Current Editors: Dung Mac and Kristyna Gleghorn

Past Editors: 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.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Too Few Dermatology Abstracts Submitted to 2015 National Student Research Forum!

Dermatology has a long and storied history of award winning presentations at the annual National Student Research Forum (NSRF) that is sponsored by UTMB. Many of these presentations have gone on to peer-reviewed publication, and many awardees have gone on to notable careers and leadership roles in dermatology. Imagine the NSRF’s surprise this year when there were not enough dermatology abstracts for poster or podium presentation to make any awards in the dermatology category! The UTMB DIG encourages all of its members to consider submitting abstracts about their current dermatology research to the 2016 NSRF.

Local Dermatologist Named as UTMB AOA Visiting Professor for 2015

Dr. Robert S. Tausend (Will’s dad) provide the UTMB Department of Dermatology with a guest lecture at 10 am (“Tales from the Dark Side”) and share Kodachromes with us at 11 am in the Research Building conference room (1.206) on Friday, May 29, 2015. During his Kodachrome presentation he plans on asking medical students their differential diagnosis and dermatology residents about treatment options. His visit  to our dermatology department will begin at 9 am with Grand Dermatology Rounds in the UHC dermatology clinic. Dr. Tausend practices in the Bay Shore Dermatology Center in Pasadena, Texas.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Dermatology Night at St. Vincent’s Clinic on June 4, 2015

Join UTMB Dermatology residents and faculty for the upcoming dermatology night at St. Vincent’s Clinic. Please see the calendar link below to reserve your volunteering spot:

When: Thursday, June 4th, 5:30-9PM
Where: St. Vincent's House, 2817 Post Office Street, Galveston, Texas 77550
Volunteer link: http://www.stvsc.org/index.php/students/

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

UTMB Presents 10 Posters at the 2015 Texas Dermatological Society Annual Spring Meeting

Congratulations to all of the UTMB Poster Presenters at the 2015 Annual Spring Meeting of the Texas Dermatological Society that was held on May 1st and 2nd in Austin, Texas. The UTMB poster titles and medical student, dermatology resident and dermatology faculty authors were as follows:

1, Pancreatic Panniculitis Mimicking Necrotizing Fasciitis (C. Helen Malone MD)

2. Leukocytoclastic Vasculitis in the Setting of an Acute Hepatitis A Viral Infection in a Child (Tara Akunna BS, Lindsey Hunter-Ellul MD, Bernard Gibson MD)

3. Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans mimicking an Odontogenic Abscess (Brandon Goodwin MD, Kristyna Gleghorn MS, Emily Grimshaw MD, Erica Kelly MD)

4. Nicastrin in Skin Pathology (Audra Clos MD and Brent Kelly MD)

5. An Unusual Bullous Eruption (Rebecca Philips MD, Skylar White BS, Brent Kelly MD)

6. A case of drug-induced pemphigus caused by enalapril. (Gleghorn KL, Wilson J, Wilkerson MG, Kelly BC)

7. Cutaneous follicle center lymphoma mimicking folliculitis (Savina Aneja MD, Ramya Chockalingam BA, Anisha B. Patel MD)

8. Allergic contact dermatitis from a Zoll wearable defibrillator vest (Hubert Chodkiewicz MD, Alison Garner BS, Savina Aneja MD, Richard Jahan-Tigh MD)

9. Sclerodermoid Changes and Dystrophic Calcification: A Unique Presentation of Porphyria Cutanea Tarda (Erica Grilletta BS, Lindsey Hunter-Ellul MD, Alison Lowe MD, Conner Chan MD)

10. Management of exuberant growths in Goltz syndrome (Anna Buteau BA, Andrew DeCrescenzo BS, Helen Malone MD, Michael Wilkerson, MD)

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

UTMB School of Medicine Adopts New Pass/PC/Fail System for MS1s and MS2s

UTMB has always been a progressive leader in medical education in Texas and the rest of the world. It may not surprise readers of this blog that last month our School of Medicine Curriculum Committee unanimously adopted a new Pass/PC/Fail system for the first two years of medical school at UTMB starting with the incoming MS1 class this summer (The Informant: A newsletter for students from the Educational Affairs Office--School of Medicine, April 2015, Volume 3, Issue 1). By making this grading policy change for the first two years of medical school, UTMB is joining a growing national movement in medical education, since nationally about 52% of US medical schools use this type of grading system sometime during the first two years of medical school. Other changes for the first two years of our medical school will now include the use of standardized NBME exams. No grading system change is currently planned for UTMB MS3s and MS4s who currently use an Honors/High Pass/Pass grading system except for electives and Selectives, that are strictly graded Pass/Fail.

