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, July 31, 2021

July 2021 Hats for the Homeless

 Another successful meeting for Hats for the Homeless on July 31st. Pictured from left to right: Alex Parkhurst (MS1), Benjamin Garcia (MS3), Renat Ahatov (MS4), and Andrea Francis (MS3).

Friday, July 30, 2021

University of Missouri Dermatology Virtual Open House


NYU Dermatology Informational Session - August 9th



The webinar will take place on August 9th at 7:30PM EST. 


For more information, feel free to reach out to a member of our

Education Team below:

Norma Elliott: Norma.Elliott@nyulangone.org

Kristen Gelpi: Kristen.Gelpi@nyulangone.org

Craig Burke: Craig Burke@nyulangone.org

You can also reach us at (212) 263-5313.


Visit our website at: https://med.nyu.edu/departments-institutes/dermatology/education

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Medical College of Wisconsin Virtual Meeting for Interested Applicants

 The Dermatology Department at the Medical College of Wisconsin is hosting a virtual meeting for dermatology applicants interested in learning more about their program. It will be held on August 11, 2021 at 7-8 p.m. (CST)


To find out more about this program: https://www.mcw.edu/-/media/MCW/Departments/Dermatology/Dermatology-Residency-Meet-and-Greet-Aug-11-2021.pdf?la=en


To register for this meeting, please go to: https://mcw-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0qc-mpqTIoHdyCtjs5Gazf41lISmyWgPAP

Monday, July 26, 2021

Harvard Calling

Dermatology residency applicants considering the Harvard program are encouraged to attend their informational webinar on 8/18/21 (7:30 pm EST). Those interested should sign up at https://partners.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oLWyS1mrRzuWevOWhUW39A

DIGA and APD Joint Webinar About Next Dermatology Residency Application Cycle

 DIGA and the APD (Association of Professors of Dermatology) will host a joint webinar on Tuesday August 10, 2021 at 8PM EST to provide information and updates regarding changes to ERAS and the residency application process for the upcoming 2021 - 2022 cycle. (i.e. preference signaling, secondary application, virtual vs in-person interviews)


Submit any questions that you have using the form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf_4TrRWSTtkwOnjVqjVLDiEhgGz18ovyxkqE8QnQNoDnP-GQ/viewform?form=MY01SV&OCID=MY01SV


Questions will be compiled and used to guide discussion during the webinar.


Please note that DIGA and the APD are planning to host a second webinar in November to answer any questions specifically regarding the interview process.

Friday, July 23, 2021

First General DIG Meeting

 The first general meeting for the Dermatology Interest Group will be held on Monday, August 2nd at 5 pm. To get the meeting information please fill out this google form: https://forms.gle/4aP1tGAY2qtL9Wro8

American Board of Dermatology (ABD) Recommends Pearson VUE Test Centers for CORE Exams

Due to reliable internet connectivity and other factors, the ABD is recommending Pearson VUE Test Centers for dermatology residents taking the 4 CORE exams now needed to take the ABD Certification Examination following residency completion. ABD is also interested if residents encounter any problem with their test experience, and request that these residents contact the ABD directly at 617-910-6400 (Kara Fuller, ext. 4) who is their first-line advocate.

Monday, July 19, 2021

What are the Best Educational Resources for a Clinical Dermatology Rotation?

According to a survey published in the June 2021 issue of DOJ Volume 27, Number 6, 27(6):3, residents and fellows thought that AAD modules and online resources were most useful. For the complete study, please see https://escholarship.org/uc/item/5x36x0hk

2021 Fall Texas Dermatological Society Abstract Deadlines

 The Texas Dermatological Society will hold its annual fall meeting on September 24 and 25 at the The Hyatt Hill Country Resort in San Antonio. Poster deadlines are August 24, 2021 for applications and the Abstract Paragraph & Poster PDF Deadline is due on August 30, 2021. No deadlines have been set for the podium presentations yet. Please go to https://www.texasdermatology.org/amsimis/TDS/Residents_Corner/TDS/Residents_Corner/Resident_s_Corner.aspx?hkey=35b67b30-fd36-47ac-9cd6-16d3efcf4ab8  for more information.  

Monday, July 12, 2021

MS4 Dermatology Honors Research Project Accepted

Congratulations to MS4 Renat Ahatov for the acceptance of his UTMB Dermatology Research Honors Project, “Analysis of Androgenic Alopecia Treatment Preferences in Dermatologists.” The project will serve to analyze the treatment preferences for the elusive androgenic alopecia in males and females, in dermatologists across the United States via a survey study. His ad hoc thesis committee members are Dr. Bret Howrey (Family Medicine, Director of the UTMB Honors Research Program), and dermatology faculty Drs. Lindy Ross (faculty advisor), Michael Wilkerson, Sharon Raimer, and Richard Wagner.

Survey on Medical Student Dermatology Research

The July 2021 issue of SKIN provides interesting information about medical student perceptions about dermatology research. The authors conducted a survey of dermatology interest groups and had 57 students participate. Students participating in more than 8 research experiences had greater confidence in their research abilities. Posters, abstracts, and chart reviews were favored. For additional information, please see:

Carlos, C., Brown, C., Elliott, E., & Murina, A. (2021). Assessing Comfort in Conducting Research Among Medical Students Interested in Dermatology. SKIN The Journal of Cutaneous Medicine, 5(4), 388–392. https://doi.org/10.25251/skin.5.4.7

Thursday, July 01, 2021

Vanderbilt Dermatology Program Director Survey about USMLE Step 1 Scores

The June 2021 issue of Cutis (pages 293-294) suggests that dermatology program directors may start placing more emphasis on USMLE Step 2 once Step 1 scores are no longer available.