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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, March 27, 2017

2017-2018 Dermatology Chief Residents Announced

All UTMB PGY4 Dermatology Residents serve as Chief Residents during their final year of residency. These additional administrative duties are educational and part of training as the ACGME envisions it. Because the duties of Chief Residents are many, in recent past UTMB has split the Chief Resident Duties into 4 annual appointments:

Administrative Scheduling Chief: Dr. Adrian Subrt

Didactic Education Chief: Dr. Will Tausend

Student Liason Chief: Dr. Lindy Ross

Academic Conference Chief: Dr. Chinelo Ikpeama

We look forward to working with you during the upcoming academic year!

Street Parking Around UTMB

A front page story in the Monday, March 27, 2017 Galveston Daily News (Ketterer S, Galveston to charge for street  parking near UTMB, pages A1 and A4) provided some information about this parking plan change. According to this report, UTMB has returned about 80 street parking spots to the City of Galveston for future parking administration that will begin on June 1, 2017. The City of Galveston will charge $2 per hour for parking.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

UTMB Dermatology Publishes Followup Study on Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis

Congratulations to UTMB co-authors Dr. J. Wilson (UTMB Dermatopathology Fellow), UTMB MS4 Kristyna Gleghorn, and Dr. B. Kelly (Director of UTMB Dermatopathology) for their JAAD article, “Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis: A 15-year retrospective study at a single tertiary care center.” Their article was published in the March 2017 issue of Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. The abstract is available at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28318680

UTMB Fellow Co-authors Case Report on Scabies

Dr. H. Malone is the co-author on a peer-reviewed report about scabies (Misdiagnosed crusted scabies in an AIDS patient leads to hyperinfestation, Cutis 2017;99:202-204). The other co-authors, from the UTMB Department of Internal Medicine, were Drs. Niloofar Yari and Antonio Rivas. This report was submitted to Cutis when Dr. Malone was a UTMB dermatology resident. She is now the Mohs fellow at UTMB. This article is available at http://www.mdedge.com/cutis/article/132743/infectious-diseases/misdiagnosed-crusted-scabies-aids-patient-leads

Upcoming DIGA Seminar in New York, NY

Skin of Color Seminar Series, New York, NY May 6-7, 2017
In an effort increase diversity in dermatology, DIGA has provided a discount code for medical students interested in attending this amazing event. The price of the conference for medical students is $199, but with the discount code, DIGA, it will be $140. Register March 31, 2017 to be eligible for this discount (original pricing will resume on 4/1/17). https://skinofcolorseminars.com/

How to register for the conference as medical student
b. Credentials should be whatever degree you have: e.g. BS, BA, MPH or etc
c. Registration type: medical student
d. Medical License No: 000000000
e. Medical License State: NA
f. Discount Code: DIGA

Monday, March 20, 2017

UTMB SOM and Dermatology Alumnus Elected to ABD BOD

Congratulations to Dr. Scott M. Dinehart, MD, FAAD for his recent election to the American Board of Dermatology Board of Directors. Dr. Dinehart graduated from UTMB and completed dermatology residency at UTMB before taking a Mohs Fellowship at Duke. He is currently in private practice in Little Rock, Arkansas.

UTMB MS4 Co-authors JAAD Article

Congratulations to UTMB MS4 Drew DeCrescenzo for his recent publication, “Rhinophyma graft for repair of the phymatous nasal ala.” It has been published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Volume 76, Issue 4, April 2017, Page e123. His co-authors on this innovative approach to reconstruction of the phymatous nose were Drs. H. Malone (first author and Mohs Fellow), Adrian Subrt (UTMB PGY3 Dermatology Resident), and Richard Wagner (UTMB Dermatology Residency and Mohs Fellowship Director). Drew participated in the case while on the UTMB Dermatologic Surgery elective, and presented it at the 2017 American Academy of Dermatology Meeting.

Dr. Sharon Raimer Queen at Artillery Club’s 51st Fat Tuesday Ball

Galveston Daily News readers were pleased to see Dr. Sharon Raimer, former UTMB Dermatology Chair and current faculty member, in Frances Powell’s column (Artillery Club celebrates 51st annual Fat Tuesday Ball, Sunday March 19, 2017, page C2). Congratulations Dr. Raimer!

