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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.

Monday, August 30, 2021

Cancellation of Tulane Virtual Meet and Greet on 9/2/21

Due to the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, Tulane is cancelling the Virtual Meet and Greet on Thursday September 2nd 2021 at 7pm.  We will most likely be back on-line for our September 15th Meet and Greet. Tulane will reach out to those who have signed up for the 9/2 date.  

Saturday, August 28, 2021

August 2021 Hats for the Homeless

 Another successful meeting for Hats for the Homeless on August 28th. Pictured from left to right: Alex Parkhurst (MS1), Benjamin Garcia (MS3), Dorcie Gillette (MS4), and Andrea Francis (MS3).

Vanderbilt Dermatology Virtual Open House


Friday, August 27, 2021

Learn More About the UTMB Dermatology Residency Program

 UTMB Assistant Professor of Dermatology Dr. Lindy Ross created an informative presentation about the UTMB Dermatology Department in 2020. Its link is https://youtu.be/HlMCeDMjSn4 We encourage potential dermatology applicants to view it. 

2022 AAD Annual Meeting Abstract Deadline Approaching


Survey Study - UTMB participation

 We’d like to invite you to participate in a voluntary, anonymous research survey evaluating how a novel diagnostic tool, electrical impedance spectroscopy, compares to the use of dermoscopy in the evaluation of pigmented skin lesions. Lack of prior knowledge or experience with either dermoscopy or electrical impedance spectroscopy does not limit you from participating in this study  – in fact, we expect that you likely are not familiar with the latter. 


Your participation in this survey can help guide understanding of best clinical practices for pigmented skin lesions. Please share this survey with other dermatology providers, dermatology trainees, as well as medical students involved with your department or practice. You can find the survey at the following link: https://redcap.mountsinai.org/redcap/surveys/?s=9NYPM8PTN8 

Saint Louis University Virtual Open House


UC Davis Dermatology residency Meet and Greet information


Cleveland Clinic Virtual Open House


University of Florida virtual open house/meet and greet - September 9th

 University of Florida - Dermatology Residency Virtual Open House

Time: 6:30pm -7:30pm EST

Registration Link:  https://tinyurl.com/4z32jrms

Invite Link: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/98623064051

Description: This will be an informational session with faculty and residents. This session will be recorded.



University of Florida – Dermatology Residency Meet and Greet with Residents

Time: 7:30pm-8:30pm EST

Registration Link:  https://tinyurl.com/3j5cu9a8

Invite Link: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/94067177327

Description: This session will ONLY be with residents for participants to ask questions in break out room

Monday, August 23, 2021

Emory Derm Virtual Open House


September 9th Registration Link:


Ask questions live or submit ahead of time via this link:


8/31: Special Presentation from The Office of Student Diversity, Health, Inclusion & Equity

 “Facing Racial Headwinds in the Intense Environment of Medical Education”


Presented by Napoleon B. Higgins, Jr., MD

Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021 · Noon

To be held virtually via Zoomhttps://utmb.us/5x7



Every student who goes to medical school comes in with their own vantage points and unique needs. Universities will have official statements of the best intentions for students but miss critical issues of how human behavior and unconscious bias impact the school environment. Developing and empowering a safe and effective learning space for students is key to an already stressful medical education process. It is also vital that diverse students understand why they chose medicine and battle against self-doubt, questioning their ability to keep up and imposter syndrome; also, knowing racism exists and questioning whether they will handle the pressures of medical school and manage the landscape of racism and microaggressions that they have and expectedly will continually face. Lack of understanding will lead to poor productivity and a complex learning environment that stunts student's growth, interest, and creativity in medicine.


This talk intends to increase racial understanding in training, manage risks to non-traditional students, and retain and grow a diverse talent group in preparation for the continual challenges of medicine. Poor understanding of race will cause a lack of empathy and understanding that impairs students of diverse groups and leaves majority culture students unprepared for the growing diverse population.



1.         Preparing the diverse student populations for the difficulties they often face in medical education.

2.         To ensure that students keep in mind what is important and staying focused on their goals while in intense educational situations.

3.         How to combat against issues of imposter syndrome and microaggressions that are commonly faced in medical school.


This presentation is geared to students, but all members of the UTMB community are invited to participate.


For questions, contact Laurie Fentanes, lfentane@utmb.edu.

UTMB Medical Student, Resident and Mohs Fellow Publish in Dermatologic Surgery

Congratulations to Kristen Kay and Drs. Paige Hoyer and Vlad Codrea for their interesting case report that was published in the August 2021 issue of Dermatologic Surgery (Anaphylaxis associated with topical application of 5-aminolevulinic acid, Volume 47, pages 1150-1151). Their co-author was the Associate Program Director for the UTMB Fellowship in Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology, Dr. Aaron Joseph.

