Current Editors: Renat Ahatov, Michael Phan, and Andrea Francis

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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, November 27, 2019

Scholarships for People With Skin Diseases

“Aspire Higher” scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students (many in medical school) will soon begin accepting applications for 2020 from people with skin diseases. More information is available at https://www.aspirehigherscholarships.com/

UTMB Dermatology Faculty Exhibits Art

Congratulations to Dr. Brandon Goodwin, UTMB Assistant Professor of Dermatology for his recognition by reporter Shelby Hodge, in a recent article published in the November 11, 2019 issue of PaperCity Magazine (“Houston’s Top Doctors Reveal Their Hidden Talents in Annual Tradition: These Healers are Artists Too.”) The article is available online at https://www.papercitymag.com/society/top-houston-doctors-art-healing-show-hidden-talents/ 

This event was attended by Dr. Janice Wilson (UTMB Assistant Professor of Dermatology), Dr. Julie Croley (UTMB PGY4 dermatology resident), Dr. Kristyna Gleghorn (UTMB PGY3 dermatology resident), Drs. Anthony Linfante and Caroline Hagan (UTMB PGY2 dermatology residents), and Dr. Vlad Codrea (UTMB Mohs fellow). Dr. John Cangliosi, a pathologist who completed dermatopathology fellowship at UTMB in 2011, also exhibited art at this event (not pictured in photo).

Monday, November 25, 2019

UTMB Offers Dermatology Residency Interviews for 2020 and 2021 Positions

This year there were 20 visiting medical students from 14 different medical schools who rotated at UTMB during Periods 12 through 5. All were offered interviews. Nonrotating MS4s and physicians from 3 additional US medical schools who were offered interviews had a mean Step 1 score of 259 (range 248-266), a mean Step 2 score of 266 (range 256-270), and 5 were in AOA . Applicants will be interviewed in Galveston on either Thursday, January 30 or Friday, January 31, 2020. There will be a dinner hosted by UTMB residents the evening before each interview at a local restaurant. One residency position is offered through the NRMP for July 2020 and 5 residency positions are available for July 2021.

Friday, November 22, 2019

St. Vincent's Student Clinic Dermatology Night 12/5/19

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, December 5th 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

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

2020-2021 Pay Increase Anticipated for UTMB Residents and Fellows

Pending approval by UT System Board of Regents, the following salaries are anticipated for the 2020-2021 academic year:

PGY1     $56,191

PGY2     $58,094

PGY3     $59,895

PGY4     $61,965

PGY5     $64,819

Friday, November 15, 2019

UTMB PGY3 Resident to Attend the 2020 Dermatology Foundation Clinical Symposia

Dr. Seena Monjazeb, a UTMB PGY3 dermatology resident, received a nomination from the UTMB Department of Dermatology and was selected to attend the 2020 Dermatology Clinical Symposia in Naples, Florida during February 5-9, 2020. Congratulations!

Galveston to Host Two Dermatology Meetings in 2020-2021 Academic Year

The first of these two meetings, the 28th Annual John M. Knox, MD Memorial Lecture, will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2020. The Texas Dermatological Society will hold its annual spring meeting in Galveston on April 30 to May 1, 2021. DIG members and other interested medical students are encouraged to work with UTMB dermatology residents and faculty on case presentations for these upcoming meetings.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

UTMB Dermatology Resident Appointed to AAD Teledermatology Task Force

Congratulations to Dr. Kristyna Gleghorn, a current PGY3 dermatology resident at UTMB, for her recent two year appointment (2020-2022) as a dermatology resident member to the American Academy of Dermatology Teledermatology Task Force. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

UTMB Dermatology Faculty Appointed to AAD Regulatory Policy Committee

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Wilkerson, Professor of Dermatology for his recent appointment to the American Academy of Dermatology Regulatory Policy Committee for the 2020-2023 term. At UTMB Dr. Wilkerson holds the Sharon and Ben Raimer Professorship in Dermatology and is Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

UTMB Bay Colony Dermatology Clinic has Moved

The UTMB Bay Colony Dermatology Clinic has moved across I-45 to its new location in League City, UTMB Health Multispecialty Center -Dermatology,
2660 Gulf Freeway South, Entrance A,  Suite 14, League City, TX 77573

Monday, November 11, 2019

UTMB DIG Participates in St. Vincent's Health Fair

On Saturday November 9th UTMB DIG members volunteered at the St. Vincent's Health Fair in order to teach community members about sun safety and skin cancer prevention. UTMB DIG would like to give a special thanks to medical students Benjamin Garcia (MS1), Andrea Francis (MS1), and Kristen Kay (MS1) who took the time to run the table! The event was a resounding success and UTMB DIG looks forward to returning again next year!

Left to Right: Benjamin Garcia, Andrea Francis, and Kristen Kay 

Thursday, November 07, 2019

UTMB Medical Student Publishes in American Journal of Dermatopathology

Congratulations to Michael Ryan (MS4) for his recently published article "Basomelanocytic Neoplasms: A Report of Two Similar Tumors with Divergent Treatments". 

The article has been published ahead of print in the American Journal of Dermatopathology, and can be found at: https://journals.lww.com/amjdermatopathology/Abstract/publishahead/Basomelanocytic_Neoplasms__A_Report_of_Two_Similar.98048.aspx 

This article was the result of a multi-institution collaboration and Michael's co-authors on the manuscript are Dr. Daniel Bennett from the University of Wisconsin Department of Dermatology and Drs. Brandon Goodwin and Brent Kelly from University of Texas Medical Branch Department of Dermatology. Congratulations to all on a job well done!

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Yet Another Successful Stay Shady Presentation

UTMB DIG's Stay Shady Program is off to a very strong start thanks to the work of Stay Shady Chairs Christina Davis (MS2) and Nicholas Tahmassi (MS2) as well as the numerous volunteers that have helped run these events.

Our third Stay Shady event of the year took place at Satori School on 11/4/2019! Medical Student and DIG member Andrea Francis (MS1) went to Satori School to teach students about sun safety and brought supplies for students to make UV-light sensing bracelets.

Don't forget to follow the DIG blog for future opportunities to volunteer with Stay Shady!

UTMB PGY4 Dermatology Resident Publishes About Controversies in Mohs Surgery

Congratulations to UTMB PGY4 dermatology resident, Dr. Julie Croley for her recent featured Resident’s Corner review about controversies in Mohs surgery (Croley JA, Current Controversies in Mohs Micrographic Surgery,Cutis; 2019 October;104(04):E29-E31. The article is currently available online at cutis.com