Current Editors: Renat Ahatov, Michael Phan, and Andrea Francis

(Please email editors if there is blog-worthy news that you would like to see shared)

Past Editors: 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.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

UTMB Dermatopathology Fellowship Approval!!

ACMGE has recently approved a second dermatopathology fellowship position for the UTMB dermatology department. Third year dermatology resident, Dr. Brent Kelly will be one of the fellows beginning in 2006. Congratulations!!

Monday, October 31, 2005

Knox Lecture and Patient Viewing

What: Many interesting dermatologic cases will be presented followed by a lecture

Where: UTMB Dermatology Clinic with live patients followed by a lecture and presentation of cases at Levin Hall South

When: November 5, 2005 at 9:00 AM starting at the UTMB Dermatology Clinic

Who: All DIG members are invited to enjoy and learn from many unique dermatologic cases

Friday, October 28, 2005


Congratulations to UTMB’s 2005 Dermatology Residency Program graduates for passing the recent American Board of Dermatology Certifying Examination. Our three new Diplomates of the American Board of Dermatology are:

Stacy Beaty, MD

Matt Brentjens, MD

Renee Snyder, MD

Reminder: 51st annual NSRF deadline is January 22

The 51st Annual National Student Research Forum is scheduled for April 22-23, 2010. Abstracts for submission must be postmarked by January 22nd. Check out the NSRF UTMB Homepage at: http://www.utmb.edu/nsrf/ for more details. Medical students, residents and graduate students are all able to submit abstracts about dermatology to this meeting.

Dr. Kelso presents at ASDS in Atlanta


2005 American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) Young Investigator Writing Competition Award winner, Dr. Rebecca Kelso presents her original research about perineural invasion by cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma at the annual ASDS meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Moderator Doris Day, MD (NY, NY) and session participant, Sachin Bhardwaj, MD (Minneapolis, MN) are also pictured. Dr. Kelso is currently a second year dermatology resident at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

First DIG meeting

The first DIG meeting was held 10/05/05. In attendance were Dr. Wagner, 3 new members, and Co-President Emily Fridlington. The meeting served as a general introduction to the DIG and provided new members with an opportunity to meet our faculty sponsor, Dr. Wagner. We discussed the goals for the year including plans to host a resident panel and opportunities for service and involvement in various projects such as the Galveston County Health Fair, the AAD Skin Cancer Screening, and Sunburn and Sun Safety Workshops. New members were also given information on the UTMB Honor's Research Program and encouraged to brainstorm further projects for the DIG.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

DIG First General Meeting!!

The Dermatology Interest Group will be having its first general meeting on Wednesday, October 5, 2005 at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the dermatology department conference room on the 4th floor of the John McCullough Building. Meeting is open to all students interested in learning more about the field of dermatology.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Interviews from 2004-2005

U of Arkansas

Loma Linda
MLK Drew
UC Davis

U of Colorado

U of Florida Gainsville
U of Miami

Cook County
University of Chicago


Mayo Clinic

New Hampshire

New Mexico
U of New Mexico

U of Oklahoma

U of Oregon

South Carolina

UT Memphis

Scott and White
Texas Tech
UT Houston

U of Virginia

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Dr. Wagner's Study on Suntan Addiction Making National News!!

Repetitive tanning behavior may indicate ‘suntan addiction’

UTMB dermatologist Dr. Richard Wagner appeared on ABC's "World News Tonight" on August 16, 2005, discussing his study of "suntan addiction," based on data gathered on Galveston beaches. The segment also included video of sunbathers in front of the San Luis Hotel answering questions used by Dr. Wagner in his study (adapted from common substance-abuse problem screening tools) which suggest that repetitive tanning behavior has much in common with alcoholism and drug addiction.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Dermatology Informational Meeting

August 9th, Baylor Department of Dermatology hosted an informational meeting regarding residency programs. Students from UT Houston, Baylor, and UTMB were in attendance as well as residents from the Baylor program. The meeting was hosted by Baylor faculty dermatologist Dr. Hsu. Drs. Wolf, Rosen, and residents spoke about the general application process and the various residency programs in the United States. From UTMB, Jennifer Pike, Joslyn Witherspoon, Tasneem Poonawalla, and Emily Fridlington were present. Feel free to contact them with any questions.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Dr. Molly Warthan's UTMB Dermatology Honors Project Published

Congratulations to Molly M. Warthan, MD for her recent publication in the August 2005 Archives of Dermatology (Warthan MM, Uchida T, Wagner RF Jr. UV light tanning as a type of substance-related disorder. Arch Dermatol 2005;141:963-966). Molly received Summa Cum Laude graduation honors at UTMB for this Honors Program research in 2004.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Congratulations to the Class of 2004!

