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, February 28, 2017

Volunteers Needed for Stay Shady!

Dermatology Interest Group is looking for volunteers this Thursday, March 2nd, from 8:40-2:30 at Crenshaw Elementary School. If you cannot come the whole day, that is fine. We have many shifts available! Please come out and help us educate the next generation of Galvestonians! You will also be featured in the DIG blog! Please email Kedwagne@utmb.edu to volunteer!

Advice for Dermatology Clinical Rotators

Current MS3s are beginning to plan their dermatology electives for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year. During rotations, dermatology applicants often have more interactions with dermatology residents than faculty. What advice do dermatology residents offer applicants? How do rotators make the best impressions over a typical one month long audition? These are their suggestions about appropriate professional behavior while on elective:
-Respect boundaries. Do not go into residents’ offices without an invitation.
-Respect personal space. There is no need to physically get too close to residents or faculty. Do not touch students, staff, residents, fellows, or faculty.
-Certain facial expressions may be interpreted by others as anger. Try to smile more! Remember body language: crossed arms may convey the wrong message.
-Be enthusiastic and enjoy your rotation. Become a valuable team contributor. Take advantage of some of the many academic opportunities that typically arise during the rotation. Interested rotators often have the opportunity to co-author case reports or posters with residents, fellows, and faculty.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Dermatology Interest Group Suture Workshop

The Dermatology Interest Group will be holding a suture workshop for students. 

What: This free workshop will include a short lecture on technique and tools, hands-on practice suturing pig’s feet, excising, and injecting.
When: Thursday, March 9th at 5-6pm
Where: McCullough Bldg Conference Room 4.130 (access through the Dermatology Department 4.112)
RSVP: Space is limited & first come, first serve. Email Kristyna Gleghorn (klglegho@utmb.edu) to sign up! 

UTMB Dermatology Awaiting 2017 NRMP Results

Dermatology applicants and programs submitted their final rank lists on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Now everyone waits to learn the results during the week of March 13th. Programs learn their confidential match list results on Thursday, March 16th and applicants learn where they matched on Friday, March 17th (“Match Day”).

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Hansen’s Disease Expert to Visit UTMB Dermatology

Dr. Stryjewska from the National Hansen’s Center will visit the UTMB Department of Dermatology on Friday morning, June 9th, 2017. All are invited to attend her lecture.

Dr. Julie Croley Publishes in JAAD

Dr. Julie Croley is the first author of a surgical article that was published in the March 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD). The article is titled, “The modified rule of halves for prevention of dog-ears.”  Her co-authors on this peer-reviewed publication were Dr. C. Helen Malone (UTMB Mohs Fellow), Dr. Adrian Subrt (UTMB PGY3 Dermatology Resident), and Dr. Richard Wagner (UTMB Dermatology Program Director and Micrographic Surgery Fellowship Director). Dr. Croley is scheduled to begin dermatology residency at UTMB in July 2017. The complete article is available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0190962216308957 Congratulations Dr. Croley!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Dr. Brent Kelly's Band has a fabulous performance at Galveston's 2017 Mardi Gras

2017 Mardi Gras celebrants were treated to a rare Texas public performance by the 1990s rock band Zaemon in Galveston on February 18th. Fans of Zaemon, including dermatology residents and medical students, gathered to hear guitarist Dr. Brent Kelly (photo 1) perform. We hope to see them back in Galveston soon! 

Photo 1: Guitarist Dr. Brent Kelly 

Photo 2: Dermatology residents and medical students gather to watch Zaemon (from left to right: Vlad Codrea, Dung Mac, Kristin Wolff, Will Tausend, Rebecca Philips, Kristyna Gleghorn)

Stay Shady visits Morgan Elementary

On February 17th, UTMB DIG presented another installment of Stay Shady at Morgan Elementary. Keith Wagner (MS2), Mai-Ahn Vu (MS1), Michael Ryan (MS1), and Aspen Stuart (MS1) presented to over 500 K-4th grade students! This fun, interactive presentation is aimed at making kids aware about the sun damage and how to protect themselves! Shout out to Morgan's faculty and administrators for allowing DIG to present! Additionally, thank you to Allheart for supplying Starbucks coffee and pastries for the school’s faculty during our presentations.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

UTMB PGY3 Dermatology Resident Awarded International Travel Grant

Dr. Chinelo Ikpeama, a current UTMB PGY3 dermatology resident, was competitively awarded an International Travel Grant by the American Academy of Dermatology to attend the British Association of Dermatology Meeting in Liverpool this summer. Congratulations Dr. Ikpeama on this outstanding professional recognition!

