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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.

Friday, October 31, 2014

UTMB Dermatology Presents Auricular Reconstruction “Revolving Door Flap” at Texas Dermatology Meeting

Last week UTMB PGY4 Dermatology Chief Scheduling Resident Dr. Lindsey Hunter-Ellul (left) and UTMB MS4 Dr. Vlad Codrea (right) presented their poster entitled, “Reconstruction of a Large Anterior Ear Defect after Mohs Micrographic Surgery with a Cartilage Graft and Postauricular Revolving Door Flap” at the fall meeting of the Texas Dermatological Society in Bastrop, Texas. Their co-authors were Dr. Stephanie Nemir (UTMB PGY3 plastic surgery resident) and Dr. Richard Wagner (UTMB Departments of Dermatology, ENT and Surgery).

Thursday, October 30, 2014

UTMB MS4 Publishes Melanoma Article with UTMB Dermatology Faculty

Congratulations to UTMB MS4 Jonathan Stubblefield and dermatology Associate Professor Dr. Brent Kelly for their recent review entitled, “Melanoma in Non-Caucasian Populations” that was published in the October 2014 Surgical Clinics of North America, Volume 94, Number 5, pages 1116 to 1126.

Monday, October 27, 2014

“Stay Shady!” Presented at Holy Family Catholic School

On Thursday, October 23, UTMB DIG members Kristyna Gleghorn (MS2), Hunter Neely (MS2), and Jennifer Kohlnhofer (MS2) presented "Stay Shady!" to the 5th, 6th, and 7th graders at Holy Family Catholic School. This fun, interactive presentation is aimed at making kids aware that the sun can damage their skin and inform them how to protect themselves. A special appreciation goes out to the students of Holy Family Catholic School for being such a great audience and to our volunteers!
DIG Volunteers pictured: Kristyna Gleghorn (left), Hunter Neely (middle), Jennifer Kohlnhofer (right)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Volunteers Needed for Knox Lecture, Saturday, 11/15

What: 2014 John M. Knox, M.D. Memorial Lecture, hosted by UTMB Department of Dermatology
When: Saturday, November 15, 2015 starting at 7:30 AM
Where: UTMB 5th floor University Hospital Clinics

The UTMB Department of Dermatology is looking for 3-4 volunteers to help set up and to direct meeting attendees and patients to the appropriate places.  This is an exciting educational opportunity and great way to be involved with the department!

Please email Alex Acosta at kaacosta@utmb.edu if you are interested in volunteering.

For more information about this event, please follow link to the flier: http://www.houstondermsociety.org/2014_111514_Knox%20Lecture_Agenda%20(2).pdf

Monday, October 13, 2014

UTMB Selects 2016-2017 Dermatopathology Fellows

Congratulations to UTMB PGY3 dermatology residents, Drs. Rebecca Philips and Janice Wilson for their acceptance into the UTMB dermatopathology fellowship program during the 2016-2017 academic year. Both phyicians are scheduled to complete dermatology residency at UTMB in June 2016 prior to starting their year of dermatopathology fellowship in July 2016. The UTMB DIG looks forward to working with both of you during the remainder of dermatology residency at UTMB and during your year of UTMB dermatopathology fellowship!

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Volunteers needed for “Stay Shady!” presentation 10/23

The UTMB DIG is looking for volunteers to present "Stay Shady!" to the students at Holy Family Catholic School in Galveston, TX.  “Stay Shady!” is an interactive presentation aimed to teach elementary and middle school children about sun safety.

When: Thursday, October 23rd at 8:15am- 9:30am

Where: Holy Family Catholic School, 2601 Ursuline Avenue, Galveston, TX 77550

This is a fun teaching experience and a great way to get involved with the DIG! Interested in participating? Please email Kristyna Gleghorn at klglegho@utmb.edu

Monday, October 06, 2014

UTMB Dermatology Residency Applications at Record Levels

415 applications have already been made for the UTMB dermatology residency. All applications are due by October 31, 2014 and must be complete in order for applicants to be considered for an interview in January 2015. UTMB dermatology typically does not starting reviewing applications until November 1st, the day after the application deadline. Every attempt is made to electronically notify about 30 successful outside applicants about their invitation to interview in Galveston by mid-December. Good luck in the application process!

Dr. Brent Kelly Accepted into UTMB Academy of Master Teachers

Congratulations to Dr. Brent Kelly, the first UTMB dermatology faculty member accepted into the UTMB Academy of Master Teachers (AMT). Founded in 2007, the UTMB AMT is a campus honorary service organization that provides a variety of educational functions and professional development opportunities to UTMB faculty. Additional information about the UTMB Academy of Master Teachers may be found at: http://www.utmb.edu/amt/about.htm

Friday, October 03, 2014

2nd Book by USCF Fellow Published in the Same Week!

UCSF Clinical Psoriasis Research Fellow, Dr. Argentina Leon has coauthored a new book titled, Dermatoprevention: Psoriasis and Its Comorbidities with coauthors Drs. Wilson Liao and John Koo. Good luck to Dr. Leon in her quest for a dermatology residency position!

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

UCSF Research Investigators Publish Innovative Textbook

Congratulations to UCSF dermatology research investigators, Mona Malakouti MS and Gabrielle Brown, MD, two investigator medical students currently working with Dr. John Koo at UCSF. Ms. Malakouti took a year off from medical school in Chicago to work with Dr. Koo, an internationally acclaimed dermatology researcher. The title of their book is, Contemporary Guide to Achieving Patient Satisfaction in Dermatology.

American Board of Dermatology Releases Certification Exam Pass Rates

From 2011 through 2014, 2.4% of first time certification examination test takers failed. However, for 2014, only 0.5% failed.

PGY4 Completes Dermatology Scholarly Project in Record Time!

Congratulations to our current chief scheduling dermatology resident, Dr. Lindsey Hunter-Ellul, who presented her scholarly research project entitled, “Prescription Practices among Texas Dermatologists"
to the entire dermatology department and rotating medical students last week. After obtaining expedited approval from the Institutional Review Board for her anonymous professional survey and receiving permission from the Texas Dermatological Society (TDS), she surveyed members of the TDS at their annual spring meeting to compare prescription practices of dermatologists in private and academic settings. A detailed report about her findings will be published in an upcoming Texas Dermatological Society's Newsletter. Her faculty mentor on this project was Dr. Richard Wagner and she was also helped by Martin Tom (UTMB MS-IV) and Gwen Baillargeon from the UTMB Office of Biostatistics. All UTMB Dermatology resident are required to complete a scholarly project of their choosing over the course of their training as part of their graduation requirements. UTMB dermatology scholarly research projects must be presented to the department by April each academic year, but Dr. Hunter-Ellul was well ahead of schedule!