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Friday, March 24, 2006

Honors Thesis Results

Congratulations to Chad Crim and Emily Fridlington who were awarded Magna Cum Laude research graduation honors today for their research thesis presentations.

Chad Crim's research was entitled, "A Histopathologic Review Comparing Seborrheic Keratoses Excised by Dermatologists vs. Nondermatologists"

Emily Fridlington's research was entitled, "Cutaneous Vibrio Infections: A Review of Patients Presenting to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX, January 1996-November 2005"

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

March DIG Meeting

The DIG held its March meeting on March 20, 2006. New officers were elected for the 2006-2007 term. Congratulations to new co-presidents, Ashley Group and Fadi Constantine!!! Our new community outreach coordinator is Courtney Freasier!

We also discussed the upcoming community service projects including:
1) High school sun safety program: Jennifer Pike will coordinate the dates with the high schools and the DIG will hold a meeting to review the presentation prior to the date.

2) Miles for Melanoma: The DIG plans on holding a "Miles for Melanoma" walk to take place on May 20, 2006. Courtney Freasier will coordinate the site and send out announcements once plans are finalized. Members of DIG, as well as, community members will obtain pledges to go toward melanoma research. After the walk, participants will be encouraged to attend the department of dermatology's skin cancer screening. The walks are coordinated with the Schlip Foundation. For more information on Miles for Melanoma, please visit www.theschlip.com

3)AAD Skin Cancer Screening: On May 20, 2006 the DIG will participate in the AAD skin cancer screening. The screening will take place from 10 am - 1 pm. Members will assist in registering patients and distributing information on skin cancer, sun safety and sunscreen samples.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Congratulations to 3rd year dermpaths

Congratulations to Dr. Allison Readinger for accepting a dermatopathology fellowship at UT-Houston with Dr. Ron Rapini beginning July 2006!

Both of senior dermatology residents will be doing dermpath fellowships in July (Dr. B. Kelly will remain at UTMB for dermpath).

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Dermatology Interview Questions 2005-2006

Interview questions compiled by UTMB Dermatology applicants 2005-2006

Tell me about yourself.

How did you become interested in dermatology?

Tell me something unique about yourself so that I will be able to remember you later.

If you did not go into medicine, what do you think you would have done instead?

Teach me something non-medical.

What has been your proudest accomplishment?

What has been your biggest failure?

What are your strengths?

What are your weaknesses?

What can you bring to this program?

What do you like to do outside of school?

Tell me about an interesting dermatology case you have seen.

What are your plans if you do not match?

If you were not going into dermatology, what other field might you have gone into?

Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?

What do you want to do after residency?

Tell me about a time that you went beyond expectations for a patient.

What do you not enjoy about medicine?

Tell me about your leadership experience.

Do you have any questions?

Who in your family are you most like?

If you were a breakfast cereal, what would you be?

What is one word your friends would use to describe you?

Sum up your life in 1 sentence?

If you had to say 1 reason why people may not like you, what would it be?

If you could have lunch with one famous person, who would it be?

Favorite book/movie?

Tell me about your research?

Why did you major in __________ in college?

Describe your perfect day.

Name a time in your life when you failed and how you overcame it?

What would your mom/best friend say about you?

How do you want to be remembered?

What do you like/dislike about your own derm. program?

How do you feel about parents who make their children work in college?

What are you afraid of?

Why did you apply here in particular?

What was your favorite extra-curricular activity in medical school?

Tell me about your volunteer activities?

What types of interview questions do you not like to be asked?

If I could only ask you one question, what would you want me to ask you?

What have you liked/disliked about your other interviews?

Who is your best friend?

Are you interested in research?

Tell me your biggest challenge in medical school.

What type of leader are you?

What type of study habits do you have/ what was your formula for success in medical school?

How will you support your co-residents?

Have you had a chance to get familiar with the city?town?etc.

Describe something in my office.

What sticks out as interesting to you in my office?

Be prepared to answer questions about any information you put on your CV and Personal Statement

Dermatology interviews offered to UTMB students 2005-2006

UTMB medical students/graduates interviewed at 24 sites for a residency in Dermatology.


Marshfield Clinic

Mayo, Rochester

Medical University of South Carolina

Medical College of Wisconsin


Scott and White

Southern Illinois University

St. Louis University

SUNY Buffalo

U. of Alabama, Birmingham

University of California Davis

University of California Irvine

University of Iowa

University of Missouri

University of South Florida

University of Tennessee, Memphis

University of Wisconsin, Madison

UT Houston


UT San Antonio

U. of Wisconsin, Madison

U. of Virginia

Texas Tech

Friday, March 17, 2006

Honor's Thesis Result

Congratulations to Joslyn Witherspoon who was awarded Magna Cum Laude research graduation honors today for her honors research thesis presentation entitled

Public Health Efforts in the Prevention of Lip Cancer: Improving Awareness and Promoting Lip Protection Behavior Among the General Public

Upcoming DIG meeting reminder

The next DIG meeting will be Monday, March 20th in the Dermatology Conference Room (4.112 McCullough) at 5:00pm. We well be having officer elections.

Additionally, we will be voting for a senior dermatology resident and one dermatology faculty member for the annual medical student teaching awards. Please plan on attending.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

CONGRATULATIONS to those Matched at UTMB

Julie Fridlington--UTMB
Ryan Matherne--LSU

CONGRATULATIONS to the Matches of 2006

4th year medical students from UTMB that matched:

Jennifer Pike--Scott and White
Julie Fridlington---UTMB
Emily Fridlington--University of Iowa

Former UTMB medical student:

Tasneem Poonawalla--University of Wisconsin, Madison

Friday, March 03, 2006

Honors Project Presentations

There will be 3 honors project presentations this year. All presentations will take place in the Dermatology Conference Room.

1.) Presenter: Joslyn Witherspoon, MS IV
Title: Public Health Efforts in the Prevention of Lip Cancer: Improving Awareness and Promoting Lip Protection Behavior Among the General Public
Date: March 17, 2006 3 p.m.

2.) Presenter: Chad Crim, MS IV
Title: A Histopathologic Review Comparing Seborrheic Keratoses Excised by Dermatologists vs. Nondermatologists
Date: March 24, 2006 1:30 p.m.

3.) Presenter: Emily Fridlington, MS IV
Title: Cutaneous Vibrio Infections at UTMB
Date: March 24, 2006 3 p.m.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

February DIG Meeting

The third meeting of the DIG was held February 28, 2006. In attendance were 5 current members of the DIG and 2 new members along with faculty advisor Dr. Wagner. We were pleased to have 2 new members join the DIG, including Courtney Freasier who is a 5 year survivor of melanoma. Courtney shared her wonderful story of survival with the group. Topics discussed included the following:
1)Galveston County Health Fair community service project which will take place on March 4, 2006 at the Academy Sports Store from 9 am - 1 pm. The DIG will have a skin cancer and sun safety booth.
2)The High School outreach program with Ball High School and O'Connell High School will begin in April and May. Jennifer Pike, outreach chair, is coordinating the dates that the DIG can present sun safety workshops to students.
3)The AAD Skin Cancer Screening will also be taking place in May. The date is currently being finalized.
4)Other ideas that the DIG can implement in the future were also discussed. Including a possible fundraising activity to raise money for melanoma research, holding a lunch session with speaker and UTMB student Courtney Freasier about melanoma, and obtaining t-shirts for the DIG to advertise the group.
5)We are also looking for interested members to become officers for the year 2006-2007. Anyone interested in holding an office in the DIG, please contact co-presidents Emily Fridlington or Joslyn Witherspoon.