Current Editors: Alex Acosta and Dung Mac

Past Editors: 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, January 26, 2015

UTMB Dermatology Chief Resident Publishes Scholarly Project

Congratulations to Lindsey Hunter-Ellul on her recent Resident’s Corner publication in the 2015 Winter issue of The Texas Dermatologist (pages 6 and 7). The article is titled, “Prescription Practices Among Texas Dermatologists” and reports, in part her UTMB dermatology scholarly project research that was conducted last year. Her co-author is UTMB MS4 Martin Tom.

UTMB Dermatopathology Review Course Scheduled

The annual UTMB Dermatopathology Review Course will be held at UTMB on Saturday, May 9, 2015.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

DIG to Meet Monday, February 9 at 5pm

Come join the DIG members to discuss upcoming events for the spring semester.  We would love to see you!

When: Monday, February 9 at 5pm
Where: Dermatology conference room, 4.112 McCullough Building

Have any questions? Email Alex Acosta at kaacosta@utmb.edu

Dermatology Interest Group Association (DIGA) Updates

1) Reminder: if you would like to apply to be a DIGA officer for 2015-2016, be sure to apply by January 26th! This is a great opportunity to develop leadership skills and support your peers who are interested in dermatology. We are all going to be colleagues in a few years, so let's start by helping each other out now! If you are interested in submitting an application, please contact Alex Acosta at kaacosta@utmb.edu

2) We are assembling the spring newsletter. Please let Alex Acosta (kaacosta@utmb.edu) know any announcements that you would like for us disseminate for you. Examples of submissions include successful events that your chapter has created, community service events you have attended, or research opportunities for fellow students. This is a great way to draw attention to your chapter's accomplishments. Deadline to submit is January 30th.

3) Enter to win an iPad by filling out a quick survey regarding medical applications that you use. We are conducting a 2 minute survey about the use of mobile apps in medicine. Your participation is greatly appreciated and will be kept completely anonymous. Deadline to enter is February 3rd. Please click this link to access the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/medappsurvey

Friday, January 23, 2015

Program Rejection by Dermatology Applicants

Yes, you read the heading correctly. Some dermatology applicants are invited for residency interviews and decline them. UTMB Dermatology offered 30 interviews to outside applicants during the 2014-2015 academic year, and 6 of them declined. They were from Florida, Tennessee (2), Mississippi. and Texas (2). One applicant waited until the week of the interview to cancel.

Monday, January 19, 2015

UTMB Dermatology Publishes New Article about Perineural Invasion in Skin Cancer

Congratulations to first author Dr. Cris Berlingeri-Ramos and her coauthors Drs. Clair Detweiler (UTMB SOM Class of 2014), Richard Wagner and Brent Kelly for their original research article entitled, “Dual S-100-AE1/3 Immunohistochemistry to Detect Perineural Invasion in Nonmelanoma Skin Cancers.” This article was published in the peer-reviewed, open access publication, Journal of Skin Cancer. The article is is available at:

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

American Board of Dermatology Adds New Type of Questions to Upcoming ITE Examination

The American Board of Dermatology (ABD) just announced that is is adding 20 questions in a new format for the upcoming ITE examination in February. Examinees will be given 40 minutes after the first 200 questions (and two ten minute breaks) to answer "...a new type of question that emphasizes clinical judgment and application of knowledge." Some of these new pilot questions will have two or three correct answers.

Monday, January 12, 2015

UTMB Hosts National Symposia on Porphyrias

UTMB is a widely recognized resource in porphyria diagnosis and management, in large part due to our internationally recognized porphyria faculty expert, Dr. Karl Anderson. UTMB will be hosting a three day meeting with lectures by nationally known porphyria experts from Friday, January 30th to Sunday morning, February 1 in Galveston at UTMB. It is being given as part of the Porphyrias Consortium (NIH-supported Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network - RDCRN). The planned meeting schedule is available as follows: http://pmch.utmb.edu/docs/default-source/default-document-library/pc-short-course-agenda.pdf?sfvrsn=2  UTMB medical students, residents and faculty are invited to attend. Those interested in attending should complete the registration form below and return it to Dr. Anderson (kanderso@utmb.edu):

Porphyrias Short Course
January 30 – February 2, 2015
The University of Texas Medical Branch & the Porphyrias Consortium
Registration Form
This course is a training activity for trainees, coordinators and investigators in the Porphyrias Consortium.  It is also open to physicians and other health care professionals at UTMB who are interested in learning about the porphyrias.  Due to space constraints, the number that can be accommodated may be limited.