Monday, February 20, 2017

DIG Annual Bake Sale 3/8/17

DIG is pleased to announce that the Annual Bake Sale will be Wednesday, March 8th in the Jamail Student Center from 11:00-2:00! The money raised is used to help purchase more supplies for Stay Shady for the elementary school children of Galveston! If you would like to volunteer some of your time to run the booth or provide baked goods for us to sell, please email Keith Wagner at kedwagne@utmb.edu.

AIM for the Cure Melanoma 5K Walk and Fun Run 2017

Dr. Lindy Ross Receives Prestigious UTMB Thayer Teaching Award

Congratulations to UTMB PGY3 Dermatology Resident Dr. Lindy Ross, who was awarded a Thayer Award for Excellence in Teaching. Awardees are UTMB residents who demonstrate exemplary scientific knowledge, compassion for patients, and dedication to learning and teaching. This award is made annually by the Osler Student Scholars in the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine at UTMB.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Dr. Brent Kelly’s Band to Perform at Galveston’s 2017 Mardi Gras (Budweiser Main Stage, 23rd and Strand)

Fans of Zaemon may recall that the band performed at Galveston’s Mardi Gras last year. They have been invited back to open for Sugar Ray on Saturday, February 18, 2017. Zaemon is scheduled to perform at 4:15 pm. All are welcome to attend this party! General admission tickets cost $19.82

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Mentee Advice

JAMA published invaluable advice to mentees and their mentors in the February 7, 2017 issue (2017;317:475-476). In, “Mentee missteps: tales from the academic trenches,” three University of Michigan co-authors offer critical analysis about different types of problematic mentees they have encountered: the overcommitter, the ghost, the doormat, the vampire, the lone wolf, and the backstabber. Potential solutions for both the mentee and the mentor are offered. This article offers very sound advice!

UTMB House Staff Pay Raise on Horizon for 2017-2018 Academic Year

UTMB house staff will receive pay raises during the upcoming academic year if approved by the UT System Board of Regents. The proposed pay scale will be:
PGY1: $51,681
PGY2: $53,432
PGY3: $55,087
PGY4: $57,545
PGY5: $60,195

Original Research Highlights UTMB’s Innovative Surgical Training for Residents

Congratulations to Dr. Julie Croley, a current UTMB PGY1 resident in preliminary internal medicine and soon-to-be UTMB dermatology resident for achieving first authorship in important educational research recently conducted in the UTMB Mohs clinic (Croley JA, Malone CH, Goodwin B, Phillips LG, Cole EL, Wagner RF Jr. Mohs surgical reconstruction educational activity: a resident education tool. Advances in Medical Education and Practice). This research demonstrated that PGY3 dermatology and plastic surgery residents benefited by planning wound repairs following Mohs surgery for skin cancer patients. Resident surgical closures were reviewed by the faculty Mohs surgeon and feedback was provided to each resident. Coauthors on his publication were Drs. Helen Malone (UTMB inaugural Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellow), Dr. Richard Wagner (UTMB Mohs Fellowship Director),  Dr. Brandon Goodwin (UTMB Dermatology and Dermatopathology Faculty), Dr. Linda Phillips (Director, UTMB Plastic Surgery), and Dr. Eric Cole (UTMB Plastic Surgery Faculty). This peer-reviewed, open access journal article is available at https://www.dovepress.com/mohs-surgical-reconstruction-educational-activity-a-resident-education-peer-reviewed-article-AMEP

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

DIGA Winter Newsletter and Leadership Application

The Dermatology Interest Group Association (DIGA) recently published it's Winter Newsletter featuring an interview with Dr. Papier, co-Founder and CEO of VisualDx. VisualDx is a cinical decision suport system used to help with differential diagnosis, testing, therapy and patient education in dermatology. Many medical schools have a license to VisualDx- if your medical school does not have a license and you would like access to help introduce VisualDx to your medical school email Lauren at lmacdonough@visualdx.com. 

Also, the DIGA Leadership Application is now open! DIGA is a great way to get involved with dermatology at a national level. The application can be found at http://www.derminterest.org. If you would like to apply, send your application to ApplyToDIGA@gmail.com by February 13th, 2017. This year UTMB MS4s Kristyna Gleghorn (UTMB DIG president) and Lauren Williams were DIGA officers. Contact Kristyna Gleghorn (klglegho@utmb.edu) for any questions.