Editors



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.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Another Successful Stay Shady

The Dermatology Interest Group hosted their second Stay Shady event on Thursday, February 21st at Satori School in Galveston.

Medical students (L to R) Eunice Ko (MS2), Keyon Mohebzad (MS3), Hillary Nguyen (MS3), and Lily Valad (MS3) presented an educational presentation on sun safety and helped Satori School students make UV-sensitive bead bracelets to help remind them to stay vigilant in the coming summer months.

Special thanks to Ms. Claire Wilkins at Satori School for coordinating the event and to DIG fundraising participants for providing the materials for the bead bracelets.



Friday, February 22, 2019

UTMB Mohs Fellow Coauthors Two Publications



Congratulation to the current UTMB Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellow, Dr. Josh Hammel for his two recent articles:

“Factors Associated With Patient-Initiated Communication After Mohs Micrographic Surgery” was published in Dermatol Surg. 2019 Feb;45(2):234-243. doi: 10.1097/DSS.0000000000001750. This study was based on research conducted at the University of Iowa where he completed dermatology residency in June 2018.

“Effect of Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection for Rejuvenation of Photoaged Facial Skin: A Randomized Clinical Trial” was published in JAMA Dermatol. 2018 Dec 1;154(12):1447-1452. doi: 10.1001/jamadermatol.2018.3977 about research Dr. Hammel conducted while he was a Clinical Research Fellow at Northwestern University prior to dermatology residency.

UTMB DIG Appreciates Dermatology Residents

The UTMB DIG brought donuts to start off UTMB’s Resident Appreciation Day this morning. We greatly appreciate all of the teaching, mentoring, research opportunities, role modeling,  and professional development that you provide! Thank you for everything you do to help us learn more about dermatology.


Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Countdown Begins!

All applicant and programs match lists were due yesterday at the NRMP, and now everyone is waiting for Match Day on Friday, March 15, 2019. Good luck everyone!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Appearance in ERAS Application Photo and Chance for Successful Dermatology Matching

MS3s planning to apply for dermatology residency in the upcoming 2019-2020 upcoming academic year may want to read https://escholarship.org/uc/item/5qc988jz The authors from one dermatology residency program found that applicants who smiled, wore glasses, and wore blazers in their ERAS application photo were more likely to successfully match. They also found that female applicants photographed with longer hair had greater chances to match.  

MS4 Reminder: NRMP “Match List” Due Tomorrow (February 20, 2019 at 9:00 pm EST)

Don’t forget to submit your certified match list by 9 pm EST tomorrow (see http://www.nrmp.org/match-calendars/ for additional information).


Good luck everyone!

Master of Science in Dermatology offered by the University of Miami

A MS degree in Skin Biology and Dermatological Sciences (with or without thesis) is available at the University of Miami (a highly respected research institution for dermatology) and can be completed in 12 to 16 months (see http://dermatology.med.miami.edu/master-of-science-in-skin-biology for additional information).

Monday, February 18, 2019

Stay Shady THIS THURSDAY (2/18/19) @ Satori School

Reminder that UTMB DIG members will be presenting Stay Shady this week:



Satori School in Galveston (2503 Sealy Ave, Galveston, TX 77550)


Thurs, Feb 21, 2019
2:15 PM


Please contact Eunice Ko (heko@utmb.edu) with any further questions or if you would like to participate.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Saturday, May 4, 2019 is Skin Cancer Screening Day In Galveston

UTMB DIG members interested in volunteering to help room patients into examination rooms are welcome! More details to follow.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

UTMB PGY3 Dermatology Resident First Author on JAAD Publication

Congratulations to Dr. Julie Croley, a UTMB PGY3 dermatology resident, and her co-authors, Aaron Joseph (Associate Program Director, Mohs fellowship) and Richard Wagner (Program Director, Mohs fellowship) for their recent publication in the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD), “A Discrepancy in the Mohs Micrographic Surgery Appropriate Use Criteria,” J Am Acad Dermatol. 2018 Dec 23. pii: S0190-9622(18)33113-X. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2018.11.064. [Epub ahead of print] This article is available online at https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S019096221833113X?via%3Dihub

2019 UTMB Dermatopathology Review Course

The UTMB Department of Dermatology will conduct its dermatopathology review course on Saturday, April 27, 2019 under the direction of Dr. Brent Kelly, Professor Dermatology. More details to follow. This course is a good review for dermatology and pathology residents and fellows with upcoming certification examinations. Faculty are also welcome to attend. 

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Dr. Janice Wilson Publishes on Dermoscopy Education for Dermatology Residents

Congratulations to Dr. Janice Wilson, UTMB Assistant Professor of Dermatology, for her recent publication, “Telementoring and Smart-Phone-Based Answering Systems to Optimize Dermatology Resident Dermoscopy Education” in The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 2019 Jan 28. pii: S0190-9622(19)30152-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2019.01.045. [Epub ahead of print]

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

AIM Melanoma Walk

Hey Fellow DIG Members,


This year's AIM at Melanoma Walk will take place at 7 AM on Saturday April 13th! Volunteer sign up for the day of will go out closer to the event, but we are looking for some help with the planning process. If you are interested in helping please contact Caitlin Pekowski (cnpekows@utmb.edu).



If you would like to donate/sign-up for the walk please visit the website https://support.aimatmelanoma.org/event/walk-2019-galveston/e219038! Also please share this link with anyone you think might be interested in the event.



Hope to hear from some of you!

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Measles Case Reported in Galveston County

A case of measles has been reported in Galveston County, although few details are available ( see https://www.chron.com/houston/article/Three-cases-of-measles-confirmed-in-Harris-County-13587566.php ). Since measles often has a characteristic rash, it may come to the attention of dermatologists for diagnostic expertise. Look for Koplik's spots in the mouth 2-3 days after the illness starts, and an erythematous rash that begins on the face and then spreads to the rest of the body 3-5 days from initial symptoms.

Friday, February 01, 2019

St. Vincent's Student Clinic Dermatology Night 2/7/19

Join UTMB Dermatology faculty for the upcoming dermatology night at St. Vincent’s Clinic. Please see the calendar link below to reserve your volunteering spot.

When: Thursday, February 7th at 5:30-8:30PM (volunteers should arrive at 5:15)
Where: St. Vincent's House, 2817 Post Office Street, Galveston, Texas 77550