Editors: Sheila Jalalat, Will Tausend, and Alex Acosta

Past Editors: Rebecca Philips, Chelsea Altinger, Lindsey Hunter, Alison Wiesenthal, Leslie Scroggins and Mara Dacso, Ashley Group and Fadi Constantine, Emily Fridlington and Joslyn Witherspoon; Founding Editor (2004): Tasneem Poonawalla

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Houston Chronicle Reporter Critical of UTMB Administration

Houston Chronicle reporter Harvey Rice’s front page article in the Sunday, April 13, 2014 issue of was critical of UTMB administration (pages A1 and A21). Mr. Rice is the Galveston Bureau Reporter for the Houston Chronicle. His other articles about Galveston are available at: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/author/harvey-rice/

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Stay Shady goes to Crenshaw Elementary School

On March 27, 2014, DIG volunteers Kristyna Gleghorn (MS1) and Dung Mac (MS2) went to Crenshaw Elementary School to do a Stay Shady presentation for a group of first and second graders and another group of third and fourth graders. This fun, interactive presentation was aimed to make 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!

        DIG volunteers: Dung Mac (left) and Kristyna Gleghorn (right)

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Physician Medicare Payments for 2012 Now Public

This week CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) released records of physician Part B Medicare payments during 2012. This information is available at: http://projects.wsj.com/medicarebilling/?standalone=1

Friday, April 04, 2014

UTMB Dermatology Publishes Another Article About Prison Skin Disease

UTMB dermatology is a recognized leader in providing dermatology care to inmates in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). In their most recent article (Jalalat S, Hunter L, Yamazaki M, Head E and Kelly B. An outbreak of candida albicans folliculitis masquerading as malassezia folliculitis in a prison population. Journal of Correctional Health Care 2014;20:154-162) UTMB dermatology researchers described a series of 5 clinical presentations of folliculitis due to candida albicans. The authors of this work are UTMB MS4 Sheila Jalalat, current UTMB PGY3 dermatology resident Lindsey Hunter-Ellul, former UTMB dermatology resident Mika Yamazaki, UTMB dermatology laboratory mycologist Betty Head, and UTMB Dermatology Associate Professor and Clinic Chief of Dermatology at TDCJ, Dr. Brent Kelly.

Galveston AIM for a Cure Melanoma Walk Raises $1,200!

This past Saturday, March 29th, the UTMB DIG held our annual Galveston AIM for a Cure Melanoma Walk at the UTMB Alumni Field House track. UTMB students together with friends and families from the community participated and raised $1,200 for melanoma research and awareness! 

Special thanks to the AIM for a Cure Melanoma Walk Co-Chairs, Lindy Ross (MSIV) and Trisha Patel (MSIV), and all of the walk participants for making this such a successful event!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

UTMB PGY3 Dermatology Resident Completes Barcelona Marathon

Congratulations are in order for Dr. Brandon Goodwin, who on March 16, 2014 completed his first marathon in Barcelona, Spain with a time of 4:32:00. Two other UTMB dermatology faculty also completed this race: Drs. Ashley Group and Ramon Sanchez. Thanks for representing UTMB so well!

UTMB DIG President Sheila Jalalat Schedules Dermatology Research Honors Presentation

Our UTMB DIG President, MS4 Sheila Jalalat, has scheduled her UTMB Dermatology Honors Program research presentation for Friday, April 25, 2014 at 8 am in the UTMB dermatology conference room (4.130 McCullough Bldg). Her research topic is, “Dermatology Interest Group Blog: The Impact of Medical School Interest Groups and Web 2.0 Tools As a Resource for Students and Residents.” Her UTMB Honors Committee members are the Committee Chair, Dr. M. Peek (Preventive Medicine & Community Health), and ad hoc dermatology committee members Drs. R. Wagner (dermatology faculty advisor), S. Raimer (Chair, Department of Dermatology) and B. Kelly. DIG members are welcome to attend, as well as the entire UTMB academic community and others with interest in this topic.

UTMB MS4 Lindy Ross Scheduled to Present Dermatology Honors Research on April 21, 2014

UTMB MS4 Lindy Ross will present her dermatology honors research, “Perception and Influence of Jersey Shore on Tanning Behaviors,” at noon on April 21, 2014 in the dermatology conference room (4.130 McCullough Bldg). Her UTMB Honors Committee members are the Committee Chair, Dr. M. Peek (Preventive Medicine & Community Health), and ad hoc dermatology committee members Drs. R. Wagner (dermatology faculty advisor), S. Raimer (Chair, Department of Dermatology) and B. Kelly. DIG members are welcome to attend, as well as the entire UTMB academic community and others with interest in this topic.

