Current Editors: Tim Allen and Keith Wagner

Past Editors: 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, February 12, 2018

AIM for the Cure Melanoma Walk 4/21

On April 21st, the Dermatology Interest Group (DIG) will be hosting the 13th Annual - AIM for the CURE Melanoma Walk & Fun Run on the Seawall! Please join us in helping support finding a cure for Melanoma and get some fresh air as well as a free t-shirt! Use the following link to register and donate! Register by March 21st to ensure FREE t-shirt/goody bag.

6:30am Registration Sign-In & T-Shirt/Goody Bag Pick-Up

Thursday, February 08, 2018

It’s Not Too Early to Plan MS4 Away Dermatology Electives

Current UTMB MS3s should start considering their MS4 schedules for the upcoming academic year. There are lots of things to consider, such as when to take Step 2 CK and CS (more institutions want to see a passing CK score before their departments are permitted to place an applicant on the NRMP rank list, and a change in institutional policy may come suddenly and without notice to applicants). For dermatology applicants, home and away dermatology rotations are best taken before November, when interviews are usually determined. Just four months (July, August, September, and October) have the most potential for rotating applicants to make the best impression and to hopefully receive an interview for residency, since most ERAS application deadlines are on or before November 1st. Since these months are at a premium, it is predictable that they are the most competitive for away rotations since MS4 demand is often greater than available positions). The earlier the application, the better. Many institutions require medical information that includes immunization records/serologies for potential rotators, or have specific Step 1 cutoff scores. Many US medical schools are using VSAS for away rotations. For more information, please see https://students-residents.aamc.org/attending-medical-school/electives-and-make-courses/applying-away-electives-vsas/  In addition, it is wise to plan to take vacation or take a nonclinical elective during Period 7 when most dermatology interviews are scheduled. UTMB required clinical rotations for MS4s can be taken after rank list submission to NRMP in February.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

National Student Research Forum Dermatology Awards Sponsored by UTMB Dermatology

The UTMB Department of Dermatology, through funding made possible by the Edgar B. Smith Professorship, is funding two awards at the 2018 National Student Research Forum this year. The two awards will be for Best Dermatology Poster Presentation ($100) and for Best Dermatology Oral Presentation ($200). An original, unpublished manuscript must be submitted on the topic of the oral presentation in order for the presenter to be eligible for the later award.

