Editors



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.

Friday, June 23, 2017

UTMB MS3 Publishes Case Report

Congratulations to UTMB MS3 Josh Hays on his recent publication, “Delayed Diagnosis of Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Upper Lip: The Possible Role of Incidental Multinucleated Foreign Body Giant Cells” in Case Reports in Dermatology 2017;9:50–54 (Karger), a peer-reviewed open access online medical journal. His UTMB co-authors were Drs. Helen Malone (Mohs Fellow), Will Tausend (PGY3 Dermatology Resident), Brandon Goodwin (Dermatology and Dermatopathology Faculty), and Richard Wagner (Dermatology Residency and Mohs Fellowship Program Director). This article is available at https://www.karger.com/Article/FullText/477455

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Dr. C. Helen Malone Completes UTMB Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology (Mohs) Fellowship

Congratulations to Dr. Malone! UTMB DIG members really appreciated your teaching and collaboration on our multiple research projects this academic year with you. Pictured with Dr. Malone (from left to right) are Dr. Richard Wagner (Fellowship Director) and the other two Mohs Fellowship Faculty, Drs. David Raimer and Aaron Joseph. Dr. Malone will begin the private practice of Mohs Surgery in Katy, Texas following program completion in June 2017. The new UTMB Mohs Fellowship is unique because it provides comprehensive fellowship training in Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology in a setting that is a true blend of academic Mohs surgery in a University setting and private practice Mohs.

Congratulations to UTMB’s Two Graduating Dermatopathology Fellows!

The UTMB DIG wishes Drs. Janice Wilson (left) and Rebecca Philips (right) every success in their professional careers. Thanks for all of the encouragement and teaching!


Congratulations to UTMB Graduating PGY4 Dermatology Residents!

The UTMB DIG wishes you every success in your professional careers!

Sunday, June 04, 2017

2017 UTMB Dermatology MS4 Graduation Awards

History of Dermatology Award: Paulyann Maclayton  (“History of Skin-Lightening: Past to Present”)

Best Original Essay for “Skin Diseases Depicted in Cinema”: Ahmed Chatila (“The Balding Athlete”)

Thomas W. Freese Memorial Award for Excellence in Dermatology: Seena Monjazeb

Edgar B. Smith Endowed Scholarship in Dermatology: Kristyna Gleghorn


Left to right: Ahmed Chatila, Kristyna Gleghorn, Seena Monjazeb, and Paulyann Maclayton

UTMB DIG Presents Annual 2016-2017 Dermatology Resident and Faculty Teaching Awards

Resident Teaching Award: Dr. Alison Lowe

Faculty Teaching Award: Dr. Brent Kelly

(left to right): Dr. Brent Kelly, MS4 Kristyna Gleghorn (2016-2017 UTMB DIG President), Dr. Alison Lowe

Dr. Emily Grimshaw Recognized for Best UTMB PGY4 Dermatology Research

The UTMB dermatology faculty vote annually to recognize the best dermatology resident research over the 3 year training program. Both quality and quantity of the research is considered, as well as presentations at meetings and publication. This year Dr. Emily Grimshaw was recognized. Congratulations to Dr. Grimshaw for her excellent dermatology research!

UTMB Dermatology Residents Present Annual 2016-2017 Faculty Teaching Awards

UTMB Faculty: Dr. Sharon Raimer

Community Dermatologist: Dr. Ramon Sanchez

Thursday, June 01, 2017

UTMB Dermatology Resident to Serve on UTMB GME House Staff Subcommittee

Dr. Chinelo Ikpeama will serve with the UTMB Chief Resident Officers as a Member-at-Large. Her duties for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year include attendance at the GME Chief Resident/HOA Subcommittee meetings.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Dermatology Night At St. Vincent's on 6/1/17

Join UTMB Dermatology residents and faculty for the upcoming dermatology night (Thursday, June 1st) at St. Vincent’s Clinic. Please see the calendar link below to reserve your volunteering spot:
When: Thursday, June 1st, 5:30-8:30PM (volunteers should arrive at 5:15)
Where: St. Vincent's House, 2817 Post Office Street, Galveston, Texas 77550

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Longer Dermatology Wait Times for New Patients Reported

Dermatology Times (May 2017, page 14) is reporting that new dermatology patients are waiting 3.5 days longer to see a dermatologist than they did three years ago. In large cities, the average wait time to see a dermatologist for new patients is 32.3 days. In midsize cities, new patients wait an average of 35.1 days to see a dermatologist. This finding could represent a growing shortage of dermatologists.

