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, May 29, 2021

UTMB MS3 Awarded for Poster Presentation at the 2021 Virtual National Student Research Forum

Congratulations to MS3 Sarah Kesaria for her first prize poster presentation “Hailey-Hailey Disease with Kaposi Varicelliform Eruption” at the 2021 Virtual National Student Research Forum!


Other dermatology posters and oral presentations at this annual national conference were:




Renat Ahatov “Unusual Recurrence of Incontinentia Pigmenti in a Child”

Shivan Chokshi “Development of Eczema Following Tonsillectomy in Pediatric Patients with Upper Respiratory Infections”

Harpinder Dhinsa “Diet and Nutritional Habits of Psoriasis Patients” 

Alyssa Hansen “Spanish Proficiency Among Texas Dermatology Residents: a Survey Study”

Tameem Jamal “A Modified Mustarde Flap for Reconstruction of Lower Eyelid Defects”

Masood Mavra “A Review of SJS and TEN Cases with Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Therapy”

Masood Mavra “Surgical Management of a Local Angioinvasive Fungal Soft Tissue Infection in the Knee: A Case Report”

Sruti Rachapudi “Comparison of Patient Demographics at a Student-Run Free Clinic Prior to versus During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Xavier Rice “A Case of Giant Cerebriform Intradermal Nevus”

Xavier Rice “Actionable interventions for addressing diversity in dermatology”

Henry Tran “An Interesting Case of Blastomycosis-Like Pyoderma”

Henry Tran “An Interesting Case of Blastomycosis-Like Pyoderma”

Bianca Uzoma “Necrolytic Acral Erythema: A Case Series of Extensive Disease in a Select Prison Population”




William Meyer “Rainfall Associated with Increased Melanoma Among non-Hispanic Whites”

Courtney Prestwood “Epidermal and glandular protein regulation in Hidradenitis Suppurativa identified by Immunohistochemical staining”

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Paige Hoyer, MD Elected to UTMB Chief Resident Officers for 2021-2022

Congratulations to UTMB PGY3 Dermatology Resident, Dr. Paige Hoyer for her election to the 2021-2022 UTMB Chief Officers Members-at-Large position!

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Confidentiality of American Board of Dermatology (ABD) Testing

The ABD administers several tests during dermatology residency. During PGY2 it offers the BASIC exam (no passing score) for PGY2 residents and programs to measure knowledge compared to PGY2 residents at other programs. During PGY3 and PGY4 CORE exams are administered in four subject areas (general dermatology, pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and dermatologic surgery). Residents passing all 4 of these examinations are eligible to take the APPLIED Board Certification Examination. The ABD’s policy regarding testing is:

“A resident’s BASIC Exam and CORE Exam results will not be shared by the ABD with anyone other than the candidate and the program. An individual candidate’s result on the APPLIED Exam will not be shared by the ABD with anyone other than the candidate. The ABD provides programs with a Program Performance Report, summarizing the overall performance of its residents on the APPLIED Exam, in a de-identified manner. Once certified by the ABD, a diplomate’s certification status will be available to the public. BASIC Exam and CORE Exam results are provided to help training programs assess a resident’s development as a dermatologist. Exam results may not to be shared with anyone outside of the clinical competency committee or Program Director without the written consent of the resident.”

Monday, May 24, 2021

Dermatology Workshop for St. Vincent's Summer Preceptorship Students

On Saturday (5/22), Dr. Anthony Linfante and Dr. Paige Hoyer, along with Renat Ahatov (MS3), put on a dermatology workshop for medical students at St. Vincent's Clinic. The workshop consisted of learning how to prepare for biopsies, perform the biopsies, and general tips on the interview and the physical exam for dermatology patients.

Friday, May 21, 2021

2021-2022 DIG Elections

UTMB Dermatology Interest Group will be holding virtual elections for the upcoming year. Please fill out this interest form if you would like to vote in this year's elections or if you are interested in running for a position. 

