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, April 28, 2015

2014-2015 UTMB DIG Officers Recognized

Congratulations to the following 2014-2015 UTMB DIG officers and their faculty advisor for helping to make the UTMB DIG such a successful medical student organization this year. 
The following 13 officers were recently recognized with a certificate of service:

President: Alex Acosta

Vice President: Dung Mac

Fundraising/AIM Melanoma Walk Chairs:  Zachary Jones and Jasmine Stephens

Sun Protection Chairs: Hunter Neely, Skyler White. Kristyna Gleghorn, Kyle Kaltwasser, and Greg Peterson

Contact Dermatitis Chairs: Alfreda Batts and Drew Decrescenzo

Psoriasis Awareness Chairs: Rachael Pellerin and Nadia Megahed

Faculty Advisor: Richard Wagner, MD

Friday, April 24, 2015

UTMB DIG Awards Annual Medical Student Teaching Award to UTMB Dermatology Resident and Faculty

The UTMB DIG annual holds a vote among its MS4 members to recognize the UTMB dermatology resident and faculty who most contributed to their dermatology education. This year the awardees were Drs. Tanya Trynosky (resident) and Brent Kelly (faculty). Thanks to all in the dermatology department who contribute to our education at UTMB. We are fortunate to have such high quality residents and faculty who help us learn about dermatology.

Left to Right: Zachary Jones (MS4), Kyle Kaltwasser (MS4), Dr. Trynosky, Dr. Kelly, Skyler White (MS3), and Dung Mac (MS3)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Dermatology Night at St. Vincent’s Clinic

St. Vincent's House offers a student-run free health clinic serving the Galveston uninsured and underserved population. It is an important part of the UTMB community, providing free health services to the public, while teaching medical, PA, and nursing students how to manage common health issues. UTMB Dermatology residents and faculty can be found volunteering at St. Vincent's Clinic each month, where they aid medical students in providing free skin cancer screenings, biopsies, excisions, and routine dermatologic care. Our next Dermatology Night at St. Vincent’s Clinic is:

When: Thursday, May 7th, 4:30-8PM
Where: St. Vincent's House, 2817 Post Office Street, Galveston, Texas 77550

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Upcoming DIG meeting 4/27/2015 5-6PM

DIG will be holding officer elections for our upcoming meeting. Graduating MS4s DIG members who matched into dermatology will be sharing with us their interviewing experience. Current MS3 DIG member, Neil Jackson, will also be talking about how to start an Honors Thesis Project. Other topics for discussion includes the upcoming Melanoma Walk (6/6) and Stay Shady events. Don’t miss out this highly informative session!

When: Monday, 4/27/15, 5PM-6PM

Where: Dermatology conference room, 4.112 McCullough Building

Monday, April 20, 2015

Success on the 2015 ITE

At least one UTMB dermatology resident scored at least 90% in all six content areas (general dermatology, pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, basic science, surgery and visual recognition) of the 2015 ITE exam administered by the American Board of Dermatology. Program strengths this year were in visual recognition and dermatopathology.

UTMB DIG Bake Sale on 4/15/2015 a Success!

UTMB DIG members recently had a bake sale at Joe’s Café (UTMB campus). This event was highly successful, raising enough money to purchase supplies for our community educational projects and procedural workshops for medical students. Special thanks to our volunteers and contributors!
               Left to Right: Kristyna Gleghorn (MS2), Hunter Neely (MS3), Tim Allen (MS1)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Nominations for UTMB Dermatology Faculty and Resident Awards 2015

UTMB Dermatology Interest Group is now accepting nominations from all the MS4 members to select one of the PGY4 UTMB dermatology residents for the medical student teaching award and one dermatology faculty for the medical student teaching award. Have you had an awesome experience with a faculty or resident? Have they impacted your education and you would like to express your gratitude? Well now you can by nominating them for these teaching awards! Please vote on the survey link below by Wed 4/22/15 @ 10PM:


These awards will be made by a DIG officer at an upcoming Friday dermatology journal club (4/24/15 12PM) when the awardees are present and before the 2015 SOM graduation.

Dr. Will Tausend Publishes Case Report

Congratulations to former UTMB DIG Vice President Dr. Will Tausend for his recently published case report in the April 2015 issue of Dermatology Online Journal (Tausend WE, Stewart LR, Rapini RR. Morphea-like complications to illicit gluteal silicone injections. Dermatology Online Journal 2015; 21 (4): 5. This article is available at: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/0xv5g3sn#page-1 ). Dr. Tausend is currently completing his PGY1 year in internal medicine at UTMB and will begin dermatology residency at UTMB in July 2015.