Yes, the Interview Really Counts!

For those applicants who remain skeptical about the value of the dermatology residency interview in the NRMP, a newly published letter in Dermatology Online Journal is very informative (Kamangar F, et al, “The residency interview is still paramount: results of a retrospective cohort study on concordance of dermatology residency applicant evaluators and influence of the applicant interview,” http://escholarship.org/uc/item/7rf0x11c ). The authors concluded that, “The final rank list submitted to the NRMP had a stronger correlation with interview scores than with application scores (P-value < 0.0001), which signify the importance of applicant performance during the interview. "

Will interview coaching become the next big thing for dermatology applicants?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

UTMB Dermatopathology Research On Cover of May 2017 Journal of Cutaneous Pathology

Congratulations to Dr. Janice Wilson, UTMB MS4 Kristyna Gleghorn, and Dr. Brent Kelly, for their new publication, “Cryptococcoid Sweet’s syndrome: Two reports of Sweet’s Syndrome mimicking cutaneous cryptococcosis” that appeared in the May 2017 issue of Journal of Cutaneous Pathology . Dr. Wilson is currently a UTMB dermatopathology fellow who has accepted a full time UTMB dermatology faculty position following fellowship completion. Ms. Gleghorn is the former UTMB DIG president who will return to Galveston to begin dermatology residency in July 2018. Dr. Brent Kelly is the Director of the Dermatopathology Service at UTMB.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

DIG members present at National Student Research Forum

This past April 20th and 21st, several DIG members attended the annual NSRF meeting in Galveston, Texas. Eduardo Rodriguez's (MS3) poster on "Acquired Ichthyosis Secondary to Extrapulmonary Tuberculosis" won the best award for "Best Presentation in Dermatology". There were many students presenting their research at the conference including: 
 
  1. Leukocytoclastic Vasculitis in the Setting of an Acute hepatitis A Viral Infection in a Child. Tara Akunna
  2. Understanding Ultraviolet Radiation Dorsal Foot Injury at the Beach. Timothy Allen
  3. Delayed Diagnosis of Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Upper Lip: The Possible Role of Incidental Multinucleated Foreign Body Giant Cells. Joshua Hays
  4. A Case of Primary Nonbacterial Thrombotic Endocarditis Presenting with Bowel Infarction Secondary to Superior Mesenteric Artery Embolism. Eduardo Rodriguez
  5. Acquired Ichthyosis Secondary to Extrapulmonary Tuberculosis. Eduardo Rodriguez

Eduardo Rodriguez (MS3) winning his award for "Best Presentation in Dermatology"

Tara Akunna (MS3) with her poster


Tuesday, May 09, 2017

2018 UTMB Dermatology Applicant Interview Dates Announced

UTMB MS4 and other internal applicants: Friday morning, January 19, 2018

Outside applicants: Thursday morning February 1 and Friday morning February 2, 2018

Monday, May 08, 2017

UTMB Dermatology Residents and Faculty Rate Program Highly

The 2017 anonymous resident and faculty survey conducted earlier this year by the ACGME has been released, and once again the UTMB Dermatology Residency Program received high ratings. This is the second year in a row where there were no citations were issued. All surveyed residents and faculty rated their “overall evaluation of the program” as “very positive.”

