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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Dermatology Research: Ways to Get Involved

Students interested in dermatology often ask how to get involved with research. Dr. Tyring’s clinical research fellow has given us some recommendations on ways students can find dermatology research opportunities:
  1. Many faculty members have research opportunities for medical students but it must be sought out. A better approach may be meeting dermatology faculty at interest meetings, rotations, and inquiring in person or by email.
  2. On 3rd/4th year medicine or ICU rotations patients will present with interesting dermatological complaints that can be written up as case reports. Express interest to your attending/resident that you would like to write your patient up.
  3. Enroll in research elective during 4th year (details in previous DIG@UTMB blog post)
  4. While generally reserved for residents, medical students can present patients at conferences (ie. Texas Dermatological Society meetings) if there is space and time available.
  5. Some students applying to dermatology will elect to take a year off for research to make their application more competitive. Before considering this, talk to a mentor who can give you a realistic idea if you will match into dermatology given your current stats or if taking a year to conduct research would be beneficial.
  6. Dr. Tyring is happy to have students rotate with him for a month to work in both his private clinic and do research.
    1. His email address is styring@ccstexas.com. Just this year they had one UTMB medical student write and publish a paper in a major dermatology journal. It was accepted, too! Another student rotating for a month wrote a paper that was also recently accepted, helped input data for a project that residents were already working on, and presented a poster at the Texas Dermatological Society meeting.
    2. Students can also contact Dr. Tyring’s clinical research fellow at cdowning@ccstexas.com to inquire about any projects. 

DIG would like to thank Dr. Tyring’s research clinical fellow for providing all of this helpful information!