Monday, April 13, 2015

UTMB Dermatology Chief Resident Publishes Letter in Cutis

Congratulations to Dr. Lindsey Hunter-Ellul, a UTMB PGY4 chief dermatology resident, for her recent letter that was published in Cutis [Hunter-Ellul L, Reddy S, Dacso M, Robare-Stout S, Wilkerson M. Rapidly recurring keratoacanthoma. Cutis. 2015 April;95(4):E7-E8.] Her co-authors were former UTMB dermatology residents Drs. Mara Dacso and Samantha Robare-Stout, and visiting medical student Shalini Reddy (now a dermatology resident at Boston University). Dermatology professor Michael Wilkerson supervised the case report. This electronic publication is available at: http://www.cutis.com/the-publication/past-issues-single-view/rapidly-recurring-keratoacanthoma/e8e653fdb8e92a66be7f6cbc03ed3e28.html?utm_source=Clin_CT_Epublishing_04.12.15&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Confocal+microscopy%3A+a+noninvasive+diagnostic+tool+for+onychomycosis 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

UTMB Dermatology Interest Group Annual Bake Sale 4/15/2015

Come support DIG during our Annual Bake Sale on 4/15/15 (Wednesday). Money raised from this sale will go towards educational projects such as Stay Shady for grade school students to learn about skin cancer and procedural workshops for medical students to practice their suture and injection skills.

Date: 4/15/15
Location: Joe’s Café (UTMB Jamail Student Center)
Time: 10am-2pm

Would you like to help out with the bake sale? Sign up via the link below:
Please email dhmac@utmb.edu if you have any questions.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Academic Censure Ahead for MD Anderson?

Houston Chronicle reporter Todd Ackerman reported in the Thursday, April 9, 2015 issue of the Houston Chronicle ("Hospital closer to union's censure: M.D. Anderson criticized over faculty firings," pages B1, B10) that MD Anderson faces academic censure by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) following an AAUP report released on April 8, 2015 that, "M.D. Andrson Cancer Center's administration violated commonly accepted principles of academic freedom and tenure when it dismissed two longtime faculty members..."

Monday, April 06, 2015

UTMB Graduate Medical Education Office Changes Policy on H1B Visas

Effective last month, the UTMB Graduate Medical Education Office will no longer offer H1B Visas to any future residency or fellowship applicants.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Dr. Alex Holliday Publishes Review About Kaposi’s Sarcoma

Congratulations to former UTMB medical student and internal medicine resident, Dr. Alex Holliday for his March 2015 publication, “Kaposi’s Sarcoma at the Oscars” that was published in Global Dermatology, an international peer-reviewed dermatology journal [Glob Dermatol 2015;2(2):84-86. Doi:10.15761/GOD.1000126]. His co-author on this article was Dr. Richard Wagner, UTMB Dermatology Program Director. Dr. Holliday is currently in a clinical dermatology research fellowship in the Department of Dermatology, Virginia Tech Carillion School of Medicine and he will begin dermatology residency at the same institution this July. This interesting article is available at: http://oatext.com/Kaposi-s-Sarcoma-at-the-Oscars.php

Change at MD Anderson Announced

Reporter Todd Ackerman of the Houston Chronicle reported on Friday, April 3, 2015 in a front page story that a MD Anderson scientist has taken an administrative position at The University of Texas in Austin to head a statewide project about diabetes ("Chin leaving cancer center; M.D. Anderson scientist takes administrative post at UT," pages A1, A13).

Thursday, April 02, 2015

All UTMB PGY4 Scholarly Projects Presented to Dermatology Department Before Deadline

Congratulations to all of the current PGY4 UTMB dermatology residents for completing their required scholarly projects and presenting them before the deadline later this month. This year the projects were about dermatopathology (Dr. Audra Clos), a professional survey about the use of generic medicines in academic and community dermatology (Dr. Lindsey Hunter-Ellul), teaching dermatology residents flaps and grafts (Dr. Brandon Goodwin), and the development and implementation of informed consent forms as a departmental quality improvement project for UTMB cosmetic dermatology procedures (Dr. Tanya Trynosky). This is the earliest that all PGY4 projects have all been presented. Dr. Hunter-Ellul's research as already been published and Dr. Goodwin's project was presented to a national audience of dermatology educators.

Houston Chronicle Continues to Criticize MD Anderson Administration

In its latest criticism of the current MD Anderson's administration, the April 2, 2015 issue of the Houston Chronicle has published an editorial entitled, "Code blue: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center's problems with leadership need urgent attention," page B10. The editorial concludes, "The chancellor and the board of regents should treat this management problem with the same urgency as physicians do when treating their patients."

2015 In-Training Exam (ITE) Results

Results of the 2015 ITE are expected by April 17, 2015.