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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.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Dermatology Night At St. Vincent's on 11/3/16

Join UTMB Dermatology residents and faculty for the upcoming dermatology night (Thursday, November 3rd, 2016) at St. Vincent’s Clinic. Please see the calendar link below to reserve your volunteering spot:

When: Thursday, November 3rd, 5:30-8:30PM (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/

DIG Booth at St. Vincents Health Fair on Nov 12

Attention DIG members: Volunteers are needed for the DIG booth at the St. Vincent's Health Fair on November 12th 10AM-12PM. Volunteers will talk about the importance of proper sun protection and sunscreen use to visitors at our booth. This is a fun and easy way to earn volunteer hours!

Please sign up using the link below by Friday Nov 4th. (It is divided into two shifts 10-11am & 11-12pm, but you are welcome to stay the time!)

 If you have any questions feel free to contact Paige Hoyer (512)968-5742. Hope to see you there!

UTMB Dermatology Hires Christi Wargo, CPNP

The UTMB DIG welcomes Ms. Christi Wargo, CPNP to the UTMB Department of Dermatology. She has special interest in pediatric dermatology.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Dermatology Clinic Transforms Pumpkin

Penny Pumpkin wants to look her best for the upcoming Halloween Holiday on October 31st, so she went to the Bay Colony UTMB dermatology clinic in League City to see Dr. Will Tausend (UTMB PGY3 dermatology resident) and NP Stephanie Kemmerling, She was very pleased with the results!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

What do Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas have in common? On Thursday, July 13, 2017 dermatology residents from these three states will be in Tampa, Florida to take the American Board of Dermatology Certification Examination. Good luck on this test!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Congratulations Dr. Brandon Goodwin!

Dr. Brandon Goodwin, the newest UTMB faculty in the Department of Dermatology, passed his Dermatopathology Certification Examination. He completed dermatopathology fellowship at UTMB during the 2015-2016 academic year. Prior to that he completed dermatology residency at UTMB in June 2015. He will practice clinical dermatology at UTMB and also attend on our dermatopathology service.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

UTMB Dermatology Residents Score in 96th Percentile on 2016 American Board of Dermatology Certification Exam

Congratulations to UTMB’s most recent 4 dermatology residents who completed training in June 2016. Collectively, they scored in the 96th percentile on the most recent American Board of Dermatology Certification Examination (“The Boards) out of 120 dermatology residency programs that were ranked. The resident group that graduated last year (June 2015) also performed admirably, with a collective 90thpercentile score on the test.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Study Supports Standardized Dermatology Letter of Recommendation

The Divisions of Dermatology and Pediatric Dermatology at The Ohio State University (Columbus) published a study in the September 2016 issue of The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology about their single institution  retrospective experience that compared the new standardized letter of recommendation with the more traditional letter (Volume 9, Number 9, pp.36-42). The authors concluded that the standardized dermatology letter meets the goals of efficiency, applicant stratification, and validity.

Got 10 Dermatology Interviews?

According to a lecture at the Annual Association of Dermatology Professors Meeting in Chicago last week, dermatology applicants during the 2015-2016 academic year who participated in 10 interviews had a 98% chance of matching! Over half of all dermatology interviews (53%) were offered in January last year, so that is a good time to be on vacation or on a rotation that will permit frequent interviewing.

Walk to Cure Psoriasis a Success!

The UTMB DIG recently participated in the National Psoriasis Foundation's "Walk to Cure Psoriasis" on October 2, 2016. We are excited to announce that we exceeded our goal and raised $222.00 as the UTMB DIG team. A total of $22,346 was raised in support of to efforts to cure psoriatic disease and improve the lives of those affected.  Thank you to everyone who signed up and donated to our team
Pictured: Seena Monjazeb, MS4 (left) and Paige Hoyer, MS3 (right)

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Dermatology Night At St. Vincent's on 10/6/16

Join UTMB Dermatology residents and faculty for the upcoming dermatology night (Thursday, October 6th, 2016) at St. Vincent’s Clinic. Please see the calendar link below to reserve your volunteering spot:

When: Thursday, October 6th, 5:30-8:30PM (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/