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Update from Texas Dermatologic Society 2017 Annual Spring Meeting

UTMB dermatology faculty, residents, and medical students attended the spring TDS meeting in Dallas, Texas, over the weekend. UTMB had an impressive number of posters accepted for presentation at the conference: 

 
  1. Nodular Lymphocyte Predominant Hodgkin Lymphoma: A Case of Cutaneous Involvement with Subsequent Transformation. Tara Akunna, Emily Grimshaw, Janice Wilson, Brent Kelly
  2. A 60 year old male with a leg rash and leg pain. Timothy Allen, Chinelo Ikpeama, Brandon Goodwin
  3. A 39 year old female inmate with a dark facial rash. Morgan Arnold, Chinelo Ikpeama, Michael Wilkerson
  4. Aplasia Cutis Congenita with Transverse Terminal Limb Defects (Adams-Oliver Syndrome): A Case Report. Vlad Codrea, Saied Montazari, Michael Wilkerson
  5. A Case of Old World Leishmaniasis in the New World. Benjamin Falck, Lindy Skye Ross, Erica Kelly
  6. Treatment of Pemphigus Vulgaris with Rituximab: A Review of Eleven Cases. Emily Grimshaw, Anna Buteau, Andrew DeCrescenzo, Michael Wilkerson
  7. Delayed Diagnosis of Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Upper Lip; The Possible Role of Incidental Multinucleated Foreign Body Giant Cells. Joshua Hays, C. Helen Malone, William Tausend, Brandon Goodwin, Richard F. Wagner Jr.
  8. Dermatology Services in a Medically Indigent Population: A Comparison of Patient Demographics in a Student- Run Free Clinic versus a Tertiary Referral Center. Paige Hoyer, Elizabeth Schepp, Ashley Group.
  9. The Clinicopathologic Dilemma of a Fully Regressed Melanoma: A Case of Tumoral Melanosis. Seena Monjazeb, EMily Grimshaw, Sharon Raimer
  10. Acquired Ichthyosis Secondary to Extrapulmonary Tuberculosis. Eduardo Rodriguez, Chinelo Ikpeama, Michael Wilkerson
  11. Progressive Tightening of Pulley Sutures for Primary Repair of Large Scalp Wounds. Lindy Ross, Benjamin Falck, Jillian McLaughlin, Helen Malone, Richard F. Wagner Jr.
  12. Geometric Facial Erosions in a Newborn: A Case of MiDAS Syndrome. Shelby Stribling, Lindy Ross, Brent Kelly, Sharon Raimer
  13. Relapsing Polychondritis: A Unique Presentation. William Tausend, Paige Hoyer, Keith Wagner, Brandon Goodwin, Brent Kelly
  14. Histologically aggressive basal cell carcinomas are more common on the ear and nose. Jay Truitt, Alison Lowe, Rebecca Phillips, Janice Wilson, Brent Kelly
Timothy Allen MS3
Paige Hoyer MS3
Tara Akunna MS3

Eduardo Rodriguez MS3

Joshua Hays MS3




New Dermatology Conference Room Opens

UTMB Dermatology now has a new conference room located at McCullough Bldg (5.120). It was fitting that its first official use is scheduled for the 2017 PGY4 dermatology resident presentations of their required dermatology scholarly projects. This conference room is larger than the previous one, and has more seating capacity for students, residents, and faculty (25 chairs).

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

UTMB MS4 Kristyna Gleghorn Awarded Magna Cum Laude Research Graduation Honors

UTMB MS4 Kristyna Gleghorn (SOM Class of 2017) successfully defended her dermatology research thesis, “Severe Cutaneous Drug Reactions, such as Steven-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, in Pediatric Patients with an Emphasis on Recently Approved Medications,” to her ad hoc thesis committee on Monday, April 24, 2017. Her ad hoc committee was composed of dermatology faculty, Dr. Brent Kelly (thesis advisor), and Drs. Janice Wilson and Richard Wagner. The University Committee awarded Ms. Gleghorn Magna Cum Laude Research Graduation Honors. Congratulations to Ms. Gleghorn on this wonderful research accomplishment!

