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, October 28, 2021

UTMB Dermatology Publishes in JAMA Dermatology

 Congratulations to MS4 Bianca Uzoma and her co-authors, Drs. Paige Hoyer and Kathleen Kroger for their October 2021 JAMA Dermatology Clinicopathological Challenge publication in the journal JAMA Dermatology, titled “Violaceous Plaques on the Left Lower Extremity.”

October 2021 Hats for the Homeless

 Another successful meeting for Hats for the Homeless. Pictured from left to right: Benjamin Garcia (MS3) and Andrea Francis (MS3)

UTMB Dermatology Contributes to Analysis of 2020 Dermatology Match and Impact of COVID-19

Congratulations to UTMB Dermatology Professor Dr. Richard Wagner and UTMB SOM graduate Dr. Michael Ryan (current PGY2 dermatology resident at UTHSC Houston) for their November 2021 JAAD Research Letter (Volume 85, Issue 5, November 2021, Pages 1364-1366), “Internal and geographic dermatology match trends in the age of COVID-19.” Their research found that home applicants for dermatology residency had over a 50% increase in match rate at their home institutions compared to pre-pandemic matches (40.3% vs. 26.7% ,P < .001) .

Dr. Brandon Goodwin Participates in Physician Art Show

 Congratulations to Dr. Brandon Goodwin, UTMB Assistant Professor of Dermatology for his participation in “The Arts of Healing” held in Houston on Saturday, October 23, 2021.

Dr. Brandon Goodwin Recognized

 UTMB Medical Assistants recognized Dr. Brandon Goodwin for his efforts to care for a pediatric dermatology patient recently: Dr. Goodwin “Went above and beyond to help a pediatric patient be comfortable with Doctor and dressed up as Harry Potter.”  He received an eGEM Card in recognition. Recipients of 3 GEM or eGEM cards permits entry into the annual UTMB GEM Drawing.

DIGA Meeting

 DIGA and the APD (Association of Professors of Dermatology) will host a joint webinar Tuesday, November 16th at 5PM PST/8PM EST to provide updates and tips regarding interview season for the current 2021 - 2022 cycle.

Please refer to the official APD statement for this application cycle to see what guidance has already been released regarding interviews. The APD will NOT be releasing a further statement specifically on interviews.Submit any questions that you have using this form. Questions will be compiled and used to guide discussion during the webinar.The zoom link will be released in the coming weeks. Make sure that you are subscribed to our listserv or follow us on social media for updates!

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Positive Comments Received from Attendees of UTMB Dermatology Residency Open House

 A number of positive remarks were received from MS4 from other institutions who attended the UTMB Open House on Friday, October 22, 2021:


“I wanted to extend my thanks for hosting a wonderful information session last week on your program. I especially enjoyed hearing from your devoted faculty and exceptional residents about the comprehensive curriculum and comradery of your program.”


“I have attended many virtual open houses. Every program says, “we are a family.” Although this may be true, your program SHOWS it. The interactions and rapport you had with one another were unparalleled. Your attitude about training residents, coupled with your passion for serving individuals from all walks of life, would be the perfect recipe for success in my future career. This program provides an opportunity to become an excellent resident, having the ability to graduate with a sense of graduated independence, something I long for in a program.”

COVID-19 and Increased Dermatology Match Rate at Home Programs

 The September 2021 issue of Dermatology Online Journal published an interesting letter that found that dermatology applicants had a higher match rate at their home programs during COVID-19 than in previous years (“The impact of COVID-19 on the dermatology match: an increase in the number of students matching at home programs”), see https://escholarship.org/uc/item/8m77413g

Potential explanations for this observation were limited opportunities for away rotations and the use of virtual interviews that may have favored home applicants.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

URM Dermatology Applicants in the COVID-19 Era

 Cutis has published an important article in the October 2021 issue: “Underrepresented minority students applying to dermatology residency in the COVID-19 Era: Challenges and considerations (pages 216-217) in their Commentary section. The authors advise in their “Practice Points” that “The implementation of holistic review, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and virtual opportunities might mitigate some of the barriers faced by URM applicants.”