Upcoming AIM for the Cure Melanoma Walk and 5K Fun Run

The UTMB DIG will be hosting the annual AIM for the Cure Melanoma Walk and 5K Fun Run to take place on Saturday June 6, 2015 at the UTMB Alumni Field House. Registration and sign-in begin at 8AM. The opening ceremony and fun run/walk begin at 9AM. There is no fee, but each participant is encouraged to raise $50. 

Register at http://galveston2015.aimatmelanoma.org/Static/Event-Info by May 22nd to receive a FREE t-shirt! See the attached flyer for more information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1X_P-TTWEkib05UM0R2cGFKaFk/view?usp=sharing
Contact Julie Ann Amthor (jaamthor@utmb.edu), Neil Jackson (ndjackso@utmb.edu), or Jasmine Stephens (jcstephe@utmb.edu) with any questions. If you would like to volunteer at the event on June 6, please email Julie Ann Amthor (jaamthor@utmb.edu).

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to raise funds for the AIM at Melanoma Foundation, which uses funds to increase support for melanoma research, to promote prevention and education among the general public and medical professionals, and to provide comprehensive and easily accessible melanoma resources for patients, survivors, and caregivers!

Monday, May 04, 2015

DIG Meeting Recap from 4/27/2015

Advices from MS4s for preparing for residency
1.     Meet with Dr. Raimer and/or Dr. Wagner when you decided on dermatology to see what advices they have for you. Also meet with them before letter writing time (August).
2.     When on a dermatology rotation, use AAD.org medical student education powerpoints (https://www.aad.org/education/basic-dermatology-curriculum/teaching-and-learning-guides/learner-s-guide) to help prepare for the rotation.
3.     Away rotations- keep in mind west coast schools might not give you interviews. It’s also not a good idea to have too many UTMB students (>3-4) doing aways at the same school. The school may not offer interviews to all of the students.
4.     You could get interviewed during your derm rotations (UT Houston does a panel interview for away students), so always be prepared.
5.     You can use your dermatology personal statement for your prelim/transitional year personal statement.
6.     The decision to select a prelim or transition program is important!
a.     If the applicant would be happy in another specialty as a backup then a preliminary PGY1 year in that specialty is good (internal medicine, pediatrics, etc).
b.     However, if the MS4 does not match into an advanced PGY2 dermatology position as a MS4, matching into a PGY1 position in medicine or pediatrics will preclude Medicare funding of residency for the PGY4 year of dermatology if they decide to try again for dermatology and successfully match. This could be a major competitive disadvantage for dermatology reapplicants.
c.      If the MS4 plans on reapplying to dermatology should they fail to initially match into dermatology, it would be better to match into a PGY1 position in general surgery (5 years of funding) or a transitional PGY1 year (funding to be determined by PGY2 specialty selection).
7.     Interview questions: Most interviewers ask about your personal statement so be sure to know your personal statement well and have a fluent story ready. Also you may be asked questions about conflicting experiences you’ve had a faculty or colleague on a project and how you handled the situation.
8.     Money saving tips: Use AriBnB.com for rooming

How to Prepare an Honors Thesis
1.     This is a complicated process that can take more than 6 months to process for approval (expect multiple revisions)
2.     See attached document for more specifics information https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1X_P-TTWEkiWlM3SXBWNmZpSW8/view?usp=sharing

Upcoming DIG volunteering events
1.     Stay Shady Presentation- at Crenshaw Elementary School on Thursday, 5/7/2015, 2:45-3:45PM. Contact Kristyna to volunteer (klglegho@utmb.edu)  
2.     AIM Melanoma Walk- Saturday 6/6/2015, registration starts at 8AM, location at UTMB Alumni Field House. For more information and to register online, visit http://galveston2015.aimatmelanoma.org/Static/Event-Info
a.     Fee: None- Each participant encouraged to raise $50
b.     Register by May 22nd to ensure FREE T-Shirt
c.      Contacts: Julie Ann Amthor (jaamthor@utmb.edu), Neil Jackson (ndjackso@utmb.edu), and Jasmine Stephens (jcstephe@utmb.edu)

