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, March 23, 2020

Virtual DIG Meeting 3/31/20 @ 5PM: Post Match Q&A and Officer Elections

UTMB DIG will be holding a post match panel with this year's matched fourth year medical students. They will talk about the process of applying to dermatology and answer any questions proposed by the attendees. The meeting will be held virtually through Zoom. Please email Caroline Crain (cbcrain@utmb.edu) in order to be added to the Zoom.


Additionally we will be holding officer elections. If you are interested in a position you will need to email 3-5 sentences about why you would be a good fit for the position to Michael Ryan (mpryan@utmb.edu). If you are interested in multiple positions, you can write multiple blurbs, however, at the end of the selection process each person will only hold one officer position. The list of open officer positions and their necessary qualifications are below:

Vice President (1):
-Runs the blog with the president and assists with day to day operations.
-Open to Current MS2s Only
-Preference given to students who will be applying to dermatology residency.
-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

Committee member positions are also available in which you can assist each respective chair in their duties.

Congratulations Dr. Matt LaCour!

Dr. LaCour (UTMB SOM 2019) will be starting dermatology residency this July at LSU in New Orleans!

Meet UTMB’s Newest Dermatology Residents (Results of 2020 NRMP)

Starting 7/1/20

Ayezel Munoz Gonzalez, MD (Universidad Central de Venezuela)


Starting 7/1/21

Caroline Crain (UTMB)

Alissa Redko (McGovern Med School UT Houston)

Kaitlyn Streight (Baylor College of Medicine)

Timothy Tran (Texas Tech U HSC Foster SOM)

Emily Williams (University of Oklahoma)



Congratulations to all! The UTMB DIG is looking forward to working with you!

Sunday, March 22, 2020

2020 Melanoma Walk

The 2020 Melanoma Walk on the historic Galveston Seawall that was scheduled for April has been canceled due to COVID-19.

Friday, March 20, 2020

100% Dermatology Match Rate for UTMB Seniors

All four UTMB MS4s matched into dermatology this year:

Caroline Crain                  
Transitional: Presence Resurrection Med Ctr, Chicago, IL
Dermatology: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX

Maureen Ezekor               
Transitional: HCA Houston Healthcare/U of Houston, Houston, TX
Dermatology: Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC

Corley Pruneda               
Transitional: John Peter Smith Hospital, Fort Worth, TX
Dermatology: Texas Tech University Affiliate, Lubbock, TX

Michael Ryan                   
Transitional: Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego, CA
Dermatology: Univ of Texas Hlth Sci Ctr, Houston, TX

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Update on St. Vincent's

St. Vincent’s clinics have announced that they will not have student volunteers at this time. Students who have already volunteered are asked not to come.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

UTMB Cancels Medical Student Clinical Rotations Through April 3, 2020

Effective immediately through April 3, 2020, UTMB SOM is suspending all medical student clinical rotations at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston School of Medicine.

UTMB Match Ceremony Cancelled

Due to COVID-19, UTMB has cancelled any in person match day events and recommends against any large gatherings. Match results will now be sent directly to students from the UTMB Student Affairs Office via email at 11:00 am on Friday.

2020 TDS Spring Meeting Canceled

Due to COVID-19, the Texas Dermatological Society has canceled its 2020 spring meeting.

Monday, March 16, 2020

UTMB Dermatology Matches All NRMP Residency Positions

UTMB has matched for the 1 Physician Only position starting in July 2020 and for 5 Advanced dermatology residency positions starting in July 2021.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

2020 UTMB Annual Dermatopathology Board Review Class Canceled

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the 2020 Annual UTMB Dermatopathology Board Review Course has been canceled.

AAD Cancels 2020 Annual Meeting

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the AAD President announced late yesterday that the AAD 2020 meeting scheduled for later this month in Denver will not be held.

Sunday, March 08, 2020

UTMB Announces Changes to 2020 Match Ceremony Attendance

Due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, UTMB has implemented new rules for visitors and their access to the UTMB campus. In an email sent to medical students on Friday, the school of medicine announced that “All incoming (visiting) domestic and international travel by learners and/or visitors is suspended until further notice. As such, we will require that anyone entering the match ceremony show their UTMB badge." This means that the official match day events will not be open to non-UTMB friends and family, but UTMB students and employees with proper identification will be able to attend the ceremony.