We have the following positions open:

Vice President (1):
-Runs the blog with the president and assists with day-day operations.
-Open to rising MS3s Only
-Preference given to current officers

Stay Shady Chairs (2):
-Plan and give presentations on Sun Protection to local Galveston Schools
-Preference given to rising MS2s

Melanoma Walk Chair (1):
- Coordinate Annual Melanoma Walk
- Open to any year medical student

Psoriasis Chair (1):
- Plan Psoriasis Walk
- Open to any year medical student

Bake Sale Chair (1):
- Plan and Coordinate Fall and Spring DIG Bake Sale
- Open to any year medical student

Diversity Chairs (2):
- Promote diversity and coordinate DIG Skin of Color Series
- Run the booth for Welcome Weekend
- Open to any year medical student

If you don't want to be an officer or don't get a position, you can also become a committee member and help the chair with their duties throughout the year.

Last chance to sign up for the Melanoma Walk!

Walk with us this Saturday wherever you are! 

Dermatology Electives Now Open to UTMB MS2 Students for Periods 16 and 17

In a change from previous registration requirements, UTMB is now permitting UTMB MS2 students to take elective courses during the two final Periods of the academic year (16 and 17).

UTMB Publication in May 2021 SKIN

Congratulations to UTMB authors appearing in the current issue of the peer-reviewed journal SKIN: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine: 

In-Depth Review
Jimenez A, Gleghorn K, Wagner RF. The implementation of educational videos in Mohs micrographic surgery for improved patient satisfaction and comprehension: A review of the literature. SKIN: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine, May 2021, Volume 5, Issue 3, pages 1-7.

Google Hopes To Assist With Skin Disease Diagnosis

Google is in the process of developing a “dermatology assistant tool” to help answer billions of related searches each year. “The AI can recognise 288 skin conditions but is not designed to be a substitute for medical diagnosis and treatment, the firm said.” Planned release date is later this year. 

Monday, May 17, 2021

Second MS3 UTMB Dermatology Honors Research Project Approved

Congratulations to UTMB MS3 Xavier Rice for the approval of his UTMB Dermatology Research Honors Project, “Barber Knowledge and Recommendations for Pseudofollicullitus Barbae : A Community Education Project.” His Honors Committee included Chair Bret Howrey (family medicine) and dermatology department faculty Drs. Brandon Goodwin (advisor), Michael Wilkerson, Janice Wilson, Lindy Ross, and Richard Wagner.

MS3 Dermatology Honors Research Project Accepted

Congratulations to MS3 Bianca Uzoma (SOM 2022) for the acceptance of her UTMB Dermatology Research Honors Project, “Photoactivated Rose Bengal in the Presence of Melanin: Cutaneous Wound Healing Outcomes in Skin of Color.” The project will serve to elucidate wound healing disparities seen in different patient populations as well as provide a biochemical understanding of cutaneous wound healing and available new-generation therapies. Her ad hoc thesis committee members are the Chair Drs. Bret Howrey (Family Medicine), and dermatology faculty Michael Wilkerson (faculty advisor), Richard Wagner, and Kathleen Kroger. 

June 30, 2021 Deadline for University of Oklahoma Diversity Scholarship

As a joint venture between the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement and the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center Department of Dermatology, we are pleased to offer the Diversity Scholar Visiting Medical Student Elective. This elective is seeking applicants who come from an underrepresented-in-medicine background and have demonstrated vision and commitment to improving the health status of diverse patient populations. Students must display genuine interest in exploring issues of social determinants of health, population medicine, access to care, and social justice as it relates to dermatology. We seek to increase diversity and cultural competency in the healthcare workforce and to promote interest in academic medicine.

Who is Eligible to Participate?
• U.S. citizenship
• Economically disadvantaged or of a low socio-economic status (SES), or self-identifies as a member of a racial or ethnic group underrepresented in medicine relative to their numbers in the general population
• Enrollment as a 4th year medical student at an LCME-accredited institution at the time of elective. Must have completed core rotations
• Demonstrates commitment to improving the health status of diverse patient populations
• A Step 1 score greater than 220 is highly encouraged.

