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, October 16, 2017

New Stay Shady Volunteer Date on 11/9/17

UTMB DIG is excited to announce this year's first Stay Shady presentation for the 5th graders at Austin Middle School (1514 Ave N, Galveston, TX) at 8:30 am on November 9th! There will be a presentation by second year medical student Michael Ryan and afterwards students will break into smaller medical student run groups for a craft activity. We are looking for 5 additional student volunteers to come facilitate smalls group of about 20 students in which you will be making UV bracelets and answering student questions about sun protection. Please plan on arriving no later than 8:15 am and please be willing to stay until 9:30 am. No prior experience is needed in order to volunteer and all supplies will be provided! 

Contact Michael Ryan (mpryan@utmb.edu) to reserve your spot as a volunteer; spots are first come first serve. This is a wonderful opportunity to help educate the next generation of students about the importance of sun protection.

DIGA Resource for Dermatology Applicants

DIGA is a national resource for dermatology applicants that extends beyond our local UTMB DIG. Its website is http://derminterest.org/ UTMB MS4 Paige Hoyer is an officer (Residency Interview Database Director) in DIGA and can be contacted for more information about this organization.

UTMB Mohs Technician Receives Additional Training

UTMB Mohs Histotechnician Ms. Jeanne March attended the Mohs Technician Quality Assurance (MTQA) Training Initiative in October 2017 that was offered by the American Society for Mohs Histotechnology. Attendance at this customized training program was exclusively offered for technicians who current work for physician members of the American College of Mohs Surgery, where Dr. Richard Wagner is a Fellow. Training included lecture and lab instruction in mapping, inking, embedding, staining, cryosections, CLIA regulations, and laboratory troubleshooting.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Good News for UTMB MS4s Taking Away Dermatology Electives

In the past, UTMB did not give double elective credit to our medical students that took “Clinical Dermatology” at UTMB and the same elective with another dermatology department where they took an away rotation. No more! Now UTMB medical students can receive elective credit for an unlimited number of their away “Clinical Dermatology” electives! This is an important change, since the most frequently elective offered nationally by US dermatology departments is “Clinical Dermatology.” And more often than not, it is the only dermatology elective that they offer.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

DIG 10/11/17 Meeting Recap

Thank you to all members who were able to attend our fall meeting last night and a very big thank you to Dr. Wagner, who took time out of his busy schedule to speak to DIG members. Please see below for a quick recap of the meeting:

  1. Stay Shady (Michael Ryan; MS2; mpryan@utmb.edu)
    • Stay Shady is currently working on obtaining 8 dates (4 fall and 4 spring) to present Stay Shady to different schools in the area
    • Look for sign-up opportunities on the blog or by email
    • Contact Michael Ryan for more information
  2. Bake Sale Date (Uloma Ibezim; MS3; ucibezim@utmb.edu)
    • Tentatively scheduled for 11/13
    • Check your email for a sign-up document for members to donate baked goods
    • The fall and spring bake sale are used to help defray the cost of supplies for Stay Shady
  3. Volunteer opportunities
    • Melanoma Walk (Paige Hoyer; pehoyer@utmb.edu)
      • Paige Hoyer (MS4) is currently looking for either an MS1 or MS2 to help with planning the annual Melanoma Walk
      • Paige did an amazing job with the walk the past spring on the seawall and we would like to continue this!
    • Houston Psoriasis Walk (Jacob Benavidez; Jacobbenavidez7@gmail.com)
      • Jacob Benavidez (MS3) is looking for volunteers to help with the annual Psoriasis Walk
      • It will be on Saturday, March 10th, 2018
      • For more information, visit www.teamnpf.org/houstonwalk or contact Jacob
    • Be Joint Smart (Jacob Benavidez; Jacobbenavidez7@gmail.com)
    • DIGA Board and Regional Representatives (Paige Hoyer; pehoyer@utmb.edu)
      • Please check your email for a message about information on applying to be a member of the national DIGA board as well as volunteer opportunities from DIGA
      • For more information, please visit the DIGA website http://derminterest.org/About.aspx
    • Cast Away Cancer (Priscilla Ly; pfly@utmb.edu)
      • Cancer awareness event hosted by UTMB SGA and started by DIG member Priscilla Ly (MS3)
      • DIG is looking for volunteers to help create a skin cancer awareness poster and ways to both screen for and prevent skin cancer
      • Will be on 11/16 with free food and T shirts provided
  4. Q&A with Dr. Wagner
    • Dr. Wagner has been the Program Director for UTMB Dermatology for more than 15 years. Last night, he took time out of his busy schedule to come answer questions that DIG members had in order to become successful, competitive applicants. Topics included: overall information about applying, research, away rotations, and schedule recommendations.
      • Overall information about Dermatology
        • Almost all Dermatology residencies are 3 year Advanced positions
        • For the intern year, the ACGME allows Preliminary Internal Medicine, Preliminary Surgery, Transitional Year, Categorical General Surgery, Categorical Pediatrics, and Categorical OBGYN to count as a successful intern year
        • Applicants typically apply for Prelim - IM or Transitional Year; however, it is becoming more competitive to match into a Transitional Year
        • In addition, if an applicant is interested in a fellowship in dermatology (Pediatric Dermatology, Procedural Dermatology, or Dermatopathology), it may benefit to apply for a Pediatric categorical or a Surgery Prelim or Categorical position
        • In addition, applicants need to know that both the overall number and the quality of applicants increases every year
      • Research
        • Dr. Wagner recommends at least 10 abstracts, presentations, and publications combined in order to be a competitive applicant
        • The most important way to get research is to be present around the department and be proactive (done though electives or St. Vincent's)
        • Research is the expectation now by programs
      • Away rotations
        • One of the most important parts of the process because 50% of applicant match at their home program or places they did away rotations at
        • Because what a program values as important varies widely, away rotations allow both the program and the applicant to see if they are a "good fit" for one another
        • Things to consider are if other UTMB students have matched at a given program recently and the size/previous matches of different programs (smaller programs may prefer their own students versus larger programs who may cast a wider net)
        • In some instances, the away rotation can be better than the interview itself
        • Even if students are limited by their schedule, Dr. Wagner stresses that it is important to do as many away rotations are you can
      • Fourth year schedule recommendations
        • Do your best to avoid having rotations during interview season. 
        • If required, choose easier courses to do during interview season so that you may attend your interviews
        • Don't do away rotations during interview season (avoid December and January at all costs; Best to do them from July until early November)
        • Be prepared for conflicts when receiving interview applications because some programs interview on the same day. In that event, decide which one you have the best chance to match at
        • Talk to upperclassmen to figure out and decide on good electives and away rotations

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Reminder: Meeting today at 5pm

DIG meeting today in the 5th floor conference room for all DIG members. Topics for discussion include: Stay Shady dates/sign-up, Texas Derm Society recap, Fall Bake Sale, and upcoming volunteer opportunities. In addition, UTMB Program Director and DIG Faculty Adviser Dr. Richard Wagner will be present to provide general advice/recommendations as well as host an informal Q&A session.
What: Fall DIG Meeting
When: Wednesday, October 11th @ 5pm
Where: 5th floor conference room (5.124 McCullough)

Thursday, October 05, 2017

UTMB MS2 Michael Ryan Defends Dermatology Honors Research Thesis

UTMB MS2 Michael Ryan successfully defended his UTMB Dermatology Research Honors Thesis, “Dermatologic Depictions in Animated Movies,” on October 5, 2017.  He was awarded Magna Cum Laude graduation research honors. Members of Ryan’s ad hoc honors thesis committee were Drs. M. K. Peek,  R. Wagner (faculty advisor), B. Kelly, and J. Wilson. Congratulations to Michael for this outstanding early academic dermatology research recognition!

Congratulations Ms. Kimberly Cooper!

The UTMB DIG congratulates Ms. Kimberly Cooper. She was one of five UTMB Program Coordinators selected by UTMB GME to attend the 2018 Annual Educational Conference held by the ACGME. Ms. Cooper is currently the UTMB Dermatology Residency Program Coordinator (Dr. R. Wagner, Dermatology Program Director) and this July also became the Program Coordinator for the UTMB Dermatopathology Fellowship (Dr. Brent Kelly, Dermatopathology Fellowship Director). The meeting is held in Orlando, Florida during March.

