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.

Monday, June 20, 2016

2016 UTMB Dermatology Residency Graduates

Congratulations to UTMB’s 2016 dermatology residency graduates, who complete three years of dermatology training on June 30, 2016 (left to right, Drs. Amber Gill, Rebecca Philips, Janice Wilson, and Helen Malone). Dr. Gill will practice dermatology in Hawaii, while Drs. Philips and Wilson will be the 2016-2017 UTMB Dermatopathology Fellows and Dr. Malone will be the 2016-2017 UTMB Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellow.


Where do Dermatology Residents Practice?

According to the newest study in the June 2016 issue of Dermatology Online Journal (Chen AJ, Schwartz J, Kimball, A. There’s no place like home: an analysis of migration patterns of dermatology residents prior to,
during, and after their training), dermatology residents from the Midwest and the South are most likely to practice in the region where they attended high school and medical school. Program Directors may keep this in mind when ranking dermatology applicants when they are located in a region with a dermatologist shortage. For the entire article, please see http://escholarship.org/uc/item/3sf6z3pn

Friday, June 10, 2016

UTMB Dermatology Residents Award 2016 Faculty Teaching Awards

UTMB dermatology residents vote each year to recognize a faculty and a community dermatologist for excellent resident teaching. This year the awards were presented to Drs. Sharon Raimer  (faculty) and Ramon Sanchez (community).

Dr. Rebecca Philips Recognized for Best Dermatology Resident Research in 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca Philips for receiving the 2016 Excellence in Dermatology Resident Research Award. Each year the UTMB dermatology faculty review all of the research activity by the PGY4 dermatology residents over their three years of residency. Number and quality of research posters, presentations, and publications are considered. The required resident scholarly project is also a factor.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Dr. Kevin Sharghi Accepts Clinical Dermatology Fellowship

Congratulations to Dr. Kevin Sharghi, a UTMB SOM graduate and current PGY1 internal medicine resident at UTMB. He accepted a clinical dermatology research fellowship with Dr. Stephen Tyring at 
Center for Clinical Studies in Houston for the 2016-2017 academic year (see http://ccstexas.com/current-studies/ccs-fellowship ). Good luck in this fellowship!

Is More Pay for Less Dermatology Care Coming?

Duke Consulting Dermatology Professor Dr. Zoe Draelos wrote an interesting editorial about Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) in the June 2016 issue of Dermatology Times (“Superior pay for non-performance model threatens dermatology, society,” page 10). According to Dr. Draelos, ACO patients could encounter primary care providers or dermatologists who might advise patients that their skin problem is so minor that it does not require treatment. This approach ultimate improves ACO financial performance by controlling costs, since no care is less expensive than care. She cautions, “In a society where people are paid more for doing less, you simply get less. Superior pay for non-performance will implode dermatology, medicine in general, and society.” Thank you Dr. Draelos and Dermatology Times for providing readers with such valuable information.

Skin Cancer Advice, Part 2, Galveston Daily News

Galveston Daily News Correspondent Rick Cousins has published a followup article entitled, “How to self-screen, prevent skin cancer” in the Tuesday, June 7, 2016 issue (pages B3, B6). UTMB Dermatology Chair, Dr. Sharon Raimer offers advice to readers. She recommends twice yearly self-examinations of your own skin for most people with dermatology followup if any concerns arise. However, if a person has had melanoma or has a close relative with that disease, it is worthwhile  to see the expert in skin cancer, a dermatologist for professional evaluation. Sun avoidance, protective clothing, and broad spectrum sunscreens with an SPF of at least 15 applied at least every two hours while outdoors during the day also play an important role in skin cancer prevention.

Do You Want to Present Your Research at the March 2017 American Academy of Dermatology Meeting?

Many successful dermatology applicants present their research at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Next year the meeting is from March 3-7 in Orlando, Florida. Please see the following information about submitting your abstracts for presentation at this highly visible international meeting: https://www.aad.org/meetings/annual-meeting/for-abstracts Three abstract submission categories opened June 7, 2016 and close on September 14, 2016 at 5 pm CT. Successful authors are notified by email in December. Many UTMB dermatology residents and faculty are happy to collaborate on abstract submission with our medical students, so if you have any interest in this opportunity, please do not hesitate to ask our residents and faculty about it.

Friday, June 03, 2016

2016 UTMB Dermatology Department Graduation Awards

The UTMB DIG congratulates the 4 senior medical students who have been selected to receive dermatology graduation awards this year. They are:
 
Best Original Essay for “Skin Diseases Depicted in Cinema”: Mark McCabe (“Greyscale and the Impact of Stigmatized Disease’)
 
Thomas W. Freese Memorial Award for Excellence in Dermatology: Julie A. Crowley
 
History of Dermatology Award:  Katherine L. Serrano (“Syphilis in Galveston, America’s First ‘Sin City,’ during the Early to Mid Twentieth Century”)
 
Edgar B. Smith Endowed Scholarship in Dermatology: Uyen Ngoc Mui


Photo caption: (left to right) Dr. Sharon Raimer, Katherine Serrano, Mark McCabe, Julie Crowley, Ngoc Mui,  and Dr. Richard Wagner)