What are the Expectations of the Program?
• Complete a four (4) week elective in clinical dermatology in Oklahoma City, OK.
• A stipend of $1500 will be provided to help cover housing, travel, food, and other living and associated expenses.
• Mentorship with select dermatology faculty members and residents to provide career and professional guidance as well as a personal connection to the community. Emphasis will be placed on the residency application process.
• Scholarly production of dermatologic issues related to skin of color and associated practice gaps as well as social determinants of health
• Networking opportunities within the department and medical college at large.
• Participation in daily clinics and didactics and resident interaction

How Do I Apply?
Please include the following in your application:
• Submission of formal application on VSAS (listed as diversity)
• Curriculum Vitae, including USMLE Step 1 Score
• Include self-identification of which underrepresented in medicine group you belong

• Please answer the following supplemental questions in a less than 2 minute video recording (via Zoom only):
1. Describe your career goals.
2. Why are you interested in an elective in dermatology at University of
3. Describe your commitment to promoting the health of diverse patient
populations. How do you think social determinants of health impact patients in the
specialty that you are choosing to pursue?
4. What role should diversity play in the make-up of the healthcare workforce?

Please submit your application and video to: dermatology@ouhsc.edu
2021 Elective Dates: August 2-27 
August 30-September 24
September 27-October 22 
October 25-November 19

Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis. 2-3 applicants will be selected for 2021.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: June 30, 2021. Late applications may be reviewed based on availability. Please contact Dr. Levin with any questions:
Jarad Levin, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
Assistant Residency Program Director

Dermatology Suggestion Box Now Electronic

To ensure greater confidentiality and accessibility for anonymous comments from the UTMB dermatology residents, the suggestion boxes located in the Galveston and League City dermatology clinics have gone electronic using SurveyMonkey. Comments received by the Program Director will be brought to the faculty for their attention.

Two UTMB Dermatology Faculty Staff New UTMB Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics Center

Drs. Erica Kelly and Kathleen Kroger are the two dermatology faculty staffing the UTMB Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics Center. It is located in Town Center in League City. For more information see http://intranet.utmb.edu/fgp/articles/a-first-look-at-new-utmb-plastic-surgery-and-aesthetics-center

The UTMB Health Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics team: Kathleen Kroger, MD; Linda Phillips, MD; Katherine Hicks, MD; Shana Kalaria, MD; and Erica Kelly, MD

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

2020 Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology (MSDO) Fellowship Remains Competitive

In the December 2020 MSDO match, there were 149 Applicants and 69 programs that offered a total of 84 positions. All positions filled for a 56% match rate.

News on the Dermatology Resident CORE Exams

The first group of dermatology residents (557) required to pass 4 CORE Exams administered by the American Board of Dermatology (ABD) in order to meet eligibility to take the Applied ABD Certification Exam (“The Boards”) in July had a successful overall pass rate of 98.7%. Seven residents in this cohort have not passed all of their CORE exams. These 7 have the opportunity to pass the remaining CORE examinations during their 5 year board-eligibility period, and if successful they will be able to take the Applied ABD Certification Exam. CORE exams are given three times each year, in February, July, and November. All 4 UTMB PGY4 dermatology residents passed all of their CORE exams on their first attempt.

Bloomberg Businessweek Reports on 2020 Cosmetic Procedures

In a report by Mark Glassman, data released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons detailed overall declines in numbers of cosmetic procedures preformed during 2020 (May 10, 2021, page 60). Hair transplants had the highest overall decline (60%, 24,000 in 2019 and 10,000 in 2020).

UTMB MS3 Accepts Dermatology Research Year at Mount Sinai

Congratulations to UTMB MS3 Shayan Owji for his acceptance into a 1 year fellowship at the Waldman Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center in New York City. During his research year with the Department of Dermatology at Mount Sinai, he will study skin cancer. The UTMB DIG believes he is the first UTMB medical student taking a dermatology research year before graduation. The UTMB DIG congratulates you!  

