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Monday, April 20, 2009

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Graduation Honors for Dermatology Research Honors Program

Jennifer Vickers received Magna Cum Laude graduation honors today for her dermatology research thesis presentation, "Pimple Popper, MD: Why Seinfeld is Consequential to Dermatology." Her Honors Program Committee was composed by Drs. Simon Lewis, Richard Wagner (faculty advisor), Sharon Raimer and Brent Kelly. Congratulations to Jennifer for her interesting and innovative research about the impact of the media on dermatology and skin diseases.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Galveston County Health Fair

Hi everyone!
Galveston County Health Fair is right around the corner, and we would like to get an idea about who can help out this coming Saturday, April 18th. The fair is from 9 AM - 2 PM, and it would be great to have all of your smiling faces representing DIG! We are going to be making visors and giving out information on sun protection. It is super easy and lots of fun! We would like to have volunteers there as much as possible, but we understand that you are all very busy. Even if you can only come for an hour, we would love to see you there! If you can please send me an email letting me know when you can join us, I would really appreciate it. Be sure to send it to jlvicker@utmb.edu and not the mailing list. Also, please feel free to email me if you have any questions or suggestions.
Jennifer Vickers

Dermatology Honors Thesis Successfully Presented

Leslie Scroggins Markle presented her dermatology research honors project entitled, "The Balance of Matrix Metalloproteinases and Tissue Inhibitor of Metalloproteinase-1 in Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis" today and was awarded Magna Cum Laude graduation honors. Her thesis committee was composed of Drs. Simon Lewis, Brent Kelly (faculty advisor), Sharon Raimer, and Richard Wagner. Please join the UTMB DIG in extending congratulations to Leslie on this wonderful academic achievement!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Hurricane Ike Disrupts MS3 Dermatology Honors Research Proposals

It has been noted that no current third year UTMB medical students have yet proposed a dermatology research honors thesis for dermatology for completion in the next academic year (2009-2010). Although current third year medical student are now past deadline (December 31, 2008), Dr. Simon Lewis, the Chair of the University Research Honors Program will usually accept late proposals from third year medical students if there is good chance that the proposed research project can be completed by April 2010 prior to graduation. Current third year medical students with an interest in this type of research are encouraged to contact dermatology faculty this month about honors research projects. Our dermatology department usually supports several projects each year, and most are successfully completed for graduation research honors. UTMB medical students are permitted to initiate honors research projects anytime during their medical school years, but in the past most participants initiate their projects during their third year.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Seinfeld is Topic of Dermatology Research Honors Program Thesis Presentation  

Jennifer Vickers, a senior UTMB medical student, will present her dermatology research honors program topic, "Pimple Popper, MD: Why Seinfeld is Consequential to Dermatology"  in the dermatology conference room (4.112 McCullough Building) on Monday morning, April 20th, at 8 a.m. Dr. Richard Wagner, the UTMB Dermatology Program Director, was her faculty advisor on this project. All DIG members and those interested in media impact on the public's perception about health issues are invited to attend.

Friday, April 03, 2009

No Dermatology Acting Internship to be Offered at UTMB for Upcoming Academic Year

The UTMB Department of Dermatology has temporarily suspended its Acting Internship (AI) in Dermatology (DERU-4006) for the upcoming 2009-2010 academic year due to clinic reorganization following Hurricane Ike. Interested students are encouraged to take the Dermatologic Surgery (DERU-4003) or the Dermatopathology (DERU-4002) electives instead. The Austin Dermatology Program will continue to offer its Dermatology AI (DERO-4013) during all periods for UTMB students, so that remains an option for MSIV UTMB medical students who want to meet their AI graduation requirement with dermatology. UTMB students wanting to do away dermatology rotations at other dermatology residency programs should be aware that permission will not be given for the same course taken at an away campus if it has previously been taken at UTMB. This rule particularly impacts UTMB students taking the Clinical Dermatology (DERU-4010) course at UTMB, because this is also the elective that is most likely to be offered by other dermatology departments to visiting medical students. All of the remaining UTMB electives/selectives in dermatology are unchanged for the upcoming academic year.

Dermatology Honors Research Presentation Announcement

Leslie Scroggins will present her dermatology research honors project entitled, "The Balance of Matrix Metalloproteinases and Tissue Inhibitor of Metalloproteinase-1 in Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis" at 8 am in the dermatology conference room on Monday, April 13th. Dr. Brent Kelly is Leslie's faculty advisor for this research. All DIG members and others interested in this topic are invited to attend.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

2009-2010 Dermatology Electives and Selectives

Dermatology Electives:
DERR-4001 - Dermatology Research (Sharon Raimer, MD)
DERU-4002 - Dermatopathology (Brent Kelly, MD)
DERU-4003 - Dermatologic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology (Richard F. Wagner, MD)
DERU-4010 - Clinical Dermatology (Sharon Raimer)
DERO-4014 - Clinical Dermatology- Austin (Jason Reichenberg, MD)

Basic Science and Humanities Selectives:
DERU-4007 - Skin Diseases Depicted in Film (Richard Wagner, MD)
DERU-4008 - History of Dermatology (Richard Wagner, MD)
DERU-4011 - Skin Diseases in Modern World Literature (Richard Wagner, MD)
DERU-4012 - Narratives of Skin Diseases (Richard Wagner, MD)

Acting Internships:
DERO-4013 - Acting Internship (AI) in Dermatology-Austin (Jason Reichenberg, MD)


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2017-2018 Officers

President: Timothy Allen
Vice President: Keith Wagner
Fundraising - Uloma Ibezim
AIM Melanoma Walk Chairs: Paige Hoyer, Eduardo Rodriguez, Ryan Lawrence, Ben Falck
Sun Protection Chairs: Michael Ryan, Eric Mong, Caroline Cain, Joshua Hays
Psoriasis Awareness Chairs: Tara Akunna, Jacob Benavidez, Morgan Arnold