Current Editors: Kristyna Gleghorn and Tim Allen

Past Editors: 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, September 20, 2016

Dermatology Times Advisory Board Leader Calls for Limiting Dermatology Resident Interviews

Readers of this blog are aware that some dermatologists feel that applications to dermatology residency programs have become so overwhelming for training institutions that now is the time to limit the number of applications that applicants may submit, and perhaps limit the number of interviews residency programs conduct. For example, if applicants were limited to 10 dermatology applications, applicants might be more selective about where they apply. The same selectivity may also hold true if programs were only allowed to interview 5 applicants for each of their available positions. In the September 2016 issue of Dermatology Times (page 70), a columnist wrote about a former student who received 40 interviews and borrowed $40,000 to visit all of these programs. She is now a successful dermatologist, but was spending $40,000 necessary? Matching applicants may wonder if it was necessary to spend so much money interviewing at dermatology programs. However, we are skeptical that placing an arbitrary cap on number of applications that a prospective applicant may submit is fair. Are there other situations where the opportunity to compete for a job is restricted by limiting the number of job applications? Limiting the number of applications that an applicant may make to dermatology residency programs does not seem to be the best solution to increasing interest and competition for dermatology residencies.

DIG Meeting with Dermatology Program Director, Dr. Wagner

The UTMB Dermatology Interest Group will be holding our first meeting on 09/26 (Mon) from 5-6PM. Our guest speaker for this meeting is Dr. Richard Wagner, the UTMB Dermatology Residency Program Director. It is an informal Q and A session; where you can ask the director any questions you have regarding how to be competitive for a dermatology residency. Other topics for discussion include how to get involved in dermatology and how to get involved with research. Don’t miss out this highly informative session!

When: Monday, September 26th 2016 5-6PM
Where: Dermatology conference room, 4.112 McCullough Building 

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Stay Shady Presentation at Holy Family Catholic School

On Friday, September 2nd UTMB DIG member Keith Wagner (MSII), presented "Stay Shady!" to 100 elementary and intermediate students at Holy Family Catholic School. "Stay Shady!" is a fun and interactive presentation aimed at increasing sun protection awareness in children! The students had many great questions about skin protection, and were excited to participate in the discussion!  The students received bracelets with UV beads that change color in the sun to demonstrate how sunlight can damage unprotected skin. A great amount of appreciation goes to Holy Family Catholic School’s faculty and students, for accommodating DIG into their busy schedules, and allowing us to pass skin protection knowledge onto the next generation of Galvestonians and beyond! 

Friday, September 02, 2016


Congratulations to our 4 UTMB PGY4 dermatology residents who completed training in June 2016. They all passed the 2016  American Board of Dermatology Certification Examination. What a great way to kick of the Labor Day Holiday weekend (UTMB Clinics are closed on Monday, September 5, 2016).

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

UTMB House Staff Orientation Dates for 2017 Announced

In 2017, UTMB will hold its orientation for incoming house staff on June 26-29th. UTMB begins paying salary and benefits starting on the first day of orientation! Incoming house staff from outside institutions should plan on being at UTMB on these dates by planning vacation or terminal leave from their previous institutions.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

"Stay Shady" is Looking for Volunteers for September 2nd

The UTMB DIG is looking for volunteers to present our sun protection presentation, "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: Friday, September 2nd, at 10:00 A.M.
Where: 2601 Ursuline Avenue, Galveston, TX 77550
This is fun teaching experience and a great way to get involved with DIG! Interested in participating? Please email Tara Akunna (taakunna@utmb.edu), Barrett Riddle (bcriddle@UTMB.EDU), or Keith Wagner (kedwagne@UTMB.EDU) if you would like to volunteer! 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Dermatology Night At St. Vincent's on 9/1/16

Join UTMB Dermatology residents and faculty for the upcoming dermatology night (Thursday, September 1st, 2016) at St. Vincent’s Clinic. Please see the calendar link below to reserve your volunteering spot:

When: Thursday, September 1st, 5:30-8:30PM (volunteers should arrive at 5:15)