Name: __________________________________ Degree: ___________ Position:___________________

Department: __________________________________________________________________________

UTMB Address:__________________________________ Phone: ______________Email: ____________

Why are you interested in attending? ______________________________________________________

Please contact Karl E. Anderson MD at x24661, kanderso@utmb.edu if you have questions.
You will be notified later by email about the conference site on the UTMB campus.  The conference room may not be the same for all of the 2 ½ days.  The schedule or presentations may change to accommodate patients who are attending the course to discuss their experiences.
Thank you for your interest.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Laser Expert Shares Experience with UTMB Dermatology Department

Thanks to UTMB SOM graduate, UTMB Dermatology Resident and former UTMB Dermatology Faculty for making the trip to Galveston on Friday, January 9, 2015 to give the UTMB Department of Dermatology an excellent and comprehensive noontime lecture about laser use in dermatology. Dr. Diven is currently the Program Director of the UT Southwestern Dermatology Residency Program in Austin, Texas. She is a recognized authority and author about the use of lasers to treat skin diseases. 

Friday, January 09, 2015

UTMB Dermatology Residents Take Practice Exam Prior to Annual In-Training Examination (ITE)

This week the UTMB dermatology residents took a timed 125 question exam (100 multiple choice questions and 25 dermatopathology slides) in preparation for the annual American Board of Dermatology “mock board” exam on February 19, 2015. An answer key was provided following the completion of the test so that UTMB residents could privately identify subject areas that may require additional study prior to the dermatology ITE. Thank you Dr. Cris Berlingeri-Ramos for putting this all together for the UTMB dermatology residents!

UTMB Faculty Recognized as “Best Dermatologist” Galveston

Congratulations to Drs. Erica Kelly (Gold Award), David Raimer (Silver Award) and Ashley Group, Brent Kelly and Ramon Sanchez (Bronze Awards) for this professional recognition. The award website is available at: http://galveston.secondstreetapp.com/l/Galvestoncom--Companys-Voters-Choice-Finalists/Ballot/Services

Monday, January 05, 2015

UTMB PGY4 Accepts Mayo Clinic Dermatopathology Fellowship

Congratulations to Dr. Tanya Trynosky, who has accepted a prestigious dermatopathology fellowship offered by the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) for the 2016-2017 academic year. The UTMB DIG wishes you the best of luck!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Characteristics of a Great Resident Teacher

The December 2014 issue of the Journal of Graduate Medical Education contains some teaching tips obtained from Canadian medical students (Melvin L, Kassam Z, Burke A, Wasi P, Neary J. What makes a great resident teacher? A multicenter survey of medical students attending an internal medicine conference. Journal of Graduate Medical Education 2014;6:694-697). Responding students thought that the use of clinical examples (78%) and  repetition (71%) was the most useful for learning, but that resident feedback was not. Students preferred residents with strong knowledge and teaching geared to medical student level. However, high resident expectation for students was not valued.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Dermatology Clinic Staff Retirement Announced

Ms. Eranell Batiste,  well known to staff and patients in the UTMB dermatology clinics, has announced her retirement from UTMB after this month. She worked in the UTMB dermatology clinics for 22 years and enjoyed working with our faculty, residents and medical students. She will be greatly missed by all.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

JAMA Editor's Advice About Getting Published

Althouth this excellent article by JAMA Deputy Editor Dr. Edward H. Livingstone on the AMA Wire (  http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/ama-wire/ama-wire/post/9-top-tips-getting-published-medical-journal?&utm_source=191323&utm_medium=BulletinHealthCare&utm_term=120614&utm_content=MorningRoundsWeekendEdition&utm_campaign=BHCMessageID ) is directed toward resident physicians, medical students can learn from it too. It is too easy for inexperienced authors to get discouraged in this professionally demanding, time consuming process of peer-reviewed publication. Many UTMB medical students have been first authors of dermatology publications, due to departmental support and mentoring by experienced UTMB dermatology residents and faculty.

