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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.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Where do Dermatology Residents Practice?

A study from the September 2011 issue of Archives of Dermatology addresses this question (Resneck JS Jr, Kostecki J. An analysis of dermatologist migration patterns after residency training. Arch Dermatol 2011;147:1065-1070). UTMB is specifically cited (page 1067) as one of only 4 US dermatology residency programs (along with Mayo Clinic, Texas Tech and the University of Iowa) that had less than 15% of their residents practicing within a 100 mile radius. This compares to 43% of dermatologists nationally who practice within 100 miles of their residency training program.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Dr. Mara Dacso Publishes Research on Leprosy

Congratulations to UTMB PGY3 dermatology resident, Mara Dacso MD, MS, for her publication in the October 2011 issue of the Southern Medical Journal (Dacso MM, Jacobson RR, Scollard DM, Stryjewska BM, Prestigiacoma JF. Evaluation of multi-drug therapy for leprosy in the United States using daily rifampin. Southern Med J 2011;101(10):689-694). Dr. Dacso collaborated with researchers at The National Hansen’s Disease Program in Baton Rouge, LA for her Dermatology Research Honors Program thesis while she was a medical student at UTMB.

Dr. Erica Kelly on Cover of Coast Magazine

The October 2011 issue of Coast Magazine (Galveston Daily News) features Dr. Erica Kelly. Dr. Kelly completed dermatology residency at UTMB in 2002 and has been on the dermatology faculty since that time. She is the Director of Cosmetic Dermatology and has extensive expertise in the use of fillers, neurotoxins and lasers. She has won numerous teaching awards from UTMB medical students (DIG) and the dermatology residents. She has also mentored UTMB medical students in their Dermatology Honors Research Projects, and dermatology residents in their required Scholarly Project.

Dr. Brent Kelly Promoted to Associate Professor of Dermatology

Congratulations to Dr. Brent Kelly! The UTMB Appointments, Promotions, and Tenure (APT) Committee, as well as the UTMB Executive Committee recently voted to promote Dr. Kelly to Associate Professor of Dermatology in the tenure track. Dr. Kelly completed dermatology residency at UTMB in 2006 that was followed by a dermatopathology fellowship in 2007, at which time he became a full-time dermatology faculty at UTMB. He has over 30 peer-reviewed publications and is very active in helping medical students, dermatology residents, and dermatopathology fellows conduct and publish their research. Dr. Kelly has also been awarded numerous annual teaching awards by UTMB’s Dermatology Interest Group (DIG) and the dermatology residents. He is board-certified in internal medicine, dermatology, and dermatopathology, and is the Director of Dermatopathology at UTMB.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Bees Be Gone

Swarming honeybees around UTMB's Basic Science Building may be a thing of the past, according to Saturday's Galveston Daily News (please see http://galvestondailynes.com/story/260002 ). Our medical school plans to re-locate the bees to another location over the weekend.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

UTMB Dermatology Residency Initiates Dermatology Research Elective for PGY4s

This month the UTMB Dermatology Residency will begin to offer its PGY4 dermatology residents the option of a 2 week dermatology research elective. The goal of this elective in dermatology research is to assist PGY4 residents in the completion of their Scholarly Project, a dermatology program requirement at UTMB. This elective will provide residents with time to analyze their data and present it in scientific format. Residents taking this elective are expected to produce a submission-ready abstract, poster, or manuscript based on the Scholarly Project that they initiated during their PGY2 year.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Dr. Richard Wagner Lecture

Dr. Wagner, the UTMB Edgar B. Smith Professor of Dermatology, was invited to give the UTMB Division of Plastic Surgery a lecture this week about Skin Cancer and Mohs Surgery. The lecture was attended by the UTMB Plastic Surgery Faculty and Residents. UTMB PGY3 Plastic Surgery Residents have a required one month clinical rotation on the Mohs Service with Dr. Wagner and the rotating Dermatology Resident each year.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Article about Porcine Xenograft use in Mohs Surgery Published by UTMB Dermatologists

The September 2011 issue of Dermatology Online Journal contains an original multidisciplinary article about the use of porcine xenografts following Mohs surgery (Raimer DW, Group AR, Petitt MS, Nosrati N, Yamazaki ML, Davis NA, Kelly BC, Gibson BR, Montilla RD, Wagner RF Jr. Porcine xenografts biosynthetic wound dressings for the management of postoperative Mohs wounds. Dermatology Online Journal 17 (9):1. This study was part of Dr. David Raimer’s Scholarly Project, a program requirement of the UTMB dermatology residency. All of his co-authors are from the UTMB Department of Dermatology, with the exception of Dr. Montilla who was with the UTMB Division of Plastic Surgery. The online article is available at:

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

UTMB Dermatology Residency Program Completes Site Visit

This week the UTMB Department of Dermatology had its site visit. The last visit was in 2006, when it received a 5 year cycle. Dr. William McKinney, the ACGME Accreditation Field Representative, met with the Program Director, Program Coordinator, Chair, DIO, all of the dermatology residents, and all of the dermatology faculty. The Dermatology RRC will review the Program Information Form (PIF) and Dr. McKinney’s report, and determine the next program cycle.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Congratulations to 2011 UTMB Dermatology Residents

The UTMB DIG is happy to learn that 3 UTMB Dermatology Residents who completed training this June have passed the American Board of Dermatology (ABD) Certification Examination, and are now board certified in dermatology. Congratulations to Drs. Matt Petitt, John Stephens, and Mika Yamazaki for this excellent academic achievement.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Residency Applicant Knowledge of the Six ACGME Core Competencies

Resident applicants (anesthesiology) knowledge of the six ACGME Core Competencies was very poor according to a recent study published last year in Academic Medicine (see http://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/Fulltext/2010/05000/Do_Residency_Applicants_Know_What_the_ACGME_Core.19.aspx ) Only 3 of 193 (2%) applicants knew all six competencies. The six competencies are: medical knowlege, patient care, professionalism, communications, systems-based practice, and practice-based learning and improvement.