Monday, May 01, 2017

Dr. Erica Kelly Receives UTMB “Shout Out”

A patient recently wrote, “I’ve had many dermatologist in my past. Dr. Erica Kelly is the best! She listens, she cares!”  The anonymous comment was published in UTMB’s April 2017 newsletter, Friday Focus (page 8). Congratulations to Dr. E. Kelly!

Dermatology Night At St. Vincent's on 5/4/17

Join UTMB Dermatology residents and faculty for the upcoming dermatology night (Thursday, May 4th, 2017) at St. Vincent’s Clinic. Please see the calendar link below to reserve your volunteering spot:

When: Thursday, May 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, April 24, 2017

3 UTMB Dermatology Faculty Visit Mt. Everest

Following volunteer dermatology clinics abroad, three of our UTMB dermatology faculty (right to left: Drs. Ashley Group, Michael Wilkerson, and Brandon Goodwin) visit Mt. Everest. They will return to Galveston during the first week of May.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Recap of DIG meeting from 4/12/17

Officer Elections
Congrats to the new 2017-18 Officers! We know y'all will do a great job!
President - Timothy Allen (MS3)
Vice President - Keith Wagner (MS2)
Sun Protection Chair - Michael Ryan (MS1), Joshua Hays (MS3), Eric Mong (MS2), and Caroline Crain (MS1)
Melanoma Chair - Paige Hoyer (MS3), Ryan Lawrence (MS2), Eduardo Rodriguez (MS3), and Ben Falck (MS3)
Psoriasis Chair - Tara Akunna (MS3), Jacob Benavidez (MS2), and Morgan Arnold (MS3)
Fundraising Chair - Uloma Ibezim (MS2)

Advice from matched MS4s
Current MS4s Kristyna Gleghorn, Seena Monjazeb, and Jorge Ramon took time out of their busy schedules to offered advice for hopeful students. Some of the highlights included:
 
  • Application numbers
    • At minimum, applicants should have 8+ leadership/extracurricular experiences, 8+ research experiences, and 10+ volunteer experiences
    • Students should apply to all Derm programs (112) and between 10 and 40 Prelim/Transitional Year programs
    • Can use IM or Derm letters for Pre-lim or TY programs
    • Some programs may require a secondary
  • Letters
    • Make sure the writer knows you well and can write a strong letter
    • All Dermatologists should be from Academic medicine
    • If you need a letter from Internal Medicine, you can ask the Chair
  • Away Rotations
    • Be fun to work with while there
    • Do at least 1 out of state away
    • Do aways at programs that offer interviews to their rotators
  • Overall Advice
    • Be fresh/fun
    • Research the Programs before you go
    • Review your CV and research
    • Make sure to elaborate on your hobbies/interests
    • Some programs may want your Step 2 score (but it is ok to not release it)
  • Interview Questions
    • Wide variety of questions with topics that investigate your personality as well as your aspirations
    • Some examples include:
      • Why Derm?
      • Why not anything else?
      • How would you handle the following situation?
      • Teach me something in 60 seconds.
      • Tell me a joke.
      • Tell me a time you were unhappy with an attending or with a patient.
      • Tell me about a patient encounter where you failed, where you were unhappy, or where you did an amazing job. 
      • Why this program?
      • What would be your superpower?
      • What type of cheese, cereal, or wine would you be?
      • What do you want to be famous in Derm for?
      • What are your future plans?
  • Personal Statement
    • Should be less than a page with the format of: 
      • How you got interested
      • Why Derm?
      • What you give to Derm and your skills
      • What you want out of a program
  • What the interviews are generally like
    • General structure is 8-10 interviews that last 10-15 mins
    • Usually meet everyone in the program
    • Can be 2-on-1 or group-on-1
    • Always attend the night before dinner if possible (offers insight into the program and a chance to meet the residents the night before)
  • Stuff you should ask the Interviewers
    • How life is outside the residency
    • Where the program is going
    • Faculty accessibility
    • Do they offer feedback and/or autonomy
 