Friday, March 28, 2014

2014 Annual Spring Texas Dermatological Society Meeting

Fort Worth will host the 2014 Annual Spring Meeting of the Texas Dermatological Society (TDS) on  May 2nd and 3rd this year at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel. The TDS offers resident housing stipends for dermatology residents who apply for the stipend upon hotel check-in. This meeting will feature a dermatology resident podium and poster competition on Friday, May 2nd from 1-3 pm, with three awards for both categories ($500, $300, and $200 respectively for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place). Winners will be announced at the business lunch on Saturday, May 3rd. More information is available at the TDS business office (512-370-1502).

UTMB Dermatology Offers Free Melanoma Screening in May

The UTMB Department of Dermatology will be offering free melanoma screening to the public on May 10, 2014 at Stewart Road (6710 Stewart Rd., Suite 100, Galveston, TX 77555) from 10 am to 1 pm. DIG members are welcome to volunteer their services assisting UTMB Dermatology residents and faculty at this screening. The clinic map is available at: https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=6710+Stewart+Road,+Galveston,+TX&sll=29.29381,-94.805317&sspn=0.020323,0.019741&ie=UTF8&ll=29.274027,-94.837182&spn=0.010164,0.009871&z=16&iwloc=addr

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Lee T. Nesbitt, MD (1941-2014)

The UTMB Department of Dermatology was saddened to hear of the death of Dr. Lee Nesbitt on March 22, 2014. Dr. Nesbitt was the Dermatology Chair at LSU-New Orleans and a friend and mentor to many of our UTMB medical students who rotated with him in New Orleans each year. Several of our UTMB medical students were selected by his department to take dermatology residencies with him, and they were well trained in Louisiana. Dr. Nesbitt will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him. His obituary is available at http://obits.nola.com/obituaries/nola/obituary.aspx?pid=170363896  Donations may be made in his memory to the LSUHSC Foundation, LSUHSC Department of Dermatology, 1542 Tulane Ave., Room 639, New Orleans, LA 70112.

UTMB Dermatology Resident Co-Authors April 2014 Photo Quiz in Consultant

Congratulations to UTMB dermatology PGY3 resident Dr. Lindsey Hunter-Ellul for her most recent upcoming publication, “What is Causing this Man’s Pain?” April 2014 Photo Quiz feature in the Consultant. Her co-authors on this paper were UTMB medical students Jessica Delaisse, Tyler Bliss, and Drs. Emilio Gonzales, Shraddha Jatwani and Ahmed Morsy.

UTMB Dermatology Resident Named Co-Editor of Dermatology Publication

Congratulations to Dr. Lindsey Hunter-Ellul, a former UTMB DIG Editor-in-Chief, for her new appointment as co-editor to the American Academy of Dermatology publication for dermatology residents,  Directions. Dr. Hunter is currently a PGY3 dermatology resident at UTMB. Her Directions physician co-editor will be Dr. Lacey L. Cruse . This publication is sent to dermatology residents nationwide and is probably most well known for its American Board of Dermatology Certification Examination review feature, “Boards Fodder.”

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

"Likability" a Factor for Dermatology Resident Selection?

Reporter Sue Shellenbarger in the Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Wall Street Journal (Why Likability matters more Than Ever at Work, page D3) wrote that "Likable people are more apt to be hired..." and reviews personal characteristics such as authenticity, curiosity, expressiveness, listening, mimicry and similarity and their impact at the work environment.

Dermatology Residents Invited to Submit Cosmetic Abstracts for Rio de Janeiro Meeting Scholarship

The 10th World Congress of the International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology is sponsoring an academic competition for dermatology residents and fellows. They are requesting case reports on cosmetic dermatology topics by noon central time on April 15, 2014 for the Edward L. Keyes Resident Contest for Outstanding Case Reports.  Abstracts (no longer than 2500 characters including spacing) should be submitted to vrosic@medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu The winner will be invited to present their research at the 10th World Congress of the International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from July 18-20, 2014. Travel expenses, lodging for 3 nights, registration fee and stipend will be part of the award. Previously published, presented or submitted materials are of no interest. The winning submission will have high educational value and will feature new, significant work to the subspecialty. The awarded paper will be published in SKINmed: Dermatology for the Clinician, the official journal of the International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology. The winner will be notified by May 15, 2014.