Dr. Uyen Ngoc Mui Returns to Texas

The UTMB DIG was pleased to learn that Dr. Uyen Ngoc Mui (UTMB SOM Class of 2016) has returned to Texas following her PGY1 year in Callifornia. She is currently a clinical dermatology research fellow working under Dr. Stephen Tyring at the Center for Clinical Studies.

Ultherapy Now Available at UTMB Bay Colony Dermatology Clinic

UTMB dermatologists have now completed Ultherapy training and the service is now available at the Bay Colony (League City) UTMB Dermatology Clinic. This ultrasound-based device was approved by the FDA in 2009 for noninvasive eyebrow lifts, and in 2012 for the treatment of neck and submental skin laxity.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

UTMB Medical Students, Residents, and Faculty Present at Fall 2017 Texas Dermatological Society Meeting

Congratulations to all of the UTMB medical students (underlined below), residents, and faculty that presented at the fall meeting of the Texas Dermatological Society in Bastrop, Texas. The following presentations made the program:

Podium Abstracts

Michael P. Ryan, Vail Reese, Richard F. Wagner. Dermatologic depictions in animated movies.

Poster Abstracts

Tara Akunna, Chinelo Ikpeama, Michael Wilkerson. Pseudokeratoacanthoma associated with T. tonsurans tinea capitis.

Morgan Arnold, Adrian Subrt, Michael Wilkerson. A 68-year-old-female with diffuse dermal angiomatosis of the breast.

Jacob Benavidez, Lindy Ross, Brent Kelly. Atypical presentation of xanthomas in a patient with undiagnosed familial hypercholesterolemia.

Vlad Codrea, Katrina Kesterson, Bernard Gibson. A case of idiopathic annular lichen planus.

Caroline Crain, Chinelo Ikpeama, Michael Wilkerson. A 16-year-old female with a breast rash.

Maureen EzekorTimothy Allen, Chinelo Ikpeama, Erica Kelly. An 88-year-old male with an itchy rash.

Benjamin Falck, Kristin Wolf, Brent Kelly. Vesicular mycobacterium abscessus infection mimicking disseminated herpes zoster in a burn patient.

Josh Hays, Helen Malone, Chinelo Ikpeama, Brandon Goodwin, Richard F. Wagner. Reactive eccrine syringofibroadenoma associated with basal cell carcinoma: a histologic mimicker of fibroepithelioma of Pinkus.

Paige HoyerPriscilla Ly, Adrian Subrt, Brent Kelly. Multicentric reticulohistiocytosis: a case report.

Lindy Ross, Michael P. Ryan, Brent C. Kelly. Calciphylaxis after kidney transplantation.

Michael P. Ryan, Helen Malone, Brandon Goodwin, Chinelo S. Ikpeama, Richard F. Wagner, Jr., Pseudohalo basal cell carcinoma.

Adrian Subrt, Katrina Kesterson, Michael Wilkerson. Evolution of a doxycycline-induced phototoxic rash with an unusual distribution.

William Tausend, Tara Akunna, Sharon Raimer. Asymmetric growth of feet in an adolescent female.

Keith Wagner, Brandon Goodwin. A novel weed whacker laceration pattern.

Katelyn Woolridge, Michael P. Ryan, Ashley Group. A rare variant of extraskeletal osteosarcoma presenting as a clinically benign subcutaneous neoplasm.

UTMB medical students(Left to Right) Caitlin Pekowski,
Caroline Crain, Jacob Benavidez, Michael Ryan,
Andrew Armenta, Priscilla Ly, Maureen Ezekor

Monday, October 02, 2017

St. Vincent's Student Clinic Dermatology Night 10/5/17

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

Friday, September 29, 2017

Updates from the National Psoriasis Foundation

The National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) recently announced that they have changed the dates for their annual Houston Walk and their Be Joint Smart events due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey. DIG members have both participated in and helped volunteer at these events previously and are encouraged to maintain this tradition! The new dates are Saturday, March 10th, 2018, for the Houston Walk and  Saturday, February 10th, 2018, for Be Joint Smart. Please go to www.teamnpf.org/houstonwalk or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/be-joint-smart-houston-tx-tickets-34157116856 to find out more information about these great events. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

DIG Meeting on Wednesday, October 11th at 5pm

On Wednesday, October 11th at 5pm in the 5th floor conference room (McCullough 5.124), the DIG Officers will be hosting the Fall 2017 meeting. Topics for discussion include: Stay Shady dates/sign-up, Texas Derm Society recap, Fall Bake Sale, and other upcoming events of interest. In addition, UTMB Program Director and DIG Faculty Adviser Dr. Richard Wagner will be present to provide general advice/recommendations as well as host an informal Q&A session. This is a great opportunity for interested students to receive advice early on to help them become a top applicant.

