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.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Committed to a Dermatology Career?

Dermatology has certainly changed since its earliest days. Prior to the advent of penicillin, many dermatology patients were treated for syphilis, a highly stigmatizing and chronic disease. Entry into dermatology practice was relatively easy since careers in our specialty were not very competitive or prestigious. After the advent of penicillin (and the cure of many patients with syphilis) dermatology practice became more procedural, first with minor office surgery, and later with the adoption of Mohs surgery, lasers, dermabrasion, sclerotherapy, chemical peels, hair transplantation, fillers, neurotoxins, and new emerging cosmetic technologies. Dermatology has now become one of the most competitive residencies for applicants. It is very attractive profession because it is one of the ROAD (“road to happiness”: radiology, ophthalmology, anesthesia, and dermatology) specialties, with manageable lifestyle and excellent compensation for hours worked. With these 4 specialty choices, there is a chance to have a second life outside of medical practice with a good income!

Career planning is prudent when considering very competitive specialties. The reality is that there are not enough residency positions for all the highly qualified applicants. Why are the majority of dermatology applicants highly qualified? Self-selection is at work, because potential applicants without many academic honors, awards, dermatology research, and high scores don’t apply. Applicants with a PhD, extensive research, taking an additional year of substantive, productive (publications!) research before graduating from medical school, high Step 1 scores, AOA membership, and graduation from a top medical school are favored in this selection. This process results in a pool of applicants with above average credentials. However, this has created another problem--there is no longer any guarantee for dermatology matching, even with a Step 1 score of 250 or higher and AOA membership. Everyone is not able to get the competitive job they want, and if they do, it may be in an undesirable location.

The dermatology match through ERAS and the NRMP is a highly stressful time for many applicants. Stress begins immediately for many applicants, who after receiving a high Step 1 score, make the decision to become a dermatologist. Many have no prior dermatology research and now have one year or less to gain enough research experience to remain competitive before submitting residency applications. Is there enough time to become competitive while taking required MS3 clerkships and doing well on these rotations? Stress continues to build when excellent applicants find themselves not getting enough interviews (or fewer interviews than classmates). Interviews are highly correlated with matching: the more interviews, the greater the chance for a match. Going to interviews is stressful, and may be costly as well. Air travel and hotel is often involved, and once at the interview, the quality of the other applicants is daunting. Everyone is so well qualified and competing for just a few available positions. This is why long-range planning is prudent for anyone considering a dermatology career. Applicants need to know what could happen if they do not match on the first attempt.
Sadly, every year excellent dermatology applicants fail to match. Of all 4 ROAD specialties, dermatology has the fewest residency positions. What is the next step? Some have already planned for this outcome and have matched into back up specialty; they never looking back at dermatology and are happy with their alternative career choice. Others cannot give up the dream of a dermatology career. They consider completing residencies in primary care specialties and plan to reapply for dermatology; this can work, but due to restrictions in Medicare funding for second residencies, only a few programs are able to consider this type of applicant. Some initially match into alternative residencies with longer Medicare funding periods, like the 5 year general surgery residency with the plan to leave the program after one or two years in order to protect 3 years of dermatology residency funding. Some take a 4 year pathology residency with a transitional or preliminary medicine PGY1 year and then take a dermatopathology fellowship, with the plan to identify a dermatology residency that needs a dermatopathologist for ACGME program accreditation and is willing to forgo full Medicare funding. Currently the most efficient strategy for dermatology re-applicants appears to be completing the PGY1 year, obtaining a medical license, and going into a non-accredited dermatology clinical trial research fellowship with the hope of improving research credentials and professional connections during this additional training. It is thought that more than 50% of these paid clinical dermatology fellows eventually match into dermatology residencies, although it may take several years to do so. These dermatology re-applicants may need to move across the country for dermatology training in an unfamiliar city without friends and family. There is some risk to this strategy, because those that fail to match into dermatology after this extra research training may find it hard to find residency positions in other specialties, since it now has been several years since medical school graduation and nondermatology clinical skills and general medical knowledge have faded. Some in this situation will forgo additional postgraduate training and open dermatology practices anyway, relying on dermatology knowledge obtained during medical school, the clinical trial research fellowship, and ongoing CME obtained at dermatology conferences. This career course may not be optimal because due to a lack of ACGME dermatology residency, there is no possibility for board certification in dermatology and some insurance plans may not accept physicians who have not completed a dermatology residency and become board certified.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