Friday, December 05, 2014

UTMB Optional Interview With Internal Dermatology Residency Applicants A Success

The UTMB Department of Dermatology interviewed 7 internal applicants for dermatology residency on Friday, December 5, 2014. All were UTMB MS4s except for one PGY1 resident who graduated last year. One internal MS4 applicant couldn't accept this optional UTMB interview due to a conflicting dermatology interview out of state. UTMB has been separately interviewing internal candidates as a group since last year.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Previous UTMB DIG President Selected for Cutis Editorial Appointment

Congratulations to Dr. Sheila Jalalat, our previous UTMB DIG President who has been appointed by Cutis for a resident editorial position. Dr. Jalalat is one of three resident named to write for Cutis’ Resident Corner, an online publication. She will be responsible for submitting four columns during 2015. Her articles will be available at www.cutis.com.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

UTMB Approved for Ebola Care

UTMB is one of 3 Texas hospitals approved by the US Department of Health and Human Services for the treatment of patients infected with the Ebola virus. The other two Texas hospitals are Methodist Hospital System in collaboration with Parkland Hospital System and the UT Southwestern Medical center in Richardson.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

"Tan-Free Campus" Initiative Needs Your Help!

The Acting Surgeon General, Boris Lushniak, MD, recently declared a Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer. Following this and a recent study published in JAMA Dermatology regarding indoor tanning availability on college campuses, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, along with their member groups, including Melanoma Research Foundation, CDC, EPA, the Skin Cancer Foundation, and many more activist groups, is starting a “Tan-Free Campus” initiative in order to promote health and prevent skin cancer, particularly targeting college campuses. We are searching for those members also passionate about skin cancer prevention and decreasing the prevalence of indoor tanning.

Our mission is to enhance knowledge of the dangers of UV radiation from the sun and indoor tanning beds and decrease the amount of indoor tanning bed use among young adults through active awareness campaigns.

Please e-mail Sarah at Sarah.Malerich@SkinCancerPrevention.org if you are interested in getting involved or have any questions.

Monday, December 01, 2014

January 2015 Interviews Offered to Outside Dermatology Applicants

UTMB Dermatology has made 30 interview offers to applicants from outside medical schools. All three outside rotators were offered interviews. Thirteen men and 17 women were invited. All were US MS4s except for one clinical dermatology fellow. Sixteen of the interviews were given to applicants from other Texas medical schools. Out of state selectees were from Nebraska (Creighton), Louisiana (LSU-NO and Tulane), Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia (Medical College of Georgia and Morehouse), Tennessee (East Tennessee and Vanderbilt) and Florida (University of Miami, University of South Florida, and University of Florida College of Medicine). All but 3 of the thirty were AOA members. Their mean Step 1 (n=30) was 254 (range 234-265) and Step II (n=21) was 260 (range 241-280).

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

UTMB Dermatology Resident and Faculty Return from Annual Leprosy Conference

UTMB PGY4 dermatology resident Dr. Brandon Goodwin and dermatology faculty Dr. Ashley Group recently returned from the annual leprosy conference in Carville, LA (“Hansen’s Disease in the United States Diagnosis & Treatment”). This highly educational conference is recommended to all UTMB dermatology residents, and many have participated in past years. No registration fee is charged.

Monday, November 17, 2014

UTMB Presents 22 Patients at Annual Knox Lecture

This past Saturday (11/15/14) the UTMB Department of Dermatology hosted the Houston Dermatological Society annual John M. Knox, MD Memorial Lecture in Galveston, Texas. The patient presentations were:

1.  Trichodysplasia Spinulosa (Rebecca C. Philips, M.D. and Michael G. Wilkerson, M.S., M.D)
2.  Pediatric Keratosis Lichenoides Chronica (Rebecca C. Philips, MD, Brent C. Kelly, MD and Sharon S. Raimer, MD)
3.  Primary Cutaneous Gamma-Delta T-cell Lymphoma with the Hemophagocytic Syndrome (Brandon Goodwin, MD and Brent Kelly, MD)
4.  Subcutaneous Panniculitis-like T-cell Lymphoma Alpha-beta Phenotype associated with the Hemophagocytic Syndrome (Brandon Goodwin, MD and Brent Kelly MD)
5.  Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis (Brandon Goodwin, MD and Brent Kelly, MD)
6.  Pancreatic Panniculitis (Helen Malone, MD and Brent Kelly, MD)
7.  Pemphigoid Gestationis (Helen Malone MD, Tanya Trynosky, MD and Michael Wilkerson MD)
8.  Incontinentia Pigmenti (Emily Grimshaw, MD and Bernard Gibson, MD)
9.  Pyoderma Gangrenosum (Audra Clos MD, Brent Kelly MD)
10.  Telangiectasia Macularis Eruptiva Perstans (Audra Clos MD, Michael Wilkerson MD)
11.  Skin Self-injury in the Setting of Paresthesia after  Parotidectomy (Amber Gill, MD and Erica Kelly, MD)
12.  Generalized Lichen Nitidus (Amber Gill, MD and Bernard Gibson, MD)
13.  Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (Young Thi McMahan, MD and Sharon Raimer, MD)
14.  Granuloma Faciale (Tanya Trynosky, M.D. and Michael Wilkerson, M.D)
15.  Flegel’s Disease (Tanya Trynosky, MD and Erica Kelly, MD)
16.  Juvenile Dermatomyositis, Case A (Elizabeth Schepp, MD and Erica Kelly, MD)                      
17.  Juvenile Dermatomyositis, Case B (Elizabeth Schepp, MD and Bernard Gibson, MD)
18.  Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Classical Type (Lindsey Hunter-Ellul, M.D. and Ashley Group, M.D)
19.  Oculocutaneous Albinism (Lindsey Hunter-Ellul, M.D. , Michael Wilkerson, M.D., and Richard Wagner, M.D.)
20.  Bleomycin-Induced Flagellate Hyperpigmentation (Alison Lowe, MD and Bernard Gibson, MD)
21.  Eosinophilic Fasciitis (Janice Wilson, M.D. and Bernard Gibson, M.D.)
22.  Congenital Yellow Plaques (Janice Wilson, M.D. and Sharon Raimer M.D.)

Many thanks to the UTMB dermatology residents, faculty, staff, guest speaker (Dr. Karen Wiss) and volunteer UTMB medical students who helped create such a successful meeting.

Monday, November 10, 2014

More Volunteers Needed for Knox Lecture, 11/15

What: 2014 John M. Knox, M.D. Memorial Lecture, hosted by UTMB Department of Dermatology
When: Saturday, November 15, 2015 starting at 7:30 AM
Where: UTMB 5th floor University Hospital Clinics

The UTMB Department of Dermatology is looking for 3-4 volunteers to help set up and to direct meeting attendees and patients to the appropriate places.  This is an exciting educational opportunity and great way to be involved with the department!

Please email Alex Acosta at kaacosta@utmb.edu if you are interested in volunteering.

For more information about this event, please follow link to the flier: http://www.houstondermsociety.org/2014_111514_Knox%20Lecture_Agenda%20(2).pdf

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

No Texas Dermatology Residency Programs in the Top 20!

According to a study published in the October 2014 issue of Cutis, no Texas Dermatology Residency Programs are ranked in the top 20 programs nationally (see Aquino LL, Wen G, Wu JJ. US Dermatology Residency Program Rankings. Cutis 2014;94;180-194). Conclusions were based on data from 2008. The only southern programs in the top 20 were Emory (#12) and Wake Forest (#14). One Texas program (UT Southwestern) made the “Top 5 Dermatology Residency Programs Based on Amount of DF Funding Received in 2008.” They were #5. All of the authors were from Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Los Angeles. Kaiser did not make the list either!

Sunday, November 02, 2014

UTMB Dermatology Poster Presentations at 2014 Fall Texas Dermatological Society Meeting

UTMB was once again well-represented by its medical students, residents and faculty at the annual fall Texas Dermatological Society meeting in Bastrop, Texas last month. Authors of the 6 UTMB poster presentations were:

Kevin Sharghi, BS (UTMB MSIV), Ammar Ahmed, MD, Jason Reichenberg, MD, and Dawn Parsons, RN, OCN
Title: Effective skin cancer education, outreach and screening in central Texas.