All members of the Class of 2004 interested in dermatology have secured a residency position in dermatology:

Connie Cheung -- Loma Linda
Norma Magee -- LSU
Mark Ramirez -- UTMB
Brent Spencer -- Scott and White
Julie Sracic -- UTMB
Molly Warthan -- EVMS

Congratulations to Rebecca Lewis Kelso, MD

Second year UTMB dermatology resident Rebecca Lewis Kelso, MD, was awarded a Young Investigator’s Writing Competition Award by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) for her original research manuscript entitled, “NGFR Immunostaining for the Detection of Perineural Invasion by Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma.” She will be presenting this research at the next ASDS meeting. Her manuscript is currently in press at Dermatologic Surgery. This work was done as part of Dr. Kelso’s 2003 UTMB Honors Program.

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Baylor Dermatology Informational

Baylor College of Medicine's Department of Dermatology faculty and residents invite students interested in dermatology for an informational session.

Location: Dr. Sylvia Hsu's House
Where: 5407 Valerie St., Bellaire,TX
When: Tuesday, August 9, 6:30pm
Phone: 713-798-7620

Please join the Baylor dermatology faculty and residents for dinner and drinks, as well as, an informational session about applying for a dermatology residency. Forward to other interested students in Dermatology -- but no personal guests please (i.e. spouse, friends, etc).

Please contact Emily Fridlington or Joslyn Witherspoon if you are interested in attending.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

DIG educates Anglers

Members of the DIG, Joslyn Witherspoon and Emily Fridlington went to Kemah on June 17th and taught a skin cancer seminar for 100+ members of the Texas Women Anglers. The Anglers were hosting their annual fishing tournament to raise money for breast cancer. As part of the program involving lectures from mutiple organizations, the DIG was invited to speak.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Fun in the Dermatology Surgery Elective!


Senior Dermatology Resident Dr. Allison Readinger helps third year medical student Burgess Lankford (Dermatologic Surgery elective) with his dermatologic surgery technique during today’s pig’s foot training session. The session reviewed excisional surgery, full thickness skin grafts and random pattern skin flaps (advancement, rotation and transposition).

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Dermatology Graduation Awards

Congratulations to winners of the Dermatology Graduation Awards!

Thomas W. Freese Memorial Award for Excellence in Dermatology
Amy McClung

Edgar B. Smith Endowed Scholarship in Dermatology
Tasneem Poonawalla

Faculty/resident teaching awards

Congratulations are in order for excellence in teaching!

Medical Student Award in Recogniztion of Excellent Faculty Dermatology Teaching: Richard Wagner, MD

Medical Student Award in Recognition of Excellent Resident Dermatology Teaching: Renee Snyder, MD

Dermatology Resident Award in Recognition of Excellent Faculty Dermatology Teaching: Dayna Diven, MD

Friday, June 03, 2005

Highschool sunburn and skin cancer outreach program

The DIG went to Ball High for 3 weeks and taught over 300 high school students about sunburn, tanning, and skin cancer.

Students are happy to learn!

Medical students (DIG members) are happy to teach!

A special thanks to Ashley Group who came to every single session of the 3 weeks we spent at Ball High!

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Womens Dermatological Society: Medical Student Awareness Program

Work with a leading dermatologist and learn about this fascinating field of medicine...Grants of up to $2000 each will be awarded to qualifying medical students interested in learning more about dermatology by working with a leading dermatologist in private practice or at the university level.

Deadline date for 2006 awards is December 31, 2005

For more information, please visit Womens Dermatological Society: Medical Student Awareness Program.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Trivial Pursuit for Doters of Dermatology (Round 1)


What skin disease does this King have in the movie "Kingdom of Heaven?"

Reintroducing the Tzanck Smear

Brent Kelly, MD will present on the Tzanck smear tomorrow at noon. Everyone interested is invited. The talk should be very educational and interesting.

When: Noon 5/25/05

Where: Dermatology Conference Room 4.112 McCullough

Congratulations to UTMB Residents!

Two of our UTMB dermatology residents have won awards at the Texas Dermatological Society this year:

Fall Jason Weaver, MD (Poster), 2nd Place

Spring Brent Kelly, MD (Presentation), 2nd Place
Reintroducing the Tzanck Smear

Sunday, May 22, 2005

UTMB Dermpath course

UTMB will be having their annual Dermpath Course on 6/11 and 6/12/2005.
Students may attend for free, but they need to preregister with Amy Constantine.
Please email Amy (aeconsta@UTMB.EDU) if you wish to attend.

Recent Lectures

On 5/17/2005 Dr. Ted Rosen (Professor of Dermatology, Baylor College of Medicine) gave us a lecture about sarcoidosis.