Monday, March 24, 2014

UTMB Faculty Authors Celebratory Editorial

Dr. Richard Wagner (UTMB Dermatology Faculty) was invited to write an editorial for the 10th anniversary issue of the Journal of Medicine and Movies, and his work was published in the March 2014 issue (Wagner RF Jr. 10 Years with the Journal of Medicine and Movies. J Med Mov 2014;10:1-2). Since 2012 he has published 5 articles in this journal related to his experience teaching medical students about skin diseases through film, as well as co-authoring original articles with medical students and residents about films with skin disease content. His editorial is available at the link below:

UTMB Authors Publish Academic Critique of Contemporary Films Featuring Orolabial Herpes Depictions

PGY2 Internal Medicine Dr. Alex Holliday was the first author on a recently published manuscript, “Cold Sore, Cold Soul? An Examination of Orolabial Herpes in Film,” that was published in the March 2014 issue of the Journal of Medicine and Movies (J Med Mov 2014; 10:19-25). His coauthors were UTMB MS4 Amanda Salih and UTMB dermatology faculty, Dr. Richard Wagner. This is the third manuscript published by the Journal of Medicine and Movies with UTMB resident and medical student authors since 2013. This article is available at:

Lessons From the 2014 Dermatology Residency Match

Yes, the 2014 dermatology residency match appears to have been the most competitive one yet. Many qualified applicants failed to match this year. Applicants are often interested about their chance to match in the next cycle. What have we learned from the dermatology residency match this year?
1.      Dermatology residency programs are still looking for the best qualified academic students to fill their positions. This currently seems to be defined as having a Step 1 of at least 240 and being a member of AOA. Applicants with these high academic credentials get the most interview offers, increasing their chance to match. They almost always match if they do well at the interviews.
a)      Applicants with advanced degrees and published research, especially those with Ph.D.s are favored at some top dermatology research programs, and with excellent past research productivity and future potential, will still be able to match despite lower Step 1 scores and without AOA membership. Extremely high research productivity may also help other applicants without a Ph.D. get a residency position, especially if the specific dermatology program needs to boost their research productivity as a result of insider or outsider criticism that their recent dermatology research (publications) is lacking.
b)      Even though applicants with 240/AOA almost always match, they still may not match high on their rank list. That is because dermatology is still a highly competitive match, and there are relatively few positions available. These applicants need to remember that if they list a program on their rank list, they may match there! Think it through before you certify your match list. Would I be willing to live anywhere for three years in order to become a dermatologist? If the answer is “no” for any reason, don’t rank those programs, but realize that you are increasing the risk of not matching into a dermatology program. Every year dermatology applicants match at their last choice program and are not happy about it.

2.      Applicants not elected to AOA may need much higher Step 1 scores to get enough interviews needed to match (about 7 last year). Think 260 and higher. Some dermatology residency programs understand that there is occasional subjectivity in AOA elections, and that sometimes excellent academic students are not included because of other selection criteria such as research, leadership roles, and community service.

3.      Applicants with Step 1 less than 240 and not AOA: Yes, there is still a chance that you could match. Maybe you have demonstrated to your home program or an away program where you rotated what a superb dermatology resident you would be. However, still be prepared not to match. Other applicants to these programs may have 240/AOA and interview well. If you plan on reapplying, plan to spend an additional 1-2 years in a clinical dermatology fellowship gaining additional national exposure through multiple research presentations, posters and publications. This path is only for the most stalwart because even after doing this, there is no guarantee for a dermatology residency position, and your chances to resume another residency may be limited. Consider if there is an alternative career to dermatology that you would enjoy. There are other ROAD specialties, and other lifestyle shortage area specialties where you will have great geographic flexibility. There is also primary care and primary care specialties that have some overlap with dermatology, such as infectious diseases, rheumatology, and allergy.

Saturday: Galveston Melanoma Walk

The Galveston AIM at Melanoma walk is this Saturday, March 29 at the UTMB Field House. Registration Sign is at 8:00am and the walk starts at 8:30am. Participants are encouraged to seek sponsorship and T-shirts will be available to the first 15 or so walkers to arrive.

For more information:

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Houston Chronicle Highlights Dermatology Residency Match for Twins

The Saturday, March 22, 2014 issue of the Houston Chronicle (Kyrie O'Connor, "Match Day pumps up med students,", pages B1, B2) focused on two twins who attended the same college (UT Austin), medical school (UT Houston) and now, the same dermatology residency program (UT Houston). One of them was quoted in the article, "It's a good lifestyle and good money." The reporter also added that dermatology "...lends itself to having a balanced family life, which is crucial to both of them."

