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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.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Mai-Anh Vu (MS3) Writes Column for National DIGA Newsletter

The national Dermatology Interest Group Association (DIGA) Summer Newsletter has been released. Mai-Anh Vu's (MS3), who is DIGA's Psoriasis Chair as well as UTMB DIG's Psoriasis Chair, column can be found under "Psoriasis Section". DIGA is a national, non-profit dermatology interest group encompassing over 100 medical schools in the US. The newsletter can be found here: https://us12.campaign-archive.com/?u=87e06011a087bf7c3fc72dfff&id=29c4dfe304

Sunday, August 26, 2018

St. Vincent's Student Clinic Dermatology Night 9/6/18

Join UTMB Dermatology faculty and residents for the upcoming dermatology night at St. Vincent’s Clinic. Please see the calendar link below to reserve your volunteering spot.
When: Thursday, September 6th at 5:30-8:30PM (volunteers should arrive at 5:15)
Where: St. Vincent's House, 2817 Post Office Street, Galveston, Texas 77550

Thursday, August 23, 2018

UTMB Dermatology Adds Two Additional Full Time Faculty

UTMB Dermatology now has two new Assistant Professors. Dr. Lindy Ross completed dermatology residency at UTMB in June, and is now on the faculty. Dr. Kathleen Kroger completed dermatology residency at UT Houston Health Science Center and is also a new UTMB dermatology faculty. The UTMB DIG looks forward to working with you during our dermatology rotations.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

UTMB Planning Ahead for House Staff Orientation in June 2019

The UTMB GME has released dates for new house staff orientation for 2019. This will apply to all incoming PGY1 residents and PGY2 dermatology residents who did not take their PGY1 at UTMB. UTMB GME plans new house staff orientation on June 20th and 21st. Epic training will follow on June 24th through June 26th, unless it is all completed on June 25th

Monday, August 20, 2018

National Psoriasis Foundation Walk

Want to make a difference? UTMB DIG will be participating in the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF)'s Houston Walk on Saturday, 9/22/18! Since 2007, the NPF has raised over $10 million to help find a cure for psoriasis. Help us raise awareness and have fun while giving back. We would love for members to either walk with our UTMB DIG team or volunteer to set up/break down the event & health fair for our psoriatic "psuperheros"! Our team page can be found here. 

  • When: Saturday, 9/22/18
  • Time: Registration opens at 8 AM. Walk begins at 9 AM. 
  • Where: Brown Foundation Lawn at Buffalo Bayou Park 
  • Address: 105 Sabine Street, Houston TX 77007

Please RSVP if you would like walk or volunteer by filling out this form here by 9/1/18.

NPF walkers & volunteers will be contacted via e-mail by Mai-Anh Vu (MS3), UTMB DIG's Psoriasis Chair. Mai-Anh is also the national DIGA Psoriasis Chair. Please e-mail mnvu@utmb.edu should you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing you change the world one step at a time!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Volunteers needed to help residents for TDS

The UTMB Dermatology residents are looking for students to help them write up cases for the virtual presentations at the upcoming TDS 2018 meeting. If you would like to help, please sign up at


Friday, August 17, 2018

UTMB MS4 Awarded Dermatology Research Graduation Honors

Congratulations to UTMB MS4 Keith Wagner for the successful defense of his thesis, “Skin Disease Hoaxes on the Internet: An Evaluation on Their Scope and Potential Impact on Dermatology.” His ad hoc honors thesis committee Drs. MK Peek, Janice Wilson (faculty mentor), Sharon Raimer, and Brent Kelly award him Magna Cum Laude graduation research honors. There were a total of 2 UTMB MS4s who completed Dermatology Honors Research Programs in the SOM Class of 2019. 32 UTMB UTMB medical students have now completed this program in dermatology research since the Department of Dermatology began participation in 2001.  26 of them are currently in dermatology residency programs or practicing dermatology, 1 is currently in a dermatology clinical fellowship, and 3 are still medical students at UTMB.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Friday UTMB Dermatology Photo Op

2018-2019 UTMB Dermatology Residents with Chair ad interim, Dr. Bernard Gibson

Monday, August 13, 2018

Disease Specific Support Groups

The internet has facilitated disease specific support groups for patients and their families. One of the earliest ones for skin diseases was N.O.A.H (National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation: https://www.albinism.org/ ).
The UTMB DIG, through its association with DIGA, has learned about an additional organization for those impacted by vitiligo ( see https://www.globalvitiligofoundation.org/support-groups ). Texas currently has vitiligo support groups in Dallas and in Houston according to this website.

UTMB Dermatology Faculty Invited Speaker at 2018 Houston Dermatological Society

Dr. Janice Wilson, UTMB Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Dermatopathology, is presenting a lecture for the Houston Dermatological Society titled, “Dermoscopy of Pigmented Acral Lesions” along with Dr. Kelly Nelson (MD Anderson Cancer Center) at 7 on September 10, 2018.

Monday, August 06, 2018

UTMB Dermatology Honors Program Thesis Presentation Scheduled

Please join UTMB MS4 Keith Wagner for his UTMB Dermatology Honors Thesis titled, “Skin Disease Hoaxes on the Internet: An Evaluation on Their Scope and Potential Impact on Dermatology,” on Friday, August 17th at 8 am in the small 5th floor dermatology conference room (McCullough Bldg., Room 5.120F). His honors committee includes, Drs. MK Peek, Janice Wilson (faculty mentor), Sharon Raimer, and Brent Kelly. It is a good opportunity for 1st through 3rd year UTMB medical students to learn more about the UTMB Dermatology Honors Research Program.