Friday, May 07, 2021

Congratulations to 2021 UTMB Medical Student Dermatology Department Awardees:

Thomas W. Freese Memorial Award for Excellence in Dermatology: Antonio Jimenez

Edgar B. Smith Endowed Scholarship in Dermatology: Elise Weisert


History of Dermatology Award: Stephanie Abazie (“The Pandemic Rash: History in the Making”)


Best Original Essay for “Skin Diseases Depicted in Cinema”: Esteban Sosa (“Colorismo in Telenovelas”)


Tuesday, May 04, 2021

It's Melanoma Awareness Month!!

A reminder that DIG is coordinating the virtual Steps Against Melanoma Walk with the AIM at melanoma foundation. 

The walk is VIRTUAL, meaning you can sign up, support DIG, and walk in your own neighborhood/on the beach/on vacation/wherever you want! All while supporting a good cause! 

The walk will be held this month, Saturday May 22nd. Sign up today for only ten dollars/a donation amount of your choosing. 


UTMB Wins 4th Place at the 2021 AAD VMX Poster Competition

Congratulations to Elise Weisert (MS4), Renat Ahatov (MS3), Dr. Paige Hoyer and Dr. Lindy Ross on their winning poster presentation, It's Time for Some Rash Changes: An Analysis of Representation of Skin of Color in Online Patient Education Images. Their poster won 4th place at the 2021 AAD VMX Poster Competition out of ~800 posters.  

Spring 2021 TDS UTMB Dermatology Podium and Poster Presentations

Congratulations to all of the UTMB medical students, residents, and faculty who helped to make this virtual meeting such a big success:


Ahatov R, Weisert E, Hoyer P, Ross L. Analysis of Representation of Skin of Color in Online Images of Sexually Transmitted Infections.

Armenta D, Winsett F, Wagner RF Jr. Pathophysiology, Risk Factors, and Prevention of Wound Dehiscence Following Dermatologic Procedures

 Hoyer P, Ahatov R, Goodwin B, Wagner RF Jr. An introduction to Mohs micrographic Surgery: An active-learning experience

 Winsett FT, Nguyen K, Wilkerson M MD, Raimer SS. A Cross-Sectional Analysis of Tinea Capitis


Good A, Ahatov R, Ross L. An unusual timeline of Nivolumab-induced vitiligo in a patient with melanoma

 Hoyer P, Hansen A, Ross L. Spanish proficiency among Texas dermatology residents: a survey study

 Monjazeb S. Tran H, Codrea V, Wilson J, Kroger K. Furnucular myiasis and review of extraction methods

 Winsett F, Gleghorn K, Linfante A, Croley J, Munoz A, Ruff E, Branski L, Goodwin B, Kelly B, Wagner RF Jr. A case of  penile intraepithelial  neoplasm involving the penile shaft and scrotum treated by Mohs surgery.

 Ahatov R, Harmouch W, Hoyer P, Wilkderson M, Goodwin B. Pemphoid nodularis: an easily overlooked condition

 Momin F, Hoyer P, Kelly B. Rituximab-induced serum sickness: a case and review of the literature

 Okafor O, Hoyer P, Goodwin B. Segmental neurofibromatosis

 Phan M, Good A, Wilson J, Kelly B. Extrafacial granuloma faciale arising on scars

 Reisler J. Rachapudi S, Hoyer P, Ross L. Comparison of patient demographics at a student-run free clinic prior to vs during the COVID-19 pandemic

 Rice X, Good A, Goodwin B. Porokeratotic ostial and dermal duct nevus: a case report

 Tran H, Phan M, Hoyer P, Wilson J, Kelly B. An interesting case of blastomycosis-like pyoderma

 Uzoma B, Hoyer P, Goodwin B, Kroger K. Violaceous plaques on the left lower extremity: A rare case of Stewart Bluefarb Syndrome

 Zipperer K, Ahatov R, Wagner K, Goodwin B, Wilson J. Eruptive juvenile xanthogranuloma

UTMB Faculty Delivers 2021 TDS Spring Ethic Lecture

Congratulations to Christi Wargo MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC for her informative ethics lecture, “Human Trafficking” at the 2021 Spring TDS meeting on Saturday, May 1.

