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.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Dermatology Night At St. Vincent's on 2/2/17

Join UTMB Dermatology residents and faculty for the upcoming dermatology night (Thursday, February 2nd, 2017) at St. Vincent’s Clinic. Please see the calendar link below to reserve your volunteering spot:

When: Thursday, February 2nd, 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/

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Stay Shady Presented at Odyssey Academy

Over the course of two days, 480 children at Odyssey Academy participated in DIG’s “Stay Shady!” presentation. The presentation is aimed at raising sun damage awareness for the children of Galveston Island. Keith Wagner (MSII) and Jacob Benavidez (MSII) kicked it off on January 17th, and Uloma Ibezim (MSII) and Eric Mong (MSII) finished the presentations January 18th. The staff were extremely supportive, and the students were very eager to soak up our warnings about soaking up too much sun! The presentations went so well, that a staff member asked for a copy to review with his students to ensure they “Stay Shady!"

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

DIG Meeting Recap from 1/17/17

1. DIG Bake Sale

The spring DIG Bake Sale to raise funds for Stay Shady will occur during the week of March 6th to 10th. It will be in the Jamail cafeteria on the first floor. Keith Wagner, MS2, will be taking the lead on this event. If you are interested in either making baked goods or volunteering your time to help the sale, please contact Keith at kedwagne@utmb.edu

2. Stay Shady

There are two more sign up dates available for Stay Shady (Feb. 17th at Morgan elementary and Mar. 2nd at Crenshaw)! Please sign up if interested in volunteering. Contact Tara Akunna for more information at taakunna@utmb.edu.

3. Melanoma Walk

The UTMB Melanoma walk will be Saturday, March 11th. Check in will be from 7-8am and the race will go from 8-9am. We need DIG volunteers to help set up the event, check in participants, and help mark the course! Please visit https://walk.aimatmelanoma.org/Galveston2017/ for more information online. Watch the blog for information on how to sign up! Contact Paige Hoyer for more information at pehoyer@utmb.edu

4. Suture Workshop

The Spring suture workshop will be this upcoming March. Watch the blog for more information on dates and how to sign up.

5. Away rotations for fourth year medical students interested in dermatology 

Current DIG President Kristyna Gleghorn graciously took time out of her interview season to provide advice on how to choose away rotations. Main points included: beginning the VSAS application, getting immunizations now before VSAS applications open, and having your application ready for submission by the first of March since it is important to apply as early as possible (the day applications open) for away rotations. Most students complete 2-3 away rotations, and you may have to apply to more programs (~5-6) in order to make sure you get accepted to 2-3 rotations that will work with your fourth year schedule. Contacting programs directly by email or phone call to express interest in a program can help when applying for aways. 

Dermatology Programs in Texas include: UTMB (Galveston, TX), Baylor Scott & White A&M (Temple, TX), Texas Tech (Lubbock, TX), UTHSA (San Antonio, TX), UT Houston, Baylor Houston, Baylor Scott & White (Dallas, TX), UT Austin, and UTSW (Dallas, TX). Current MS4s have also done away rotations out-of-state at locations such as: Univ of South Florida, Vanderbilt, Colorado, Univ of Florida at Gainsville, Oregon Health and Science Center (OHSU), Cook Country (Chicago, IL), Metrohealth Medical Center, and Louisiana State University

Dr. Janice Wilson Accepts UTMB Faculty Position for 2017-2018 Academic Year

The UTMB DIG was very happy to learn that current UTMB Dermatopathology Fellow Dr. Janice Wilson has accepted a dermatology faculty position following the completion of her dermatopathology fellowship in June 2017. We are all looking forward to working with you! This will bring  the number of UTMB dermatology faculty to 9 dermatologists.

Friday, January 13, 2017

PGY2 UTMB Dermatology Residents Dine with Faculty for Free!

The UTMB Graduate Medical Education (GME) has instituted a new dinner meeting program related to their Resident Wellness Initiative that applies to our PGY2 (first year) dermatology residents. Volunteer dermatology faculty  are paired with a PGY2 dermatology resident (significant others are also invited) to dine at GME expense (up to $100). There are many excellent restaurants in the Galveston/League City area to enjoy and a good chance to interact with dermatology faculty on a personal level.

Dr. Ashley Group Certified in Wound Care

Congratulations to Dr. Ashley Group for passing the certification examination administered by the American Board of Wound Medicine and Surgery, a non-ABMS  specialty organization. Dr. Group sees dermatology patients with complicated and chronic wounds at the specialized UTMB Health Wound Care and Hyperbarics Clinic in Dickinson, Texas. UTMB dermatology residents are very fortunate to work with Dr. Group during their PGY2 year because they gain additional expertise in this interesting subspecialty area of dermatology. Not many dermatology residency programs in the United States have a dermatology faculty with wound care certification.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Calling all DIG members to help volunteer for Stay Shady!

