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.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

UTMB MS2 and MS4 Co-Author Publication in JAAD Case Reports

 Congratulations to MS2 Andrea Francis and MS4 Antonio Jimenez for their publication of "A Rare Presentation of Enfortumab Vedotin-Induced Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis," published online ahead of print in JAAD Case Reports with coauthors Dr. Swaminathan Sundaresan and Dr. Brent Kelly! The article can be found here

Saturday, October 24, 2020

UTMB Dermatology Faculty Creates Informative Video About UTMB Dermatology Residency Program

Congratulations to UTMB Assistant Professor of Dermatology Dr. Lindy Ross for her video about the UTMB dermatology residency program. It is available for viewing on youtube.com  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlMCeDMjSn4

Friday, October 16, 2020

USF Morsani College of Medicine Dermatology Residency Open House

USF Morsani College of Medicine Dermatology Residency Program will be hosting an Open House on Tuesday, October 20 from 6-7 pm EST. 

 Registration: https://usf.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1SpQ9kEpYAX4TiJ

Lots of Students at UTMB for 2020 Fall Semester

Total Students: 3,458

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences: 384
School of Health Professions: 690
School of Nursing: 1,245
School of Medicine: 1,139

UTMB MS2 Presents First Virtual Stay Shady

MS2 Kate Zipperer presented UTMB DIG's Stay Shady presentation via Zoom on October 15th to students at Trinity Episcopal School in Galveston. She discussed sun safety and the importance of sun protection, even in the shade. This event was DIG's first virtual Stay Shady due to in-person limitations from the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to our Stay Shady officers Ben Garcia and Will Meyer for coordinating this awesome event!

Thursday, October 08, 2020

Authorship Restrictions at Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology (JCAD)

Currently JCAD, a PubMed indexed publication, is not able to accept submissions of case reports. The journal requires that first authors of submitted articles have doctoral degrees and in some instances, the coauthor must be a board certified dermatologist.

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Wayne State Dermatology Diversity and Inclusion Meet and Greet

The Wayne State University Department of Dermatology will be holding a Diversity and Inclusion Meet and Greet on Monday, October 19, 2020 from 8:00-9:30 PM EST. The leadership, faculty and residents will be sharing their mission of diversity, inclusion and equity in dermatology education. 

RSVP by email:

Does a PGY1 Preliminary Internal Medicine Prepare Dermatology Residents Better for COVID-19 Care in Hospitalized Patients?

Yes, according to a recent publication from NYU Dermatology (Journal of Drugs in Dermatology 2020;19(9):905-906. Their survey found that a preliminary PGY1 better prepared future dermatology residents for deployment to inpatient wards (p=0.04) and the ICU (p < 0.001) for the care of COVID-19 patients. The authors suggest that the PGY1 year for dermatology residency should be reviewed, and write “Certainly, the practice of foregoing more robust internal medicine training in favor of less rigorous internship experiences should be questioned.”

Sunday, October 04, 2020

Are Publications by Medical Students Predictive of Future Academic Productivity?

An August 2020 publication in JAAD (83:624-626) from the University of Pennsylvania suggests that first author publications, more publications, and publication in high-impact journals were most predictive of future academic productivity. Surprisingly, it was found that large numbers of preresidency case reports was negatively associated with future academic productivity. The authors suggest that residency programs should place greater emphasis on “…greater impact research projects…” to identify  and recruit future academic dermatologists.

Thursday, October 01, 2020

2020 UTMB President’s Cabinet Awards Video

Please see UTMB MS2 Andrea Francis accept a 2020 President’s Cabinet Award for her proposal, “Hats for the Homeless” that will distribute 100 hats to homeless adults in Galveston to protect them from sun damage to their skin and may help reduce their risk for facial skin cancers. This is the first time a UTMB DIG member has been honored with this award. Her faculty sponsor is Dr. Richard Wagner, our DIG faculty advisor. She is featured on the video from 10:48 to 11:12. DIG members interested in helping with this project should contact Andrea. The link to the video is:




New Suggestion Box at Victory Lakes Dermatology Clinic

The UTMB Department of Dermatology provides a locked suggestion box in Galveston where residents may place anonymous comments for review by the faculty as requested by the residents. A new locked suggestion box has recently been placed in the League City Victory Lakes dermatology clinic because many dermatology residents split their time between the two campuses. Dr. Lindy Ross will monitor the suggestion box in League City.