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Saturday, October 29, 2011

10/25/11 DIG Meeting Recap

We had a great turnout for Tuesday’s meeting! The DIG would like to thank Dr. Wagner for his very informative talk about getting into a Dermatology residency. Below is a summary of the items Dr. Wagner discussed, followed by a meeting summary.

Summary of Dr. Wagner's Talk:

1.) Dermatology is an extremely competitive field. Applicants who match into dermatology often have many publications, research experiences, volunteer activities, superior USMLE Step 1 scores, and approximately 50% belong to the AOA Medical Honor Society.

2.) Research is highly encouraged for dermatology applicants and there are many opportunities to get involved in research at UTMB, both within and outside of the dermatology department. The key is to develop a project that matches your interests. There are diverse interests represented in the UTMB dermatology department that you can pursue, such as topics in general adult and pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, dermatologic surgery and cosmetic dermatology. Alternatively, you could develop a project with a basic science faculty or in a different department and apply your research to skin disease!

3.) It is never too early to start a research project – you can even start during your first year. The UTMB School of Medicine allows you to participate in a summer research elective between 1st and 2nd year. This is a good way to gain a research mentor, compete for various research awards, and perhaps even have the opportunity to get published. You can also participate in the Honors Research Program in Dermatology. The official deadline for the Honors Proposal is 12/31 of the third year, but extensions may be possible with permission from Dr. Simon Lewis. This research is typically completed and presented by April of the fourth year.

4.) If you don't match the first year, don’t give up! It is very possible to match into Dermatology the second or third time around. There are a number of Dermatology research fellowships in the country that you can pursue after your intern year. Productive research with publications and the opportunity to become an expert on a particular topic of interest will add to your application. There are also alternative routes to becoming a dermatologist. For example, a pathologist who has completed a dermatopathology fellowship or a pediatrician may be attractive applicants to certain programs.

5.) The American Board of Dermatology requires a total of four years of postgraduate training. The first year must include 12 months of clinical training in a broad-based program, such as internal medicine, general surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, family medicine, emergency medicine, or a transitional year. The next three years include full-time training as a resident in a dermatology residency program. Some dermatology programs have a combined intern year and residency; however, most dermatology training programs are unattached to the intern year and therefore require a separate application process.

6.) There are a number of fellowships that you can pursue after a dermatology residency, such as Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Procedural Dermatology and Immunodermatology.

7.) Remember, the Dermatology faculty and residents are here to help!

UTMB DIG Meeting Summary:

1.) Meet the 2011-2012 Officers!
President: Rebecca Philips
Vice President: Chelsea Altinger
Community Outreach Chairs: André Pitt and Ryan Riahi
Aim for a Cure Melanoma Walk Chairs: Karan Patel and Donnie Warren
Contact Dermatitis Chair: Sheila Jalalat
Fundraising Chair: Ryan Riahi
Second Year Representative: Will Tausend

2.) The DIG blog (http://digutmb.blogspot.com) is a great resource for medical students interested in Dermatology. If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive individual blog posts to your email, contact Rebecca Philips (rcphilip@utmb.edu).

3.) The DIG has a Facebook Group! Search for us: “UTMB Dermatology Interest Group.”

4.) We look forward to community outreach projects, fundraising events and our annual AIM for a Cure Melanoma Walk this year. Follow our blog to learn about upcoming events that you can participate in.

5.) Want to help with DIG events this year? E-mail the officers to join a committee or find out how you can help:
a.) AIM for a Cure Melanoma Walk Committee - contact Donnie (dbwarren@utmb.edu) or Karan (kaapatel@utmb.edu).
b.) Stay Shady! (Sun Protection/Skin Cancer Awareness) Committee - contact Ryan (rrriahi@utmb.edu) or Andre (rapitt@utmb.edu).
c.) Contact Dermatitis Outreach Committee - contact Sheila (szjalala@utmb.edu).
d.) Fundraising Committee – contact Ryan (rrriahi@utmb.edu).