Dr. Julie Croley Publishes in August 2021 Dermatologic Surgery

UTMB’s recently completed Mohs Fellow published in the 2021 issue of Dermatologic Surgery (3-color Mohs mapping method to uniquely stain up to 6 speciment, pages 1107-1108), co-authoring with Drs. Aboul-Fettough (UT Houston) and UTMB’s Associate Program Director of the Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship, Dr. A. Joseph.

Friday, August 20, 2021

DIGA 4th Year Mentor-Mentee Program


Dear DIGA Members, 

DIGA is excited for the second year of our mentor-mentee program for medical students interested in applying to dermatology residency! Mentors are dermatology residents. Please keep in mind due to the current circumstances, dermatology residency 2021-2022 applicants without home programs will be prioritized as mentees. Please refrain from signing up if you were paired with a faculty mentor for the APD-DIGA Mentorship Program in May 2021. 

Dermatology Interest Group Association

Jefferson Dermatology Meet and Greet


Updates for Fall TDS Conference 2021

          Podium Competition:

Application Deadline: 
August 24, 2021
Abstract Paragraph & Pre-Recorded Video Presentation: August 31, 2021 


Podium Presentation Application: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GZTQVHM

Poster Competition:

Application Deadline: August 24, 2021
Abstract Paragraph & Poster PDF Deadline: August 31, 2021


Poster Presentation Application: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G6Q27ZX 

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Indiana University Dermatology Meet and Greet


DIG Suture Workshop (8/24)

DIG will be holding a suture workshop led by UTMB dermatology chief residents Dr. Paige Hoyer and Dr. Anthony Linfante on Tuesday (8/24) at 4 PM and 5 PM at the dermatology conference room located on 5th floor of McCollough (take a right as you enter room 5.124 and the conference room is down the hall).

This will be only limited to 10 students per session, based on a first-come, first-served basis. The first 20 students will be sent an email with a confirmation.

Please fill out this form if you are interested: https://forms.gle/euFJ58jjspmahLcd9

UC Irvine Dermatology Diversity Visiting Student Scholarship

 The UC Irvine Dermatology Residency Program is pleased to offer a Diversity Visiting Student Scholarship for visiting students in need of financial assistance to attend our Dermatology clerkship. We will offer up to two $2500 scholarships for travel and/or housing-related costs associated with attending the clerkship. Through the application, students should demonstrate how their background and experience help to promote an environment of inclusive excellence in our residency program. See UC Diversity Statement. The deadline to apply is October 1, 2021

Students should apply to our Dermatology Elective 620B through the VSLO/VSAS website and email the following information to our residency coordinator, Terena Wells (terenaw@hs.uci.edu): 

How would your background and experience help to promote an environment of inclusive excellence in the UC Irvine Dermatology Residency Program? (not to exceed 250 words) (for information on inclusive excellence at UC Irvine, https://inclusion.uci.edu). 

How are you equipped to serve a diverse patient population during residency? (not to exceed 250 words). 

Letter of recommendation from a medical school faculty member in any medical specialty (attach to email).

Monday, August 16, 2021

UHCMC/Case virtual info session

 University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center/Case Western is hosting a virtual information session with Q&A for derm applicants on August 23rd at 7:30PM EST.

Registration link: https://uhhospitals.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_byBc3aExT9aXeSYcSbO6SA

University of Washington Residency Open Houses


UC Irvine Dermatology Informational Webinar

The UC Irvine faculty and residents are hosting an informational webinar regarding our residency program for medical students who are interested in applying this year. The webinar will be held on Monday, September 27th at 5:30 PM Pacific Time, and will feature a short presentation followed by a Q & A session.


The Zoom meeting info is listed below. Please forward to all interested candidates!


Topic: UC Irvine Dermatology Informational Webinar

Time: Sep 27, 2021 05:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting

Virtual Open House Invite - Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN


Learn About Texas Dermatology Residency Programs

 Most Texas Dermatology Residency Programs will host 30 minute virtual information sessions for potential applicants during the fall 2021 meeting of the Texas Dermatological Association on Saturday, September 25, 2021. Registration for these sessions is through the Texas Dermatological Society

(  https://www.texasdermatology.org/amsimis/ )

Thursday, August 12, 2021

George Washington University Informational Webinar

 The George Washington University faculty and residents are hosting an informational webinar regarding the residency program for medical students who are interested in applying this year. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, August 24th at 7:00 PM EST, and will feature a short presentation followed by Q & A.

