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The purpose of the DIGA blog is to unite student dermatology interest groups across the nation and allow DIGs to communicate in an easy effective manner.

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By DIGA Blogger on 3/30/2017 8:12 AM
Hi DIGA members!


I’m writing to share a story about a 3rd year Michigan State medical student who was featured in The New York Times. This student who, in her words, “knew approximately nothing” was asked by her family to diagnose her niece’s eye problem. Why was this 3-year-old so irritable and what was wrong with her eye? Thanks...
By DIGA Blogger on 3/24/2017 10:39 PM
Hi everyone! I am a 4th-year medical student who has successfully matched into dermatology (woo!). I wanted to share my experience with the daunting process of applying to a dermatology residency in hopes that it will help answer your questions and alleviate some stress. I encourage you to speak to as many people who have gone through this process as possible, as the experience and opinions will vary from person to person. I will split this blog post up into five parts: 1) Research year 2) Away Rotations 3) Application 4) Interview Trail 5) Post-interview communication

Research Year

I decided on dermatology in the middle of my third year. I had no research and a pretty average Step 1 score for derm, so I chose to pursue a research year to enhance my competitiveness. Since I had no experience in basic science research, I sought out clinical research opportunities (DIGA lists a bunch of research opportunities on The advantage...
By DIGA Blogger on 1/30/2017 5:54 PM

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Department of Dermatology in Memphis, TN just posted a just posted a reserved (physician) position to begin dermatology residency as a PGY2 resident in July 2017. The position is available through the NRMP Match and applications can be submitted via ERAS. Qualified applicants must have completed a PGY1 preliminary year, transitional year or similar.

The dermatology department is a new and growing department, and they are excited to offer this 9th position to round out their 3-3-3 program. They are seeking a highly qualified, motivated, engaged applicant with a genuine interest in training to become an excellent dermatologist, with the flexibility to interview in the next couple weeks and start training in July 2017.

By DIGA Blogger on 1/28/2017 9:18 PM
DIGA is taking leadership applications for the 2017-2018 academic year!

Please download the attached application and follow the included instructions. The deadline to email completed applications is February 13, 2017.

By DIGA Blogger on 6/20/2016 11:23 PM
The USF Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery is currently seeking applicants for a research assistant position to begin this summer.  This opportunity is for 6 to 12 months mentorship under the direction of Dr. Patel (Director, clinical research) and Dr. Seminario (Associate director, clinical research).  The research assistant will gain valuable experience in preparing IRB submissions and conducting clinical research.  She/he will learn to navigate health publication databases and make use of research reference software for the purpose of research preparations. He/she will also learn to develop research protocols, identify funding and formulate grant applications. The research assistant will be expected to present a poster during USF research day,  and to write and submit a research manuscript and case reports to peer-reviewed journals. The research assistant will also have the opportunity to attend all the USF resident academic conferences and will assist Dr. Patel in his transplant clinic and round with Dr. Seminario on her Tampa General Hospital inpatient consult service, among other clinics....
By DIGA Blogger on 5/13/2016 9:29 AM
Position: Clinical Research Fellow, 2017 - 2018, with possibility of additional second year Location: Henry Ford Department of Dermatology, Detroit, MI Mentor: Dr. Iltefat Hamzavi Requirements: Completion of Preliminary or Transitional Year by July 2017 Description: The clinical research fellow will be responsible for conducting clinical research in photomedicine and lasers for the indications of pigmentation and follicular disorders. Areas of focus include: vitiligo, melasma, hyperpigmentation, and hidradenitis suppurativa. Responsibilities will include; regulatory submissions to the internal review board, protocol development and implementation, data analysis, and manuscript writing. Fellow will be required to attend the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Conference, with the possibility of additional conference attendance. Clinical research conduct is not limited to but will include the following; performing biopsy procedures, melanocyte keratinocyte transplant procedure for vitiligo, carbon dioxide laser excision for hidradenitis suppurativa, and specialized imaging techniques such as colorimetry and high frequency ultrasound. Training for imaging procedures will be given by the Subcutaneous Research Physicist, Indermeet Kohli, PhD. To apply for this position, contact the Clinical Research Manager with your CV, Angela Parks-Miller, at Angie Parks-Miller Clinical Research Manager Department of Dermatology Henry Ford New Center One 3031 W. Grand Blvd Detroit, MI 48202 O: (313)916-6964 C : (734)624-8112 F: (866) 314-4899
By DIGA Blogger on 4/12/2016 12:44 PM
As mentioned in our earlier blog post, the National Psoriasis Foundation is having its Inaugural Team NPF Cycle event at Duck Walk Vineyards in Water Mill, NY on Saturday, May 14th. DIGA's Psoriasis Chair John Zade, a medical student at New York Medical College, will be riding on behalf of the Dermatology Interest Group Association! Let's show our support by sending some donations his way, riding with him, or volunteering at the events!...
By DIGA Blogger on 4/12/2016 2:09 AM
The National Psoriasis Foundation is pleased to announce the National Institutes of Health – National Psoriasis Foundation Robertson Fellowship in Translational Medicine Program for the academic years 2016-2018. The program provides support to train the next generation of clinical and translational scientists who will focus on research and/or patient care in psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

Eligibility requirements are as follows:

The nominated fellow cannot be expected to be a faculty member during the effective dates of the fellowship.

The project to be completed must focus on psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis or related co- morbid diseases.

The nominated fellow must already hold an M.D., D.O. or PhD degree.

Foreign applicants must be legally certified to practice medicine or legally allowed to work (Permanent resident, J1 Visa etc) in the United States.

Applications will be reviewed...
By DIGA Blogger on 4/12/2016 1:49 AM
New Jersey: Team NPF Cycle in New Jersey

The National Psoriasis Foundation is having its 2nd Annual Team NPF Cycle event at Unionville Vineyards in Ringoes, NJ on Saturday, May 21st. Our goal is to raise $140,000 to help find a cure for psoriatic disease. It’s a great opportunity to play a part in fighting a health related disease that has a major impact our community.  As many as 7.5 million Americans or 2.2% of our population suffers from psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis.

For full details on the Ride, please check out our website at

It will be an inspiring event where over 300 riders will be challenging themselves by riding distances of 10, 29, 62 or 100 miles. 

Day of event volunteers will be asked to help set-up/clean-up, man registration tables and rest stops, t-shirt and jersey distribution, as well as take candid photos. 

For more information, please contact Kim,
By DIGA Blogger on 4/12/2016 1:38 AM
Fitting It All Together

Sunday, April 17, 2016 New York 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. This annual free event features:

Leading dermatology experts presenting: Strategies for managing types of psoriatic disease Current and upcoming treatment options The latest research and what it means to you Stories from local people living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis Exhibits, Q&A session and a social Guest Speakers Mark Lebwohl, M.D., F.A.A.D. Dermatology Associates Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai

Marianne Pistilli, PA-C Schweiger Dermatology, PLLC

Location Leon & Norma Hess Center for Science & Medicine Davis Auditorium Icahn School of Medicine...

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