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.

Friday, March 29, 2019

UTMB DIG Elects New Officers

Congratulations to all the new DIG Officers and Committee Members!

Michael Ryan

Vice President:
Alec De Jong

Stay Shady Chairs:
Nick Tahmassi
Christina Davis

Melanoma Walk Chairs:
Caroline Crain
Corely Pruneda

Psoriasis Chair:
Mai-Anh Vu

Fundraising Chair:
Elise Weisert

Diversity and Welcoming Chair:
Sunny Patel

Committee Members:
Ali Haider: Stay Shady Committee
Renat Ahatov: Stay Shady Committee
Caitlin Pekowski: Melanoma Walk Committee
Eunice Ko: Psoriasis Chair Committee
Maureen Ezekor: Diversity Committee

Thank You 2018-2019 UTMB DIG Officers!

 The UTMB DIG thanks the 2018-2019 Officers for Excellent Leadership in guiding our organization in an extremely productive year. The following officers were recognized at the final DIG meeting of the year on Thursday, March 28, 2019:

President – Keith Wagner, MS

Vice President – Michael Ryan

Fundraising Co-Chairs – Caroline Crain and Catherine Hazen

Psoriasis Chair – Mai-Ahn Vu

Psoriasis Chair – Matt LaCour

Stay Shady Co-Chairs – Alec Dejong  and Eunice Ko

Melanoma Chair – Caitlin Pekowski

Diversity Chair - Maureen Ezekor

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

St. Vincent's Student Clinic Dermatology Night 4/4/19

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, April 4th at 5:30-8:30PM (volunteers should arrive at 5:15)
Where: St. Vincent's House, 2817 Post Office Street, Galveston, Texas 77550

Monday, March 25, 2019

It’s ITE Time Again!

This Friday, March 29, 2019 UTMB PGY3 and 4 residents will take the American Board of Dermatology In-training Examination (ITE).  This examination provides feedback to those taking the examination and their programs by providing comparisons to examinees in other dermatology residency programs. Good luck! UTMB PGY2 dermatology residents take the BASIC examination on Thursday, April 11, 2019.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

An Interesting Read

Medical students and residents interested in the topic of dermatology practice buyouts by private equity firms may find the article by Dr. Brett Coldiron in Dermatology News to be of great interest. He discusses the trend of corporate buyouts of dermatology practices and the effects that they are having on dermatologists, especially young ones at the start of their career. The article can be found here: https://www.mdedge.com/dermatology/article/152321/business-medicine/well-i-figured-it-out-i-owe-my-soul-company-store

Thursday, March 21, 2019

UTMB MS3 Receives AAD Diversity Mentorship Award

Congratulations to UTMB MS3 Maureen Ezekor for receiving an AAD Diversity Mentorship Award. She will work with Dr. Amy McMichael in the Department of Dermatology at Wake Forest during July 2019. Ms. Ezekor extends special thanks to UTMB faculty Drs. J. Wilson and B. Goodwin, along with PGY3 dermatology resident A. Nguyen for their support and encouragement to apply for this award.

JAAD Case Reports Correction

LaCour M, Allen T, Wilkerson M, et al. A case of erosive pustular dermatosis of the scalp in a pediatric patient. JAAD Case Rep. 2019;5:118-120.

In the article above, Bernard R. Gibson, MD, was omitted from the author list. Please see https://www.jaadcasereports.org/article/S2352-5126(19)30084-0/fulltext?dgcid=raven_jbs_etoc_email for additional information.

UTMB MS3 Named as DIGA Co-President

Congratulations to Mai-Anh Vu (MS3) for being selected as one of the three 2019-2020 Dermatology Interest Group Association (DIGA) Co-Presidents. DIGA is the largest national, student-run, non-profit dermatology interest organization encompassing over 100 medical schools in the US.

The official 2019-2020 DIGA officer board photos can be found at https://derminterest.com/people/

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

March 2019 JAAD Research Letter on Dermatology Residency Match Trends from 2007-2018

These author provide a detailed historical analysis of 12 years of dermatology match data (JAAD 2019;80:788-790). Interesting findings were that although matched applicants with PhD degrees is diminishing (11.6% to 8%), those with other graduate degrees are increasing (6.8% to 12.8%). Matched US allopathic MS4s increased from 61.7% before plateauing at 82.7% in 2012. For matching US MS4 allopathic applicants from 2007 to 2016, mean step 1 scores increased from 238 to 249,  step 2 CK scores increased from 242 to 257, and AOA membership increased from 47% to 52.8%.

Upcoming DIG Elections

Come join UTMB DIG for our upcoming officer elections and rising 4th year meeting on Thursday March 28th at 6:30pm in the 5th floor dermatology conference room!