2/6/18 DIG Meeting Minutes

Thank you to all DIG members who were able to attend last night's meeting as well as congrats to the newly elected Officers!
  • Officer Elections
    • President
      • Keith Wagner (MS3)
    • Vice President
      • Michael Ryan (MS2)
    • Stay Shady Committee
      • Co-chairs: Alec DeJong (MS1) and Eunice Ko (MS1)
      • Senior Adviser: Daniel Burkholder (MS3)
    • Psoriasis Committee
      • Co-chairs: Mai-Anh Vu (MS2) and Matt LaCour (MS3)
      • Senior adviser: Tyler Marion (MS3) and Jacob Benavidez (MS3)
    • AIM Melanoma walk Committee
      • Chair: Caitlin Pekowski (MS2) and Drew Armenta (MS3)
      • Senior advisers: Ryan Lawrence (MS3) and Priscilla Ly (MS3)
    • Fundraiser Committee
      • Co-chairs: Caroline Crain (MS2) and Catherine Hazen (MS2)
    • Diversity Committee
      • Co-chairs: Maureen Ezekor (MS2), Uloma Ibezim (MS3) ,and Jacob Benavidez (MS3)
  • Spring Stay Shady dates
    • There are 4 current dates for the spring semester for Stay Shady with a possible 2 more in the works!
    • Current dates include: February 27th, March 8th, March 9th, and March 20th
    • Check your email or watch the DIG blog for a post with a link to sign up
    • Talk to Michael Ryan or Caroline Crain for more information!
  • Spring Bake Sale
    • This event will occur in March. More information TBD at this time!
    • Please help and provide baked goods so that we can continue using these funds for the Stay Shady supplies!
  • Upcoming Volunteer opportunities
    • Be Joint Smart: This Saturday from 9am-3pm. For those volunteering, dress is business casual. Contact Jacob Benavidez for more information
    • Houston Psoriasis walk: Date is still Saturday, March 10th. Contact Jacob Benavidez for more information
    • AIM Melanoma 5K: Date has tentatively been set for Saturday, March 31st! More information TBD. Contact Ryan Lawrence or Paige Hoyer for more information!
  • Upcoming Research events
    • National Student Research Forum this upcoming April
      • Abstracts for acceptance are due 3/1/18
      • Contact Joshua Hays for more information
    • Spring Texas Derm Society this upcoming April
      • Going to be in Austin, TX this spring
      • Great opportunity to work with residents and present a case report (or 2 or 3!)
    • AAD Annual meeting 2019
      • Although early for this, check the online dates around April or May because abstracts are due much earlier than the event will be (March 1-4, 2019)
  • VSAS/Course recommendations
    • Course recommendations
      • Always feel free to talk to the upperclassmen about what courses they did and what they thought about each of them! They are an invaluable resource for lowerclassmen
    • For MS1s: if possible, take the summer clinical experience in Dermatology (4 weeks). It's a good way to meet the department and get your foot in the door.
      • If you sign up for this, you should take a peek at the AAD Learning Modules to get a solid foundation in Dermatology.
    • For MS2s: with track selection, try to have your elective in the first half of third year. This way, you can meet the department early (if still interested in Dermatology) and get started on making those crucial connections.
      • Great courses include: Clinical dermatology, Dermpath, Derm Consult, and Cutaneous Oncology services. You can work with multiple faculty, mutliple residents, and possibly get research!
      • If desired, you can do an elective over period 13 (either one of the electives listed above or Derm Research)
    • For MS3s:
      • General consensus from the present MS4s was try to do your AI (or some Derm rotation in Galveston) during periods 1-4. There are 2 spots per period and this is the time to ask UTMB for your letters! You have some time after ERAS application is sent out (usually Sept. 15th) to get additional letters of recommendation (try to have them done by October 1st!)
      • For away rotations, it is recommended that you do 2-3. Work together to make sure the programs chosen are all different so not everyone is at the same place! In addition, choose programs that offer away rotators interview invites! Be careful because NOT ALL PROGRAMS ARE ON VSAS. You may need to call a program's coordinator to learn how to apply to a specific program!
        • You can apply for multiple aways during the same period and for the same program over multiple periods. Make sure to have all the requirements uploaded and ready the date that they start accepting applications (because most are first come, first serve)
        • To see requirements, click "learn more" to see what needs to be done for that election and click the school's name to see the dates they start accepting applications
        • Talk to upperclassmen, residents, or faculty for their recommendations on away rotations and to critique your CV/resume
      • The other required 4th year classes include: ACS, BSHS, EM, and Neuro. For ACS, there is an ACS Dermatology that you can sign up for. For BSHS, there are multiple classes with Dr. Wagner which are available or classes with Dr. Karnath. In addition, if you are working on your honors thesis, you can use this time for that paper for the credit! You may alsowant to take this class during Period 6. For EM, if you can, try to stay in Galveston! Also, be flexible with Neuro because there are multiples timeslots.
      • For Step 2, there are multiple views on when to take this. So don't hesitate to ask upperclassmen their thoughts

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Reminder: First Spring DIG Meeting Today 2/6/18

All DIG members are invited to join today for the first Spring DIG meeting. It'll be in the 5th floor Conference room (5.124 McCullough) starting at 5pm! Topics for today's meeting include: Officer elections, VSAS and away information, and upcoming events. Hope to see everyone there!

Volunteers Needed for Annual Skin Cancer Screening on Saturday, May 5, 2018

UTMB Dermatology will offer free skin cancer screening at the Bay Colony Dermatology Clinic in League City on Saturday, May 5, 2018 beginning at 9 am. Medical student volunteers are welcome to participate.

Friday, February 02, 2018


UTMB Dermatology interviewed 44 applicants this year for our residency program. They were selected from over 400 ERAS applications for the 4 available dermatology residency positions available this year through the 2018 NRMP. Applicants will find out where they matched on March 16, 2018.

Thursday, February 01, 2018

UTMB Plans to Increase Resident and Fellow Salaries in July 2018

Pending approval from the UT System Board of Regents, starting on July 1, 2018 UTMB Dermatology Residents and Fellows will receive the following salaries:

PGY2: $52,654
PGY3: $54,285
PGY4: $56,834
PGY5: $59,416

Primer on Skin Disease Hoaxes for Dermatologists Published

Congratulations to UTMB MS3 Keith Wagner and his co-author, Dr. J. Croley, a UTMB PGY2 dermatology resident, for their recent publication, “Fake Skin Diseases Online: a Review of Dermatological Hoaxes,” that was published in the January 2018 issue of peer-reviewed publication, The Online Journal of Community and Person-Centered Dermatology (OJCPCD). The article is available at http://ojcpcd.com/croley-j-a/fake-skin-diseases-online-a-review-of-dermatological-hoaxes/