On 5/18/2005 Dr. Jingwu Xie (Professor of Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, UTMB Galveston) entititled “Glimpse at the hedgehog signaling in human cancer”

Dr. Xie
Jingwu Xie, PhD
Sealy Center for Cancer Cell Biology
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Saturday, May 14, 2005

NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowships

The May 11, 2005 issue of JAMA (page 2298) has an announcement for NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowships. The first year is spent getting an MPH.

The contact information for the fellowship is: cpfpcoordinator@mail.nih.cov

Telephone: 301-496-8640

Online application: http://cancer.gov/prevention/pob

Congratulations to Molly Warthan, MD!

Congratulations to Molly Warthan, MD for her residency position appointment at Eastern Virginia Medical School (Norfolk) to begin in 2006 following a 1 year fellowship there. She makes 5 UTMB graduates who will begin dermatology residency training in 2006!

Friday, May 13, 2005

Edgar B. Smith, MD 6/2/1932 to 5/12/2005

It is with deep sadness that we report that Dr. Edgar B. Smith passed away early Thursday morning, May 12, 2005 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Dr. Smith was the UTMB Dermatology Chair from 1978 until his retirement in 1999.

Saturday, May 14, 2005, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Visitation in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Saturday, May 14, 2005, evening Dr. Smith flown to Houston, Texas

Sunday, May 15, 2005, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Visitation at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on Main Street, Houston(across from the Warwick Hotel)

Monday, May 16, 2005, (time to be determined by St. Paul’s United Methodist Church) Funeral Services at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

Obituary notices will appear in The Houston Chronicle and The Daily News of Galveston.

Memorials may be sent to:

Edgar B. Smith, M.D., Professorship in Dermatology
University of Texas Medical Branch
Department of Dermatology
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, Texas 77555-0783

Please forward this information to any friends, etc. who you feel knew Dr. Smith. Thank you.

Saturday, April 30, 2005

Free Skin Cancer Screening


GALVESTON, Texas-The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Department of Dermatology will offer a free skin cancer screening on Saturday, May 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Family HealthCare Center. The center is located at 3828 Avenue N, in Galveston. Patients will be seen on a first come, first served basis and no appointment is necessary.

The UTMB screening is part of a national effort, coordinated by the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Cancer Society, to educate the public about the benefits of early skin cancer detection.

UTMB dermatologists will screen for cancerous or pre-cancerous growths. Patients who require further attention will be referred to their own physicians for follow-up care. The clinic will provide sunscreen samples, a list of dermatologists who practice in the Galveston/Houston area and literature on how to spot suspicious skin growths.

As DIG members our role will be to come and help out in any way we can passing out packets, signing in patients, and greeting them with a smile.

NSRF Dermatology Winners

Dermatology Poster Award: Jeanette Waller, UCI, "Relative Effects of Topical Keratolytic Ingredients in Man"
Of note: Ms. Waller was also awarded, NSRF Overall Poster Award, 1st place and the UTMB Clinical Research Award

UTMB Dermatology Oral Award: David Lee, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, "The Role of BRAF Oncogene in the Spitz Tumors"

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Blog Brings Texas Dermatology Students Together

Check out--May 2005 , Vol. 36 , No. 5 of Skin and Allergy News

Blog Brings Texas Dermatology Students Together
by Mary Ellen Schneider

Our blog is featured on pg 58 of Skin and Allergy News

Basically the article talks about the site acts as an electronic newsletter and offers information on research, clinical experiences, and volunteer opportunities within the dermatology community. It highlights achievements by students, residents, and faculty at UTMB.

To view the whole article you can register for free and read that article and many more.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

National Student Research Forum Starts Tomorrow!

Where: Levin Hall

When: Thursday and Friday April 28-29, 2005.



8:00 a.m. INJECTION OF RECOMBINANT HUMAN TYPE VII COLLAGEN RESTORES COLLAGEN FUNCTION IN DYSTROPHIC EPIDERMOLYSIS BULLOSA, B-1 Ramin Ram, DT Woodley, P Saadat, D Keene, K Lipman, W Li, M Chen, University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine

9:15 a.m. UVL LIP AND SKIN PROTECTION, AWARENESS, ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOR, B - 6 Joshua R. Dimmick, T Uchida, RF Wagner, University of Texas Medical School at Houston


10:30 a.m. THE ROLE OF THE BRAF ONCOGENE IN THE SPITZ TUMORS, F-3 David A. Lee, M Gill, DN Silvers, JT Celebi, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeon


Poster 10 DRUG-INDUCED PHOTOTOXICITY AT GALVESTON ISLAND BEACHES, Sarah S. Dunn, T Uchida, RF Wagner, The University of Texas Medical Branch


