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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.

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.