UTMB Dermatology Residents Awarded for 2021 Spring TDS Podium Presentations

UTMB dermatology residents were awarded first and second place for their resident podium presentations on Friday, March 30, 2021 at the virtual spring TDS meeting. PGY4 Dr. Winsett was awarded first place for his presentation, “A Cross-Sectional Analysis of Tinea Capitis” (coauthors Nguyen K, Wilkerson, and Raimer SS). PGY4 Dr. Hoyer was awarded second place for her presentation, “An introduction to Mohs micrographic Surgery: An active-learning experience” (coauthors Ahatov R, Goodwin B, Wagner RF Jr.). Congratulations to both!

Monday, May 03, 2021

UTMB Dermatology Participation in AAD VMX 2021

Congratulations to the following UTMB medical students, residents and faculty for their recent participation in the annual AAD Meeting:



Gallaga N, Gleghorn K, Kelly B. A Rare Association of Sweet's Syndrome with Autoimmune Thyroiditis: Case Report and Review of Literature.


Weisert E, Winsett F, Raimer S, Goodwin B. A Rare Case of Familial Generalized Multiple Glomangiomas in an 11-year-old Boy.


Jimenez T, Hoyer P, Ross L.  Clinical Recommendations to Address Dermatologic Healthcare Disparities in HIV-Positive Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Patients.


Rice X, Uzoma B, Hoyer P, Ross L. Addressing diversity in dermatology: how to be an Ally.                   


Jimenez T, Hoyer P, Wagner R.  Oxygen-Enriched Operating Rooms and Surgical Fires: An Underestimated Risk of Ambulatory Dermatologic Surgery


Jimenez A, Linfante A, Kelly E. Diffuse Capillary Malformation with Overgrowth and Phakomatosis Pimentovascularis Type II in a Newborn. 


Francis A, Armenta A, Brankov N, Kelly B, Wilkerson M.Case of Nodular Amyloidosis in a Type 2 Diabetic.


Kesaria S, Munoz A, Linfante A, Ross L. Palisaded and Neutrophilic Granulamatous Dermatitis in a Child.

Meyer W, Wagner RF. Rainfall associated with increased melanoma among non-Hispanic Whites.




Ahatov R, Arnold M, Kelly B. Post-DRESS Central Hypothyroidism in a COVID-19 Patient. 


Gallaga N. Hoyer P, Wagner R. Increasing Sun Protective Behaviors I Hispanic Patients: a review of the literature. 


Weisert E, Ahatov R, Hoyer P, Ross L .It's Time for Some Rash Changes:  An Analysis of Representation of Skin of Color in Online Patient Education Images


UTMB Resident Case Presentations at the 2021 Virtual Spring Meeting of the Texas Dermatological Society May 1, 2021

Indurated Plaques on the Face and Trunk
PRESENTED BY: Seena Monjazeb, MD, Timothy Tran, MD, Brandon Goodwin, MD, Erica Kelly, MD

Hyperpigmented and Hypopigmented Papules
PRESENTED BY: Seena Monjazeb, MD, Vikram Mahajan, BS, Renat Ahatov, BSA, Brandon Goodwin, MD, Janice Wilson, MD
A Bulbous Rhinophymatous Tumor of the Nose
PRESENTED BY: Ayezel Munoz, MD, Sarah Kesaria, BA, Benjamin Garcia, BS, Brent Kelly, MD, Brandon Goodwin, MD
A Painful, Migratory Rash
PRESENTED BY: Morgan Arnold MD, Renat Ahatov BSA, Olivia Arriaza BS, Lindy Ross MD, Janice Wilson MD
A Breath of Branching Bacteria
PRESENTED BY: Caroline Hagan, MD, Matthew Scholl, BS, Brandon Goodwin, MD, Janice Wilson, MD
A Nonhealing Wound in an Immunosuppressed Patient
PRESENTED BY: Frank Winsett, MD, Caroline Crain, MD, Janice Wilson, MD, Kathleen Kroger, MD
Solitary Nodule on the Back
PRESENTED BY: Morgan Arnold, MD, Kate Zipperer, BSA, Allison Good, MD, Michael Wilkerson, MD, Brandon Goodwin, MD

