Current Editors: Renat Ahatov, Michael Phan, and Andrea Francis

(Please email editors if there is blog-worthy news that you would like to see shared)

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.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Characteristics of a Great Resident Teacher

The December 2014 issue of the Journal of Graduate Medical Education contains some teaching tips obtained from Canadian medical students (Melvin L, Kassam Z, Burke A, Wasi P, Neary J. What makes a great resident teacher? A multicenter survey of medical students attending an internal medicine conference. Journal of Graduate Medical Education 2014;6:694-697). Responding students thought that the use of clinical examples (78%) and  repetition (71%) was the most useful for learning, but that resident feedback was not. Students preferred residents with strong knowledge and teaching geared to medical student level. However, high resident expectation for students was not valued.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Dermatology Clinic Staff Retirement Announced

Ms. Eranell Batiste,  well known to staff and patients in the UTMB dermatology clinics, has announced her retirement from UTMB after this month. She worked in the UTMB dermatology clinics for 22 years and enjoyed working with our faculty, residents and medical students. She will be greatly missed by all.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

JAMA Editor's Advice About Getting Published

Althouth this excellent article by JAMA Deputy Editor Dr. Edward H. Livingstone on the AMA Wire (  http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/ama-wire/ama-wire/post/9-top-tips-getting-published-medical-journal?&utm_source=191323&utm_medium=BulletinHealthCare&utm_term=120614&utm_content=MorningRoundsWeekendEdition&utm_campaign=BHCMessageID ) is directed toward resident physicians, medical students can learn from it too. It is too easy for inexperienced authors to get discouraged in this professionally demanding, time consuming process of peer-reviewed publication. Many UTMB medical students have been first authors of dermatology publications, due to departmental support and mentoring by experienced UTMB dermatology residents and faculty.

Friday, December 05, 2014

UTMB Optional Interview With Internal Dermatology Residency Applicants A Success

The UTMB Department of Dermatology interviewed 7 internal applicants for dermatology residency on Friday, December 5, 2014. All were UTMB MS4s except for one PGY1 resident who graduated last year. One internal MS4 applicant couldn't accept this optional UTMB interview due to a conflicting dermatology interview out of state. UTMB has been separately interviewing internal candidates as a group since last year.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Previous UTMB DIG President Selected for Cutis Editorial Appointment

Congratulations to Dr. Sheila Jalalat, our previous UTMB DIG President who has been appointed by Cutis for a resident editorial position. Dr. Jalalat is one of three resident named to write for Cutis’ Resident Corner, an online publication. She will be responsible for submitting four columns during 2015. Her articles will be available at www.cutis.com.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

UTMB Approved for Ebola Care

UTMB is one of 3 Texas hospitals approved by the US Department of Health and Human Services for the treatment of patients infected with the Ebola virus. The other two Texas hospitals are Methodist Hospital System in collaboration with Parkland Hospital System and the UT Southwestern Medical center in Richardson.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

"Tan-Free Campus" Initiative Needs Your Help!

The Acting Surgeon General, Boris Lushniak, MD, recently declared a Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer. Following this and a recent study published in JAMA Dermatology regarding indoor tanning availability on college campuses, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, along with their member groups, including Melanoma Research Foundation, CDC, EPA, the Skin Cancer Foundation, and many more activist groups, is starting a “Tan-Free Campus” initiative in order to promote health and prevent skin cancer, particularly targeting college campuses. We are searching for those members also passionate about skin cancer prevention and decreasing the prevalence of indoor tanning.

Our mission is to enhance knowledge of the dangers of UV radiation from the sun and indoor tanning beds and decrease the amount of indoor tanning bed use among young adults through active awareness campaigns.

Please e-mail Sarah at Sarah.Malerich@SkinCancerPrevention.org if you are interested in getting involved or have any questions.

Monday, December 01, 2014

January 2015 Interviews Offered to Outside Dermatology Applicants

UTMB Dermatology has made 30 interview offers to applicants from outside medical schools. All three outside rotators were offered interviews. Thirteen men and 17 women were invited. All were US MS4s except for one clinical dermatology fellow. Sixteen of the interviews were given to applicants from other Texas medical schools. Out of state selectees were from Nebraska (Creighton), Louisiana (LSU-NO and Tulane), Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia (Medical College of Georgia and Morehouse), Tennessee (East Tennessee and Vanderbilt) and Florida (University of Miami, University of South Florida, and University of Florida College of Medicine). All but 3 of the thirty were AOA members. Their mean Step 1 (n=30) was 254 (range 234-265) and Step II (n=21) was 260 (range 241-280).