Lindsey Hunter-Ellul, MD (UTMB PGY-4 Dermatology Resident), Vlad Codrea, PhD (UTMB MSIV), Stephanie Nemir, MD, PhD (UTMB PGY3 Plastic Surgery Resident), and Richard Wagner, MD (UTMB Dermatology Faculty)
Title: Reconstruction of a large anterior ear defect after Mohs micrographic surgery with a cartilage graft and postauricular revolving door flap

Gregory Peterson BS, (UTMB MSIV),  Audra Clos, MD  (UTMB PGY-4 Dermatology Resident) Bernard Gibson, MD (UTMB Dermatology Faculty)
Title: An Unwanted Souvenir: Rickettsia Africae in a Tourist Returning from South Africa

K Alexandra Acosta, BA (UTMB MSIV), Lindsey Hunter-Ellul, MD (UTMB PGY-4 Dermatology Resident) , and Michael Wilkerson, MD (UTMB Dermatology Faculty)
Tanning Bed Use as a Medical Therapy

Andrew DeCrescenzo, BS (UTMB MSII), Janice Wilson, MD (UTMB PGY-3 Dermatology Resident), and Michael Wilkerson, MD (UTMB Dermatology Faculty)
Title: Exacerbation of Darier disease with concomitant drug eruption due to pegfilgastrim, a granulocyte colony-stimulating factor

Skyler White, B.S. (UTMB MSIII), Lindsey Hunter-Ellul, M.D.(UTMB PGY-4 Dermatology Resident) , Meredith Revell, PA-C (UTMB Dermatology), Michael Wilkerson, M.D. (UTMB Dermatology Faculty)
Title: Persistent leg infection due to Mycobacterium immunogenum, a relatively novel species

Friday, October 31, 2014

UTMB Dermatology Presents Auricular Reconstruction “Revolving Door Flap” at Texas Dermatology Meeting

Last week UTMB PGY4 Dermatology Chief Scheduling Resident Dr. Lindsey Hunter-Ellul (left) and UTMB MS4 Dr. Vlad Codrea (right) presented their poster entitled, “Reconstruction of a Large Anterior Ear Defect after Mohs Micrographic Surgery with a Cartilage Graft and Postauricular Revolving Door Flap” at the fall meeting of the Texas Dermatological Society in Bastrop, Texas. Their co-authors were Dr. Stephanie Nemir (UTMB PGY3 plastic surgery resident) and Dr. Richard Wagner (UTMB Departments of Dermatology, ENT and Surgery).

Thursday, October 30, 2014

UTMB MS4 Publishes Melanoma Article with UTMB Dermatology Faculty

Congratulations to UTMB MS4 Jonathan Stubblefield and dermatology Associate Professor Dr. Brent Kelly for their recent review entitled, “Melanoma in Non-Caucasian Populations” that was published in the October 2014 Surgical Clinics of North America, Volume 94, Number 5, pages 1116 to 1126.

Monday, October 27, 2014

“Stay Shady!” Presented at Holy Family Catholic School

On Thursday, October 23, UTMB DIG members Kristyna Gleghorn (MS2), Hunter Neely (MS2), and Jennifer Kohlnhofer (MS2) presented "Stay Shady!" to the 5th, 6th, and 7th graders at Holy Family Catholic 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 Holy Family Catholic School for being such a great audience and to our volunteers!
DIG Volunteers pictured: Kristyna Gleghorn (left), Hunter Neely (middle), Jennifer Kohlnhofer (right)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Volunteers Needed for Knox Lecture, Saturday, 11/15

What: 2014 John M. Knox, M.D. Memorial Lecture, hosted by UTMB Department of Dermatology
When: Saturday, November 15, 2015 starting at 7:30 AM
Where: UTMB 5th floor University Hospital Clinics

The UTMB Department of Dermatology is looking for 3-4 volunteers to help set up and to direct meeting attendees and patients to the appropriate places.  This is an exciting educational opportunity and great way to be involved with the department!

Please email Alex Acosta at kaacosta@utmb.edu if you are interested in volunteering.

For more information about this event, please follow link to the flier: http://www.houstondermsociety.org/2014_111514_Knox%20Lecture_Agenda%20(2).pdf

Monday, October 13, 2014

UTMB Selects 2016-2017 Dermatopathology Fellows

Congratulations to UTMB PGY3 dermatology residents, Drs. Rebecca Philips and Janice Wilson for their acceptance into the UTMB dermatopathology fellowship program during the 2016-2017 academic year. Both phyicians are scheduled to complete dermatology residency at UTMB in June 2016 prior to starting their year of dermatopathology fellowship in July 2016. The UTMB DIG looks forward to working with both of you during the remainder of dermatology residency at UTMB and during your year of UTMB dermatopathology fellowship!