Vesicular lesions and erythematous plaques
PRESENTED BY: Allison Good, MD, Sarah Kesaria, BA, Brandon Goodwin, MD, Michael Wilkerson, MD

CASES #9, #10, & #11
Cysts with a Twist
CASE #9: Primary Cutaneous Mucinous Carcinoma Masquerading as an Inflamed Epidermal Inclusion Cyst
PRESENTED BY: Kristyna Gleghorn, MD, Elise Weisert, BS, Brent Kelly, MD, Brandon Goodwin, MD
CASE #10: Sebaceous Carcinoma Masquerading as an Inflamed Epidermal Inclusion Cyst
PRESENTED BY: Kristyna Gleghorn, MD, Allison Good, MD, Claire Culbertson, BSA, McKenzi Poehl, BS, Brent Kelly, MD, Michael Wilkerson, MD

CASE #11: Metastatic Malignant Melanoma Masquerading as an Inflamed Epidermal Inclusion Cyst
PRESENTED BY: Kristyna Gleghorn, MD, McKenzi Poehl, BS, Claire Culbertson, BSA, Erika Kelly, MD, Brandon Goodwin, MD, Janice Wilson, MD
CASE #12
A Circular Course in a Linear Dermatosis
PRESENTED BY: Victor Teran, MD, Renat Ahatov, BSA, Andrea Francis, BS, Janice Wilson, MD
CASE #13
A New Rash and Chronic Breast Plaque
PRESENTED BY: Swaminathan Sundaresan, MD, Michael Phan, BS, Elise Weisert, BS, Brandon Goodwin, MD
CASE #14
A Warty Growth on the Palm
PRESENTED BY: Paige Hoyer, MD, Xavier Rice, BS, Janice Wilson, MD
CASE #15
Verrucous Growths on a Lymphedematous Leg
PRESENTED BY: Paige Hoyer, MD, Kristen Kay, BS, Janice Wilson, MD

CASE #16
Boggy Alopecic Plaques in an 8-year-old Boy
PRESENTED BY: Frank Winsett, MD, Khuong Nguyen, BS, Lindy Ross, MD, Janice Wilson, MD
CASE #17
An Acral Rash with Lymphadenopathy
PRESENTED BY: Anthony Linfante, MD, Gregory Ugoh, BS, Antonio Jimenez, BS, Kathleen Kroger, MD, Janice Wilson MD
CASES #18 A & B: Beware of Sun
PRESENTED BY: Anthony Linfante, MD, Antonio Jimenez, BS, Kristyna Gleghorn, MD, Janice Wilson, MD, Brandon Goodwin, MD
CASE #19
Nodules in an Immunocompromised Man
PRESENTED BY: Swaminathan Sundaresan, MD, Andrea Francis BS, Victor Teran, MD, Janice Wilson, MD, Bernard Gibson MD
CASE #20
Sudden Persistent Goosebumps
PRESENTED BY: Keith Wagner, MD, Bradley Nus, BSA, Janice Wilson, MD, Brandon Goodwin, MD
CASE #21
Tender Nodules on the Legs
PRESENTED BY: Andrew Armenta, MD, Andrea Francis, BS, Brandon Goodwin, MD, Janice Wilson, MD, Bernard Gibson, MD

UTMB DIG Presents May Hats for the Homeless Event

From left to right: Olivia Arriaza (MS1), Nesiya Sheriff (MS1), and Andrea Francis (MS2). 

UTMB DIG Presents Stay Shady for Oppe Elementary

UTMB MS2 Will Meyer made a virtual Stay Shady presentation for the Oppe Elementary Magnet Campus of Coastal Studies in Galveston recently. He reported that his audience were really energetic and had good questions. 

Artist in our Midst!

Thanks to Dr. Brandon Goodwin, UHC Dermatology Clinic Director, for his recent artistic creation in the UHC Dermatology Clinic. Polaroids at the edges are of dermatology clinic team members.