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Edgar B. Smith Scholarship and Professorship Promotes Medical Student and Dermatology Resident Research at UTMB

Dr. Edgar B. Smith, a former Chair of Dermatology at UTMB, was always interested in encouraging UTMB medical students and dermatology residents to pursue their research interests in dermatology. Following retirement, he established the Edgar B. Smith Scholarship as a graduation award for the best dermatology research conducted by a UTMB MS4 each year and endowed a professorship to promote dermatology research by UTMB medical students and dermatology residents. Currently Dr. Richard Wagner, the UTMB Program Director, holds the Edgar B. Smith Professorship.

Since 2001, many UTMB medical students with a career interest in dermatology have participated in the UTMB Honors Dermatology Honors Research Program, a substantive research effort where the student serves as the PI under the supervision of expert faculty. The Edgar B. Smith Professorship assists UTMB medical students working with UTMB dermatology faculty without endowed research funding by supporting biostatistical support (UTMB Office of Biostatistics), poster cost for one meeting if the research is accepted for presentation, and journal publishing fees if the resulting research article is accepted for publication.

Likewise, the Edgar B. Smith Professorship supports UTMB Dermatology Residents, if supervised by faculty without endowment funding for research, for their required Scholarly Project by funding statistical consultation and analysis through the UTMB Office of Biostatistics, as well as supporting a research poster for publication, and publishing fees if their research article is accepted for publication.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

St. Vincent's Student Clinic Dermatology Night 2/1/18

Join UTMB Dermatology faculty for the upcoming dermatology night (Thursday, February 1st) at St. Vincent’s Clinic. Please see the calendar link below to reserve your volunteering spot. 
When: Thursday, February 1st at 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://stvsc.org/index.php/students/sign-up

DIGA seeking applicants for the 2018-2019 Executive Board

The Dermatology Interest Group Association (DIGA)  is a national student-run, nonprofit organization committed to providing volunteering, networking, and research opportunities to medical students interested in a career in dermatology. They are currently taking applications for executive board positions and have extended the deadline for application to January 31st, 2018. Any DIG member who is interested in applying for a position should email current President Tim Allen (tirallen2@utmb.edu) for the application. It should be promptly completed and turned it to applytodiga@gmail.com by January 31, 2018.  

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

December 2017 Dermatology Online Journal Worth Reviewing

The December 2017 issue of Dermatology Online Journal has published 4 original articles that are of interest to medical students, residents, and educators who are interested in dermatology education.
UTMB DIG members should consider reviewing:

Dermatology Medical Education: A Multicenter Survey Study of the Undergraduate Perspective of the Dermatology Clinical Clerkship

A national cross-sectional analysis of dermatology away rotations using the Visiting Student Application Service database

Characteristics of research tracks in dermatology residency programs: a national survey

Elective time during dermatology residency: A survey of residents and program directors

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

First Spring DIG meeting to be Tuesday, February 6th

The first spring DIG meeting will be Tuesday, February 6th at 5pm in the 5th floor conference room. All DIG members are invited as well as any other student who's interested in Dermatology. Topics for discussion include:
  1. Officer Elections (President, VP, Stay Shady Chair, Psoriasis Chair, Melanoma Walk Chair, and Fundraising chair)
  2. VSAS information
  3. Spring Stay Shady dates
  4. Spring Bake Sale
  5. Upcoming Volunteer opportunities
  6. Upcoming Research events
  7. Course recommendations

The minutes for this meeting will be posted ASAP on the DIG blog. Any member who isn't able to attend but is interested in running for a position should email Tim (tirallen2@utmb.edu) with the position desired and a quick paragraph about why they should get that position.
What: Spring DIG Meeting
When: Tuesday, February 6th @ 5pm
Where: 5th floor conference room (5.124 McCullough)

Monday, January 22, 2018

2018 National Student Research Forum (NSRF)

The 59th Annual NSRF will be hosted by UTMB from April 25 through April 27, 2018 (see https://www.utmb.edu/nsrf/ for additional information). According to the website, registration (along with the $125 registration fee) must be postmarked by March 17th and online abstract submissions are due March 1. Manuscripts are due on April 1 for those competing in oral presentations. The UTMB Department of Dermatology sponsors student and resident awards for the best poster and the best oral dermatology presentations. Last year Eduardo Rodriguez (UTMB SOM Class of 2018) was awarded the Best Presentation in Dermatology while he was a UTMB MS3.

