Current Editors: Andrea Francis and Fareen Momin

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Past Editors: Renat Ahatov, Michael Phan, Elise Weisert, Michael Ryan, Keith Wagner, Tim Allen, 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.

Saturday, March 25, 2023

UTMB Chief Dermatology Residents Announced for 2023-2024 Academic Year

UTMB DIG congratulates the 5 new dermatology chief residents for the upcoming 2023-2024 academic year. They are (alphabetical order):

Caroline Crain, MD: Chief Resident for Academic Friday ConferencesAlissa Redko, MD: Chief Resident for SchedulingKaitlyn Streight: Chief Resident for Wellness and Quality ImprovementTim Tran, MD: Chief Resident for Medical Student EducationEmily Williams, MD: Chief Academic Resident

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Howard University Dermatology Research Fellowship Opportunity

We are seeking applicants for two research fellowships at Howard University beginning July 1, 2023- the Women's Dermatology Society-La Roche Posay Research Fellowship and the Janssen Skin of Color Dermatology Research Fellowship- for students from groups under-represented in medicine. This is a great option for funded basic science/translational research in the department of dermatology between 3rd and 4th year of medical school, or after an unsuccessful match.  Applications are due by March 31, 2023.

Here is the link to the application. Please share with any interested students or recent graduates. Research experience is a plus, but not required.

Monday, March 20, 2023

UTMB DIG Match Panel

UTMB Dermatology Interest Group will be holding the 2023 UTMB Match Panel on March 29th, 2023 from 6PM to 7PM on Zoom. Interested members should attend with questions!

Zoom link: 

Topic: 2023 UTMB DIG Match Panel

Time: Mar 29, 2023 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 963 8678 9968

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Please contact Fareen Momin (faamomin@utmb.edu) or Andrea Francis if you have any questions about the upcoming panel. Congratulations again to all the UTMB MS4s that matched!

Friday, March 17, 2023

UTMB MS4s Match into Dermatology Residency Programs

Congratulations to the 5 UTMB MS4s who matched into dermatology residency programs! They are (alphabetical order):

Brenda Carillo (UT Austin)Benjamin Garcia (UTMB)Kristin Kay (UTMB)Shayan Owji (Mount Sinai)Gregory Ugoh (Henry Ford)

New UTMB Dermatology Residents Announced for July 2024

Congratulations to the six newest UTMB dermatology residents who will begin in July 2024. They are (alphabetical order):

Travis Dowdle (Texas Tech)Benjamin Garcia (UTMB)Alyssa Hansen (UTMB)Kristen Kay (UTMB)Kristin Smith (University of Florida)Marie Vu (UT San Antonio)The UTMB DIG looks forward to working with you!

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Advice to Future Dermatology Applicants

The March 2023 issue of Cutis (113:124-127) provides  interesting survey data for dermatology applicants:“How to Advise Medical Students Interested in Dermatology: A Survey of Academic Dermatology Mentors.” Please see https://www.mdedge.com/dermatology/article/261607/mixed-topics/how-advise-medical-students-interested-dermatology-survey  for additional information.

DIGA Winter Newsletter

Dear Future Dermatologists, Congratulations to the 4th years on the Match! Whether you are a first year medical student considering the field of dermatology, a third year working through clinical rotations, or a fourth year student finishing up medical school, we hope to provide you with useful information through this DIGA newsletter. 

Gina & MaireadDIGA Co-Presidents

Connect with usLike our Facebook page to stay up to date on upcoming events, current dermatology news, and opportunities to get involved in research. Visit our webpage for even more information, including advice on applying to dermatology residency. Connect with us on LinkedIn to grow your professional network. Share Your InputAbove all, this newsletter is meant to serve as a resource for you. We welcome feedback on our articles and  suggestions for future articles and interviews. You can contact us through your DIGA regional director, or by emailing us at diganewsletter@gmail.com.DIGA and American Academy of Dermatology Upcoming Events

Access a complete list of dermatology events by visiting the AAD Calendar.Access a complete list of our events on the DIGA calendar.

Monday, March 13, 2023

17th Annual Steps Against Melanoma Walk

On Sunday, March 4th, 2023, the UTMB Dermatology and Plastics Reconstructive Surgery Interests Groups teamed up with the AIM at Melanoma Foundation to host the 17th Annual Melanoma Walk at The Fort Crockett Park on Seawall. The event was a fun-filled morning with delicious food, live music, exciting raffle prizes from local venues, and over 30 participants who completed a 1-mile walk or 5k run. Thanks to the support of all the participants and sponsors, the walk helped raise over $1000 in support of melanoma research. Thank you to the organizers and volunteers who helped make this event a success!!

Pictured from left to right: Delayne Coleman (MS1), Jenny Liebig (MS1), Ireland Buckley (MS1), Chinenye Onejeme (MS2), Nina Martins (MS2), Shayan Ravanassa (MS1), Adeola Ajijolaiya (MS2), Michael Adkison (MS2), Michelle Yang (MS1), Andrea Rego (MS3), Melissa Marchan (MS2), Parul Rai (MS2). 