Friday, March 17, 2017

UTMB Announces PGY2 Residents for 2018

Congratulations to the following MS4 medical students who matched through the 2017 NRMP into the 4 available advanced PGY2 dermatology residency positions at UTMB:

Kristyna Gleghorn (UTMB)
Seena Monjazeb (UTMB)
Swaminathan Sundaresan (UT Houston)
Frank Winsett (UT Houston)

Welcome to our program! We are excited to have you join us in July 2018!

UTMB DIG Members Attend AAD in Orlando

During the first weekend of March, UTMB residents and DIG members traveled to Orlando to attend the annual AAD conference. DIG members that attended and/or presented at the annual conference included: Kristyna Gleghorn (MS4), Dung Mac (MS4), Andrew DeCrescenzo (MS4), Tim Allen (MS3), Paige Hoyer (MS3), Tara Akunna (MS3), and Andrea Johnson (MS3). Every students enjoyed the experience and many gained exposure to the various fields of dermatology including Cosmetic, Pediatric, and Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology. In addition, many members enjoyed the opportunity to network with current resident, Program Directors, and other hopeful medical students!

Posters presented:
"A Novel Training Exercise for Learning Digital Nerve Blocks, Nail Avulsions, Matricectomy and Matrix Biopsies in Dermatology Residency: A Pre and Post Training Workshop Research Survey" by Dr. Young McMahan, Kristyna Gleghorn, and Dr. Bernard Gibson 
"Case of Lichen Planus Pigmentosus" by Dr. Divya Sadhwani, Kristyna Gleghorn, and Dr. Lucia Semanario
"Examining the Effects of Rose Bengal on Fibroblast and Scarring" by Dung Mac, Jayson Jay, Dr. Celeste Finnerty, Dr. Michael Wilkerson
"Rhinophyma graft for repair of the phymatous nasal ala" by Dr. Helen Malone, Dr. Adrian Subrt, Andrew DeCrescenzo, and Dr. Richard Wagner
"A rare case of nasal myiasis caused by O. ovis from Cusco, Peru" by Paige Hoyer, Ryan Williams, M. Lopez, and Dr. MM Cabada

MS3s (from L to R): Paige Hoyer, Andrea Johnson, Tara Akunna, and Tim Allen

MS4 Mac Dung presenting his poster

MS3 Paige Hoyer presenting her poster

UTMB DIG Match Day Results

Congratulations to the following MS4 medical students who matched into a PGY2 dermatology residency positions:

Kristyna Gleghorn (UTMB)
Seena Monjazeb (UTMB)
Andrew DeCrescenzo (Baylor - Dallas)
Jorge Ramon (NYU)

In addition, a special congratulations to Dr. Kevin Sharghi, a UTMB graduate and current dermatology clinical fellow, who matched at Carilion Clinic Virginia Tech SOM!

Congratulations on all of your achievements and keep up the amazing work!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

2017 AIM for the CURE Melanoma Walk

This past Saturday, March 11th, the annual AIM for the CURE Melanoma Walk was held on the Galveston Seawall. Volunteers and participants raised $1,615, our most successful yet! Proceeds are donated to help support research, education, and patient/family support. We are very thankful for our dedicated D.I.G. volunteers and participants. Pictured below are: Caitlin Otto (MS1), Uloma Ibezim (MS2), Andrea Johnson (MS3), Keith Wagner (MS2), Nishita Soneji (MS2), Dung Mac (MS4), Michael Ryan (MS1), Paige Hoyer (MS3), Josh Hays (MS3), and Seena Monjazeb (MS4).

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Another Successful Suture Workshop

On Thursday, March 9th, Dr. Richard Wagner, Dr. William Tausend (PGY3), and Dr. Lindy Ross (PGY3) helped host a procedural workshop for UTMB students. Students were given a lecture on surgical instruments and techniques frequently used by dermatologists as well as taught how to perform tangential biopsies, punch biopsies, injections and suturing techniques. They were then allowed to practice these skills on tomatoes, marshmallows, and pigs' feet! Thank you to Drs. Wagner, Tausend, and Ross for holding such a great workshop!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Another Successful Bake Sale

On March 8th, 2017, DIG hosted its annual bake sale in the Jamail Student Center to raise money for supplies for the Stay Shady presentations! The bake sale was a huge success, raising $157, more than enough to keep DIG functioning for another year. The quality of the baked goods exceeded all expectations and included home-baked treats from: Keith Wagner (MS2), Tim Allen (MS3), Uloma Ibezim (MS2), Caitlin Otto (MS1), Paige Hoyer (MS3), Tara Akunna (MS3), Caroline Crain (MS1), Dung Mac (MS4), Josh Hays (MS3), Michael Ryan (MS1), and Nisha Soneji (MS2)! We are very appreciative of everyone who bought baked goods or donated for the cause!