Where: St. Vincent's House, 2817 Post Office Street, Galveston, Texas 77550

Volunteer link: 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

"Stay Shady" is Looking for Volunteers for September 19th

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

When: Monday, September 19, at 2:30 P.M.
Where: Satori Elementary School2503 Sealy St, Galveston, TX 77550
This is fun teaching experience and a great way to get involved with DIG! Interested in participating? Please email Tara Akunna (taakunna@utmb.edu), Barrett Riddle (bcriddle@UTMB.EDU), or Keith Wagner (kedwagne@UTMB.EDU) if you would like to volunteer! 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Join UTMB DIG in a "Walk to Cure Psoriasis" Sunday, October 2nd

The UTMB Dermatology Interest Group is participating in the annual National Psoriasis Foundation’s “Walk to Cure Psoriasis” on to take place on Sunday October 2 at Discovery Green in Houston

If you are interested in participating in the walk or donating to our goal:

1. Go to:  http://npf.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=7056
2. Click “Join Our Team” to join the UTMB DIG group and walk with us!

3. Click “Support Us” to donate and select or enter a donation amount to make your donation to the UTMB DIG group.

Here are the details of the walk:

Where: Discovery Green Park, 1500 McKinney, Houston, Texas 77010

When: Sunday, October 2, 2016

Check-In: 8:00AM

Walk Begins: 9:00AM

If you have any additional questions, contact Seena Monjazeb (semonjaz@utmb.edu) with any questions. 

Sunday, August 07, 2016

2016 Welcome Weekend and Plazapalooza Information and Sign-up

Hey everyone,

We have some new information for y'all for Welcome Weekend and Plazapalooza! We are asking for 2 members to volunteer each shift at both events please! (2 volunteer shifts for Welcome Weekend and 3 shifts for Plazapalooza).Free food will be provided for those at Welcome weekend and free shirts for those at Plazapalooza!

If you have any questions about either events, please contact Tim Allen (tirallen2@utmb.edu) or Paige Hoyer (pehoyer@utmb.edu)

1. Welcome Weekend
- Date: Saturday, 8/20 from 10am to 1230pm
- Location: Moody Gardens Convention Center
- Set up begins at 9am
- We will be getting a half table (3'x3') for free. Tim will be getting candy to give out to the new students who are interested
- The first session will be 10-11:15 and the second will be from 11:15-12:30
- There will be free breakfast and lunch for those who volunteer

2. Plazapalooza
- Date is 8/23 (Tuesday) from 5-8pm
- Location will be Old Red Plaza
- Set up begins at 3:30pm
- Our game will be Duck Pond (http://cdn1.bigcommerce.com/server4100/sjl48p9/product_images/uploaded_images/duck-pond-traditional-carnival-booth3.jpg?t=1465063670). If a student guesses the correct number on the bottom, they will win a ticket. More information will be provided by SGA as well.
- We will also be getting a table for the event to have the game and 2 T-shirts for volunteers (1M and 1L)

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Dermatology Night At St. Vincent's on 8/4/16

Join UTMB Dermatology residents and faculty for the upcoming dermatology night (Thursday, August 4th, 2016) at St. Vincent’s Clinic. Please see the calendar link below to reserve your volunteering spot:

When: Thursday, August 4th, 5:30-8:30PM (volunteers should arrive at 5:15)
Where: St. Vincent's House, 2817 Post Office Street, Galveston, Texas 77550
Volunteer link: http://www.stvsc.org/index.php/students/

Monday, August 01, 2016

New Dermatology Clinic Director Initiates Quarterly Employee Recognition Plan

The UTMB Dermatology Clinic has been recognized in the past as one of the best outpatient clinics at UTMB. Dr. Ashley Group, Assistant Professor of Dermatology and the new Dermatology Clinic Director, has created a quarterly employee recognition plan for dermatology nurses, medical assistants, and front desk employees at our Galveston and Bay Colony League City locations for their wonderful work. Anyone working in the dermatology clinics is able to make nominations to Dr. Group. The first two dermatology clinic employees selected for recognition will be named in October 2016.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

UTMB Micrographic Surgery Fellow Conducts Suture Workshop

Dr. Helen Malone, the current Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellow held a suturing workshop for our four new PGY2 dermatology residents this week. Participating residents were Drs. Vlad Codrea, Kyle Kaltwasser, Kristin Wolf and Katelyn Woolridge.

