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, May 31, 2019

UTMB Dermatology Department Announces 2019 Graduation Awardees

The following medical students have been awarded departmental awards at the upcoming 2019 SOM graduation:

History of Dermatology Award: Long Nguyen (“The History of Psychodermatology”)

Best Original Essay for “Skin Diseases Depicted in Cinema”: Ashlyn Masterson (“The Color of Evil: Bias-Building Villains in Disney Films”)

Thomas W. Freese Memorial Award for Excellence in Dermatology: Ryan Lawrence

Edgar B. Smith Endowed Scholarship in Dermatology: Keith Wagner, MS

Please note that Mr. Nguyen is currently a UTMB MS3 and is not scheduled to graduation until 2020.

Right to Left: Ryan Lawrence, Keith Wagner, and Long Nguyen. Ms. Masterson was not present for the award presentation.

UTMB DIG Recognizes Faculty and Resident Teaching Excellence

Each year, MS4 DIG members vote on recognizing excellent teaching received from UTMB faculty and residents. This year the awardees are:

Faculty: Dr. Sharon Raimer

Resident: Dr. Kate Woolridge

Although only two award recipients can be recognized each year, the UTMB DIG is extremely grateful for all of the excellent teaching and constant encouragement that all of the UTMB dermatology faculty and residents have provided to us.

2019 UTMB Dermatology Resident Awards for Outstanding Teaching

Each year UTMB dermatology residents vote to recognize the most outstanding dermatology teachers from the dermatology faculty and community dermatologists who teach UTMB residents. This year the awardees are:

Faculty Teaching: Kathleen Kroger, MD

Community Teaching: Rebecca Philips, MD


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

St. Vincent's Student Clinic Dermatology Night 6/6/19

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, June 6th at 5:30-8:30PM (volunteers should arrive at 5:15)
Where: St. Vincent's House, 2817 Post Office Street, Galveston, Texas 77550

Volunteer link: http://stvsc.org/index.php/students/sign-up

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

UTMB Dermatology Presentations at Texas Dermatological Society 2019 Spring Meeting

Congratulations to UTMB medical student, dermatology residents, and faculty for a good showing at the May 16th and 17th spring meeting of the Texas Dermatological Society (TDS) Meeting in Houston. The following podium and poster presentations were made:


Gleghorn K (PGY2), Hammel J (Mohs Fellow), Wagner RF Jr (Mohs Fellowship Director). Rhombic Bilobed Flap: a modification of the bilobed flap to prevent trap-door deformity.


Codrea V (PGY4), Hirshburg J (Mohs Fellow 2017-2018), Joseph A (Associate Program Director, Mohs Fellowship), Wagner RF Jr (Program Director, Mohs Fellowship). Handedness in Micrographic Surgery Fellows: An Anonymous Professional Survey of Fellowship Directors.

Monjazeb S (PGY2), Ryan M (MS3), Ross L, Kroger K. Bullous Hemorrhagic Lichen Sclerosus of the Breast: A Report of 2 Cases and Review of the Literature.

Rana A (PGY3), Ryan M (MS3), Goodwin B, Qian Y, Kelly E. A Case of Neonatal Bullous Mastocytosis.

Winsett F (PGY2), Crain C (MS3), Goodwin B. Eruptive Pagetoid Spindle Cell Nevi.

Croley J (PGY3). An Oral Presentation of Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus.

Wolf K (PGY4). Squamous Cell Carcinoma Arising Within a Verrucous Cyst.

Nguyen A (PGY3), Ryan M (MS3), Kelly B, Raimer S. Metastatic Atypical Fibroxanthoma

Ryan M (MS3) Rana A (PGY-3), Goodwin B, Kelly E. Mucosal Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Lower Lip.

Ezekor M (MS3). G-CSF-induced Sweet's Syndrome in a Woman with Breast Cancer.

Crain C (MS3). Two Rare Cases of Tinea Corporis Caused by Trichophyton Verrucosum and Trichophyton Interdigitale in a Teenage Girl.

Uzoma B (MS2). Cutaneous Mastocytosis in a 7-Month-Old Male.

LaCour M (MS4). Actinic Reticuloid: An Interesting Clinicopathologic Correlation.