DIG needs volunteers for Plazapalooza

DIG is looking for members to volunteer at our Plazapalooza booth Tuesday, August 22nd 5:30-8:30. It will be outside of Old Red. There will be food and drinks at the event. Please email Kedwagne@utmb.edu

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Volunteers needed for Saturday

UTMB DIG is requesting volunteers for the DIG booth this Saturday. There will be a breakfast served before the fair and lunch will be after. We are also looking for someone to design our poster for the table.  Details below. Email Kedwagne@utmb.edu if you would like to help us this weekend!

Location and Time:
Welcome Weekend will take place at the Moody Gardens Convention Center at 7 Hope Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77554. The Community Fair will occur from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM in Expo Hall C in the Convention Center. Student Organizations and Community Vendors will be allowed to set up for the fair starting from 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM. All student organization must be at their tables and ready to go at 9:45 AM. Volunteers will be unable to enter the Expo Hall after 9:45 AM, as we will be preparing to transition the first group of students into the fair.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Lots of Medical Students at UTMB

928 allopathic medical students as of last fall, making UTMB the 9th largest medical school in the US.

UTMB Dermatology Publishes Original Research in August 2017 JAAD

UTMB dermatology research about nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (Wilson J, Gleghorn K, Seigel Q, Kelly B. Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis: A 15-year retrospective study at a single tertiary care center. J Am Acad Dermatol 2017; 77:235-240) was published in the August 2017 issue of JAAD. The first author, Dr. Janice Wilson, recently completed a dermatopathology fellowship at UTMB and will join the dermatology faculty next month. She will be the 9th UTMB faculty member.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Texas Dermatological Society Requesting Posters for Fall 2017 Meeting in Bastrop, Texas

The application deadline for the Texas Dermatological Society (TDS) fall meeting applications for poster presentations is September 1, 2017, with complete abstracts due by September 8th. Only residents are eligible to win awards, but medical students may submit their work. Materials presented must not have been published, but may be already accepted for publication. Winning abstracts are published in The Texas Dermatologist. The meeting is on September 29th and 30th. Please email any questions to sylvia.hall@texmed.org

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Living with Melanoma Symposium at MD Anderson Cancer Center, 8/26

Hey DIG members, Register now for the free 2017 Living with Melanoma Symposium at MD Anderson Cancer Center on August 26! Hear stories from survivors of melanoma, as well as lectures by melanoma experts on topics related to melanoma. Click the link below for more information and to register. 

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

St. Vincent Dermatology Night 8/3

Join UTMB Dermatology residents and faculty for the upcoming dermatology night (Thursday, August 3rd) at St. Vincent’s Clinic. Please see the calendar link below to reserve your volunteering spot:
When: Thursday, August 3rd, 5:30-8:30PM (volunteers should arrive at 5:15)
Volunteer link: http://ift.tt/25Hmbgd

Friday, July 28, 2017

UTMB Dermatology Resident Receives eGEM Recognition

The UTMB eGem (“Going the Extra Mile,” https://www.utmb.edu/gem/ program recognizes UTMB employees, students and volunteers for professional behavior and excellent patient care. One recent patient wrote, “Dr. Tausend took the time to personally call me and give me my bx results the normal 8 to 5 hours. It was a great feeling to have a personal touch to my care instead of only getting an update via MyChart. Dr. Tausend was wonderful during my clinic appointment answering my questions. He's wonderful asset to the derm depart. and we are lucky to have a Resident that cares as he does.” Congratulations Dr. Tausend! Nominations for eGEM awards can be made at https://www.utmb.edu/gem/SendGEM

New Dermatology Journal Publishes Two Articles from UTMB Dermatology

A new peer-reviewed, open access, quarterly dermatology journal, Skin: The Journal of Cutaneous Medicine (http://jofskin.org/index.php/skin), has published two articles from the UTMB Department of Dermatology in its first issue. Dr. M. Wilkerson, Professor, Dermatology supervised the medical student (first author) and two UTMB dermatology residents who co-authored these reports. The full articles are available at the journal website:

A Rare Transition from Pemphigus Vulgaris to Pemphigus Foliaceus Following Rituximab Therapy Confirmed by Antidesmoglein ELISA
Samuel P Haslam, Katelyn F Woolridge, Michael G Wilkerson

Penile Mondor's Disease: Two Rare Cases
Samuel P. Haslam, Chinelo Ikpeama, Michael G. Wilkerson

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

UTMB MS2 Scheduled to Present Dermatology Research Honors Thesis

Please join UTMB MS2 Michael Ryan when he presents his UTMB Dermatology Research Honors Thesis, “Dermatologic Depictions in Animated Movies,” on Thursday October 5, 2017 in the 4th floor dermatology conference room (4.130 McCullough Bldg) at 5 pm. Mr. Ryan’s committee members are Drs. Peek, R. Wagner (faculty advisor), B. Kelly, and J. Wilson. UTMB DIG members with an interest in participating in the UTMB Research Honors Program should attend this presentation to find out more about this research opportunity. UTMB MS3s who are interested in participating should be aware that the thesis proposal deadline December 31, 2017. If the thesis proposal is approved, it meets the BSHS graduation writing requirement.

Monday, July 24, 2017

UTMB Dermatology to Provide Rotation for UTMB Family Medicine Residents

Starting this week, UTMB Dermatology will initiate a new clinical elective for UTMB Family Medicine residents. Family Medicine residents will be able to take this elective during their PGY2 and PGY3 year. UTMB Dermatology already has established rotations for UTMB Internal Medicine residents and for PGY3 Plastic Surgery residents (Mohs rotation). Dr. Brent Kelly coordinates the Family Medicine and the Internal Medicine residents, and Dr. Richard Wagner supervises the Plastic Surgery residents. The Family Medicine residents, like the Internal Medicine and Plastic Surgery residents, will be able to see patients in the dermatology clinics and write notes in EPIC, all under dermatology faculty supervision.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the History of the UTMB Dermatology Department!

Ms. Betty Head is the UTMB Department of Dermatology employee who has been with our department longer than anyone else. You are invited to listen to her re-collection of the Department’s history when she gives a lecture in the UTMB Dermatology 5th floor conference room at 10 am on Friday, July 21st.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Dr. Ashley Group Interviewed

UTMB Dermatology Assistant Dr. Ashley Group was interviewed for Valerie Well’s article about sunscreens in the Sunday, July 9, 2017 edition of the Galveston Daily News (“Dermatologist: Chemical sunscreens don’t cause cancer,” page A3). Dr. Group encouraged readers not to tan: “A suntan is just evidence your skin is damaged by the sun. Pasty is the new tan.”

Friday, July 07, 2017

UTMB MS2 Presents Dermatology Research at 2017 MSSRP

Congratulations to UTMB MS2 Mai-Anh Vu for her dermatology poster ("Rose Bengal Dye Reduces Collagen Expression in Post-burn Hypertrophic Scar Fibroblasts In Vitro")  at the 2017 MSSRP.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Will Artificial Intelligence Disrupt Dermatology?

The July 3, 2017 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek briefly discusses (1 page) this issue. While it is difficult to believe that “The developer, who has no background in dermatology…” has developed an AI algorithm that is a good at diagnosing skin cancer “…as accurately as a group of 21 certified dermatologists,” the writer concludes that dermatologists are still needed because 5 million US skin cancers require treatment by 12,000 US dermatologists.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Dr. Brent Kelly Appointed UTMB Dermatopathology Fellowship Director

The UTMB DIG congratulates Dr. Brent Kelly on his new appointment as the UTMB Dermatopathology Fellowship Program Director beginning July 1, 2017. Dr. Ramon Sanchez, the former fellowship director, will continue as the Associate Program Director.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Dermatology Night At St. Vincent's on 7/6/17

Join UTMB Dermatology residents and faculty for the upcoming dermatology night (Thursday, July 6th) at St. Vincent’s Clinic. Please see the calendar link below to reserve your volunteering spot:
When: Thursday, July 6th, 5:30-8:30PM (volunteers should arrive at 5:15)
Volunteer link: http://ift.tt/25Hmbgd

Monday, July 03, 2017

UTMB Dermatology Welcomes New Dermatopathology Fellow

Please welcome Dr. Chunhui Yi to the UTMB Dermatopathology Service for her 2017-2018 Dermatopathology Fellowship! She will overlap with Dr. Janice Wilson this July, while Dr. Wilson completes her UTMB Dermatopathology Fellowship.