6.) The National Dermatology Interest Group Association has a number of resources for medical students who hope to pursue a career in Dermatology. Visit their website (www.derminterest.org) and join their Facebook Group “Dermatology Interest Group Association” for more information.

UTMB Dermatology Residency Application Deadline Looming

The last day for dermatology applicants to submit their application for a categorical dermatology residency position at UTMB that starts in July 2013, is on Tuesday, November 1st. The UTMB Department of Dermatology plans on offering three residency positions in the current NRMP. Only complete applications submitted through ERAS will be considered. In previous years, UTMB MS4 applicants and current UTMB house staff automatically received interview invitations. The remaining applicants usually are notified in early December about interviews that are scheduled for February 2nd and 3rd of next year.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Reminder: DIG Meeting Tomorrow!

Join us for the first UTMB DIG meeting of the year tomorrow evening, October 25th, at 5:00 PM in the dermatology conference room (4.112 McCullough Building). Our guest speaker will be Dr. Richard Wagner, the UTMB Dermatology Residency Program Director. We look forward to seeing you!

Questions? Please email Rebecca Philips (rcphilip@utmb.edu).

USC Medical Student Publishes Dermatology Handbook

Congratulations to Misha Heller, a medical student at Keck School of Medicine (University of Southern California), for her new book, Contemporary Diagnosis and Management in Psychodermatology, that was published by Handbooks in Health Care Company this year. Her co-author is Dr. John Koo, an acknowledged expert in psychodermatology at UCSF.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

2010-2011 UTMB Dermatopathology Fellows Pass Boards

Congratulations to Drs. Ryan Matherne and John Cangelosi for passing their recent board certification examination in dermatopathology!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Are MD/PhD Applicants Favored for Dermatology Residencies?

According to the October 2011 issue of Skin and Allergy News (Volume 42, Number 10), U.S. dermatology residencies during 2004-2007 had the greatest percentage (5.8%) of MD/PhD residents(page 10). This was more than three times higher than the average percentage of MD/PhDs in other residency probrams.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

First DIG Meeting of the Year!

Join us for a Q&A Session with Dr. Richard Wagner, the UTMB Department of Dermatology Residency Program Director.

Where: Dermatology conference room, 4.112 McCullough Building

When: Tuesday, October 25th at 5PM

Questions? Contact Rebecca Philips (rcphilip@utmb.edu).

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Predictors of Resident Performance

It would be nice to predict which dermatology applicants will excel in residency and make selections on that basis. The authors of a recent article in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (Harfmann KL, Zirwas MJ. Can performance in medical school predict performance in residency? A compilation and review of correlative studies. J Am Acad Dermatol 2011;65:1010-1022) reviewed the literature and concluded that no one factor is predictive. Of course, examinations taken in residency had strongest correlation with exams taken during medical school, clinical performance and membership in AOA. Resident evaluations by supervisors correlated most strongly with medical school, interview, and clinical grades.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Dr. Richard Wagner Lectures to UTMB Plastic Surgeons about Media

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 Media and Perceptions of Appearance. The lecture was attended by the UTMB Plastic Surgery Faculty and Residents. Dr. Wagner teaches several popular didactic courses at UTMB about media depictions of skin diseases. 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.

New Dermatology BSHS Selective Offered: “Skin Diseases In Novel/Films”

Dermatology's new BSHS Selective, DERU 4402 (specific topic: "Skin Diseases in Novels/Films"), will offer 3 students each Period the opportunity to study 4 primary novels: Dear John (melanoma), The Da Vinci Code (albinism), The First Wives Club (aging skin), The English Patient (burn), and their derivative films. This sounds like a very interesting class!

Monday, October 03, 2011

American Board of Dermatology 2011 Certification Examination Pass Rates

The American Board of Dermatology reported that of the 391 first time examinees for the 2011 Certifying Examination, 6.2% failed.