Another First for UTMB Dermatology

A new bimonthly academic conference for surgical dermatology textbook and journal review has been established on alternate Thursdays for the Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology fellow, dermatology residents, students, and faculty. At the first meeting, chapters from two textbooks were reviewed by the current fellow, Dr. Helen Malone. Dr. Richard Wagner, the Fellowship Director, provided supervision.

Photo Caption (left to right): UTMB MS3 Seena Mojazeb, Dr. Helen Malone, MS4 Lizzy Paniagua, PGY3 dermatology resident Dr. Adrian Subrt, and UTMB MS4 Drew Decrescenzo

2016 Medscape Residents Salary & Debt Report

According to this study, residents suffer a higher risk of depression than the general population (10% vs 6.7%) and are much more likely to consider suicide (9% vs 3.9%).
In addition, residents are less satisfied with their salaries than last year. They are aware that they are being paid less than non-physician midlevel hospital employees and nonmedical employees who have comparable education and experience

Skin Cancer Screenings Not Recommended!

Yes, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), an independent group of primary care physicians and epidemiologists with federal funding, once again determined that there is currently not enough evidence to recommend skin cancer screenings. This is similar to their previous findings in 2009. This important article was published in the July 26, 2016 issue of JAMA (JAMA. 2016;316(4):429-435. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.8465. ) and is available here:http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2536643

Thursday, July 21, 2016

DIG Meeting Recap from July 19th

Important Topics Covered (Q&A with DIG President & MS4, Kristyna Gleghorn)
1. The DIG blog (http://digutmb.blogspot.com/) is a great resource for medical students interested in Dermatology.
2. Overview of dermatology rotations offered at UTMB. UTMB offers the 2nd most dermatology courses/electives of any school of medicine in the US. (Clinical Dermatology, Dermatologic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology, Dermatopathology, Acting Internship (AI) in dermatology, Dermatology Consults, Skin Diseases Depicted in Film, History of Dermatology, Skin Diseases in Modern World Literature, Dermatology Research, Skin diseases in Novels and Films, Dermatology Boot Camp, Narratives of Skin Disease) 
3. Planning for away rotations (Tip: Many away rotations only offer clinical dermatology so consider taking a different elective, such as consults/Mohs surgery/Dermatopathology, as a MS3 at UTMB to receive credit for your aways)
4. Research is highly encouraged for dermatology applicants and there are many opportunities to become involved at UTMB. The earlier you start, the better. Research opportunities: 
- Texas Dermatologic Society Fall and Spring meetings: poster presentation
- American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting: poster presentation or Gross and Microscopic Symposium (powerpoint presentation)
- American Academy of Dermatology Summer Meeting: poster presentation
- Honors Research Program (proposals due by December of third year)
- Case reports and review articles for journals (JAAD, JAMA Dermatology, JAAD Case Reports, Cutis, etc...)
5. Step-by-step process for writing a case report, review article, and getting Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval for projects. 
6. The National Dermatology Interest Group Association has a number of resources for medical students who hope to pursue a career in Dermatology. Visit their website (http://www.derminterest.org/) and join their Facebook Group “Dermatology Interest Group Association” for more information.

Follow our blog to learn about upcoming events that you can participate in. Important upcoming UTMB student life, dermatology-related, and community service projects:
1. Welcome Weekend for MS1s: Information session and sign up for DIG (Saturday, August 20th). 
2. Plazapalooza: DIG will have a booth & fun game for MS1s to get to know current officers and learn how to join DIG. (Tuesday, August 23rd)
3. Stay Shady Presentations at local schools, dates TBA for this semester
4. DIG Bake Sale, date TBA
5. Texas Dermatologic Society Fall Meeting Sep 30th-Oct 1st

Our next meeting (date TBA) will feature a talk with Dr. Wagner, Dermatology Program Director and DIG's faculty advisor, about getting into Dermatology residency. Please contact Kristyna Gleghorn or Tim Allen with further questions about becoming an active member of UTMB DIG!