Several matched MS4s will be present to answer questions about ERAS, aways, and interviews.

If you are interested in running for any of the following positions we ask that you come to the election meeting next Thursday March 28th at 6:30 pm. Please prepare a short statement about your previous involvement in DIG and why you would be a good fit for the position.

We have the following positions open:

Vice President (1):
-Runs the blog with the president and assists with day-day operations.
-Open to Current MS2s Only
-Preference given to current officers

Stay Shady Chairs (2):
-Plan and give presentations on Sun Protection to local Galveston Schools
-Preference given to current MS1s

Melanoma Walk Chair (1):
- Coordinate Annual Melanoma Walk
- Open to any year medical student

Psoriasis Chair (1):
- Plan Psoriasis Walk
- Open to any year medical student

Bake Sale Chair (1):
- Plan and Coordinate Fall and Spring DIG Bake Sale
- Open to any year medical student

Diversity Chair (1):
- Promote Diversity and run the booth for Welcome Weekend
- Open to any year medical student

If you don't want to be an officer or don't get a position, you can also become a committee member and help the chair with their duties throughout the year.

See you there!

“RTM Calls” and Advice to Future Applicants

Some residency programs are known to communicate with applicants following their rank list meeting and inform the highest ranked applicants (for example, the top 3 ranked applicants on a program  that has 3 NRMP positions) to let them know that the program really wants to match with them. This is allowed under current NRMP rules as long as the program does not inquire about how it will be ranked by the applicant. This is also known as the “Ranked to Match” (RTM call). It is a relief to applicants receiving this type of notification that they are going to match into the specialty, regardless of where the applicant places the program on their match list. However, this information may convince applicants to change the order of their match list, placing the program providing the RTM higher or even number 1 on their match list because the program has indicated such strong interest (“They really want me to go there because they called and told me.”).  While it is wonderful to learn that one or more programs have listed the applicant as RTM before match day, it can result in “match regret” following the match with the now matched applicant wondering if the right decision was made, because competing programs that the applicant also liked may have also listed the same applicant as RTM on their list but did not make the call. The best advice is for applicants to rank programs with the most desirable programs listed first, regardless of RTM calls that may have been received.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Couples Matching for Dermatology Applicants

As competitive as the dermatology residency application are, what happens when the dermatology applicant is in a couples match? When both applicants want to match into the same dermatology program, it could become much more difficult to match because most dermatology residency programs have relative few positions each year. Matching into dermatology programs in the same city or geographic area can also be difficult, even if there are multiple dermatology programs in the area because of the competitive nature of the application process. However, there may also be an advantage to couples matching when the couple wants two different specialties. Since dermatology interviews tend to be toward the end of the interview period with most dermatology interviews held in January, the applicant to a different specialty has often interviewed earlier. If the earlier applicant is competitive for that specialty and is wanted by the program director, it is not unusual for the program director to contact the dermatology program director at the same institution and request an interview for the dermatology applicant. When these types of internal contacts occur at multiple institutions it can result in an increased number of interviews for the dermatology applicant. Of course, more dermatology interviews are often correlated with increased chances of matching into a dermatology residency program. 

Friday, March 15, 2019

UTMB’s 2019 Dermatology Match

Andrew Armenta (UTMB)

Allison Good (University of Florida, Gainesville)

Victor Teran (University of Virginia, Charlottesville)

Keith Wagner (UTMB)

Welcome to the Class of 2023!

The UTMB DIG looks forward to working with you!

UTMB MS4 classmates Keith Wagner (left) and Drew Armenta (right) will begin dermatology residency at UTMB in July 2020.

Dr. Uyen Ngoc Mui Matches into Dermatology Residency

Congratulations to Dr. Mui for her recent match into a dermatology residency at Texas Tech. Dr. Mui graduated from UTMB SOM in 2016 and following completion of her PGY1 Preliminary Medicine year in California, took a clinical dermatology fellowship position with Dr. Stephen Tyring (Houston Skin Associates) for the past two years.

Another Successful Year for MS4 UTMB Dermatology Applicants!

Congratulations to all of the UTMB MS4s who successfully matched into dermatology residency programs in the 2019 NRMP:

Andrew Armenta: UTMB

Chris Dallo: University of Kansas, Kansas City

Ryan Lawrence: Tulane

Priscilla Ly: UT Austin (Dell)

Tyler Marion, MBA: University of Florida, Gainesville

Keith Wagner, MS: UTMB

Thank you UTMB dermatology residents and faculty for your support, outstanding education, and professional growth opportunities!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Dermatology Chief Residents for 2019-2020 Academic Year Named

Current UTMB PGY3 Dermatology Residents who will serve as PGY4 Chief Dermatology Resident are:

Chief Scheduling Resident: Skylar White, MD

Chief Resident for Medical Student Education: Adam Nguyen, MD

Chief Academic Resident: Arathi Rana, MD

Chief Resident for Academic Conferences: Julie Croley, MD

Congratulations on your new administrative appointments in the UTMB Department of Dermatology. And thank-you to our current PGY4 dermatology residents who have done a wonderful job this year!