UTMB Dermatology Fills All Residency Positions in 2023 NRMP

Congratulations to the UTMB Department of Dermatology for filling all 6 of its advanced dermatology residency positions through the NRMP! Those matching will begin dermatology residency at UTMB on July 1, 2024.

Saturday, March 11, 2023


Thank you to our volunteers that came out this past Saturday to our monthly Hats 4 Homeless volunteering event! Pictured from left to right: Varesh Gorabi (MS1), Jane Onyemachi (MS2), Inchara Raj (MS1).

Friday, March 10, 2023

Stay Shady Event at Rosenberg Elementary

Yesterday, March 9th DIG had our annual Stay Shady Event at Rosenberg Elementary where we taught the 4th graders about ways to stay safe in the sun. Special thanks to Delayne Coleman for organizing the event, Dr. Caroline Crain for partnering with CeraVe to provide goody bags for the students, and to our great DIG volunteers  for making this event a success! Nina Martins MS2, Aparna Medarametla MS1, Bethel Desta MS1, Delayne Coleman MS1, Grace Obanigba MS3, Marchan-Martinez MS2.

Monday, March 06, 2023

March 2023 DIGA Updates: Events & Research Opportunities

Dear DIGA Members, Please see below for upcoming Dermatology announcements, events, & research surveys. As a reminder you can publicize your events through DIGA here and share your research surveys through DIGA here.UPDATE FROM DIGA MENTORSHIP PROGRAMHave a question about applying to dermatology? Use the link below to submit an anonymous question for a dermatology resident and/or faculty attending physician to answer! This form is targeted for specific applicant groups: DO applicants, Reapplicants, Underrepresented in Medicine minority students, applicants without home programs, LGBTA+, and M1s/M2s interested in derm (pre-applicant).Ask a Dermatology Mentor a Question!RESEARCH SURVEYApplicant perspectives regarding virtual interviewing for dermatology residency This is a one-time 5-minute survey to characterize applicant perspectives about virtual interviewing for dermatology residency. You are eligible to participate if you applied to dermatology residency in the 2022-2023 application cycle. Collected information will hopefully be used to inform residency program practices in future application cycles. IRB approval is UP-22-01031.Research supervisor: Dr. Scott WorswickSee survey HEREDeadline: 3/17/2023Skin Pigmentation Habits and their effects on Skin CancersVilnius UniversitySurvey HEREResearch supervisor: Dr. Tadas RaudonisDeadline: 4/30/2023Acne Vulgaris (Severe Acne) SurveyThis survey is being conducted by an AP Research student on the topic of Acne Vulgaris and its side effects mentally and physically. If you have any questions regarding the anonymity and/or usage of the data, please reach out to acnevulgaris1234@gmail.comSurvey HERE Deadline: 3/10/2023VIRTUAL EVENTUniversity of Oklahoma DermatologyPlease join us for the Mark Allen Everett, MD, Skin of Color Virtual Symposium, presented by the Department of Dermatology at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, which will be held on Friday, May 5, 2023. This all-day virtual event will ​feature expert dermatologists discussing dermatologic conditions related to patients with skin of color​, as well as other speakers selected for their knowledge and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in medical education and health-related topics.Register HERESincerely,Dermatology Interest Group Associationdiga.derminterest@gmail.com

Thursday, March 02, 2023

The Re-Applicant Panel

We are putting together a panel to encourage and inform any of our allies applying this cycle who do not match into a dermatology residency. This panel will take place on Thursday, March 23, 2023, from 8:30PMto 9:30PM EDT. This panel will include residents who did not match into dermatology their first time applying, but subsequently were successful in matching. These residents should be able to provide valuable insight into what they did to be successful re-applicants and will be able to answer any questions that you have about this process. There will also be at least one program director who will share their perspective on what they look for when they evaluate the applications of re-applicants.

Please fill out the google form here https://forms.gle/dxoPW5XfCcD8uqQ8A to share any questions you would have for the panelists if you did not match. This form is completely anonymous, and no names will be shared during the panel, so please feel free to ask any question you may be wondering about.

Additionally, if you know of any program directors or any residents that were successful dermatology re-applicants that may be interested in being one of the panelists, please respond to this email and let us know! You may reach out to them first to verify their interest before sharing their contact information with us if you prefer, or we are happy to reach out to them directly as well if you provide their contact information to us.

Thank you so much for your participation! We are confident that the information shared during this panel will be extremely useful for students at all stages of the application process.

Sunday, February 26, 2023

Away Rotation Information Session

 Since away rotation applications are coming up, fourth-year medical students at UTMB will be hosting an online informational session on March 1st, 2023 at 6pm. Please use the following zoom link: 

Topic: Away Rotation Meeting

Time: Mar 1, 2023 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 993 3922 5667

Passcode: 315377

Hats for the Homeless February 2023

 Hats for the Homeless has restarted monthly events with newfound funding from the Arnold P Gold Foundation and Gold Humanism Honor Society. A big thanks to the volunteers who came out today. Pictured from Left to right: Hugo Certuche (Ms1), Andrea Francis (MS4), Jane Onyemachi (MS2), Nina Martins (MS2). If you are interested in volunteering at future events please fill out the following google form: https://digutmb.blogspot.com/2021/03/hats-for-homeless-volunteer-link.html