UTMB MS4 DIG Member Active in National Student Research Forum (NSRF)

UTMB MS4 Joshua Hays is the Advertising and Social Media Director for the upcoming 2018 NSRF meeting in Galveston. He is a good contact for current DIG members who are interested in learning more about this campus organization and who may want to volunteer for the next NSRF in 2019.
Joshua Hays (back row, far right) along with other 2018 NSRF Student Directors

Saturday, January 20, 2018

DIGA Student Mixer at the Upcoming AAD

All DIG students who are attending the upcoming AAD meeting in San Diego should register for the first annual DIGA Student Mixer. The event will be Saturday, February 17th at 6:30pm. Location is TBD. DIGA (http://derminterest.org/) is the national association for DIG groups and helps provide advice, recommendations, and networking opportunities for students interested in applying for a future career in dermatology. Contact Paige Hoyer (MS4) for further details. Link for RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/52p55R1yFXLaNVW53

Volunteers needed for upcoming National Psoriasis Foundation event

Jacob Benavidez (MS3; current Psoriasis Chair) is calling for all available DIG members to help volunteer at the Nation Psoriasis Foundation's upcoming event "Be Joint Smart". The event will be in Houston on Saturday, February 10th and he is asking for 4-5 volunteers to help with registration, checking attendees in, and setting up the event. Click the following link to sign up: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1B4j-ta6U6Qt3ln08PqscKeQrMCSYsplXLOiAMKfGbAY/edit?usp=sharing and please email Jacob with any other questions (jabenavi@utmb.edu)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Weather Emergency in Galveston Leads to Student Dismissal from Class

Medical students at UTMB were dismissed early from classes and rotations on Tuesday, January 16 due to freezing rain. Classes were also suspended on Wednesday, January 17 due to icy roadways. They are scheduled to resume on Thursday, January 18, 2018 when the weather is expected to improve.

Monday, January 15, 2018

UTMB Dermatologists Propose Renaming Some Herpes Infections

Congratulations to UTMB co-authors, Drs. J. Croley (PGY2 Dermatology Resident) and Richard Wagner (Dermatology Program Director) on their most recent publication, "Countering Creeping Confusion: A Proposal to Re-Name Herpes Virus Taxonomy," due to confusion abou thet clinical classification and stigmatization of the name "herpes" for non-STD entities. Their publication, along with first author Dr. Vail Reese (private practice dermatologist in San Francisco and creator of skinema.com), was published in Dermanities (Online Jourrnal of Community and Patient-Centered Dermatology), January 14, 2018 (see full article at http://ojcpcd.com/long-v/countering-creeping-confusion-a-proposal-to-re-name-herpes-virus-taxonomy/ )

Sunday, January 14, 2018

UTMB PGY2 Dermatology Resident Publishes Case Report About Unusual Mycobacterium Skin Infection

Congratulations to UTMB PGY2 dermatology resident Dr. Skyler White, for her recent publication in SKIN: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine entitled, “Persistent Cutaneous Infection Due to Mycobacterium Immunogenum, a Relatively Novel Species,” Volume 2, Number 1, pp. 69-74, 2018.Her co-authors on this case report MS4 Katrina Kesterson, a visiting medical student from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee, and Dr. Michael G Wilkerson, UTMB Professor of Dermatology. This article is available at https://jofskin.org/index.php/skin/article/view/57/pdf

Friday, January 12, 2018

UTMB MS3 Launches New Website to Combat Online Skin Disease Hoaxes

Congratulations to UTMB third year medical student Keith Wagner MS (Dermatology Interest Group Vice President) for his creation and launch of a new not-for-profit website designed to inform the public about online skin disease hoaxes. The new website, skinhoax.com details skin disease hoaxes that are currently circulating on the internet. Its goal is to help victims of internet skin disease hoaxes learn that these skin diseases are not real by providing factual information about them. Two UTMB dermatology physicians, Drs. J. Croley (PGY2 dermatology resident) and Janice Wilson (dermatology and dermatopathology faculty) have agreed to serve as medical editors for this new website. The website will also accept reports about potential new skin disease hoaxes that readers have seen on the internet. Skinhoax.com will investigate and will share the finding with viewers. Please feel free to visit this website and leave your comments.