The UTMB DIG is looking for volunteers to present our sun protection presentation, "Stay Shady!," to the students at Morgan Elementary School in Galveston, TX. “Stay Shady!” is an interactive presentation aimed to teach elementary and middle school children about sun safety.

When: Friday, February 17, at 8:50 am-1:55 pm grades Kinder-1st.
Where: Morgan Elementary, 410 37th St, Galveston, TX 77550

This is fun teaching experience and a great way to get involved with DIG! Interested in participating? Please email Tara Akunna (taakunna@UTMB.EDU), Barrett Riddle (bcriddle@UTMB.EDU), or Keith Wagner (kedwagne@UTMB.EDU) if you would like to volunteer! 

Calling all DIG members to help volunteer for Stay Shady!

The UTMB DIG is looking for volunteers to present our sun protection presentation, "Stay Shady!," to the students at Crenshaw Middle and Elementary School in Port Bolivar, TX. “Stay Shady!” is an interactive presentation aimed to teach elementary and middle school children about sun safety.

Where: Crenshaw Middle and Elementary School, 406 State Hwy 87, Port Bolivar, TX 77650

This is fun teaching experience and a great way to get involved with DIG! Interested in participating? Please email Tara Akunna (taakunna@UTMB.EDU), Barrett Riddle (bcriddle@UTMB.EDU), or Keith Wagner (kedwagne@UTMB.EDU) if you would like to volunteer! 

Calling all DIG members to help volunteer for Stay Shady!

The UTMB DIG is looking for volunteers to present our sun protection presentation, "Stay Shady!," to the students at Odyssey Academy in Galveston, TX. “Stay Shady!” is an interactive presentation aimed to teach elementary and middle school children about sun safety.

Where: Odyssey Academy 2412 61st St, Galveston, TX 77551

This is fun teaching experience and a great way to get involved with DIG! Interested in participating? Please email Tara Akunna (taakunna@UTMB.EDU), Barrett Riddle (bcriddle@UTMB.EDU), or Keith Wagner (kedwagne@UTMB.EDU) if you would like to volunteer

Monday, January 09, 2017

Botox on Cover of Time Magazine

It was surprising to see Botox as the cover story on the January 16, 2017 issue of Time magazine. Writer Alexandra Sifferlin authored the article, “The drug that’s treating everything,” on pages 39-44. It is recommended reading as an interesting and worthwhile report.

Update: UTMB DIG Meeting Now Tuesday, January 17th

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the UTMB DIG has moved its first meeting of the semester to be this upcoming Tuesday, January 17th at 6:00 PM in the Dermatology Conference Room (4.112 McCullough Building). This meeting is especially important for MS3s as we will be discussing VSAS, applying for away rotations, and which away rotations are recommended. We will also cover the DIG Bake Sale, Stay Shady events, suture workshop, and AIM for the Cure Melanoma 5K.  Please email Kristyna Gleghorn (klglegho@utmb.edu) or Tim Allen (tirallen2@utmb.edu) with questions.

Friday, January 06, 2017

UTMB DIG Meeting Wednesday, January 11th

The UTMB DIG will be holding its first meeting of the semester this upcoming Wednesday, January 11th at 6:00 PM in the Dermatology Conference Room (4.112 McCullough Building). This meeting is especially important for MS3s as we will be discussing VSAS, applying for away rotations, and which away rotations are recommended. We will also cover the DIG Bake Sale, Stay Shady events, suture workshop, and AIM for the Cure Melanoma 5K.  Please email Kristyna Gleghorn (klglegho@utmb.edu) with questions. 

John Sealy Hospital Construction Zone Fire Update

Dermatology clinics and student electives are still fully in operation following the evacuation of John Sealy Hospital on Wednesday afternoon, January 4, 2017. For additional information from the Galveston Daily News, please see http://www.galvnews.com/news/free/article_7d5a9c16-a161-553e-b2c3-e8f6c74e69f6.html

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Volunteers Needed for Dermatology Night at St. Vincent's Clinic Tonight


Please join UTMB Dermatology residents and faculty for the dermatology night at St. Vincent’s Clinic. We are in need of volunteers tonight!

When: Tonight (Thursday, Jan 5th, 5:30-9PM)
Where: St. Vincent's House, 2817 Post Office Street, Galveston, Texas 77550

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Still a Seller’s Market for Dermatologists

Dermatologists have recently been contacted about an employment opportunity at a hospital in Ohio. Starting salary ranges from $411,000 to $562,000 and there is an opportunity to earn more through incentive bonuses. Medical student loan repayment of up to $200,000 is available with this job.