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.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Dermatology Online Journal (DOJ) Initiates Publication Fees

Dermatology Online Journal (DOJ), a peer-reviewed and PMID indexed dermatology journal, is now charging authors publication fees for accepted articles:

“All articles are subject to a one-time publication fee upon acceptance. A $150 publication fee for all photo vignettes, commentaries, reviews, and letters is required. A $300 publication fee for case reports/series, case presentations, and original articles is required. All fees are payable by credit card at: https://health.ucdavis.edu/dermatology/DOJ.

Please ensure that you have a receipt uploaded demonstrating payment within 14 days of article acceptance, otherwise your article publication could be delayed.”

See https://escholarship.org/uc/doj/submissionguidelines for additional information.

Friday, August 28, 2020

DIG Meeting Rescheduled Due to St. Vincent's Conflict

The Dermatology Interest Group Fall Kickoff Meeting has been postponed due to scheduling conflicts with St. Vincent's Dermatology Night, which will be held Thursday, September 3rd. We encourage students interested in dermatology to attend St. Vincent's Dermatology Night, so the meeting will now be held Thursday, September 10 at 5 pm. 

2021 AAD Poster and Gross/Microscopic Symposium Deadlines (San Francisco)

The due date for AAD Posters and the Gross/Microscopic Symposium submission is September 16, 2020. For addition information, please see: 

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Wake Forest Dermatology Virtual Meeting


Zoom Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe3xhueWdfukyMjtsXxJbbyV3SLONB0JKs32FdEn7_T-VB0Yw/viewform

University of Missouri Virtual Meet & Greet

University of Missouri will be hosting aVirtual Meet & Greet for students interested in their Dermatology Residency Program. 

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DIG Fall Kickoff Rescheduled to September 3 due to Hurricane Laura

Due to evacuation efforts from Hurricane Laura, the DIG Fall Kickoff Meeting has been postponed until next Thursday, September 3 at 5 pm. The Zoom link remains the same. Sending thoughts to those affected by the storm and wishing safety to all DIG members and their families.  

Monday, August 24, 2020

Dermatology Residency Program Google Doc

The Association of Professors of Dermatology Program Director Task Force released a document sharing information about dermatology residency programs for the upcoming 2020-2021 application cycle. The doc includes multiple tabs that share program contact information, interview dates (viewable by date and by program), meet & greet dates, and information about virtual electives.


Friday, August 21, 2020

UTMB DIG Fall Kickoff Meeting

If you're considering a career in dermatology, come learn more at the UTMB Dermatology Interest Group (DIG) Fall Kickoff Meeting!

Our meeting will be held next Thursday, August 27 at 5 pm via Zoom for interested UTMB students. UTMB Dermatology Program Director Dr. Richard Wagner will be present to talk about applying to dermatology and to answer any questions about matching into dermatology. We hope to see you there virtually!

Meeting ID: 991 1677 0323
Passcode: 040720

Thursday, August 20, 2020

UTMB Mohs Fellow Dr. Julie Croley Publishes About Z-Plasty Applications for Skin Flap Surgery

Congratulations to Dr. J. Croley, a former UTMB PGY4 dermatology resident and the current UTMB Mohs Fellow for the 2020-2021 academic year for her case report, “Z-plasty for Correction of Standing Cutaneous Deformity” in the peer-reviewed journal, Cutis (2020; 106:80-81). Her co-authors were Drs. Ross Tanis, Josh Hammel (UTMB Mohs Fellow for 2018-2019 currently in private Mohs practice, Atlanta, Georgia), and Richard Wagner (Professor Dermatology and UTMB Mohs Fellowship Director). The article is available online at


Tuesday, August 18, 2020

UC Irvine Dermatology Virtual Elective

UC Irvine Dermatology is offering a one-week medical student virtual elective on the following dates:

August 24-28
September 21-25
October 26-30

Interested students should send their CV, preferred elective month, and brief paragraph stating why they are interested in the UCI Dermatology Residency Program to Terena Wells, terenaw@hs.uci.edu. 

Friday, August 14, 2020

2020 Fall TDS Meeting Deadlines for Virtual Meeting

Podium & Poster Application Deadline: August 21st 

Abstract Paragraph & Video Presentation: August 28th


Abstract Paragraph & Poster PDF Deadline: September 4th

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Dermatology Shelf Exam Suggested for Medical Students

Author Aamir Hussain, a dermatology resident at MedStar Washington Hospital Center (Washington, DC), has suggested that that the creation of a dermatology shelf exam would add valuable information for programs when selecting dermatology residents. This article, “The Need for a Dermatology Shelf Exam” was published in The Dermatologist, July 2020, Volume 28, Number 7, pages 38-39.

Monday, August 03, 2020

Harvard Dermatology Informational Webinar

Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency Training Program will be hosting an informational webinar on August 12, 2020 from 7:30-8:30 PM EST. Interested participants can sign up here. 


Sunday, August 02, 2020

A Children's House for the Soul

Thank you to former UTMB Dermatopathology fellow Dr. John Cangelosi for sharing this interesting article about A Children's House for the Soul, a Houston nonprofit launched in 2016 by pediatric dermatologist Alanna Bree. The organization provides emotional and social support for children and families impacted by any kind of skin disease.


Virtual Dermatology Experience at University of New Mexico

University of New Mexico Dermatology will be hosting virtual dermatology experiences. This experience is problem-oriented in approach and emphasizes the diagnosis and treatment of the most common skin diseases and cutaneous manifestations of systemic diseases. Students accepted to participate will acquire some proficiency in the rapid diagnosis and basic treatment of the most important diseases of the skin. Students are expected to actively participate during the sessions. 

Students are expected to attend a one-hour cases session with a Dermatology faculty member at 10 AM MST each Monday to Friday. Topics will cover: general and complex medical dermatology, cutaneous oncology, and pediatric dermatology. Each case session incorporates 10 minutes of lecture and 50 minutes of cases. On the last day of the session, students will give a 5-minute presentation on a topic of their choice. 

Session Dates:
1. 9/14/2020-9/25/2020
2. 9/28/2020-10/9/2020

Time: 10 AM-11 AM MST

Application materials required:
- Statement of interest (500 word max). Please include any connection to UNM, Albuquerque, New Mexico, or the Southwest. 
- Ranking of your session preference (#1, #2, no preference)
- CV
- Step 1 scores (Minimum 225 preferred, but applications will be holistically reviewed); you may include this in your CV
- Photo (optional for application but required if you are accepted) 

Texas Dermatological Society 2020 Fall Meeting Goes Virtual

This year's Texas Dermatological Society Fall Meeting will be held virtually on September 25-26. Residents, Fellows & Medical Students will have the opportunity to present their abstracts and research in two different settings.

Applications for the podium and poster competitions are to be filled online.

Virtual Podium Competition: Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the amounts of $500, $300 and $200 as well as certificates.

REMINDER: Residents are only eligible to win. Medical Students & Fellows are welcome to participate.

Application Deadline: August 21st
Abstract Paragraph & Pre-Recorded Video Presentation: August 28th

Virtual Poster Competition: Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the amounts of $500, $300 and $200 as well as certificates.

REMINDER: Residents are only eligible to win. Medical Students & Fellows are welcome to participate.

Application Deadline: August 21st
Abstract Paragraph & Poster PDF Deadline: September 4th
*There is still a poster fee of $20 due to the cost of the virtual poster hall.