Vu M (MS3), Nguyen Q, Hebert A. Mast Cell Activation Syndrome: An Increasingly Recognized Disorder

This information was obtained directly from TDS and only listed first authors, so if anyone is able to provide coauthors, please email one of the editors and this information will be updated as it is received.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

UTMB Dermatology Publishes in May 2019 Cutis

Congratulations to Dr. Kristyna Gleghorn (PGY2), Dr. Kyle Kaltwasser (PGY4), MS4 Keith Wagner, Dr. Skyler White (PGY3), Dr. Jason Hirshburg (Mohs Fellow 2017-2018), and Dr. Brandon Goodwin (Assistant Professor of Dermatology) for their recent case report, “Basal cell carcinoma masquerading as a dermoid cyst and bursitis of the knee” that was published in the May 2019 issue of Cutis (103:288-289).

Monday, May 20, 2019

Trend Spotting

More and more UTMB medical students are collaborating with dermatology faculty at other dermatology residency programs outside of UTMB on scholarly presentations and publications. It is a wonderful accomplishment to make these professional connections while in medical school! Congratulations! Please make sure you let the DIG Blog know about them!

Friday, May 17, 2019

Another UTMB Medical Student Publication in Skin

Congratulations to UTMB 3rd year medical student Maureen Ezekor on her recent publication in SKIN Journal of Cutaneous Medicine titled "How to Manage Melasma".  It is available online at https://jofskin.org/index.php/skin/article/view/600 Her coauthor is Dr. Seemai R Desai, assistant professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Please Help Us

The UTMB DIG Blog wants everyone in our community to learn about departmental news and events, especially new publications by our medical students, residents, and faculty. Although we try to post these academic achievements in a timely manner, some publications escape our notice. Please let us know when you have a new publication, and we will be happy to post about it on the UTMB DIG Blog.

Thursday, May 09, 2019

UTMB Dermatology Publishes About Skin Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Infections

 Congratulations to UTMB dermatology residents and faculty for their recently accepted and in press manuscript, “Cutaneous nontuberculous mycobacteria infections: A retrospective case series of 78 patients from the Texas Gulf Coast region.” It is available online at https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0190962219306085?via%3Dihub UTMB coauthors are Drs. Rebecca Philips (formed UTMB dermatology resident and dermatopathology fellow), Paige Hoyer (incoming PGY2 dermatology resident in July 2019), Skyler White (UTMB PGY3 dermatology resident), Michael Wilkerson (Professor Dermatology), Bernard Gibson (Dermatology Chair ad interim), and Brent Kelly (Professor Dermatology and Director of the UTMB Dermatopathology Fellowship Program).

Monday, May 06, 2019

Program Preferences for Dermatology Applicants: Location, Location, Location!

A recent survey of 100 successful dermatology applicants about their program rank list preferences was published in the 2019 Volume 3, Number 3 of SKIN (“Factors influencing Dermatology Rank List Preferences Among Successful Applicants”), see https://www.jofskin.org/index.php/skin/article/view/599/pdf  Geography was the most important consideration for applicants ranking a program high (55%) or low (53%) on their rank list. The second most important reason for ranking a program high was previous rotation in the department (44%). Applicant perception of the quality of the departmental residents was the third most important consideration in ranking a program highly (39%). The second and third most important consideration for lower program ranking was potential program instability (33%) and work-life balance (31%). Although not mentioned in the survey, it would be interesting to know if program “rank to match” calls impacted applicant rank list.

UTMB Medical Students Publish in SKIN

Congratulations to UTMB medical students Tyler Marion and Jake Gibbons for their recent publication, “The Rose of Dermatology” about dermatology pioneer Dr. Rose Hirschler (1875-1940). Their comment appears in the “Compelling Comments” section of SKIN (2019, Volume 3, Number 3) https://www.jofskin.org/index.php/skin/article/view/359/pdf Following UTMB SOM graduation on June 1, 2019, and a preliminary medicine year at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas,  Dr. Marion will be starting dermatology residency at the University of Florida (Gainesville) in July 2020. Dr. Gibbons will start the categorical internal medicine program at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas in July 2019.