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.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Broadcast and Print Media Interested in UTMB Movie Research

Within hours of embargo end, major news outlets from around the world have published stories about the newly published dermatology research about skin disease representations in movie villains and its potential social impact on people with skin diseases ( see http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamadermatology/fullarticle/2614259 ). First author Dr. Julie Croley, a UTMB PGY1 in the UTMB Department of Internal Medicine, will begin dermatology residency at UTMB this July. Her co-authors on this publication were Drs. Vail Reese (San Francisco, California) and Richard Wagner (Galveston, Texas). Here is a sampling of articles related to this original UTMB Department of Dermatology research:










Landmark Research Article Published by UTMB Dermatology

Incoming UTMB Dermatology Resident and current PGY1 Internal Medicine Resident Julie Amthor Croley is the first author on an important original research article entitled, “Dermatologic Findings in Classic Movie Villains: The Face of Evil,” that has been published in the prestigious peer-reviewed dermatology journal, JAMA Dermatology that was published online this month (please see http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamadermatology/fullarticle/2614259 ). Her coauthors on this research are Drs. Vail Reese (publisher of skinema.com) and Richard Wagner, the UTMB Dermatology Program Director. This project grew out of a research essay that Dr. Croley wrote for Dr. Wagner’s popular UTMB didactic film class (DERU-4007 and DERU-4051) while she was a UTMB MS4. Many of Dr. Wagner’s film class students have published original research related to this class in peer-reviewed medical journals. Congratulations to Dr. Crowley for this amazing professional achievement so early in her dermatology career!

Monday, April 03, 2017

DIG Meeting on Wednesday, April 12th at 5 pm: Advice from matched MS4s & Officer Elections

UTMB DIG is hosting a meeting on Wednesday, April 12th at 5 pm in the Dermatology Conference Room (4.112 McCullough). MS4s who applied for dermatology residency this past year will be attending the meeting to give advice to future dermatology applicants. We will also be electing new DIG officers. The available positions include the following: 
- President 
- Vice President 
- AIM for the Cure Melanoma Walk Fundraising Chair
- Sun Protection Officer
- Psoriasis Awareness Chair

Please contact Kristyna Gleghorn (klglegho@utmb.edu) with any questions! We hope to see you at our meeting. 

Dermatology Night At St. Vincent's on 4/6/17

Join UTMB Dermatology residents and faculty for the upcoming dermatology night (Thursday, April 6th) at St. Vincent’s Clinic. Please see the calendar link below to reserve your volunteering spot:
When: Thursday, April 6th, 5:30-8:30PM (volunteers should arrive at 5:15)
Where: St. Vincent's House, 2817 Post Office Street, Galveston, Texas 77550

Monday, March 27, 2017

2017-2018 Dermatology Chief Residents Announced

All UTMB PGY4 Dermatology Residents serve as Chief Residents during their final year of residency. These additional administrative duties are educational and part of training as the ACGME envisions it. Because the duties of Chief Residents are many, in recent past UTMB has split the Chief Resident Duties into 4 annual appointments:

Administrative Scheduling Chief: Dr. Adrian Subrt

Didactic Education Chief: Dr. Will Tausend

Student Liason Chief: Dr. Lindy Ross

Academic Conference Chief: Dr. Chinelo Ikpeama

We look forward to working with you during the upcoming academic year!

Street Parking Around UTMB

A front page story in the Monday, March 27, 2017 Galveston Daily News (Ketterer S, Galveston to charge for street  parking near UTMB, pages A1 and A4) provided some information about this parking plan change. According to this report, UTMB has returned about 80 street parking spots to the City of Galveston for future parking administration that will begin on June 1, 2017. The City of Galveston will charge $2 per hour for parking.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

UTMB Dermatology Publishes Followup Study on Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis

Congratulations to UTMB co-authors Dr. J. Wilson (UTMB Dermatopathology Fellow), UTMB MS4 Kristyna Gleghorn, and Dr. B. Kelly (Director of UTMB Dermatopathology) for their JAAD article, “Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis: A 15-year retrospective study at a single tertiary care center.” Their article was published in the March 2017 issue of Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. The abstract is available at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28318680