Poster 12 TOBACCO-INDUCED DNA DAMAGE IN AN IN VITRO SKIN MODEL, Megan M. Boysen, A Krtolica, J-P Coppe, CH Sun, BJF Wong, University of California, Irvine College of Medicine

Poster 35 RELATIVE EFFECTS OF TOPICAL KERATOLYTICS IN MAN, Jeanette M. Waller, F Dreher, C Ford, C Lee, S Behnam, T Tiet, G Weinstein, HI Maibach, University of California, Irvine College of Medicine

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Survey Results

Many thanks to all of those that participated in the DIG Web Blog evaluation survey.
We had 13/16 (81%) respond to the survey.

38% find the blog extremely useful
38% find the blog somewhat useful
8% find the blog not very useful and
15% have not opinion

23% check the blog once/day
8% check the blog several times/week
8% check the blog once/month
54% rarely check the blog
8% have never checked the blog

Residency information and monthly posts tie as the most useful feature of the blog, followed by links to dermatology resources and then department announcements.

The least useful feature was the comments section.

As far as comments for improvement these included:

1 I would like the comments section to be more active. In order for this to occur, more ideas need to be made to create discussion rather than simple posts. An idea is to perhaps have a virtual journal club where we review one article per month and then dicuss it and then maybe even invite the authors to leave comments. What do you all think?

2 We have the best DIG blog right now. Please keep up the good work and keep adding innovations like the ones that have been added throughout the first year of this blog.

3 I don't know!

4 The link should be posted on the main SOM organizations website for easier access.

5 no specific ways to improve maybe more posts by students who have matched, etc.

6 I think it's a great site with lots of information and honestly cannot think of things to improve it at this time.

7 I have only used the DIG website once, but the one time I did, I found it very easy to navigate and easy to find the answer to my question. I don't have any suggestions for improvement.

8 Unfortunately, as a first year I did not use the site that often and really do not have any constructive criticisms.

Thanks once more for your participation. Let's work together for another successful year of the DIG at UTMB.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005


This new website has resources for students, residents, and patients. In addition, they are the founders of a new online journal called dermatologyreview.com. They are encouraging submissions and quickly publish articles written by medical students as well.

First Annual DIGA meeting February 19, 2005 | New Orleans, LA

Back row: Alex Eshaghian (Vanderbilt), Mark Suchter (Drexel), Matthew Molenda (NEOUCOM), Adriana Schmidt (Vanderbilt), Tasneem Poonawalla (UTMB); Front row: Ann Marqueling (UCSF), Priya Pajendran (UCSF), Jeanette Waller (UC Irvine), Kelly Werlinger (UTSW), Jessica Zmolik (UTSW)

Students from seven schools attended the first annual DIGA meeting on February 19, 2005 in New Orleans, LA. Representatives were present from Drexel University, Northeastern Ohio Universities College Of Medicine, University of California Irvine, University of California San Francisco, University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and Vanderbilt University.

After the members introduced themselves, a general brainstorming session was held to map out the goals of this new organization. Some ideas included increasing medical student participation at national meetings, creating funding sources for research and travel for medical students, improving information dissemination regarding matching into a dermatology residency, and creating a forum for national networking.

All members agreed that one of DIGA’s core missions should be to promote community service. Several potential projects were discussed, but a consensus was reached that DIGA should coordinate a national Miles for Melanoma fundraising effort, in which students run marathons to raise money for the Melanoma Research Foundation. Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM) initiated this program, and it has been very successful.

The Leadership Award was given to Jeanette Waller of UC Irvine for promoting the “Ask a Program Director” feature on the DIGA website.

A faculty member from NEOUCOM was present briefly to give advice on the challenges of matching into a dermatology program. Members were encouraged to recruit their Program Directors to join the Faculty Advisory Panel.

Miles for Melanoma

The DIG at Vanderbilt has been working on the Miles for Melanoma project based on the one at Drexel University. They have organized a project here at Vanderbilt and have raised a significant amount of money. This was discussed at the DIGA meeting in New Orleans. We can do this at our school to to be involved in the national effort.

Miles for Melanoma is a charity fundraiser where we have representative run marathons, half marathons, etc. to raise awareness for melanoma and to raise money for the Melanoma Research Foundation. For more information, please visit www.melanoma.org.

To begin this project at our school, the first thing we need to do is prepare an organizing committee. Then recruit runners (generally medical students), contact the marathon to inform them of your intent to have represntative run for our cause (check the marathon websites for contact information; for our marathon, for example, it was okay to use the name of the marathon on our brochures, but not the logo), contact Bill Marsch from the Melanoma Research Foundation (wrmarsch@earthlink.net) to inform him of your interest, prepare a brochure (attached, you would have to make a few minor changes such as the name of your race), and distribute them to your community. For more information about the project at Vanderbilt, please visit the activities link on the Vanderbilt Website.