What: Fall DIG Meeting
When: Wednesday, October 11th @ 5pm
Where: 5th floor conference room (5.124 McCullough)

Friday, September 22, 2017

Recent PGY4 Dermatology Graduates Provide Lunch for Department

Thanks to our recently graduated PGY4 dermatology residents (and now Diplomates of the American Board of Dermatology!) Elizabeth, Emily, Young, and Alison for the delicious lunch. Wish you could be here with us! We will see y’all in Bastrop at the 2017 fall Texas Dermatological Society meeting in Bastrop, Texas next weekend. UTMB has lots of medical student and resident posters that should be of interest.

MCAT Score Predictive of AOA Election

Medical education researchers at the University of Minnesota report that at their medical school, higher MCAT scores were predictive of future AOA election (P < 0.001 ). Between 2012 and 2016, no students were elected to AOA who scored less than 27 on the MCAT. However, students who scored 38 or higher (99th percentile) had a 27% chance of AOA election. For additional information, please see: https://www.dovepress.com/articles.php?article_id=34741

Galveston is Free on Weekend of September 30/October 1, 2017 (At Least Some Things…)

The City of Galveston is generously offering free Seawall parking and beach (Stewart Beach and East Beach) admission during the weekend of September 30th and October 1st (“Galveston Cares Weekend”). Trolley rides on the Strand are also free these days. Free fireworks at 37th and Seawall honoring first responders. This is a good time to enjoy the wonders of Galveston for free! Please read http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/bayarea/news/article/Galveston-plans-free-beach-weekend-fireworks-and-12217740.php  for additional information.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

UTMB MS4 First Author on Mohs Surgery Article

Congratulations to UTMB MS4 Josh Hays for his recent first author publication, “Reactive Eccrine Syringofibroadenoma Associated With Basal Cell Carcinoma: A Histologic Mimicker of Fibroepithelioma of Pinkus,” This electronic publication, ahead of print, appears in Dermatol Surg. 2017 Sep 4. doi: 10.1097/DSS.0000000000001308, PMID: 28902033.  His co-authors on this study were Drs. H. Malone (UTMB former Mohs Fellow not in private practice in Katy, Texas), Brandon Goodwin (Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Dermatopathology at UTMB), and Richard Wagner (Mohs Fellowship Director). The UTMB DIG blog congratulates Josh for the quality of his research and for his excellent academic productivity!

Friday, September 15, 2017

UTMB PGY4 Dermatology Resident Dr. Chinelo Ikpeama Assists Dermatology Lobbying Effort in Washington, DC

Chinelo Ikpeama MD, MBA, PGY-4 UTMB dermatology resident is photographed with the Texas delegation as they lobby Texas Junior Senator Ted Cruz at Capitol Hill during the 2017 American Academy of Dermatology Association Legislative Conference in Washington DC. Dr. Ikpeama is standing to the immediate right of Senator Cruz in this photograph.

UTMB Mohs Team Publishes Nasal Reconstruction Article in October 2017 JAAD

Congratulations to Dr. Helen Malone (former UTMB Mohs Fellow now in private practice in Katy, Texas), UTMB MS4 Josh Hays, UTMB PGY4 Dermatology Resident Dr. Will Tausend, and Fellowship Director, Dr. Richard Wagner for their October 2017 article, “Interdomal sutures for nasal tip refinement and reduced wound size,” that was electronically published in the October 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (Volume 77, Issue 4, pages e107-e108). Of note, Josh Hays drew all of the figures in this report! It is available online at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0190962217316456
Congratulations to Josh and the rest of the Mohs team for this interesting article!