Monday, October 25, 2021

UTMB Dermatology 2021 Open House Huge Success

Special thanks to Dr. Lindy Ross (UTMB Dermatology Assistant Professor) and two PGY2 UTMB Dermatology Residents, Drs. Tim Tran and Emily Williams for their efforts in making the UTMB Dermatology Open House such a big success last Friday! This virtual event included UTMB Dermatology Grand Round Presentations by UTMB residents with faculty participation as well as a video about the UTMB Dermatology and Galveston prepared by Dr. Ross. 32 visitors from  Vanderbilt, UT Southwestern, Tulane, Dell, Miami, Michigan, Baylor,  Cincinnati, TCOM, University of Washington, Texas Tech, UAB, McGovern, U Mississippi, LSU, Cleveland Clinic, Foster, and other medical schools participated.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Skin of Color Talk with Dr. Chinelo Ikpeama

DIG presents Skin of Color Talk with a dermatologist keynote speaker - Dr. Chinelo Ikpeama

Join us at 12:15 PM on Wednesday, 10/27 at the following link:

Monday, October 18, 2021

DIGA Posts UTMB Dermatology Open House Notice for October 22, 2021 (2 to 4 pm CST)

 Hope to see you there for our dermatology grand rounds and to learn more about our residency program!

DIG Poster


Friday, October 15, 2021

UTMB MS2 Fareen Momin Schedules Virtual Dermatology Research Honors Program Thesis Presentation

 Please join UTMB MS2 for her virtual Dermatology Honors Research Presentation, “Dermatological Findings in Children’s Films” on Friday, November 12, 2021 at 8 am CST.

Her faculty mentor is Dr. Richard Wagner. Ad hoc honors thesis committee members are Drs. Bret Howrey (Family Medicine) and dermatology faculty

Richard Wagner (faculty mentor), Janice Wilson, and Brent Kelly.

Join Zoom Meeting

Monday, October 11, 2021

TTUHSC Meet and Greet 10-21-2021


The 2021 National Psoriasis Foundation Houston Annual Walk will be held this Saturday October 16, 2021 virtually.

 We have set up our own team page for UTMB DIG. We would love for all DIG members to consider signing up with the DIG team. Enrollment is free and this is a great way to show your support to those suffering from psoriasis!

All donations are appreciated as well and will go towards psoriasis research. 

If you would like to donate to fund this event, please click this link: https://npf.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=33053

If you would like to join the team and walk with us, please click this link: https://npf.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=8584

Thursday, October 07, 2021

St. Vincent's Health Fair Volunteer Sign Up

 St Vincent's Health fair is on November 13, 8AM-1PM.  Volunteer orientations are on October 18th, 6PM and November 3, 12PM. Five DIG Volunteers are needed to present Sun-safe information to Galveston locals. Please email Andrea Francis at asfranci@utmb.edu if you are interested in volunteering.

UTMB MS3 Dermatology Research Honors Project Approved

  Congratulations to UTMB MS3 Kristen Kay for her recent UTMB Dermatology Honors Research approval. Her research topic is

“#1 Dermatologist Recommended: A Clinician’s Guide to Self-Tanning.” Her dermatology faculty advisor for this project is Dr. J. Wilson

and her ad hoc Honors Committee Faculty are Drs. Bret Howrey (Family Medicine), Wilson, Erica Kelly and Richard Wagner

Tuesday, October 05, 2021

UTMB Announces Dermatopathology Fellows for 2023-2024 Academic Year

Congratulations to Naomi Hardy, MD from the University of Maryland (Pathology) and Morgan Fletcher, MD from UT San Antonio (Dermatology) for their selection into the UTMB Dermatopathology Fellowship for the 2023-2024 academic year. We look forward to working with you!


 All four of the 2021 UTMB completing dermatology residents achieved Board Certification in Dermatology from the American Board of Dermatology on their first attempt. Congratulations to Drs. Kristyna Gleghorn, Seena Monjazeb, Swami Sundaresan, and Frank Winsett! Our current dermatopathology fellow and UTMB SOM graduate, Dr. Drew DeCrescenzo also received Board Certification in Dermatology.