Spring Texas Dermatological Society (TDS) Meeting is on April 27-28, 2018 in Austin (Hyatt Regency

It is not too early for interested UTMB medical students to start planning their poster/podium presentations for the upcoming spring TDS meeting in Austin, Texas. UTMB dermatology residents and faculty welcome your help and participation. All posters and podium presentation applications are due by March 23, 2018, and abstracts must be received by March 30, 2018.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

UTMB Dermatology Faculty Giving Clinical Lectures During MS2 DHM Course

Here is the lecture schedule for our dermatology faculty who are giving our second year medical students the DHM Dermatology Clinical Lectures this academic year:

Erica Kelly, MD: Infectious Skin Disease (2/28/18, 4 pm)

Brent Kelly, MD: Dermatologic Signs of Systemic Disease (3/1/18, 2 pm)

Bernard Gibson, MD:  Skin Findings of Collagen Vascular Diseases (3/1/18, 4 pm)

Richard Wagner, MD: Clinical Aspects of Skin Cancer (3/5/18, 3 pm)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

UTMB Dermatology Publishes Article in Plastic Surgery Literature

For the first time, UTMB Dermatology has published an article in the peer-reviewed journal PRS Global Open. The article, “Progressive Tightening of Pulley Sutures for Primary Repair of Large Scalp Wounds,” is a case report of a novel surgical closure technique for large scalp wounds that was developed in the UTMB Department of Dermatology last year. The first author of the article was Dr. Helen Malone, the inaugural UTMB Fellow in Micrographic Surgery and Dermatology Oncology (Mohs), and UTMB resident co-authors were Dr. Jillian McLaughlin (UTMB PGY4 Plastic Surgery Resident) and Dr. Lindy Ross (UTMB PGY4 Dermatology Resident). UTMB Faculty Co-authors on this publication were Dr. Linda Phillips (UTMB Division Director of Plastic Surgery) and Richard Wagner (UTMB Mohs Fellowship Director). The UTMB DIG congratulates all of the authors of this innovative surgical technique!

The article is available at http://journals.lww.com/prsgo/Fulltext/2017/12000/Progressive_Tightening_of_Pulley_Sutures_for.37.aspx
(Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open: December 2017 - Volume 5 - Issue 12 - p e1592 doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000001592)

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

ACGME Grants Continued Accreditation for UTMB Dermatology Residency and Dermatopathology Fellowship

During its annual program review of the UTMB dermatology residency and dermatopathology fellowship meeting earlier this month, the ACGME Review Committee for Dermatology granted Continued Accreditation for both. The UTMB Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship, as a new program that began training fellows in July 2016, was not reviewed at this meeting.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

St. Vincent's Student Clinic Dermatology Night 1/4/18

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

When: Thursday, January 4th 5:30-8:30PM (volunteers should arrive at 5:15)
Where: St. Vincent's House, 2817 Post Office Street, Galveston, Texas 77550

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

UTMB PGY2 Dermatology Resident Receives Recognition

Congratulations to Dr. Julie A. Croley for her recent JAMA Dermatology article, "Dermatologic Features of Classic Movie Villains: The Face of Evil." Her article was the third most widely read article in traditional and social media that was published by JAMA Dermatology during 2017! Her coauthors on this article were Drs. Vail Reese, a private practice dermatologist and creator of  the widely acclaimed skinema.com, and Richard Wagner, the Edgar B. Smith Professor of Dermatology at UTMB and our Program Director.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Current Practice Environment for Newly Graduating Dermatologists

Dr. Brett Coldiron’s column in the December 2017 issue of Dermatology Times (“I figured it out…I owe my soul to the company store,” pages 16 and 17) is worthwhile reading, especially for dermatology residents looking for their first employment opportunity following program completion. Although he recognizes that patients are the biggest losers as dermatology practice becomes more corporate, dermatologists joining these practices lose potential income and the autonomy that comes from traditional private practice.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Should Dermatology Interest Groups Do More for Dermatology Applicants?

An interesting article from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia about expanding the scope of Dermatology Interest Groups was recently published as a Commentary in Dermatology Online Journal (“Modernizing dermatology interest groups in medical school: Certificate programs,” https://escholarship.org/uc/item/9mp64547 ). One possible application to medical schools would be to offer medical students the opportunity to concentrate in specialized areas while obtaining their medical degree. For example, one might be able to major in dermatology through successful completion of a specified number of electives, related activities, and productive research. UTMB medical students may think that this proposal sounds like the multiple opportunities currently available at this medical school, although no dermatology certificate program is currently being offered. The authors think is possible that well-designed certificate programs could give dermatology applicants an edge in the residency selection process because it would establish early interest and commitment to the specialty.