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Sunday, June 24, 2012

New PGY2 Dermatology Residency Position Available at UTMB for July 2013

The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston has recently been approved for a permanent increase in dermatology resident complement from 10 to 12 residents. They are currently seeking to fill one residency position for July 2013. Applicants should electronically submit their cv, medical school transcript, all USMLE Step scores, personal statement, Dean's Letter, and three current additional letters of recommendation to rfwagner@utmb.edu by Friday, July 13, 2012, the application deadline. Only completed applications will be reviewed. Interviews are planned for July and August until the position is filled.

UTMB Increases House Staff Salaries

UTMB 2013 Dermatology Residency Interview Dates Announced

The UTMB Department of Dermatology will interview outside applicants for dermatology residency on January 31 and February 1, 2013.

“Outside the Match” Dermatology Residency Positions

Recent changes in the NRMP “All-In Policy” will have enormous impact on future dermatology matches. In the past, programs obtaining ACGME Dermatology Residency Review Committee permission to permanently increase their complement of dermatology residents and those who received new funding for pre-existing but unfunded residency positions typically offered positions outside of the match to fill these spots. Historically, there were usually several positions available nationwide following the March NRMP match each year. Programs would have 3 months to identify suitable applicants and offer them positions, usually following an interview. With limited exceptions, following September 1, 2012 programs will not be able to offer “outside the match” positions to applicants if their program is participating in the NRMP. This new policy will further complicate the March NRMP for programs, since some dermatology programs may be offering advanced residency positions to begin in July of the match year, and other positions to begin 16 months later. One potential undesirable outcome of this new policy for programs is that “same year” slots may not fill because of the competition for applicants who have already completed their required PGY1 for an advanced dermatology residency position.

PGY4 UTMB Dermatology Resident Publishes Scholarly Project about Laser Treatment for Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Dr. Neda Nosrati, a PGY4 UTMB Dermatology Resident, has published her dermatology scholarly project entitled, “Efficacy of Nd:YAG Laser for the Treatment of Hidradenitis Suppurativa” in the peer-reviewed Journal of Cosmetics, Dermatological Sciences and Applications (Volume 2, Number 2, June 2012). Her coauthors on this clinical research study were Drs. Lindsey Hunter and Erica Kelly. A full text PDF of this research is available at http://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperInformation.aspx?paperID=20122Congratulations to Dr. Nosrati and her research team for this professional achievement. Dr. Nosrati will be joining a private dermatology practice in Dallas, Texas following completion of dermatology residency at UTMB in June 2012. All UTMB dermatology residents are required to complete a program required, scholarly  project related to dermatology during their three year residency program, and submit it for peer-reviewed publication since 2005.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Requirements for AOA at UTMB

There is little doubt that recognition of excellent academic performance in medical school through AOA membership is an advantage for applicants seeking dermatology residencies. Every US medical school has a chapter of AOA except for five. At UTMB, AOA membership is restricted to the top 16% of each class. According to the 2012 graduation program, UTMB uses weighted criteria for membership: GPA 40%, Step 1 20%, member vote 20%, and CV (20%). Most AOA members are elected as MS4s, but 9 of the 39 Class of 2012 were elected as MS3s.

2012 UTMB Dermatology Teaching and Academic Awards

Medical Students’ Award for Best Resident Dermatology Teaching: Ashley Group, MD 
Medical Student’s Award for Best Faulty Dermatology Teaching: Richard Wagner, MD 
Residents’ Award for Excellent Dermatology Faculty Teaching: Bernard Gibson, MD
Residents’ Award for Excellent Teaching by a Community Dermatologist: Moise Levy, MD
Dermatology Outstanding Overall Resident Award: Ashley Group, MD 
Best Dermatology Resident Research Faculty Award: Ashley Group, MD 
Congratulations to all!

Saturday, June 02, 2012

NRMP Summary of 2012 Dermatology Match

22 of the 23 categorical dermatology  PGY1 positions offered by 10 residency programs were filled by US MS4s (153 US MS4 applicants) and 1 non-US IMG. There were 107 dermatology residency programs that offered 340 advanced (PGY2) positions in 2012. There were 508 applicants for these positions (385 US MS4s). 288 (84.7%) of US MS4s successfully matched into dermatology positions, as did 34 US grads, 3 osteopathic students, 3 US IMGs, and 1 non-US IMG.  11 residency slots in 8 programs went unfilled. Dermatology programs needed to rank 5.1 applicants per position offered in order to fill all of their available positions; this is the highest number needed since 2008. 8.2% of US MS4s and 61.9% of independent applicants who only ranked dermatology as their specialty failed to match in 2012. Dermatology had the highest percentage of unmatched applicants who ranked only one specialty (38.8%) in 2012.