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.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Dermatology Night at St. Vincent’s Clinic on August 6th, 2015

Join UTMB Dermatology residents and faculty for the upcoming dermatology night at St. Vincent’s Clinic. Please see the calendar link below to reserve your volunteering spot:

When: Thursday, August 6th, 5:30-9PM (volunteers should arrive at 5:15)
Where: St. Vincent's House, 2817 Post Office Street, Galveston, Texas 77550
Volunteer link: http://www.stvsc.org/index.php/students/

Sunday, July 26, 2015

UTMB Dermatology Clinic Recognized for High Patient Satisfaction

The UHC Dermatology clinic was presented the "Always Award" for the third quarter of 2015. UTMB dermatology faculty, residents, and staff work very hard to improve Patient Satisfaction and this university recognition is well-deserved!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

LCME Gives UTMB SOM Good Grades

The results of the LCME (Liaison Committee on Medical Education) report from their December 2014 site visit at UTMB has resulted in full accreditation for UTMB over the next 8 years! This is another objective demonstration that UTMB is offering outstanding medical education to our medical students!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Second Dermatology Research Honors Project Approved!

Congratulations to Uyen "Ngoc" Mui for  her recently approved UTMB Dermatology Honors Research Project entitled, "Consumer's understanding of sunscreen and factors that affect their purchase."
Her dermatology faculty mentor on this research is Dr. Ashley Group.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Record Number of Visiting MS4 Medical Students Enroll in UTMB Dermatology Electives during 2015

The UTMB Registrar’s Office is reporting that 8 MS4s  plan on taking dermatology electives at UTMB this academic year. They are from other Texas medical schools and one is visiting from out of state. The UTMB DIG welcomes you and predicts that you will enjoy your clinical rotations in Galveston. You may want to stay here for dermatology residency! Our program offers broad exposure across the entire specialty of dermatology, with faculty expertise in many areas. UTMB dermatology residents are well prepared for their certification examination and professional practice. UTMB currently accepts 4 new dermatology residents each year through the NRMP.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Get a Head Start on Residency at UTMB

UTMB requires that all new house staff (residents and fellows) complete 6 Institute for Healthcare Improvement  (IHI)Quality Improvement Modules 101-106 at the beginning of training. Applicants who hope to work at UTMB in the future as a resident or a fellow can complete these units as a medical student and the credit will transfer, so this requirement will not need to be repeated. Medical students are encouraged to complete all of the available units, and receive a certificate from IHI. Such by recognition by IHI would communicate  expertise, commitment, and interest in Quality Improvement (an ACGME residency program priority) of an applicant to potential future residency programs.

UTMB Derm Secret: Getting BSHS Selective Writing Credit for DERU-4004

DERU-4004 (Dermatologic Basic Science, see http://ar.utmb.edu/BSHSselectives/bdisplay.asp?rec=122 ) is an option that is available as a dermatology Selective that will meet UTMB’s Basic Science and Humanities Selective writing requirement for MS4s. It is often taken by UTMB students who have been accepted into the UTMB Dermatology Honors Research Program, because the required proposal for our institutional honors committee is multidisciplinary and has to be reviewed by this group of select academic scholars before approval is given. The UTMB derm secret is that approved honors student research proposals meet the writing requirement for
DERU-4004. Dr. Richard Wagner, the UTMB Dermatology Program Director and DIG Faculty Advisor is the course director of DERU-4004. Students taking DERU-4004 use the time during this 4 week Selective period to gather research data on their project, analyze data and write their honors  thesis. Please contact him directly if you are interested in receiving graduation credit for your honors research proposal.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Latecomers: Recognition of a Professional Disruptive Behavior?

Wall Street Journal reporter Sue Shellenbarger published an insightful article in the Wednesday, July 8, 2015 edition ("Don't Be Late or You'll Be a Schedule-Wrecker", pages D1, D3). It is recommended reading for everyone who attends scheduled meetings. Tardiness to scheduled meetings and clinics can be disruptive to many others, and the habit can spread, negatively impact group morale, and diminish the effectiveness of an organization. Laura Stack, a productivity trainer and news source for the article, advised "...starting meetings on time and refusing to bring late arrivals up to speed on what they missed." For an example about how tardiness to scheduled meetings disrupts others, if 10 timely co-workers wait 10 minutes for a latecomer to arrive, the work group has jointly wasted almost 2 hours their workday (110 minutes), time that could be better used during the rest of the day.