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Friday, November 30, 2007

UTMB Dermatology Resident's Lip Protection Research Appears In Dermatology Times

Dr. Josh Diimmick's recently published academic research paper in Cosmetic Dermatology about lip protection with SPF products used at the beach was featured in an article that appeared in the November 2007 issue of Dermatology Times (Melville NA. Lips: Sunscreens' final frontier? Study finds UV protection awareness is low. Dermatology Times, Volume 28, Number 11, November 2007, pages 46-47). Dr. Dimmick is currently a second year resident in the Department of Dermatology at UTMB. He is continuing to research SPF lip protection use in patients with a history of nonmelanoma skin cancer(s) to fulfill the "Scholarly Project" UTMB dermatology residency program requirement. Good luck with your ongoing research, Josh!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Dermatology Interest Group Association - Annual Meeting

The National Dermatology Interest Group Association will be having their annual meeting on Saturday, February 2, 2008, at 6:00 pm in San Antonio, Texas. If interested, please RSVP by January 7, 2008 to Brittney Culp at brittney.culp@derminterest.org. She can also provide you with more information.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Monday, November 26, 2007 UTMB DIG Meeting Summary

The most recent UTMB DIG meeting was well attended for Dr. Wagner's presentation about the media and skin diseases (thanks for providing the popcorn and diet cokes). Historically, skin diseases were depicted in theatre (William Shakespeare) and interest continued in fine arts and literature. Skin diseases are now included in modern film, television and appear on the internet. There is lots of opportunity for research in this new emerging area of academic dermatology interest.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Upcoming DIG Meeting

Hello Everyone!

We will be having the next DIG meeting on Monday, November 26, at 5:00 pm in the Dermatology Conference Room (4th floor McCollough Building). Dr. Richard Wagner, who is our organization's faculty sponsor, as well as the dermatology residency program director at UTMB, will be giving us a presentation entitled "Skin Diseases in Contemporary Films: What are Patients Seeing at the Movies?" This will give us a preview to the new course offered this year through the department of dermatology entitled "Skin Diseases Depicted in Film," which can be taken for elective credit (DERU-4007) or to fulfill the BSHS requirement (DERU-4051). I look forward to seeing you there!

Ashley Group

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

UTMB Dermatology offers "Skin Diseases in World Literature" elective

A new elective, "Skin Diseases in World Literature" (DERU-4011) is now being offered for UTMB and visiting medical students with an interest about the impact of infectious, autoimmune and malignant skin diseases on literary characters and plot development http://ar.utmb.edu/04-05review/bdisplay.asp?rec=396 The course is offered during all periods of the academic year and up to 5 students are permitted to enroll during each period. Dr. Richard Wagner is the course director. Students will read and discuss three required books: The Plague (Albert Camus, 1947), Cancer Ward (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, 1968) and The Centaur (John Updike, 1963). For the final week of the course, students will select one of three recently published novels to read: On A Night Like This (Ellen Sussman, 2004, melanoma), Isolation Ward (Joshua Spanogle, 2006, infectious disease) or Flawless (Joshua Spanogle, 2007, facial tumors) as the basis of a critical essay due on the last Friday of the period. Additional novels for the final paper may be added for the final writing project book list at the suggestion of course participants.The dermatology department library will lend the required and final project books to students taking this class.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Recent UTMB Dermatology Residency Program Graduates Attend 2007 Texas Dermatological Society Fall Meeting

Drs. Stacy Beaty ('05), Hurst, Texas, Renee Snyder ('05), Austin, Texas and Jason Weaver ('07), College Station, Texas (left to right) update their dermatology education at the 2007 Fall Meeting of the Texas Dermatological Society (TDS) held in Galveston over this past weekend. Dr. Beaty has just returned to Texas from St. Louis, MO, where she was on the dermatology faculty at St. Louis University for the past two years. The meeting offered 10 hours of AAD category I CME credit over 3 days. The TDS hosts two meetings each year, one in the Fall and the other one in the Spring. The next TDS meeting will be on May 2-3, 2008 in San Antonio, Texas.

Update on Texas Dermatological Society Annual Fall Meeting in Galveston

The 2007 Annual Fall Meeting of the Texas Dermatological Society hosted by the UTMB Department of Dermatology was a huge success this year. About 120 meeting registrants attended lectures and patient presentations over 3 days (November 2-4). Five UTMB dermatology faculty gave lectures over the weekend meeting (Richard Wagner, MD, "Ethics Hour: Skin Diseases in Contemporary Films: What are Patients Seeing at the Movies?"; Michael Wlikerson, MD, "Periodic Fever Syndromes"; Brent Kelly, MD, "Update on Urticaria"; Erica Kelly, MD, "What's New in Fillers"; and Sharon Raimer, MD, "What's New in Pediatric Dermatology." On Sunday morning, the UTMB dermatology residents and dermatology fellows prepared 17 interesting clinical cases for presentation and discussion. Thank you Dr. Sharon Raimer for coordinating this meeting and thanks to all the UTMB dermatology faculty, fellows and residents who worked hard to make this meeting such an excellent learning experience!