24 Hour Workdays Back for PGY1 Residents

Yes, after several years of 16 hour work limits for PGY1 residents, the ACGME has adopted a 24 hour limit starting this July (Tanner L. New rules let rookie doctors work longer. Houston Chronicle, Sunday, March 12, 2017, Page A13). However, the 80 hour workweek limit remains in place.

UTMB Fills All 137 Positions in 2017

UTMB filled all 137 available positions  (100%) of its available residency positions through the NRMP and the San Francisco Match. This includes the four advanced PGY2 dermatology residency positions that begin in July 2018.

Friday, March 10, 2017

2018-2019 Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology (Mohs) Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. Josh Hammel, a current PGY2 dermatology resident at the University of Iowa. Due to a San Francisco Match exemption, Dr. Hammel has accepted the UTMB ACGME-accredited Mohs Fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year. Prior to dermatology residency, Dr. Hammel was an integrated plastic surgery resident in Illinois where he worked with UTMB’s current Mohs fellow, Dr. C. Helen Malone. He also was a dermatology clinical research fellow at Northwestern prior to dermatology residency.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

MD Anderson President Resigns

The Houston Chronicle is reporting the resignation of MD Anderson President, Dr. Ron DePinto (http://www.chron.com/houston/article/Ron-DePinho-resigning-MD-Anderson-Cancer-Center-10987005.php ). In a published statement, Dr. DePinto wrote, "As a result of months of self-reflection and deep engagement with the chancellor and our Board of Visitors, it became clear to me that this great and noble institution needs a new president who will inspire greater unity and a sharp operational focus on navigating the tectonic changes in healthcare delivery and economics."

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Incoming PGY2 Dermatology Resident Publishes Research Manuscript

Congratulations to Dr. Skyler White, a current UTMB Preliminary PGY1 Internal Medicine resident who will begin PGY2 Dermatology residency at UTMB in July 2017. Dr. White published her manuscript, “Dermatology Depictions in Friends” in the peer-reviewed Journal of Medicine and Movies. Her article is currently available at http://revistas.usal.es/index.php/medicina_y_cine/article/view/15869 . Her co-author on this research was Dr. Richard Wagner, the UTMB Dermatology Program Director.  Dr. White began working on the idea for this manuscript while she was a MS4 UTMB medical student taking Dr. Wagner’s popular film class at UTMB.

DIG Bake Sale 3/8/17

Dermatology Interest Group is holding a bake sale in Jamail building on 3/8/17! Come by between 11-2 to grab some great goods for a better cause! We will take cash, venmo, and cashapp. Proceeds are directed towards DIG's public service projects in Galveston. See you out there!

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

How to Make Dermatology More Diverse

It starts with residency selection, according to JAMA Dermatology Viewpoint authors from UCSF (Rethinking How We Select Dermatology Applicants—Turning the Tide, 2017;153:259-260). They make 6 specific suggestions about how to go about achieving greater diversity in dermatology, including removing AOA membership, Step 1 scores, and publication numbers as primary selection criteria. With the 2017 NRMP results release scheduled for next week, dermatologists will be looking at UCSF’s match list to see how successful they were in achieving their diversity goal. However, given the vagaries of the NRMP, a better solution might be to free programs seeking diversity from the NRMP for designated diversity residency positions that could be offered outside of the match to insure specialty diversity aims are met. In addition, the ABD could issue annual diversity awards for dermatology residency programs meeting diversity goals.

Stay Shady visits Crenshaw!

On Thursday, March 2nd, 2017, Keith Wagner (MS2) and Eric Mong (MS2) presented Stay Shady to over 150 elementary and middle school students at Crenshaw Elementary and Middle School! The two helped teach the students about the sun damage and how to protect themselves from the UV radiation. In addition, the students were able to make UV beads that change color when exposed to sunlight! Both the students and faculty enjoyed their time and were grateful for the presentation. DIG would like to thank both the volunteers and Crenshaw for allowing Stay Shady to occur!