DIG Officers for 2015-2016

DIG recently had an officers election for the 2015-2016 school year. Congratulations to the following officers:

Galveston Base
President: Dung Mac
Vice President: Kristyna Gleghorn
Fundraising/AIM Melanoma Walk Chairs: Neil Jackson, Jasmine Stephens, Julie Amthor
Sun Protection Chairs: Timothy  Allen, Skyler White, Tara Akunna, Karyn Korsah
Contact Dermatitis Chairs: Alfreda Batts, Drew Decrescenzo
Psoriasis Awareness Chairs: Ngoc Uyen Mui, Katherine Tinkey

Austin Base
President: Hunter Neely
Vice President: Anna Buteau

*Hight-lighted in bold are the newly elected officers

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

2014-2015 UTMB DIG Officers Recognized

Congratulations to the following 2014-2015 UTMB DIG officers and their faculty advisor for helping to make the UTMB DIG such a successful medical student organization this year. 
The following 13 officers were recently recognized with a certificate of service:

President: Alex Acosta

Vice President: Dung Mac

Fundraising/AIM Melanoma Walk Chairs:  Zachary Jones and Jasmine Stephens

Sun Protection Chairs: Hunter Neely, Skyler White. Kristyna Gleghorn, Kyle Kaltwasser, and Greg Peterson

Contact Dermatitis Chairs: Alfreda Batts and Drew Decrescenzo

Psoriasis Awareness Chairs: Rachael Pellerin and Nadia Megahed

Faculty Advisor: Richard Wagner, MD

Friday, April 24, 2015

UTMB DIG Awards Annual Medical Student Teaching Award to UTMB Dermatology Resident and Faculty

The UTMB DIG annual holds a vote among its MS4 members to recognize the UTMB dermatology resident and faculty who most contributed to their dermatology education. This year the awardees were Drs. Tanya Trynosky (resident) and Brent Kelly (faculty). Thanks to all in the dermatology department who contribute to our education at UTMB. We are fortunate to have such high quality residents and faculty who help us learn about dermatology.

Left to Right: Zachary Jones (MS4), Kyle Kaltwasser (MS4), Dr. Trynosky, Dr. Kelly, Skyler White (MS3), and Dung Mac (MS3)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Dermatology Night at St. Vincent’s Clinic

St. Vincent's House offers a student-run free health clinic serving the Galveston uninsured and underserved population. It is an important part of the UTMB community, providing free health services to the public, while teaching medical, PA, and nursing students how to manage common health issues. UTMB Dermatology residents and faculty can be found volunteering at St. Vincent's Clinic each month, where they aid medical students in providing free skin cancer screenings, biopsies, excisions, and routine dermatologic care. Our next Dermatology Night at St. Vincent’s Clinic is:

When: Thursday, May 7th, 4:30-8PM
Where: St. Vincent's House, 2817 Post Office Street, Galveston, Texas 77550

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Upcoming DIG meeting 4/27/2015 5-6PM

DIG will be holding officer elections for our upcoming meeting. Graduating MS4s DIG members who matched into dermatology will be sharing with us their interviewing experience. Current MS3 DIG member, Neil Jackson, will also be talking about how to start an Honors Thesis Project. Other topics for discussion includes the upcoming Melanoma Walk (6/6) and Stay Shady events. Don’t miss out this highly informative session!

When: Monday, 4/27/15, 5PM-6PM

Where: Dermatology conference room, 4.112 McCullough Building

Monday, April 20, 2015

Success on the 2015 ITE

At least one UTMB dermatology resident scored at least 90% in all six content areas (general dermatology, pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, basic science, surgery and visual recognition) of the 2015 ITE exam administered by the American Board of Dermatology. Program strengths this year were in visual recognition and dermatopathology.

UTMB DIG Bake Sale on 4/15/2015 a Success!

