other dermatology posters and oral presentations at this annual national conference were:




Renat Ahatov “Unusual Recurrence of Incontinentia Pigmenti in a Child”

Shivan Chokshi “Development of Eczema Following Tonsillectomy in Pediatric Patients with Upper Respiratory Infections”

Harpinder Dhinsa “Diet and Nutritional Habits of Psoriasis Patients” 

Alyssa Hansen “Spanish Proficiency Among Texas Dermatology Residents: a Survey Study”

Tameem Jamal “A Modified Mustarde Flap for Reconstruction of Lower Eyelid Defects”

Masood Mavra “A Review of SJS and TEN Cases with Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Therapy”

Masood Mavra “Surgical Management of a Local Angioinvasive Fungal Soft Tissue Infection in the Knee: A Case Report”

Sruti Rachapudi “Comparison of Patient Demographics at a Student-Run Free Clinic Prior to versus During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Xavier Rice “A Case of Giant Cerebriform Intradermal Nevus”

Xavier Rice “Actionable interventions for addressing diversity in dermatology”

Henry Tran “An Interesting Case of Blastomycosis-Like Pyoderma”

Henry Tran “An Interesting Case of Blastomycosis-Like Pyoderma”

Bianca Uzoma “Necrolytic Acral Erythema: A Case Series of Extensive Disease in a Select Prison Population”




William Meyer “Rainfall Associated with Increased Melanoma Among non-Hispanic Whites”

Courtney Prestwood “Epidermal and glandular protein regulation in Hidradenitis Suppurativa identified by Immunohistochemical staining”

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Paige Hoyer, MD Elected to UTMB Chief Resident Officers for 2021-2022

Congratulations to UTMB PGY3 Dermatology Resident, Dr. Paige Hoyer for her election to the 2021-2022 UTMB Chief Officers Members-at-Large position!

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Confidentiality of American Board of Dermatology (ABD) Testing

The ABD administers several tests during dermatology residency. During PGY2 it offers the BASIC exam (no passing score) for PGY2 residents and programs to measure knowledge compared to PGY2 residents at other programs. During PGY3 and PGY4 CORE exams are administered in four subject areas (general dermatology, pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and dermatologic surgery). Residents passing all 4 of these examinations are eligible to take the APPLIED Board Certification Examination. The ABD’s policy regarding testing is:

“A resident’s BASIC Exam and CORE Exam results will not be shared by the ABD with anyone other than the candidate and the program. An individual candidate’s result on the APPLIED Exam will not be shared by the ABD with anyone other than the candidate. The ABD provides programs with a Program Performance Report, summarizing the overall performance of its residents on the APPLIED Exam, in a de-identified manner. Once certified by the ABD, a diplomate’s certification status will be available to the public. BASIC Exam and CORE Exam results are provided to help training programs assess a resident’s development as a dermatologist. Exam results may not to be shared with anyone outside of the clinical competency committee or Program Director without the written consent of the resident.”

Monday, May 24, 2021

Dermatology Workshop for St. Vincent's Summer Preceptorship Students

On Saturday (5/22), Dr. Anthony Linfante and Dr. Paige Hoyer, along with Renat Ahatov (MS3), put on a dermatology workshop for medical students at St. Vincent's Clinic. The workshop consisted of learning how to prepare for biopsies, perform the biopsies, and general tips on the interview and the physical exam for dermatology patients.

Friday, May 21, 2021

2021-2022 DIG Elections

UTMB Dermatology Interest Group will be holding virtual elections for the upcoming year. Please fill out this interest form if you would like to vote in this year's elections or if you are interested in running for a position. 

We have the following positions open:

Vice President (1):
-Runs the blog with the president and assists with day-day operations.
-Open to rising MS3s Only
-Preference given to current officers

Stay Shady Chairs (2):
-Plan and give presentations on Sun Protection to local Galveston Schools
-Preference given to rising MS2s

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 Chairs (2):
- Promote diversity and coordinate DIG Skin of Color Series
- 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.

Last chance to sign up for the Melanoma Walk!

Walk with us this Saturday wherever you are! 

Dermatology Electives Now Open to UTMB MS2 Students for Periods 16 and 17

In a change from previous registration requirements, UTMB is now permitting UTMB MS2 students to take elective courses during the two final Periods of the academic year (16 and 17).

UTMB Publication in May 2021 SKIN

Congratulations to UTMB authors appearing in the current issue of the peer-reviewed journal SKIN: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine: 

In-Depth Review
Jimenez A, Gleghorn K, Wagner RF. The implementation of educational videos in Mohs micrographic surgery for improved patient satisfaction and comprehension: A review of the literature. SKIN: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine, May 2021, Volume 5, Issue 3, pages 1-7.