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, May 31, 2016

Successful Turnout at the 2016 Galveston AIM for the Cure Melanoma Walk and Fun Run

The UTMB DIG had a successful turnout for the 2016 Galveston AIM for the Cure Melanoma Walk and Fun Run on May 21st. We raised $1386 to support melanoma research and hosted over 40 participants. Thank you for the donations and support!

DIG volunteers, left to right: Timothy Allen, Kristyna Gleghorn, Seena Monjazeb, Jorge Roman, Lizy Paniagua, Brandi Clark, Irene Pedraza, Dung Mac, Paige Hoyer

Melanoma 5K Walk/Fun Run participants at the starting line, ready to make their impact on finding a cure for melanoma! 

UTMB Mohs Surgery Clinic Receives Positive Patient Feedback

The May 2016 issue of Health System Friday Focus (a UTMB internal publication), in the “UTMB Health Shoutouts” section (page 8) printed a positive anonymous patient comment about the UTMB Mohs service, a part of UHC Dermatology: “I cannot praise Dr. Richard Wagner enough. Dermatology resident Dr. Emily Grimshaw is on track to be pillar in her field! (UHC Dermatology)”

Galveston Daily News Features Article About Skin Cancer

The May 31, 2016 issue of the Galveston Daily News featured advice from UTMB’s Dr. Sharon Raimer about skin cancer detection (Rick Cousins, “Skin cancer affects young and old”). Dr. Raimer offered lots of useful advice to readers about the warning signs of skin cancer. Thanks Dr. Raimer for educating the public about how to recognize skin cancers!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Two UTMB Dermatology Residents Honored With 2016 Gold Humanism Awards

Congratulations to UTMB dermatology residents, PGY4 Janice Wilson and PGY2 Lindy Ross for receiving 2016 Gold Humanism Awards. 

Photo caption: Dr. Janice Wilson (right) receives 2016 Gold Humanism Award from UTMB MS3 Seena Monjazeb (left).

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

UTMB MS4 Publishes Skin Cancer Case Report

Congratulations to UTMB MS4 Julie Boisen. She has published a peer-reviewed case report entitled, “Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma with Invasion through Ear Cartilage” in the open access journal, Case Reports in Dermatological Medicine. The entire article is available at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/cridm/2016/9067428/ Her presentation is especially interesting because of the photomicrographs that document tumor invasion through auricular cartilage. Her coauthors were UTMB PGY4 dermatology resident Dr. Helen Malone, and dermatology faculty Drs. Brent Kelly and Richard Wagner.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Two Dermatology Posters Awarded at 2016 National Student Research Forum

Congratulations to Chi-Han Lu from Baylor College of Medicine for the first place poster award (“IL 10 SDF 1Alpha Overexpression Mechanisms Enhances of EPC Wound Mobilization Neovascularization and Recruitment via Regulation of VEGF and D,” and Jeffrey Smith from UTMB for his second place poster award (“Qualitative assessment of endothelial cell attachment in wound-healing biomaterials.” The National Student Research Forum is an annual event for medical students, graduate students, and residents in all specialties to present their research. The UTMB Department of Dermatology sponsors the dermatology awards each year.

UTMB MS3 Publishes in JAMA Dermatology Notable Notes

Congratulations to UTMB MS3 Jorge Roman. He published an original article entitled, “Beauty That is More than Skin Deep,” in the May 2016 issue of JAMA Dermatology (pages 562-563).

Monday, May 09, 2016

Dermatology Times Focuses on Dermatologist Burnout

According to the May 2016 issue of Dermatology Times, dermatologist burnout is increasing (Hilton, l. Why burnout is increasing among US dermatologists, pages 66-69). The causes of burnout are interactions between 5 factors: excessive workload, inefficiency, loss of autonomy, problems with work-life integration, and a loss of meaning in work. Multiple dermatologists in private and university settings were interviewed for this interesting article.

Volunteer Opportunities Available for Camp Dermadillo, Aug 6-12

Camp Dermadillo is currently looking for male volunteers for their summer camp session. The orientation is on Sat, Aug 6, so volunteers would need to be available from Sat, Aug 6- Fri, Aug 12.  They would be finished at least by noon on Friday. Please email Dr. Raegan Hunt at Raegan.Hunt@bcm.edu if you are interested in volunteering!
For those unfamiliar with Camp Dermadillo: This is a program supported by the American Academy of Dermatology. It is a one-week summer camp experience, where young people ages 8-16 with a chronic skin condition come together to participate in fun camp activities. It also offers volunteers an opportunity to learn more about the effects of dermatological conditions as they interact and work with camp participants. More information can be found at https://www.aad.org/public/kids/camp-discovery/about

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Volunteers needed for skin cancer screening

The UTMB Department of Dermatology will be performing free skin checks on May 21st from 10-12 at the Stewart Road clinic. Medical students volunteers are needed for this event. Please email Kristyna Gleghorn (klglegho@utmb.edu) if you would like to volunteer. 

Monday, May 02, 2016

What is the h-index and Why does it Matter?

The h-index is a measure of publication quantity and impact (through citation). Research about h-index in dermatology departments was recently published by Dermatology Online Journal (http://escholarship.org/uc/item/1hx610pf#page-1). This study may be of interest to medical students and dermatology residents interested in academic careers.

Dr. Rebecca Philips Recognized

The UTMB DIG is pleased to report that UTMB’s PGY4 Chief Academic Resident has been named the outstanding dermatology resident for the 2015-2016 academic year. Nominations are based on multiple criteria, including leadership roles in state and national dermatology organizations, academics, volunteer activity, educational, and research during dermatology residency. Dr. Philips was previously the UTMB DIG President and Editor-in-Chief. She will remain at UTMB during the 2016-2017 academic year as one of two UTMB dermatopathology fellows.

UTMB DIG Presented "Stay Shady" at Holy Family Catholic School

On Thursday, April 14th, UTMB DIG members Paige Hoyer (MSII), Tara Akunna (MSII), and Seena Monjazeb (MSIII) presented "Stay Shady!" to the students at Holy Family Catholic School. This fun, interactive presentation is aimed at making kids aware of the damage that the sun can do to their skin and to inform them on how to protect themselves. The students gave the presentation and answered questions for 50 kids in total! They also helped them make UV bracelets out of beads that change color in the sun to raise awareness of sun damage and remind the kids to wear sunscreen. A special appreciation goes out to the students of Holy Family for being such a great audience and to our DIG volunteers!
From left to right: Seena Monjazeb, Paige Hoyer, Tara Akunna