Monday, March 11, 2019

19 Year Retrospective on UTMB Dermatology Research Honors Program

The upcoming completion of the  2018-2019 academic year marks the 19th year of the UTMB Department of Dermatology’s participation in the UTMB Honors Research Program. Thus far 32 UTMB medical students have completed the program, earning Latin graduation research honors in dermatology. 30 participating students applied for dermatology residency, and the success rate for successful matching into a dermatology residency is 29/30 (96.7%). One completing student decided to go into family medicine instead of dermatology, one applicant applied twice to dermatology and then decided to go into a different specialty, and one completing medical student will apply next year.

UTMB Medical Students Publish 2 Compelling Comments in SKIN

Volume 3, Number 2 (2019) of SKIIN: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine published two Compelling Comments in the current issue:

Dallo C, Falck B. Adrenal insufficiency and its Presidential Touch. https://www.jofskin.org/index.php/skin/article/view/355/pdf


UTMB Medical Students Publish Article About Newborn Geometric Facial Erosions in SKIN

Congratulations to UTMB medical students Shelby Stribling and Matthew LaCour for their Brief Article, “Geometric Facial Erosions on a Newborn” that was published in Volume 3, Number 2 (2019) of SKIN: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine. UTMB Dermatology Faculty coauthors were Drs. Lindy Ross, Sharon Raimer, and Brent Kelly. This article is available at: https://www.jofskin.org/index.php/skin/article/view/388/pdf  

UTMB Medical Student Co-authors Short Communication in SKIN about Vitiligo Treatment with UTMB Dermatology Residents and Faculty

Congratulations to UTMB MS4 Keith Wagner for his recent publication in SKIN: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine (Volume 3, Number 2, 2019), “Successful Treatment of Vitiligo with Crisaborole 2% Ointment.” His coauthors are former UTMB dermatology resident, Dr. William Tausend (currently in private dermatology practice in Pasadena, Texas), and Drs. Paige Hoyer (UTMB PGY2 dermatology resident starting in July 2019), Morgan Arnold (UTMB PGY2 resident starting in July 2019), Lindy Ross (UTMB Assistant Professor of Dermatology), Brandon Goodwin ( UTMB Assistant Professor of Dermatology), and Janice Wilson (UTMB Assistant Professor of Dermatology).

NRMP Notifies UTMB Dermatology that all 4 Residency Positions Have Filled

Congratulations to UTMB Dermatology for filling all 4 of their residency positions in the 2019 NRMP. Applicants matching with UTMB Dermatology will be notified on Friday, April 15th ( “match day”).

In addition, all 134 NRMP positions offered at UTMB have been filled.

UTMB Medical Students Give Presentations at Gross and Microscopic and Late-Breaking Research Sessions

In addition to the 11 UTMB Poster Exhibits, DIG members also gave oral presentations in two other categories during the 2019 American Academy of Dermatology Meeting.

Michael Ryan (MS3) presented his case in the Gross and Microscopic Symposium:
Ryan M, Nguyen A, Wolf K, Goodwin B, Group A. Acroangiodermatits Presenting in a Patient with a Chronic Venous Thrombus

Sunny Patel (MS2) presented his research in the Late-Breaking Research Session:

Ayaz T, Patel S, Abdullah M, Loya A, Wilkerson M. Disparities in Melanoma Skin Cancer Outcomes: Survival in Patients of Hispanic Origin 

Friday, March 08, 2019

Thank you Dr. Anna Sarno Ryan

UTMB dermatology residents and students were treated to a guest lecture by UTMB Dermatology Clinical Instructor, Dr. Ryan on Friday, March 8, 2019 on the topic of acne management and other acneiform eruptions seen in clinical practice. The lecture was very informative and provided many practical clinical pearls. Thank you Dr. Ryan for sharing your clinical experience with us!

Thursday, March 07, 2019

AIM at Melanoma Walk in Galveston Next Month

UTMB DIG members and friends should consider participating the annual AIM at Melanoma Walk that is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, 2019 on the Seawall at 7 am (for walk registration please see https://support.aimatmelanoma.org/event/walk-2019-galveston/e219038  ). Special thanks to UTMB MS3 Caitlin Pekowski for coordinating this event with AIM at Melanoma National Director of Walks & Events, Cindy LeBlanc.