The cities with marathons for our schools follows. Some of the dates have already passed and some are not until next year.

Emory - Atlanta, GA (11/24/2005)
Case Western & NEOUCOM - Cleveland, OH (5/22/2005)
Ohio State - Columbus, OH (10/16/2005)
UTSW - Dallas, TX (5/15/2005)
Duke - Durham, NC (none)
UT Galveston - Galveston, TX (none)
Dartmouth - Hanover, NH (4/18/2005--Boston)
Indiana - Indianapolis, IN (10/15/2005)
UC Irvine - Irvine, CA (3/6/2006--Los Angeles)
Vanderbilt - Nashville, TN (4/30/2005)
SUNY, Stony Brook - New York, NY (11/6/2005)
Drexel - Philadelphia, PA (11/21/2005)
UCSF - San Francisco, CA (7/31/2005)
St. Louis, MO (4/9/2005).

Saturday, April 09, 2005

ASDP Call for Abstracts

The Call for Abstracts for the 42nd Annual Meeting of The American Society of Dermatopathology is open and available for your online submission through the ASDP Web site www.asdp.org. We urge you to prepare your abstract and submit it soon. There are only 9 weeks left until the June 15, 2005 deadline.

If you are a physician in training (resident or fellow in a dermpath fellowship program) you will qualify for the Physician in Training Award. Each year cash prizes are given to two oral abstract presenters and one poster presenter. Additionally, cash prizes are awarded to the first, second and third place winners of the Duel in Dermatopathology Resident Competition.

For those of you who are interested in submitting an abstract for the Dermatopathology First Year Fellows Poster program, please note that the deadline is August 15, 2005.

Check the Web site often for annual meeting updates. The annual meeting preliminary program will be distributed in June 2005 by postal mail with a copy available on the website.

Friday, April 01, 2005

DIG Meeting

The third DIG Meeting was full of information. We had one new member. The members in attendance included 1 first year, and 2 third years.

The 4th years that graciously conducted the Q&A session (Thank you Jamie Strahan, Jennifer Ray and Tasneem Poonawalla) emphasized Grades and AOA, Board Scores, Research, Being Nice to Everyone, Away Rotations.

Some interesting points the matched 4th years made on away rotations included:

Going to different regions to see what parts of dermatology you like for away rotations. For example one of the matched 4th years said that time at a VA hospital allowed for much independence and let him realize that dermatology was perfect for him.

Having research of some sort--does not necessarily have to be dermatology.

Going to foreign countries. One of the matched 4th years had gone to Germany for an away rotation and found that a unique experience to share on interviews.

It is a good idea to do away rotations to obtain recommendations from different programs.

The second half of the meeting was about the community service projects that DIG will be conducting which include:
1.UTMB's free skin cancer screening which will occur on the Saturday of Mother's Day Weekend
2. High school outreach program at Ball High, most likely in May of this year. The committee will meet to further discuss plans to make this happen in the near future.

DIG at Galveston County Health Fair

DIG at GCHF teaching sun safety

Dr. Dolphin at GCHF teaching sun safety

Melanoma is bad

Sun Safety is fun!

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

DIG Meeting

When: March 30, 2005 4-5 PM
Where: Dermatology Conference Room 4.112 McCullough
4:00-4:30 Q&A session with matched and unmatched 4th year medical students
4:30-5:00 Dates and Plans for Upcoming Community Service Projects

Monday, March 21, 2005

Class of 2006 UTMB Honors Program in Dermatology

Chad Crim
Project Title: “A Histopathologic Review Comparing Seborrheic Keratoses Excised by Dermatologists vs. Nondermatologists”
Dermatology Faculty Advisor: Dr. Richard Wagner

Emily Fridlington
Project Title: “Soft Tissue Vibrio Infections”
Dermatology Faculty Advisor: Dr. Erica Kelly

Joslyn Witherspoon
Project Title: “Public Health Efforts in the Prevention of Lip Cancer: Improving Awareness and Promoting Lip Protection Behavior”
Dermatology Faculty Advisor: Dr. Richard Wagner

Friday, March 18, 2005

Honors Thesis Results!

Congratulations to Jennifer Ray who was awarded Cum Laude graduation honors this afternoon by the Honors Program for Investigating the Role of Alcohol Consumption on Increased Phototoxicity!

Congratulations to those matched at UTMB!

Pedi Derm Cameron Coury--UT Houston
Josh Dimmick--UT Houston
Julie Sracic--UTMB

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Congratulations to the Matches of 2005!