UTMB DIG members recently had a bake sale at Joe’s Café (UTMB campus). This event was highly successful, raising enough money to purchase supplies for our community educational projects and procedural workshops for medical students. Special thanks to our volunteers and contributors!
               Left to Right: Kristyna Gleghorn (MS2), Hunter Neely (MS3), Tim Allen (MS1)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Nominations for UTMB Dermatology Faculty and Resident Awards 2015

UTMB Dermatology Interest Group is now accepting nominations from all the MS4 members to select one of the PGY4 UTMB dermatology residents for the medical student teaching award and one dermatology faculty for the medical student teaching award. Have you had an awesome experience with a faculty or resident? Have they impacted your education and you would like to express your gratitude? Well now you can by nominating them for these teaching awards! Please vote on the survey link below by Wed 4/22/15 @ 10PM:


These awards will be made by a DIG officer at an upcoming Friday dermatology journal club (4/24/15 12PM) when the awardees are present and before the 2015 SOM graduation.

Dr. Will Tausend Publishes Case Report

Congratulations to former UTMB DIG Vice President Dr. Will Tausend for his recently published case report in the April 2015 issue of Dermatology Online Journal (Tausend WE, Stewart LR, Rapini RR. Morphea-like complications to illicit gluteal silicone injections. Dermatology Online Journal 2015; 21 (4): 5. This article is available at: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/0xv5g3sn#page-1 ). Dr. Tausend is currently completing his PGY1 year in internal medicine at UTMB and will begin dermatology residency at UTMB in July 2015.

Monday, April 13, 2015

UTMB Dermatology Chief Resident Publishes Letter in Cutis

Congratulations to Dr. Lindsey Hunter-Ellul, a UTMB PGY4 chief dermatology resident, for her recent letter that was published in Cutis [Hunter-Ellul L, Reddy S, Dacso M, Robare-Stout S, Wilkerson M. Rapidly recurring keratoacanthoma. Cutis. 2015 April;95(4):E7-E8.] Her co-authors were former UTMB dermatology residents Drs. Mara Dacso and Samantha Robare-Stout, and visiting medical student Shalini Reddy (now a dermatology resident at Boston University). Dermatology professor Michael Wilkerson supervised the case report. This electronic publication is available at: http://www.cutis.com/the-publication/past-issues-single-view/rapidly-recurring-keratoacanthoma/e8e653fdb8e92a66be7f6cbc03ed3e28.html?utm_source=Clin_CT_Epublishing_04.12.15&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Confocal+microscopy%3A+a+noninvasive+diagnostic+tool+for+onychomycosis 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

UTMB Dermatology Interest Group Annual Bake Sale 4/15/2015

Come support DIG during our Annual Bake Sale on 4/15/15 (Wednesday). Money raised from this sale will go towards educational projects such as Stay Shady for grade school students to learn about skin cancer and procedural workshops for medical students to practice their suture and injection skills.

Date: 4/15/15
Location: Joe’s Café (UTMB Jamail Student Center)
Time: 10am-2pm

Would you like to help out with the bake sale? Sign up via the link below:
Please email dhmac@utmb.edu if you have any questions.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Academic Censure Ahead for MD Anderson?

Houston Chronicle reporter Todd Ackerman reported in the Thursday, April 9, 2015 issue of the Houston Chronicle ("Hospital closer to union's censure: M.D. Anderson criticized over faculty firings," pages B1, B10) that MD Anderson faces academic censure by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) following an AAUP report released on April 8, 2015 that, "M.D. Andrson Cancer Center's administration violated commonly accepted principles of academic freedom and tenure when it dismissed two longtime faculty members..."

Monday, April 06, 2015

UTMB Graduate Medical Education Office Changes Policy on H1B Visas

Effective last month, the UTMB Graduate Medical Education Office will no longer offer H1B Visas to any future residency or fellowship applicants.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Dr. Alex Holliday Publishes Review About Kaposi’s Sarcoma

Congratulations to former UTMB medical student and internal medicine resident, Dr. Alex Holliday for his March 2015 publication, “Kaposi’s Sarcoma at the Oscars” that was published in Global Dermatology, an international peer-reviewed dermatology journal [Glob Dermatol 2015;2(2):84-86. Doi:10.15761/GOD.1000126]. His co-author on this article was Dr. Richard Wagner, UTMB Dermatology Program Director. Dr. Holliday is currently in a clinical dermatology research fellowship in the Department of Dermatology, Virginia Tech Carillion School of Medicine and he will begin dermatology residency at the same institution this July. This interesting article is available at: http://oatext.com/Kaposi-s-Sarcoma-at-the-Oscars.php

Change at MD Anderson Announced

Reporter Todd Ackerman of the Houston Chronicle reported on Friday, April 3, 2015 in a front page story that a MD Anderson scientist has taken an administrative position at The University of Texas in Austin to head a statewide project about diabetes ("Chin leaving cancer center; M.D. Anderson scientist takes administrative post at UT," pages A1, A13).