Kristyna Gleghorn (klglegho@utmb.edu
 UTMB DIG President 2016-2017

Tim Allen (tirallen2@utmb.edu)
 UTMB DIG Vice President 2016-2017

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Did You Know?

A recent column in the Galveston Daily News (“Patients sometime just have to have patience,” July 19, 2016, page B4) made the unfortunate comment, “Some medical problems are more easily diagnosed and treated than others. Skin rashes for example, while annoying, do not require nearly as much of the physician’s time as do gall bladder complications.” A day spent in a typical dermatology practice easily dispels this notion that all skin rashes are always easily diagnosed. Skin rashes, like other medical conditions, can require an extensive history, a skin biopsy, blood tests, and possible imaging techniques for accurate diagnosis and management. Sometimes it takes a great deal of time to arrive at the correct diagnosis.

Help A UTMB Resident with a Poster Presentation for the Fall Texas Dermatological Society Meeting

The fall Texas Dermatological Society Meeting (Hyatt Hill Country Hotel in San Antonio, September 30th and October 1st) is a great opportunity for UTMB medical students to assist our dermatology residents in poster preparations for the meeting as co-authors. Contact our dermatology residents about their posters for this meeting. Don’t delay because the abstract submission deadline is September 12, 2016.

UTMB Dermatology Interest Group Featured in Commentary

The UTMB Dermatology Interest Group (DIG), one of the early chapters of the national Dermatology Interest Group Association (DIGA), was one of eleven DIGs reviewed in the July 2016 issue of Dermatology Online Journal (DOJ) about DIGs around the USA (see http://escholarship.org/uc/item/1zm883qs#page-4 ). UTMB SOM Class of 2016 Katherine Tinkey was a co-author of this commentary. Three published articles from the UTMB Department of Dermatology about our DIG blog were cited in this work.

Monday, July 18, 2016

DIG Meeting Tuesday, July 19th

The UTMB DIG will be holding a meeting this upcoming Tuesday, July 19th at 5:15 PM in the Dermatology Conference Room (4.112 McCullough Building). Important topics for this meeting include Q&A session for dermatology rotations/reserach/etc, community volunteering, and Welcome Weekend planning. 

We hope to see you all there!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

UTMB Dermatology Commemorative Plaques Relocated

The UTMB Dermatology Commemorative Plaques, one dating from 1986 (Thomas W. Freese, MD Memorial Endowment for Excellence in Dermatology that is awarded to a UTMB MS4 annually), have been relocated from the McCullough Building Dermatology Conference Room to the administrative reception area. These plaques celebrate the academic success, teaching, and research achievements of past and present UTMB medical students, residents and faculty. Our department currently makes 11 new awards each year in these categories.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

UTMB Dermatology Alumni Now President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

Congratulations to our UTMB dermatology resident graduate, Dr. Dan McCoy who is now the President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. Dr. McCoy is no stranger to readers of the blog. He completed dermatology residency in 1997 at UTMB. He initially went into dermatology practice in Corsicana and later practiced dermatology at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas where he was involved with the creation of a new dermatology residency program and a research institute. The July 2016 issue of Texas Medicine has published a profile about his career (Sorrel, AL, Physician at the helm: TMA Board of Trustees’ Dan McCoy, MD, Named President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, pages 39-46) in a not to be missed article.

Dr. Cris Berlingeri Announces Departure from UTMB Dermatology Department

The UTMB DIG was sad to learn the Dr. Cris Berlingeri is leaving UTMB for a dermatology private practice opportunity in Tyler, Texas. Dr. Berlingeri joined the UTMB dermatology faculty as a part-time Assistant Clinical Professor after completing the UTMB dermatopathology fellowship in June 2009.  You will be missed! With Dr. Berlingeri’s announcement, the UTMB Department of Dermatology will have 8 remaining faculty members.