4th year medical students from UTMB that matched:

Amy McClung--Baylor
Jennifer Ray--Mayo Rochester
Jamie Strahan--University of Colorado

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

DIG at UTMB Skin Cancer Screening

UTMB will be offering its annual free skin cancer screening.

When: Saturday, May 7th, 2005 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where:Family HealthCare Center (3828 Avenue N)
Who: In the past UTMB medical students have volunteered to help residents and faculty screen for skin cancer

Future medical student involvement at the AAD

For next year’s American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, DIGA would
like to have more medical student involvement in the symposia and
forums. In order to support the idea that medical students are in fact
interested in being involved in the AAD, DIGA would like to include a list
of names of medical students.

Please send an email to Priya Rajendran prajendr@itsa.ucsf.edu , if you give permission to include your name (Please include your full name and
medical school).

Friday, March 11, 2005

Honors Thesis Results!

Congratulations to Amy Ayres McClung who was awarded Summa Cum Laude graduation honors this afternoon by the Honors Program for Behavioral Disorders in Tanners!

Monday, March 07, 2005

Article on Medical Student Research

Wagner RF Jr, Ioffe Boris. Medical student dermatology research in the United States. Dermatology Online Journal 11(1):8, 2005.

Dr. Wagner's article addresses the development of academic resesarch to encourage dermatology trainees into academic practice in the United States. His survey showed that first- and second-year medical students participated in research, but participation significantly increased during the third and fourth years. Institutional funding of medical-student research appears to be of critical importance with regard to the ability of medical students to present their research findings at meetings.

Friday, March 04, 2005

Galveston County Health Fair

We are scheduled to participate in the Galveston County Health Fair, Saturday, March 5th 2005, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We will be teaching about sun safety and skin cancer. Hope to see you there!

Location: Academy Sports & Outdoors (Seawall and 45th Street), Galveston. The fair will take place in a tented area of the parking lot.

Parking: Available on site.

Exhibitor Check-in: Exhibitor check-in will open at 7:30 a.m. Please look for the designated table at the entrance of the fair to receive your table/location assignment.

Set-up: All exhibitors must be set up by 8:30 a.m.

Tear-down: All materials must be removed by 2 p.m.

Specifications: (1) 6-foot covered and skirted table and 2 chairs will be provided

Attire: Comfortable, professional, weather-appropriate attire. UTMB representatives should wear department/program shirts or general UTMB shirt.

Honors Thesis Presentation Announcement

Honors Thesis Presentation on Investigating the Role of Alcohol Consumption on Increased Phototoxicity.
Who: Presented by Jennifer Ray, MSIV
When: 3/18/05 3:00 to 5:00pm
Where: 4.112 McCullough (Dermatology Conference Room)

Friday, February 25, 2005

Honors Thesis Presentation Announcement

Honors Thesis Presentation on Behavioral Disorders in Tanners.
Who: Presented by Amy Ayres McClung, MSIV
When: 3/11/05 3:00 to 5:00pm
Where: 4.112 McCullough (Dermatology Conference Room)

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Congratulations--Honors Project Published!

Congratulations to Norma Magee!

Magee NS, Zamora JG, Colome-Grimmer MI, Wagner RF Jr. Triweekly Topical 5% Imiquimod Cream Fades Experimental Tattoos in Guinea Pigs. Cosmetic Dermatology 18:155-158,161, 2005.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

National Leadership Opportunities in Dermatology for Students

DIGA Leadership: Structure and Available Positions

This leadership was conceived to maximize the longitudinal continuity and diversity of representation in DIGA, to help ensure that it becomes a permanent national organization.

Leadership selection will occur by an application process, rather than an election process. Elections are difficult with so little actual interaction between members from different states, and will make it nearly impossible to preserve the diversity and class structure outlined below.

Terms will span January-January, as the DIGA annual meeting will be held each February at the AAD meeting. Applications should be submitted electronically to the current board of directors using the website or email.

Board of Directors
Each member of this group should come from a different school, preferably from a different state. The class requirements are to help maintain continuity and smooth transitions in leadership. All members of this Board are responsible for attending and planning the annual meeting in addition to their responsibilities below.

President: Responsible for overseeing and administrating/ delegating over all aspects of DIGA.
Vice President: Responsible for assisting the President in planning/ administration.
Treasurer: Responsible for obtaining funding and managing the budget.
Web Supervisor: Responsible for maintaining the website, posting updates, and checking the discussion boards regularly to make sure nothing grossly inappropriate is left on the site.

