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.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

UTMB PGY3 Residents Assume Chief Resident Duties

In the UTMB Department of Dermatology, all of our PGY4 residents have roles as Chief Resident. They receive supervision in their new roles from their former Chiefs starting on April 1 each year. For the 2021-2022 academic year the new Chief Residents are: 

Dr. Morgan Arnold: Chief Scheduling Resident


Dr. Caroline Hagan: Chief Resident for Friday Academic Conference


Dr. Paige Hoyer: Chief Resident for Medical Student Education


Dr. Anthony Linfante: Chief Academic Resident

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

UTMB DIG Match Panel

UTMB DIG will be hosting a Match Panel with UTMB MS4s who matched into Dermatology on Monday March 29th at 5:30 PM via Zoom. Interested students should fill out this form to receive the meeting passcode via email. 

Join Zoom Meeting:


Meeting ID: 986 1426 0300

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

UTMB MS4 Publishes 2 Articles in JAAD Case Reports

Congratulations to Antonio Jimenez (MS4) for his two recently published articles in JAAD Case Reports. 

Edematous lower extremities with overlying verrucous plaques (Link)
Scaly erythematous papules and plaques in a teenager (Link)

His co-authors for the two articles were Dr. Frank Winsett (PGY-4) and Dr. Brent Kelly and Dr. Paige Hoyer (PGY-3), and Dr. Michael Wilkerson, respectively. 
These articles were published under the "Images in Dermatology" section, which allows for interesting cases to be presented in a clinical vignette format.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Visiting URiM Student Elective Opportunity at the Medical College of Wisconsin

The Department of Dermatology at Medical College of Wisconsin will be funding two spots (travel stipends) for the upcoming academic year. Please see the link below for more information.  The application is due on April 15th, 2021.

4 Week Electives Reinstituted at UTMB for 2022-2023 Academic Year (But No Change for 2021-2022)

Many medical students, faculty, and administrators have raised concern about the 3 week long electives at UTMB that were first instituted for the current 2020-2021 academic year. Although the 3 week elective schedule will remain in place for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year, there are plans to change back to the 4 week elective schedule (13 Periods) for the 2022-2023 academic year.

UTMB Dermatology Publishes Comprehensive Review About Pain Management in Mohs Setting

Congratulations to Dr. Frank Winsett (UTMB PGY4 dermatology resident) for his first author review that was published online in the peer-reviewed journal, International Journal of Dermatology (March 2021). The article, “Managing pain associated with dermatologic procedures” is available at http://doi.org/10.1111/ijd.15540 His coauthors are Drs. Kristyna Gleghorn (PGY4 UTMB dermatology resident and 2021-2022 UTMB Mohs fellow), Julie Croley (2020-2021 UTMB Mohs Fellow), and Richard Wagner, UTMB Professor Dermatology and Mohs Fellowship Director. Dr. Winsett has accepted a UTMB dermatology faculty position following expected program completion in June 2021.

Dermatology Research Electives at UTMB

Dermatology Research (DERU-4015) is a 3 or 6 week elective available to UTMB medical students during all periods (see description online at:


Unlike other electives offered by the UTMB Department of Dermatology, it requires completion of an “R Form” and the course directors approval (Richard Wagner, MD). A brief description of the planned research must be included in the R Form. The R Form must be submitted 60 days prior to the anticipated start date of the elective for approval by the UTMB Elective Course Committee.

Friday, March 19, 2021

UTMB Dermatology Announces PGY2 Residents Starting July 2022

Congratulations to our 5 new dermatology residents who matched through the NRMP into dermatology residency at UTMB:
Olivia Chukwuma (University of Florida College of Medicine)
Juan Pinto Cuberos, MD (Universidad Central de Venezuela)
Tony Jimenez (UTMB)
Sarah Rivera (Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine)
Elise Weisert (UTMB)
The UTMB DIG looks forward to working with you!

Congratulations to UTMB MS4s Matching into Dermatology Residency Programs

The UTMB DIG sends out our congratulations to the Class of 2021 UTMB MS4s for successfully matching into dermatology residency programs:
Tony Jimenez (UTMB)
Natalya Gallaga (Tulane)
Elise Weisert (UTMB)

Monday, March 15, 2021

Dermatology Medical Student Virtual Symposium 2021

Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Dermatology will be hosting a Medical Student Virtual Research Symposium 2021 taking place on Wednesday, May 26 from 11AM to 3PM EST.

This symposium is exclusively dedicated to highlighting medical student research accomplishments in dermatology in a national forum. They welcome submissions from a broad variety of research topics.

Submissions are due Friday, April 16 at 11:59 PM EST.

Another Successful Hats for the Homeless

Hats for the Homeless had another successful event on March 13th. 
Pictures from left to right: Grace Obanigba (MS1), Nesiya Sheriff (MS1), Ben Garcia (MS2), and Andrea Francis (MS2).