Friday, March 21, 2014

UTMB Dermatology Increases Enrollment for Dermatology Acting Internship DERU-4006

UTMB Dermatology has offered a 4 week Acting Internship in Dermatology for the past several years, and it has been extremely popular with medical students with a professional goal of a dermatology career. Due to increased demand for this rotation and with improved clinical facilities and supervision to accommodate interested students, the number of students permitted to take this course has been increased to 2 students each Period. This course is currently being offered during Periods 1-7. For additional information, please see http://ar.utmb.edu/04-05review/bdisplay.asp?rec=499

2014 UTMB Dermatology Residency Match Results

The four new  UTMB dermatology residents for July 1, 2015 are:

Chinelo Ikpeama (Texas Tech)

Lindy Ross (UTMB)

Adrian Subrt (UTMB)

Will Tausend (UTMB)

Congratulations and welcome to Galveston! Our DIG looks forward to working with you!

All UTMB MS4 Dermatology Applicants Match Into Dermatology Residencies

UTMB SOM has officially published their match list for the Class of 2014 (please see http://www.utmb.edu/iutmb/article8048.aspx ). It was an exceptional year for UTMB MS4 dermatology applicants. All six of them have successfully matched into dermatology residencies that begin in July 2015. Congratulations to:

Sheila Jalalat (University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, FL)

Sterling Mckissack (San Antonio Military Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX)

Trisha Patel (Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC)

Lindy Ross (UTMB, Galveston, TX)

Adrian Subrt (UTMB, Galveston, TX)

Will Tausend (UTMB, Galveston, TX)

The UTMB DIG congratulates everyone for your outstanding academic accomplishments!

Dermatology Lifestyle

According to the March 2014 issue of Dermatology Times (“Derms score well in physician lifestyle report,” page 18), 37% of dermatologists take supplemental vitamin D. Could they be avoiding natural sunlight and using sunscreens? Over half of dermatologists (53%) are very or extremely happy at work, the highest percentage of physicians surveyed.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Does Job-Seeking Advice Apply to Dermatology Applicants?

It’s is hard to know why dermatology applicants with excellent paper credentials fail to match. Certainly there is strong competition and not enough spots for everyone. The Monday, March 17, 2014 issue of Wall Street Journal (Pierce DL, To My Fellow Job-Hunting College Seniors, page A15) offered interesting advice that may be applicable to dermatology applicants. In this article, Pierce advised job-seekers to:

1)      Never wear a black suit to interviews (plan to spend $500 on navy blue or gray)
2)      Practice meeting new people in social situations. This will happen at interviews and socials skills are important in making first impressions.
3)      Don’t talk about thing that others can’t relate to unless strongly encouraged (Icelandic art studies during winter semester abroad).
4)      Obtain a Gmail address for correspondence with your real name.
5)      Keep track of business cards you receive during rotations/interviews and keep in contact every few months with a personal email update.
6)      Prospective employers may check your social media. Privacy is the word. Make sure profile pictures are professional.
7)      Google yourself to see what your employer might see. Take down inappropriate links if you can.
8)      Set up a professional voice mail for messages on your cell phone.
9)      Join LinkedIn
10)   Write thank-you notes (both email and traditional) and mail them immediately following the interview

Monday, March 17, 2014

All UTMB Residency Positions Fill

UTMB has filled all of its available residency positions in all specialties offered through the 2014 NRMP and the San Francisco Match.

UTMB Dermatology Fills All Dermatology Positions in NRMP

UTMB dermatology has learned that all 4 of the PGY2 positions offered through the 2014 NRMP have filled. Filled programs will be notified on Thursday (3/20/14) with the names of their matched applicants, and applicants will learn where they matched on Friday, 3/21/14.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Dallas Buyers Club Added to Film Class

The UTMB Film Class (DERU-4007 and DERU-4051) has updated its required film list to include Dallas Buyers Club (2013). It will replace Philadelphia (1993) in the required film list starting in Period 10. Actors Matthew McConaughey was awarded “Best Actor” and co-star Jared Leto was awarded “Best Supporting Actor” at the 2014 Academy Awards.  Dallas Buyers Club was also nominated for Best Picture. This film realistically depicts Kaposi’s sarcoma and seborrheic dermatitis during the early years of the AIDS epidemic. Interestingly, Tom Hanks also was awarded “Best Actor” for his role in Philadelphia.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

2nd Annual Healthy Living Fair: A Success

On Saturday March 1st, 2014 UTMB DIG members volunteered at the 2nd Annual Healthy Living Fair hosted by Students Together for Service (STS) and the American and Texas and Medical Student Associations (AMA/TMA) in the Galveston area. The event had a great turn out! DIG members provided educational handouts on sun protection and skin cancer awareness. There were also hands-on activities including making UV bead bracelets. Thank you to everyone who volunteered!

DIG Members pictured above: Dung Mac (MSII, Left) and Alfreda Batts (MSII, Right)