Regional Representatives:
The regional representatives can be from any class; their role is to communicate with individual chapters, recruit new school participation, and encourage use of the website/forum. These individuals are responsible for coming to the annual meeting as the key liaisons between the board of directors and individual schools for sharing information about upcoming projects, events, and meetings. They also will be responsible for quarterly updates to the board regarding the activities of each chapter in their region; they will obtain these by contacting each interest group in their region for a brief email update. This information will be posted on the website. Furthermore, if we’d like, each region can put together an annual poster of their regions’ DIG activities; perhaps DIGA can obtain permission from the AAD to display these at the annual meetings.

Region 1 (Western Region): California, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
Region 2 (Midwest Region): Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
Region 3 (Southern Region): Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia
Region 4 (Northeastern Region): Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C.

School Representatives:
These are the leaders of the Dermatology Interest Groups at individual schools; each school’s interest group will select this representative individually. The school representatives will be responsible for communicating with the regional representatives, both sharing their chapter’s activities and carrying out collaborative projects at the school level. School representatives are also responsible for maximizing their school’s use of and contribution to the website. They are welcome to attend the national meeting, but are not required to.

Please email me: typoonaw@utmb.edu and I will send you the application form.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Galveston County Health Fair, Saturday, March 5th 2005, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

DIG will teach about Sun Safety and Skin cancer education

Location: Academy Sports & Outdoors (Seawall and 45th Street), Galveston. The fair will take place in a tented area of the parking lot.

Parking: Available on site.

Exhibitor Check-in: Exhibitor check-in will open at 7:30 a.m. Please look for the designated table at the entrance of the fair to receive your table/location assignment.

Set-up: All exhibitors must be set up by 8:30 a.m.
Tear-down: All materials must be removed by 2 p.m.

Specifications: (1) 6-foot covered and skirted table and 2 chairs will be provided

Attire: Comfortable, professional, weather-appropriate attire. UTMB representatives should wear department/program shirts or general UTMB shirt.

New Leadership!

Jennifer Pike has stepped down as future president due to her new found love --Pediatrics. She has graciously agreed not to abandon us and will continue to be a part of DIG and be the High School Outreach Chairman. Emily Fridlington and Joslyn Witherspoon will serve as Co-Presidents of the DIG next year.

DIG at Commit to Fit

The DIG motto for sun protection
DIG motto for sun protection--Get a Hat! Shades are cool. Rub on sunscreen, Cover 'em up, and Hide and Seek


Information galore!
Information galore!

DIG Meeting

The second DIG Meeting was very fruitful. We had several new members. The members in attendance included 3 first years, 1 second year, and 3 third years.

The residents that graciously conducted the Q&A session (Thank you Dr. Kelso, Dr. Perri, Dr. Spencer!) emphasized Grades and AOA, Board Scores, Research, Being Nice to Everyone, Being yourself in your personal statements, and having a Strategy for appropriate Away Rotations, having something to fill in all the spaces in ERAS amongst many other helpful hints.

The second half of the meeting was about the community service projects that DIG will be conducting which include:
1. Galveston County Health Fair on March 5, 2005 from 9am to 1pm on the Seawall in the Academy Sports Store Parking Lot
2. High school outreach program at Ball High, most likely in April of this year. The planning has begun and a committee meeting will occur in the next few weeks to make this program a fruitful reality.

Lastly there were some opportunities for leadership and change in leadership in the DIG. Jennifer Pike has stepped down from future president due to her new found love --Pediatrics. She has graciously agreed not to abandon us and will continue to be a part of DIG and be the High School Outreach Chairman. Emily Fridlington and Joslyn Witherspoon will serve as Co-Presidents of the DIG next year.

Monday, January 31, 2005

SYM 301 Gross & Microscopic Dermatology Symposium at the AAD

UTMB will be represented in the SYM 301:

in the Genodermatoses section at 9:20 AM on Saturday 2/19/05:
Angiokeratoma Corporis Diffusum in a Patient with Normal Enzyme Function & No Systemic Abnormalities
Brent Kelly, MD; Erica Kelly, MD; University of Texas Medical
Branch, Galveston, TX.

in the Infectious Disease section at 1:44 PM on Saturday 2/19/05:
Cryptococcal Cellulitis in a Patient on Prednisone Monotherapy
for Myasthenia Gravis

Stacy R. Beaty, MD; Department of Dermatology, University of
Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX; A. Dearl Dotson, MD;
Department of Dermatology, University of Texas, San Antonio,
TX; Laci LaFleur, MD; Department of Internal Medicine,
Louisiana State University, New Orleans, LA;
Maria I. Colome-Grimmer, MD; Department of Dermatology,
University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX.