Stay Alert for New Cases of Murine Typhus in Galveston County

The Galveston County Health Authority has requested assistance in identifying new cases of murine typhus (Rickettsia typhi) that is spread by infected fleas. Infected animals include rats, cats, and opossums. So far this year, there have been 15 new infections identified in Galveston County. Dermatologists may see these patients due to a  maculopapular rash that begins on the trunk and extends peripherally. Additional information about murine typhus can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/typhus/murine/index.html
Please direct any additional questions to 409-938-2208, 409-938-2215 or 409-938-2322

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

2017 UTMB Dermatology Residents Receive an A on ABD Certification Exam

The American Board of Dermatology Provides dermatology residency programs with composite information about the results of their annual Certification Examination each year as one way to evaluate effectiveness of the training program. This year our 4 graduating PGY4 dermatology residents achieved a composite percentile rank of 90%. The failure rate of the 2017 exam was 1.4% of the 496 testees. This makes the third year in a row that UTMB PGY4 graduating dermatology residents have achieved composite percentile ranks of 90% or greater. 130 Programs were ranked by this method in 2017. Congratulations to the UTMB Dermatology Residency Program for this great achievement and recognition.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Dermatology Very Popular With New First Year Students

Dermatology was very popular among the incoming students at welcome weekend (Aug 26-29), with over ~30 people signing up to join the blog. When the DIG booth looks this good, its easy to see why! Thanks to Michael Ryan(MS2) and Keith Wagner (MS3) for volunteering to man the booth.

UTMB Dermatology Operations during Hurricane Harvey

The UTMB Dermatology Clinic was open at UHC in Galveston on Monday, August 28th. Even though UTMB medical students were dismissed from school the previous week to evacuate for Hurricane Harvey (and would not return until Tuesday, September 5th), the UTMB Dermatology Clinic at UHC in Galveston was open for patients on this very wet day. Kudos to all who were able to staff this clinic (photo) during this weather emergency! All UTMB Dermatology Clinics were open for patients on Friday, September 1.

100% of PGY4 UTMB Dermatology Residents Pass July 2017 American Board of Dermatology Certification Examination on First Try

Congratulations to all of the PGY4 2017 UTMB PGY4 Dermatology Residency Graduates who completed training in June. All four passed the American Board of Dermatology on their first attempt. The UTMB DIG had no doubts about your success!

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Record Number of Visiting Medical Students Taking UTMB Dermatology Electives

There have been 12 visiting MS4s in the UTMB Department of Dermatology so far during the 2017-2018 academic year through Period 3 (July through September). Included are in-state medical students (University of Texas Houston, Texas A&M) and others from out-of-state medical schools (University of Arkansas, University of Louisiana New Orleans, University of Tennessee Memphis, Drexel University, and University of North Dakota). We hope that you have all enjoyed your stay in Galveston and have learned more about dermatology!

UTMB Medical Students Return Following Hurricane Harvey

UTMB medical students were dismissed prior to the arrival of Hurricane Harvey, and are now back at UTMB starting September 5th, 201

UTMB Dermatology has Two New Professors!

Congratulations to Drs. Erica and Brent Kelly. Dr. Erica Kelly was promoted to Clinical Professor of Dermatology on September 1, 2017 and Dr. Brent Kelly was promoted to Professor, Dermatology (tenured) at the same time.  The UTMB Dermatology Department now has 5 dermatology professors, 1 associate professor, and 3 assistant professors on faculty. Three of the professors are tenured.

Monday, September 04, 2017

St. Vincent Dermatology Night 9/7

Join UTMB Dermatology residents and faculty for the upcoming dermatology night (Thursday, September 7th) at St. Vincent’s Clinic. Please see the calendar link below to reserve your volunteering spot:
When: Thursday, September 7th 5:30-8:30PM (volunteers should arrive at 5:15)
Volunteer link: http://ift.tt/25Hmbgd

Thursday, August 24, 2017

How Many Dermatology Residency Programs Should I Apply To?

Opinions vary. Some suggest applying to them all; this is certainly the most expensive strategy. Of interest is the AAMC’s analysis. They suggest that fewer applications may be the best strategy. For additional information, please review https://www.aamc.org/cim/481320/applysmartderm.html

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.