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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Dermatology Night at St. Vincent’s Clinic on Oct 1st, 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, Oct 1st, 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/

Friday, September 25, 2015

Upcoming DIG Meeting: Dermatology Residents Panel on Sept 30th

Join the Dermatology Interest Group (DIG) for a panel discussion featuring UTMB dermatology residents as they share their experiences and advice about the preparring for a career in dermatology, the process of applying to dermatology residency, interviews, and what it is like to be a dermatology resident.

Date & time:  September 30th at 5:30-6:30 pm
Location: Dermatology Conference Room 4.112 McCullough Building

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Texas Dermatological Society Fall Meeting 2015

TDS will be holding its Annual Fall Meeting on October 23- 24 in Lubbock, TX.  Medical students are eligible to register and attend this event at no cost. Simply complete the registration form (see link below), select the Resident Member options, and email to Sylvia Hall (sylvia.hall@texmed.org). Indicate in the email that you are a medical student.

You can also register online via the link below:
Be sure to choose the Resident’s $0 option at payment screen. Check your email for confirmation of the registration (it may be in your junk box).

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

UTMB Dermatology Residents Receive Dermatology Jackets and Scrubs

The UTMB Department of Dermatology has purchased jackets (black) and personalized blue scrubs (blue sky) for the current 12 dermatology residents. Requesting faculty also received personalized blue scrubs. Each jacket has the “Department of Dermatology” and UTMB’s logo. Watch for them around campus! Blue scrubs in the dermatology clinic will help patients identify dermatology faculty and residents during procedural time.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Norman D. Guzick, MD (1937-2015)

The UTMB Department of Dermatology was sad to recently learn about the death of Dr. Norman Guzick following a brief illness. Dr. Guzick graduated from UTMB SOM in 1972 and completed dermatology residency in Houston at Baylor in 1976. Throughout the years he benefited our department by sharing his astute clinical insights. He is best remembered for attending the weekly TDCJ clinic with our dermatology residents and medical students. In 2006 he was the first to receive the Dermatology Resident Award for Excellent Dermatology Faculty Teaching by a Community Dermatologist, an award created in his honor. We will all miss learning from this seasoned Texas dermatologist. Additional details and service information is available at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/houstonchronicle/obituary.aspx?n=norman-guzick&pid=175853989&fhid=7433

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Community Health Fair in League City on Sept 26th, 2015

DIG will be participating in the upcoming Hometown Heroes Park Community Health Fair in League City, TX. We will be offering education on sun protection as well as melanoma awareness! We are looking for volunteers to help us with the event. Please use the link below to sign up for the fair as well as to indicate when you can be there!

Where: Hometown Heroes Park. 2105 Dickinson Ave, League City
When: Saturday, September 26, 2015, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Please contact UTMB DIG members Tim Allen (tirallen2@utmb.edu) or Tara Akunna (taakunna@utmb.edu) for questions and/or concerns regarding the event! 

Monday, September 14, 2015

UTMB PGY4 Dermatology Resident Publishes Second Article in JAAD

The UTMB DIG once again has the pleasure to recognize UTMB dermatology resident, Dr. H. Malone for her second Surgical Pearl published in JAAD. The article is it titled, “Temporary ear to cheek suture technique for improved posterior ear surgical access,” and it relates to a Mohs wound reconstruction performed on the Mohs service earlier this year when Dr. Malone was on the required three month PGY3 Mohs rotation at UTMB. Her co-author on this article was Dr. Richard Wagner, the UTMB dermatology program director, and director of the Mohs service at UTMB. The article is available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0190962215018538  (doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2015.06.047)

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Walk to Cure Psoriasis on October 10, 2015

The UTMB DIG will be participating in the National Psoriasis Foundation’s “Walk to Cure Psoriasis” on October 10, 2015 in Houston, TX! We’ve set a team fundraising goal of $250.00 and would greatly appreciate it if YOU helped us reach our goal by joining our team and walking with us or by donating to our team! In order to support our efforts, follow these steps:

1. Go to: http://npf.donordrive.com/team/utmbdig15
2. Click “Join Our Team” to join the UTMB DIG group and walk with us!
3. Click “Support Us” to donate and select or enter a donation amount to make your donation to the UTMB DIG group.

Here are the details of the walk:

Where: Discovery Green Park, 1500 McKinney, Houston, Texas 77010
When: Saturday, October 10, 2015
Check-In: 8:00AM
Walk Begins: 9:00AM
Distance: 1K and 5K walks

Please contact UTMB DIG member Ngoc Mui (uqmui@utmb.edu) or Katherine Tinkey (kttinkey@utmb.edu) for questions and/or concerns regarding the walk!

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Meeting Recap from 09/02/15 Talk with the Director, Dr. Wagner

UTMB DIG had a successful first meeting on Sept 02, 2015, which was also our annual Talk with the Director, Q and A session.  For a summary of the Q and A with Dr. Wagner, see below link.

Other items on the agenda included:
1.     St. Vincents derm night- Occurs first Thurs of every month. Sign up via volunteer spot http://www.stvsc.org/index.php/students/
2.     League City Fair on 9/26- DIG will be participating in this fair.
3.     Psoriasis Walk on 10/10- DIG will be fundraising for this event.
4.     Q and A session with dermatology residents- tentative date is 09/30

Saturday, September 05, 2015

UTMB Dermatology Residents Pass American Board of Dermatology Certification Exam on First Attempt

Congratulations to UTMB's recently graduated PGY4 dermatology residents, Drs. Audra Clos, Brandon Goodwin, Lindsey Hunter-Ellul, and Tanya Trynosky. They all passed the Certification Examination given by the American Board of Dermatology (ABD) this past July on their first attempt. They are all now a Diplomates of the American Board of Dermatology! Please congratulate them when you see them for this high academic achievement in dermatology! Graduating UTMB dermatology residents have a 100% pass rate for the past 4 years on their first attempt.

Latest UTMB Dermatology Department Publication a Collaborative Effort with UTMB Plastic Surgery

A combined effort between the UTMB Division of Plastic Surgery and the UTMB Department of Dermatology has resulted in a peer-reviewed publication. UTMB PGY4 plastic surgery resident Dr. Stephanie Nemir combined her expertise with former UTMB dermatology chief resident Dr. Lindsey Hunter-Ellul, 2016 incoming UTMB dermatology resident Dr. Vlad Codrea, and UTMB dermatology faculty Dr. Richard Wagner in their case report, “Reconstruction of a large anterior ear defect after Mohs micrographic surgery with a cartilage graft and postauricular revolving door flap.” The article was published in the open access journal, Case Reports in Dermatological Medicine, Volume 2015, Article ID 484819, 5 pages, doi:10.1155/2015/484819. Their article is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/484819

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

New Medical Director for UTMB Dermatology Clinics

Dr. Ashley Group has accepted medical directorship of the UTMB Dermatology Clinics. She replaces Dr. Michael Wilkerson in this departmental role. We wish Dr. Group good luck in her new leadership role! Dr. Wilkerson will continue in his departmental role as Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs. He has also become a Co-Director of the POM2 course given to second year UTMB medical students.