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, February 25, 2021

UTMB Medical Students Present at Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Symposium Competition

Congratulations to UTMB MS4 Elise Weisert and MS3 Renat Ahatov who presented their project, "It's Time for Some Rash Changes: An Analysis of Representation of Skin of Color in Online Patient Education Images," at UTMB's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Virtual Symposium. Their presentation won 2nd place in the poster/presentation competition. Their co-authors on the project were Dr. Paige Hoyer and Dr. Lindy Ross.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Robert S. Tausend, MD (1955-2021)

The UTMB Department of Dermatology was deeply saddened to learn that Dr. Robert Tausend suddenly passed away on January 1, 2021.

He was well known to our medical students and dermatology residents, and he always welcomed them to learn about dermatology in his private practice (Bayshore Dermatology) in Pasadena, Texas. Many UTMB medical students interested in dermatology careers greatly benefited from having Dr. Tausend mentor them during the 4-week Ambulatory and Community Medicine Selective graduation requirement. He was the UTMB AOA Visiting Professor in 2015.

2021 UTMB Dermatopathology Board Review Canceled

Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 emergency, the spring 2021 UTMB Dermatopathology Board Review has been canceled. It was last held on the UTMB Galveston campus in 2019.

2021-2022 Proposed UTMB House Staff Salaries


ASLMS Student Membership

ASLMS (American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, Inc.), the world’s largest professional organization devoted to medical laser and energy-based applications, offers a student membership which includes a free Introduction to Laser course with special rates on live interactive webinars. Interested students can find more information here. 

Weather Disaster Does Not Stop UTMB DIG from Distributing Hats to Galveston Homeless

The sun is back in Galveston after many here lost electric power and water due to the arctic snow and ice. Today’s event was a success! We distributed 10 hats and some bottled Gatorade. Attached is the picture of the event. 

From left to right: Benjamin Garcia (MS2), Xavier Rice (MS3), Puja Shah (MS1), and Andrea Francis (MS2)

Thursday, February 11, 2021

UTMB National Student Research Forum (NSRF) Goes Virtual in 2021

Medical students and residents are encouraged to participate in the 62nd Annual NSRF. This year the meeting is being held on May 14-15. Abstracts are due April 16, 2021, but are already being submitted. Early registration by March 3 will save registrants $25. Please see https://www.utmb.edu/nsrf/ for additional information. Historically dermatology awards are made for the best dermatology poster and the best dermatology podium presentation.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

UTMB SOM Graduates Create The Bone Window Blog

2020 UTMB School of Medicine graduates Drs. Catherine and Wade Karam, resident physicians who couples matched into radiology and orthopedic surgery, created a blog to share advice to pre-med students, medical students, and residents about their journey through medicine. Blog posts include advice on away rotations, ranking programs, and couples matching. Students can follow along at their website here or follow them on Instagram at @thebonewindow.

Monday, February 08, 2021

Changes for UTMB 2021 Match Day

Match day is March 19, 2021 but only UTMB MS4s will attend due to COVID-19 (no guests). Please see https://www.utmb.edu/som/student-affairs/match-day.

Many MS4s are expected to celebrate remotely and not be on campus.

No Houston Rodeo This Year

The 2021 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo initially scheduled for May 2021 has been canceled due to COVID-19.

Friday, February 05, 2021

Congratulations Mohs Team

Current UTMB Mohs Fellow Dr. Julie Croley published a surgical tip that will be useful to clinicians about how to easily determine if the amount of undermining needed to close a wound meets the new criteria for complex closure. Her co-authors were Drs. Richard Wagner (UTMB Mohs Fellowship Director) and Aaron Joseph, UTMB Associate Program Director of the Mohs Fellowship Program. For additional information, please see:

Croley JA, Wagner RF Jr, Joseph AK. Use of a Cotton-Tipped Applicator to Measure the Extent of Undermining. Dermatol Surg. 2021 Jan 11. doi: 10.1097/DSS.0000000000002854. Online ahead of print. PMID: 33481432 No abstract available.