The registration link is as follows:


For additional information, please contact our wonderful Program Coordinator Serita Gayles at sgayles@mfa.gwu.edu.

UCSF Diversity 1st look

 UCSF GME Diversity 1st Look event taking place August 19th 5-7pm (PST), register at: http://tiny.ucsf.edu/GMEDiversity1stLook2021.

There will be a chance to meet with Dermatology program leadership and residents as part of this program. UCSF Dermatology will also be hosting a separate informational webinar- details TBD.


UTMB Students Research Form

Please fill out the Google form if you are interested in participating in poster presentations/research experiences this fall:


The form will close next week.

Thursday, August 05, 2021

Ohio State University Virtual Meet & Greet Sessions


Registration: https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIodO-rqTgrEtHKthUXmikE0yDIrM5a3kaV

Information about the program: https://medicine.osu.edu/departments/internal-medicine/dermatology/education

Tuesday, August 03, 2021

Recap of the 1st General DIG Meeting 2021-2022


DIG was joined tonight by UTMB Dermatology Program Director Dr. Richard Wagner to discuss questions about applying and matching into dermatology. Thank you Dr. Wagner for such an informative meeting! Meeting recap:

Talk with Dr. Wagner:
- Dermatology is an extremely competitive field. 4th year students who match into dermatology often have many publications, research experiences, volunteer activities, superior USMLE Step scores, and belong to the AOA Medical Honor Society. If you don't match the first year, work on getting things published during your intern year, then reapply. Don't give up! It is very possible to match into Dermatology the second or third time around. Clinical fellowship positions are available for residents, often after the completion of intern year. 
- Get involved with research early! Participate in posters and podium presentations at Texas Dermatologic Society meetings held two times yearly. Research opportunities are also available during electives, including Dr. Wagner's unique online dermatology courses and NSRF held at UTMB. 
- Students should continue to volunteer at St. Vincent's Dermatology Night, held the first Thursday of every month. First year students should complete the required orientation as well as the additional COVID adjusted quiz to be eligible to sign up. This is a great opportunity to interact with residents and faculty. 
- Preceptorships in dermatology are available for first year medical students after completion of their first year. The department takes 8 students over the 2 elective periods. Additionally, the summer research program (SRP) is a 6-8 week summer elective that allows students to receive funding for a specific research project. For more information: https://www.utmb.edu/gsbs/current-students/programs-and-curricula/summer-research-program-srp/welcome-to-srp
- Consider participating in the Honors Research Program in Dermatology. The official deadline for the Honors Proposal is 12/31 of the student's third year, but extensions may be possible. Projects, to be completed by April of the 4th year, allow students to have honors distinction at graduation and have a 97% match rate into dermatology. 
- The President's Cabinet Award is available for yearly submission every year for students with unique ideas to improve the UTMB and Galveston communities. 
- The UTMB Department of Dermatology has a wide variety of electives, ranging from Clinical Dermatology and Research, to Dermatopathology, Mohs Surgery and online electives such as Dermatology in Film. UTMB is second in the country behind UCSF for the number of medical student electives in dermatology. Some clinical electives are now even offered as 2 week electives. The Acting Internship in dermatology is offered the first few periods of 4th year and fulfills medical student graduation requirements. Additionally, BSHS graduation requirements may be fulfilled with dermatology courses. 
- Most dermatology residency programs are advanced positions. Residents are required to complete a PGY1 preliminary or transitional year prior to starting dermatology residency. There are a few US programs that have categorical dermatology programs. 
Upcoming events:
- Skin of Color series will be ongoing! Contact Bianca Uzoma if you would like more updates about upcoming events.
- Student Organization Fair date it to be determined and DIG will be participating to talk to interested students about our organization.  
- Stay Shady will go on! Stay tuned for upcoming dates this fall.
-Hats for the Homeless will have monthly events. Please fill out this google form if you are interested in volunteering: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeELtKI6Ot3H4omb-Tdllh8BDhZAqmUVj5Yzf-W235IgNIuow/viewform
- St. Vincent's Health Fair is to be determined. DIG will once again man the "Ban the Burn" booth. 
- The Fundraising Committee is working in place of the Fall Bake Sale. 
- DIG President Michal Phan has put together a mentorship program for upper and lower level medical students interested in matching into dermatology. A form will be released soon for interested students. 
- Melanoma and Psoriasis Walks as well as the Suture Workshop are TBD. 
- DIG Research Chairs are coordinating a research collaboration with residents for upcoming conference presentations. Priority will be given to students participating in DIG events!