SYM 301 Gross & Microscopic
Dermatology Symposium
Room 345
DIRECTOR Robert G. Phelps, MD
This symposium provides attendees with an open forum for the presentation of a wide variety of brief papers with clinical and pathologic correlation.
Approximately 240 papers of a four-minute duration will be presented during this session. Presentations will be separated into several broad categories including: neoplasms; granulomatous disease; deposition diseases; histiocytosis; new therapies; bullous disease; inflammatory skin disease; surgery; genodermatoses; diseases of the extracellular matrix; rheumatologic diseases; infectious diseases; and drug reactions.
14 hours category 1 CME credit.

Monday, January 24, 2005

DIGA Kickoff

DIGA now has 15 member schools, and they want to get
things rolling!

1. DIGA wants to promote awareness and use of the Forum
on the website, especially the Ask A Program Director feature. Students can ask questions anonymously to
program directors so they can get accurate information
about the application process.

Program Directors on the Faculty Panel include:

Raymond Cornelison Jr., MD University of Oklahoma HSC
Ponciano D. Cruz Jr., MD UT Southwestern
Thomas Horn, MD, MBA University of Arkansas
Joseph C. Kvedar, MD Harvard Medical School
Amy S. Paller, MD Northwestern

The school with the most posts to the forum in the
weeks leading up to our first meeting will win a $100 lunch for their DIG.
To be considered for the award, we must submit the number of
posts made by students at UTMB by February 16, 2005. Students do not have to identify
themselves in their posts, but they should put the
name of their school so that it can be counted.

The winner will be announced at the AAD.

2. The upcoming DIGA meeting will be at Academy on Saturday
at 5:15, location TBA. Any students
from UTMB who will be at Academy are welcome to
attend. DIGA will be approving the constitution and
officers and discussing upcoming service and
educational projects. There is a lot to do, and DIGA
encourages everyone to get involved. Another post will
follow describing the available leadership positions
and the process for applying for them.

Friday, January 21, 2005

DIG Meeting

When: January 31, 2005 4:30-5:30
Where: Dermatology Conference Room 4.112 McCullough
4:30-5:00 Q&A session with dermatology residents Dr. Kelso, Dr. Perri, and Dr. Spencer
5:00-5:30 Dates and Plans for Upcoming Community Service Projects

I really hope everyone can make it since the residents have so generously offered to spend time with us answering questions.

Thursday, January 20, 2005


We have joined a national association of dermatology interest groups! The first meeting will be at the AAD this year.

Check out DIGA.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Congratulations to those presenting at NSRF!

Congratulations Sarah!

Dunn S and Wagner RF. “Drug-induced phototoxicity at Galveston Island beaches.”

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Commit to Fit--Skin Cancer Education

DIG is going to the UTMB Commit to Fit Expo to educate about Skin Cancer Prevention

When: 1/19/05 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m
Where: Levin Hall Foyer & Dining

All DIG members are invited to attend and teach--a GREAT addition to your CV!

Honors Thesis Presentation Announcement

Honors Thesis Presentation on Survey of Antibiotic Prescription Use for Inflamed Epidermal Inclusion Cysts

Who: Presented by Tasneem Poonawalla, MSIV
When: 1/28/05 1:30 to 3:00pm
Where: 4.112 McCullough (Dermatology Conference Room)

First Impressions

It's interview season! Here's a book recommended by Dr. Wagner that might help...

First Impressions

by Ann Demarais, Ph.D., and Valerie White, Ph.D.

What kind of first impression do you make? This is a critical question as we do our residency interviews - whether we match as a dermatologist or not can ultimately hinge on this all-important first encounter.

Drs. Demarais and White talk about "social generosity," carefully helping others feel good about themselves, whether through "appreciation," "connection," "elevation" (good spirits) or "enlightenment" (new information). Each chapter covers one of "Seven Fundamentals of a First Impression" (including the need for self-disclosure and for fluency in conversational dynamics); each ends with a checklist of "positive topic behaviors" and "common miscommunications" (e.g., if you focus on one topic, you may think you're passionate but you come off as self-absorbed).

This book is best used with a friend to practice interviewing and then using the checklists to obtain objective feedback on your performance. It is difficult to be objective about yourself, and the checklist from this book help you to acheive that. Another way to be objective is to videotape yourself interviewing and then fine tune from there. The book also has a companion website where you can print and download the checklists.

If you have read the book, please let us all know what you thought by leaving a comment on this post.

(updated 1/16/05 with review)

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Superficial Fungal Infections

Dr. Edgar B. Smith, former chair at UTMB and current professor at UNM will be lecturing at the UTMB Dermatology Department's conference room at noon this Friday 1/14/05.

Who: All students and anyone interested in dermatology are invited to attend
What: Superficial Fungal Infections
When: 1/14/05 at 12 pm
Where: 4.112 McCullough Dermatology Conference room