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, June 29, 2020

St. Vincent's Dermatology Night is Back

St. Vincent's Dermatology Night begins again this Thursday, July 2nd. Students should prepare by reviewing this orientation information regarding updated clinic rules. Then take a quiz on the information.

Interested volunteers can sign up through:

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Positivity Box Lives On!

Those familiar with the UTMB Department of Dermatology are aware that at the end of journal club every Friday, the Positivity Box is opened and anonymous positive comments about resident and faculty teamwork and individual accomplishments are read to the entire group and followed by applause. This activity was developed and maintained by one of our PGY4 residents, Dr. Skyler Maher, when she first started dermatology residency. It is a unique aspect of our UTMB Dermatology department wellness. Dr. Maher will soon join a private dermatology practice in Denton, Texas, but the Positivity Box will live on under the direction of Dr. Seena Monjazeb, our next Chief Dermatology Resident for Conferences for the 2020-2021 academic year. Anonymous positive comments may be made in the departmental mailroom Positivity Box or online.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Dr. Arathi Rana Recognized by UTMB Dermatology Faculty for Excellent Resident Dermatology Research

Dr. Arathi Rana, a PGY4 dermatology completing resident, was recognized by dermatology faculty for her Scholarly Project presentation about referral patterns of primary care physicians for patients requesting cosmetic procedures. Her interesting survey adds to understanding about referral patterns for cosmetic procedures at academic medical centers. Congratulations Dr. Rana for your outstanding research work!

Friday, June 12, 2020

Save These Dates for UTMB Dermatology Residency Interviews in 2021



UTMB Students: Friday morning, January 22, 2021

Outside Students: Thursday and Friday morning, February 11 and February 12, 2021

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

American Board of Dermatology Delays Board Certification Examination

Dermatology residents were disappointed to learn that the American Board of Dermatology has decided to delay its previously scheduled certification examination from July to October 2020. The revised plan permits testing at home or at Prometric Testing Centers from October 15-24, 2020 and will be one day in duration. Exam results should be available by December 31, 2020.

Monday, June 08, 2020

UTMB Mohs Fellow Accepts Academic Appointment

Congratulations to Dr. Vlad Codrea, the current UTMB Fellow in Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology (Mohs). He has accepted an academic appointment at the University of West Virginia in Morgantown as their Mohs surgeon starting in August 2020. He is the third of four UTMB Mohs fellowship trainees currently in academic jobs. UTMB’s other two previous Mohs surgeons in academic practice are Drs. Helen Malone (Baylor Houston) and Jason Hirshburg (University of Oklahoma).

Sunday, June 07, 2020

Where are UTMB Dermatology PGY4 Residents Going?

Congratulations to UTMB’s four completing PGY4 dermatology residents. Following program completion in June 2020 they have all decided to remain in Texas.


Julie Croley, MD: 2020-2021 Mohs fellow at UTMB


Adam Nguyen, MD: Advanced Derm-Plastics, P.A., Tomball, Texas


Arathi Rana, MD: US Dermatology Partners, Sherman, Texas


Skyler Maher, MD: Dermatology Center of Denton, Denton, Texas

Saturday, June 06, 2020

Best Predictors for Dermatology Residency Interviews

A study published in the April 2020 issue of Dermatology Online Journal “Does it match? Analyzing self-reported online dermatology match data to Charting Outcomes in the Match” presents the results of a univariate analysis of predictive factors for applicants receiving dermatology residency. It is not surprising that statistically significant factors that identified applicants receiving more interviews were membership in AOA (possibly most useful in comparing applicants from the same medical school), more total publications, and more dermatology-specific publications. For an interesting discussion, including study limitations, go to https://escholarship.org/uc/item/4604h1w4