Outside Applicants Interviewed at UTMB in 2019

All 30 invitees accepted interviews this year for UTMBs 4 dermatology residency positions available through the NRMP. This group included all 9 clinical rotators and 21 applicants selected from over 400 ERAS applications. These 30 applicants had

Step 1: mean= 251 (range 207-273)
Step 2: mean=  260 (range -235-282)
AOA:  15 members

Unfortunately (as in the past several years), there was no opportunity for wait-listed applicants to interview because all of the interview slots remained filled.

Good luck to everyone interviewing at UTMB in the upcoming NRMP match!

2019 Spring Texas Dermatological Society Abstracts (Houston)

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Houston Dermatological Society Spring Meeting in Houston on May 17-18, 2019

The spring TDS meeting will be held at the Houston Marriott Marquis. Early registration for the meeting ends on April 23rd, and registration closes on May 8th. Requests for abstracts (posters and podium) to follow. Room reservations must be made by April 25 to receive the TDS discount rate ($199). Please call 877-622-3056 for reservations.

Monday, March 04, 2019

11 UTMB Collaborative Medical Student/Resident/Faculty Presentations at the 2019 American Academy of Dermatology Meeting

Congratulations to all of the UTMB medical students, residents, and faculty who collaborated together with poster presentations at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology Meeting in Washington, DC  March 1-5. 2019. The presentations were:

Croley J, Tannis R, Hammel J, Wagner R. Z-plasty for Correction of Standing Cutaneous Deformity, Poster 9979

Ezekor M, Wilkerson M, Croley. Low-dose Methotrexate-induced Acute Pneumonitis in a Patient with Bullous Pemphigoid, Poster 10463

Gleghorn K, Wagner K, Quian Y, Totman K, Goodwin B. A case of Pediatric CD30+ Primary Cutaneous Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma, Poster 10154

Jimenez A, Jay J, Prasai A, El Ayadi A, Wilkerson M, Herndon D, Finnerty C. Rose Bengal Dye Reduces Collagen-1, -3, -5 Expression in Post –burn Hypertrophic Scar Fibroblasts in Vitro, Poster 8279

Kaltwasser K, Lawrence R, Goodwin B, Raimer S. Giant Rheumatoid Nodule, Poster 10585

Lawrence R, Wolf K, Kaltwasser K, Kelly E, Wilson J, Goodwin B. Metastatic melignannt melanoma masquerading as an inflamed epidermal inclusion cyst, Poster 8686

Marion T, Monjazeb S. Goodwin B, Ross L, Gibson B. Microsphaeropsis arundinis and Phialophorea verrucosa coinfection in a liver transplant patient, Poster 10712

Rana A, Lawrence R, Group A. The Role of Medical Maggot Debridement Therapy on Recalcitrant, Chronic Wounds, Poster 10634

Ryan M, De Jong A, Wagner RF. Medical School Ranking and Dermatologoy Match Results: An analysis of the 2018 Match, Poster 8597

Wagner KD, Codrea V, Kelly B. A Case of Superficial Acral Fibromyxoma on a Toe with Prior History of Trauma and Surgery, Poster 9984

Weisert E, Ross L. Readability of Online Patient Education Materials Designed for Patients with Acne Vulgaris, Poster 10673 

UTMB MS3 Presents 2 Posters at 2019 AAD Meeting

Congratulations to UTMB MS3 Mai-Ahn Vu for her two posters with UTHSC-Houston Department of Dermatology co-authors:

Quoc-Bao Nguyen, Mai-Anh Vu, Daniel Grabell, Adelaide Hebert. Insect Repellents: An Updated Review for the Clinician, Poster 8326

Quoc-Bao Nguyen, Mai-Anh Vu, Leon Chen, Adelaide Hebert. Current and Emerging Medical Therapies for Cutaneous Manifestations of Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, Poster 10427

It’s Good to be working with MGH Dermatology Faculty

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) supports selected medical students working with their dermatology faculty with meeting travel and educational expenses for the annual American Academy of Dermatology and the Society of Investigative Dermatology ($750). For further information, please see https://www.massgeneral.org/dermatology/education/internship.aspx?id=93

UTMB MS4 Presents at Association for Psychoneurocutaneous Medicine of North America

Congratulations to UTMB MS4 Keith Wagner, our UTMB DIG President, for his presentation, “Trypophobia: Implications for Dermatology,” at the 29th Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychoneurocutaneous Medicine of North America (APMNA) that was held in Washington DC on February 28, 2018. His coauthors on this presentation were UTMB PGY3 dermatology resident, Dr. Julie Croley, UTMB dermatology faculty, Dr. Janice Wilson, and Japanese psychologist, Dr. Yuki Yamada from Kyushu University. Keith’s presentation at APMNA was sponsored by Dr. Jason Reichenberg from the dermatology department at Dell Medical School, Austin, Texas.