Thursday, April 02, 2015

All UTMB PGY4 Scholarly Projects Presented to Dermatology Department Before Deadline

Congratulations to all of the current PGY4 UTMB dermatology residents for completing their required scholarly projects and presenting them before the deadline later this month. This year the projects were about dermatopathology (Dr. Audra Clos), a professional survey about the use of generic medicines in academic and community dermatology (Dr. Lindsey Hunter-Ellul), teaching dermatology residents flaps and grafts (Dr. Brandon Goodwin), and the development and implementation of informed consent forms as a departmental quality improvement project for UTMB cosmetic dermatology procedures (Dr. Tanya Trynosky). This is the earliest that all PGY4 projects have all been presented. Dr. Hunter-Ellul's research as already been published and Dr. Goodwin's project was presented to a national audience of dermatology educators.

Houston Chronicle Continues to Criticize MD Anderson Administration

In its latest criticism of the current MD Anderson's administration, the April 2, 2015 issue of the Houston Chronicle has published an editorial entitled, "Code blue: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center's problems with leadership need urgent attention," page B10. The editorial concludes, "The chancellor and the board of regents should treat this management problem with the same urgency as physicians do when treating their patients."

2015 In-Training Exam (ITE) Results

Results of the 2015 ITE are expected by April 17, 2015.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Higher Salary Proposed for UTMB House Staff Starting in July 2015

"Stay Shady!" Presented at Crenshaw Elementary

On Wednesday, March 11th, UTMB DIG members Alicia Renck (MSII), Neil Jackson (MSIII), and Anna Buteau (MSII) presented "Stay Shady!" to the students at Crenshaw Elementary School. This fun, interactive presentation is aimed at making kids aware that the sun can damage their skin and inform them how to protect themselves. A special appreciation goes out to the students of Crenshaw Elementary School for being such a great audience and to our volunteers!

Volunteers Needed for "Stay Shady!"

The UTMB DIG is looking for volunteers to present "Stay Shady!" to the students at Odyssey Academy. “Stay Shady!” is an interactive presentation aimed to teach elementary and middle school children about sun safety.

When: Tuesday, April 7th from 8 am- 1 pm (There will be multiple presentations during this time so if you can't make the entire day please specify which time frame you're available to volunteer.)

Where: Odyssey Academy 6013 Stewart Rd, Galveston, TX 77551

This is a fun teaching experience and a great way to get involved with the DIG! Interested in participating? Please email Kristyna Gleghorn at klglegho@utmb.edu

Thursday, March 26, 2015

UTMB Dermatology Residents and Faculty Teach Medical Students Procedural Basics

The annual dermatologic procedures workshop sponsored by the UTMB DIG was a huge success again this year. Ten UTMB medical students (MS1s, MS2s and MS3s) learned injection techniques on a marshmallow, superficial biopsy techniques on a tomato, and punch biopsies and suturing on a pig’s foot. Our students were voluntarily assisted by PGY3 dermatology residents Drs. Rebecca Philips and Janice Wilson. Dr. Richard Wagner, our DIG faculty advisor, also assisted in this workshop. Thank you MS4 Alex Acosta for organizing this educational event!

Monday, March 23, 2015

UTMB PGY4 Presents Original Dermatology Education Research to National Audience

Congratulations to Dr. Brandon Goodwin (podium), a UTMB PGY4 dermatology chief resident, for presenting his dermatology scholarly project to a national audience in San Francisco on March 23, 2015 in conjunction with the 73rd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Goodwin’s presentation was entitled, “Surgical Flap and Graft Reconstruction Workshop for Dermatology Residents,” and it was presented at the Dermatology Teachers Exchange Group (DTEG) semi-annual meeting. His coauthor on this project was Dr. Richard Wagner, our UTMB Dermatology Program Director. Dr. Goodwin will continue as a dermatopathology fellow in July 2015 upon the completion of his dermatology residency. Dr. Goodwin's co-chief dermatology residents from UTMB, Drs. Lindsey Hunter and Audra Clos attended his presentation, as did UTMB dermataology faculty, Dr. Ashley Group.