Dr. Erica Kelly Advises About Sunburn Prevention

The Sunday, July 10, 2016 issue of the Galveston Daily News offered worthwhile advice about summer health hazards. Correspondent Marsha Canright  (How to prevent summer miseries, pages C1, C6) interviewed UTMB Clinical Associate Professor, Erica Kelly about preventing sunburn.

Dr. Erica Kelly Recognized for Cosmetic Expertise

Congratulations to Dr. Erica Kelly, a Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at UTMB. Dr. Kelly has nationally recognized expertise in cosmetic dermatology, and the Galveston Daily News readers have awarded her the 2016  “Reader’s Choice” award as the top area physician in the category of “Cosmetic Surgery” (page 21, June 2016). Dr. Kelly is actively involved in teaching UTMB dermatology residents and the procedural dermatology fellow about cosmetic dermatology procedures.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Is Grit Required for a Dermatology Career?

The concept of grit has recently been publicized in the news as a key ingredient for achieving career goals. Grit is defined as the personal quality of focused perseverance toward a long term goal. How does this concept relate to a dermatology career? Many dermatology applicants are not successful in their first attempt to match into a dermatology residency, but are ultimately successful in achieving their goal. Most successful re-applicants have grit. They are determined to have a dermatology career no matter how long it takes! How are they able to achieve success?

Long term planning is required. Once a person determines their career choice, they should think of the component steps necessary for success. The sooner the better! The plan may not proceed smoothly. The quest for a dermatology career may start as early as college.  Excellent medical school applicants with multiple admission offers may base their decision on the academic stature of the institution and its dermatology department because of the networking advantages it confers or its historically strong dermatology match statistics. First year medical students should work with faculty dermatologists on research and develop an impressive curriculum vitae for future residency applications. During medical school, if the applicant’s Step 1 score is below average for dermatology, additional gap years may be taken to improve research skills/earn a career relevant Master’s graduate degree or a Ph.D., and demonstrate high quality academic productivity with dermatology research poster presentations and publications. Joining the medical school Dermatology Interest Group and participating in community dermatology volunteer activities increases applicant visibility and opportunities for new professional contacts. Away rotations at dermatology departments that have previously accepted applicants from your school are strongly recommended. This type of action plan may not be possible for a variety of reasons. Completing another residency while doing dermatology related research may also position select applicants for an opportunity for a second residency in dermatology, but outside the military, this strategy is becoming more difficult due to current Medicare funding limits. Applicant self-knowledge is important because it may take multiple application cycles for an applicant to finally match into a dermatology residency program. Depending on applicant specifics, it may take years of work in an unaccredited clinical dermatology fellowship(s) following PGY1 in order to develop a competitive application. The emotional and economic costs can be very high, and unfortunately none of these approaches may result in a dermatology residency.

UTMB Dermatology Already Offering Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology (Mohs) Interviews During July and August 2016

Applicant registration with the San Francisco Match for ACGME approved fellowships in Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology opened last month, and UTMB is already scheduling interviews for this summer. Fellowship applicants are interviewed on either Tuesdays and Wednesday morning, first meeting with the Fellowship Director, Dr. Richard Wagner and the Fellow, Dr. Helen Malone. The applicant will have an opportunity to see the UTMB Mohs team in action for a few hours, before meeting with other departmental faculty. The interview concludes after lunch with the fellow. Fellowship applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Dr. Bernard Gibson is the UTMB Department of Dermatology Interim Chair

Congratulations to Dr. Gibson, a longtime UTMB dermatology faculty who has agreed to serve as the Chair ad interim. He follows our former Chair, Dr. Sharon Raimer who served from 2001 to 2016. Please welcome Dr. Gibson in his new departmental leadership role.

Friday, July 01, 2016

Dermatology Night At St. Vincent's on 7/7/16

Join UTMB Dermatology residents and faculty for the upcoming dermatology night (Thursday, July 7th, 2016) at St. Vincent’s Clinic. Please see the calendar link below to reserve your volunteering spot:

When: Thursday, July 7th, 5:30-8:30PM (volunteers should arrive at 5:15)
Where: St. Vincent's House, 2817 Post Office Street, Galveston, Texas 77550
Volunteer link: http://www.stvsc.org/index.php/students/