Dermatology Interest Group Association 2016 Fall Newsletter

National DIGA is a great resouce for dermatology applicants and local DIGs. Their fall newsletter features an interview on the journey to dermatology residency with Dr. Kurt Ashack, a preliminary intern starting dermatology residency at UIC in 2017. The newsletter can be accessed at the following link: http://us12.campaign-archive2.com/?u=87e06011a087bf7c3fc72dfff&id=d340ad7a65&e=bbe4fd1b93

Another helpful tool is the dermatology residency interview calendar on the DIGA website (derminterest.org). This is helpful for current applicants scheduling interviews. UTMB DIG would like to wish current applicants good luck this interview season! 

Monday, October 03, 2016

2017 ITE Exam Announced

The American Board of Dermatology has announced the date of the 2017 In-Training Examination (ITE), also known as the “mock boards.” This 4.5 hour exam will be on Thursday, February 16, 2017. It is typically taken by all of the residents.

Helpful Interview Advice

Interviewing for a dermatology residency interview has much in common with other high stakes competitive interviewing for jobs. A company may interview 10 or more applicants for one highly sought job opening, hoping to find the ideal employee. What are the employer’s goals in conducting these interviews? How does an applicant stand out from the others in a good way? Advice for interviewing is available on the Yale University website (seehttp://funding.yale.edu/planning/interviewing-external-fellowships) in the context of competitive external fellowships. Much of this advice applies to dermatology residency applicants and is worthy of consideration.

Update from Texas Dermatologic Society 2016 Annual Fall Meeting

UTMB dermatology faculty, residents, and medical students attended the TDS meeting in San Antonio, Texas over the weekend. UTMB had an impressive number of posters accepted for presentation at the conference: 

1. Lizy Paniagua, Alison Lowe, Michael Wilkerson. A Unique Presentation of Tinea Corporis in a Renal Transplant Recipient. 
2. Samuel Haslam, Chinelo Ikpeama, Tara Akunna, Michael Wilkerson. Penile Mondor's Disease: Two Rare Cases. 
3. Neil Jackson, Timothy Allen, Richard Wagner. Understanding Ultraviolet Radiation of Dorsal Foot Injury at the Beach. 
4. Adrian Subrt, Lizy Paniagua, Bernard Gibson. Microsporum cutis infection presenting as cutaneous pseudolymphoma.
5. William Tausend, Paige Hoyer, Keith Wagner, Brandon Goodwin. Sorafenib-Induced Perforating Folliculitis. 
6. Kristyna Gleghorn, Vlad Codrea, Kristin Wolf, Adrian Subrt, Ashley Group. Mycobacterium monacense infection presenting as bullous disease. 
7. Samuel Haslem, Katelyn Woolridge, Michael Wilkerson. A Rare Transition from Pemphigus Foliaceus Following Rituximab Therapy Confirmed by Antidesmoglein ELISA. 
8. Paige Hoyer, Lindy Ross, Michael Wilkerson. Topical Timolol as a safe and economical adjunctive treatment of a recurrent pyogenic granuloma. 
9. Andrew Decrescenzo, Gabriel Hundeshagen. A New Synthetic Matrix with Bimodal Pore Structure Provides Favorable Characteristics as a Transfer Vehicle for Adipose Derived Stem Cells and Fibroblasts. 
10. Dung Mac, William Tausend, Brent Kelly. Photo-distributed Rash in a Homeless Man. 
11. Seena Monjazeb, Kristyna Gleghorn, Adrian Subrt, Michael Wilkerson. Neuropathologist Dermatitis: Unilateral Hand Contact Dermatitis Associated with Formaldehyde Exposure. 
12. Anna Buteau, Keith Wagner, Elizabeth Schepp, Brent Kelly. Scalp Spicules After Hair Transplantation: A Case of Demodex Infestation.

 (left to right): Adrian Subrt (PGY-3 Dermatology Resident), Kristyna Gleghorn (MSIV), Seena Monjazeb (MSIV)

Dung Mac (MSIV)
Drew Decrescenzo (MSIV)

Kristyna Gleghorn (MSIV)