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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

UTMB Dermatology Department Announces New Course Offering for Academic Year 2007-2008

The UTMB Department of Dermatology plans to offer a new dermatology humanities selective for the upcoming academic year. The new course is "Skin Diseases Depicted in Film," and it will be offered all periods for up to 10 students each period. The class will meet for 2 hours, twice a week over 4 weeks, and will cover 12 films related to skin diseases. During each class, two films will be discussed and students will make 30 minute PowerPoint presentations about the skin diseases depicted. The course will be team-taught by the UTMB dermatology faculty (Richard Wagner, MD, Course Director). Although the selective has pass/fail grading, the dermatology faculty plan to annually award a certificate for the best original 5-10 page "dermanities" student essay, the course writing requirement.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

This Week's Meeting Recap

I want to thank everyone who was able to make it to our meeting on Monday! We had an excellent turnout and our group continues to gain new members at each meeting. Dr. Erica Kelly gave a very engaging talk on "The Cosmetic Consultation." We learned how to approach patients seeking cosmetic treatment and what some of the therapeutic options Dermatology has to offer them. We also discussed plans for upcoming service projects for our group this spring. Courtney Freasier, our volunteer coordinator, is organizing a Miles for Melanoma walk. We are trying to finalize a date this week, afterwhich we will be able to get the ball rolling on planning! We also discussed plans for the Skin Cancer and Sunburn Awareness Teaching Program that was created two years ago by DIG members. A group of third year students, including Julie Cummings, Tray Speck, Jenny Valliere, and Jennifer Schopp volunteered to revise the teaching presentation for this year. Jenny Valliere will be leading this group, and will keep us posted on future dates and plans for this outreach program! We will be looking for volunteers in a couple months, so please keep these activities in mind.
-Ashley Group

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Meeting Reminder

Hey Everyone! Just a quick reminder of our meeting tomorrow, Monday Feb. 2 at 5 pm. Dr. Erica Kelly will be talking with us about Cosmetic Dermatology and we will also be discussing our service projects for the semester! I hope to see all of you there.