Upcoming Psoriasis Talk in Houston, TX (More than Skin Deep)
On 5/6/17, the Psoriasis National Foundation will host a speaker and breakfast in Houston from 930am-1230pm. It'll take place at the Holiday Inn Houston (S-NRG/Medical Center) at 8111 Kirby Drive Houston TX 77054. Please use the following link to receive a ticket to the event if interested. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/more-than-skin-deep-2017-houston-tx-registration-32279398550

American Board of Dermatology Changes Resident Testing in 2018

On Thursday, April 12, 2018 PGY2 dermatology residents will take a new informational test administered by the American Board of Dermatology (ABD) at their residency programs, similar to previous ITE exams. No pass/fail grades will be given.

A practice CORE Exam will be given to PGY3 and PGY4 dermatology residents on Thursday, March 8. It will be similar to previous ITE exams but it may be taken at home or in office via remote proctoring.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

UTMB MS4 Presents Dermatology Research Honors Thesis

Please join Kristyna Gleghorn and her UTMB Dermatology Research ad hoc faculty committee for the defense on her thesis, “Severe Cutaneous Drug Reactions, such as Steven-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, in Pediatric Patients with an Emphasis on Recently Approved Medications,” on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 11 am in the Dermatology Conference Room, 4.130 McCullough Bldg. Her dermatology faculty advisor on this research was Dr. Brent Kelly, and her ad hoc thesis committee members are Drs. M.K. Peek, J. Wilson, and R. Wagner. Ms. Gleghorn is the immediate past president of the UTMB Dermatology Interest Group (DIG) and the only MS4 in the UTMB SOM Class of 2017 to participate in the dermatology honors research program. It is the 29th dermatology research thesis presented by a medical student since the UTMB department of Dermatology started participating in this university program in 2001. Following her PGY1 year in California, Dr. Gleghorn will return to UTMB in July 2018 for dermatology residency. UTMB medical students who are interested in learning more about this university sponsored research program for non-PhD students may be especially interested in attending this presentation.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Mohs Fellow Nominated for UTMB’s 2016-2017 Outstanding Fellow Award

Please congratulate Dr. Helen Malone for her recent nomination for UTMB’s 2016-2017 Outstanding Fellow Award. Nominees and recipients will be honored at a luncheon and ceremony scheduled May 24th at noon in the Caduceus Room.

UTMB Dermatology Resident Nominated for 2016-2017 Outstanding Resident Award

Please congratulate Dr. Chinelo Ikpeama for her recent nomination for UTMB’s 2016-2017 Outstanding Resident Award. Nominees and recipients will be honored at a luncheon and ceremony scheduled May 24th at noon in the Caduceus Room.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

New UTMB Dermatology Research Honors Project Approved

Congratulations to UTMB MS1 Michael Ryan for approval of his UTMB Dermatology Research Honors Project entitled, “A Disturbing Dichotomy: Dermatologic Depictions in Animated Movies.” His research faculty advisor on this study is Dr. Richard Wagner, the UTMB Dermatology Program Director. His thesis committee is composed of Dr. M.K. Peek and ad hoc dermatology faculty committee members, Dr. B. Kelly and Dr. J. Wilson.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

UTMB Dermatologists Publish Innovative Wound Repair

Congratulations to UTMB Mohs Fellow, Dr. H. Malone, UTMB MS4 Drew DeCrescenzo, PGY3 Dermatology Resident Dr. Adrian Subrt, and Dr. Richard Wagner our UTMB Dermatology and Mohs Fellowship Director. They co-authored, "Rhinophyma graft for repair of the phymatous nasal ala" in the April 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 76(4):e123. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2016.10.003(PMID:  28325413). This article is available at http://www.jaad.org/article/S0190-9622(16)30893-3/abstract 

Friday, April 07, 2017

2017 ITE Scores Released to Dermatology Residents

Dermatology residents received their 2017 ITE scores from the February 16, 2017 test this week. UTMB residents were able to score above the 90th percentile in dermatopathology and basic science this year.