UTMB Publishes Proposal for Psychodermatology Fellowship

Congratulations to former UTMB DIG President Dr. Michael Ryan (SOM 2020) and UTMB Dermatology Program Director Dr. Richard Wagner (Professor Dermatology) for their original article, “Psychodermatology: Is it Time?” that was published in the February 2021 issue of Dermatology Online Journal. It may be found at: https://escholarship.org/uc/item/7j15s8kh

UTMB Fills All 5 Advanced Positions Through 2021 NRMP

Congratulations to the UTMB Dermatology Residency Program for successfully matching all 5 advanced positions in our dermatology residency that will start in July 2022 following completion of the PGY1 year.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

UTMB Dermatologists Participate in Review of Upper Lip Reconstruction

Congratulations to UTMB Dermatologists who co-authored a recent review article in the March 2021 issue of Cutis about upper lip reconstruction techniques in collaboration with the UTMB Plastic Surgery Division. They are Drs. Josh Hammel (UTMB Mohs Fellow 2018-2019) and Richard Wagner (Professor Dermatology). Dr. Josh Hays (UTMB SOM Class of 2019) created the original figures used to illustrate the reconstructive procedures. The article may be found online at https://www.mdedge.com/dermatology/article/236839/aesthetic-dermatology/upper-lip-anatomy-mechanics-local-flaps-and

Monday, March 08, 2021

UTMB Medical Student Coauthors “Compelling Comment” about Colorism and Skin Bleaching

Congratulations to UTMB medical student MS3 Michael Phan joined with first author Tulane MS2 Kezia Surjanto and Tulane Dermatology Faculty Laura Williams to publish “A Commentary on Colorism and Skin Bleaching in Asian and Asian American Patients” in the 2021 Volume 5, Number 2 issue of SKIN (page 189).

UTMB Dermatology Publishes Case Report in SKIN

Congratulations to UTMB medical students, resident, and faculty for their recent 2021 publication about bullous pemphigoid associated with Linagliptin in SKIN. First author Brenda Carrillo is a UTMB MS2. Her coauthors were Natalya Gallaga (UTMB MS4), Dr. Paige Hoyer (UTMB Dermatology Resident PGY3), and dermatology faculty Drs. Lindy Ross (Assistant Professor) and Michael Wilkerson (Professor and Chair).The citation for this publication is: Carrillo, B., Gallaga, N., Hoyer, P., Ross, L., & Wilkerson, M. (2021). A Case of Linagliptin-Induced Bullous Pemphigoid . SKIN The Journal of Cutaneous Medicine, 5(2), 147–151. https://doi.org/10.25251/skin.5.2.11

Sunday, March 07, 2021

TDS Award Winning Presentation Published

Congratulations to Dr. Paige Hoyer, a current PGY3 UTMB dermatology Resident for her recent publication in SKIN (Volume 5, Number 2, 2021). The article that appeared in the “COVID Concepts” section of the journal was “Use of Absorbable Cutaneous Sutures Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Her UTMB coauthors were Drs. Julie Croley (current Mohs fellow) and Richard Wagner (Mohs Fellowship Director. Dr. Hoyer was awarded first prize for her podium presentation on this topic at the fall 2020 TDS virtual meeting. This publication is available online at https://doi.org/10.25251/skin.5.2.9

Friday, March 05, 2021

DIG Research Program

DIG is excited to launch our Research Program where students will be paired with the dermatology department faculty or residents to work on research projects!

With Texas Dermatology Society Conference coming up shortly, there will be opportunities for students to be paired.
Please fill this form out as soon as you are able, so we can begin the matching process:

If you have any questions, please contact our research chair, Renat Ahatov - rrahatov@utmb.edu.

Recommended Reading for Underrepresented-in-Medicine Dermatology Applicants

 The article, “Advice for Applying to Dermatology as an Applicant of Color: Keep Going,” by Nicole A. Negbenebor, MD is excellent reading for underrepresented-in-medicine medical students considering dermatology as a career. It was published in Cutis. 2021 January;107(01):E15-E16 | doi:10.12788/cutis.0166  

UTMB MS1 Approved for UTMB Honors Dermatology Research Program

UTMB MS1 Fareen Momin has been approved for the UTMB Honors Dermatology Research Program for her original research proposal, “Dermatological Findings in Disney Children’s Films.” Her research mentor is Dr. Richard Wagner, UTMB Professor Dermatology and the Dermatology Program Director. Her ad hoc committee is composed of Drs. B. Howrey (Director of the UTMB Honors Research Program), Janice Wilson (Assistant Professor of Dermatology), and Dr. Brent Kelly (Professor Dermatology). Congratulations!

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

TDS Abstract Competition

From the Texas Dermatological Society Website (Click here for guidelines for poster & podium and links to poster & podium applications):  

TDS invites you to participate in the Podium & Poster Competition that will be held April 30 – May 1, 2020 virtually for the TDS Spring Meeting. 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: March 26th

Abstract Paragraph & Pre-Recorded Video Presentation: April 9th


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: March 26th

Abstract Paragraph & Poster PDF Deadline: April 9th

For questions, please email alyssa.hanson@texmed.org.



  • You can apply for poster & podium but they have to be different topics. As well, you can NOT be first author for more than one poster.
  • If you want to be a co-author, you can but the main first author HAS TO submit the application. We will not accept applications under the same first author for the same competition (i.e., poster or podium).
  • Deadlines are DEFINITE due to uploading files to the platform we are using to display our virtual abstract poster & podium presentations.
  • Registration is free for Residents/Fellows that are members & medical student 

UC Irvine Virtual Residency Open House

UC Irvine will be hosting a free, virtual residency open house via Zoom on Saturday, May 1, from 9am-Noon (Pacific Time). This event is designed for medical students applying to residency programs in the Fall of 2021. Core faculty and residents from the UCI Department of Dermatology will be participating.
Here is the weblink containing more information (deadline to register is April 17):

Hats for the Homeless Volunteer Link

Students that are interested in signing up to volunteer for Hats for the Homeless events can sign up through this link.  Please contact Andrea Francis for more details.