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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.

If you would like to share events your DIG is planning or what your DIG accomplished this semester please email and have your school featured on our blog!

We are open to suggestions for improvement and feedback on how to make the blog (and website) fit your needs! 

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By DIGA Blogger on 9/9/2017 6:10 AM
National Psoriasis Foundation Events:

Events, organized by location, are listed below. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Kim Schleyer at and she will coordinate your involvement.


·      Chicago Division Board: “We are looking for dedicated volunteers who are interested in leadership opportunities to expand our mission throughout the Chicagoland area. We are currently looking to recruit our Development Chair who will work alongside our Division Chair in expanding our mission throughout Chicago. Additional volunteers needed in the areas of advocacy, join us for our Illinois Lobby Day and share your story, education and outreach, be a part of our development task team, help us build our special events, media and more. We meet quarterly in the downtown Chicago area.”

·      Team NPF Cycle in Chicago: “Become a volunteer on our Team NPF Cycle committee. We meet monthly. If you are interested...
By DIGA Blogger on 8/16/2017 11:34 AM
My name is Tarek Shaath. I’m a 2nd year dermatology resident at Florida State. We’re a new program at FSU and I was one of two inaugural residents. With that, my co-resident and I had no senior residents to help guide us with respect to managing patients, prescribing medications, or studying. We had to navigate clinics and find resources on our own, without help from people in our shoes. Nothing was handed to us.

One of the most daunting tasks as a new resident is knowing what to do when a patient presents with something as simple as advanced acne or rosacea, or as vague as diffuse pruritus, or as complex as vasculitis or lower extremity ulcers. For something even as simple as tinea capitis, which antifungal should you prescribe? Which labs do you want to order before starting someone on azathioprine, or cyclosporine, or a biologic? There is an enormous fund of knowledge young physicians need to have at their disposal in order to practice dermatology. I knew I couldn’t absorb all of this information...
By DIGA Blogger on 8/16/2017 11:31 AM
The Lurie Cancer Center Cutaneous Lymphoma & Melanoma Symposium sponsored by the Department of Dermatology at Northwestern University is scheduled to be held from September 13, 2017 to September 17, 2017 at the Northwestern Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Course directors are Dr. Joan Guitart and Dr. Pedram Gerami of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine.


The symposium provides an excellent educational opportunity with nationally recognized experts in the areas of cutaneous lymphoma and melanoma. This comprehensive course will cover a vast array of topics including clinical, histologic and therapeutics of cutaneous lymphomas as well as clinical, dermoscopic and histologic findings in cutaneous melanomas. Course registration fee is waived for all medical students, residents and fellows.

To find out more information on the symposium, please visit for...
By DIGA Blogger on 7/22/2017 3:47 PM
Join us for the 2nd Annual Symposium on Hidradenitis and Suppurativa Advances being held at the Hotel St. Regis in Detroit, Michigan from November 4 – 5, 2017. Detroit is home to one of the largest HS clinics in the United States and also home to the Hope for HS patient support group. Symposium on Hidradenitis Suppurativa Advances (SHSA) provides an interdisciplinary forum for leading academic scientists, clinicians and researchers to share their experiences, discuss innovations and research regarding Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS)​   SHSA is a 1.5 day meeting for dermatologists, surgeons, primary care physicians, ob/gyn, residents, medical students and nursing staff. SHSA provides a range of interactive educational sessions in the format of courses, forums and plenary sessions on HS related topics from bench to bedside and the opportunity to interact with dermatology experts from leading academic institutions.

To register and find information on abstract submissions, please visit;

By DIGA Blogger on 7/10/2017 5:24 PM
DIGA is putting together a list of Visiting Student Contacts so that members can potentially have points of contact at away rotations. This should: (1) help give the rotating students specific program advice, (2) allow "home" students to help rotating students find housing (that's affordable and nearby), and (3) make it easier to network / make friends / get recommendations for fun things to do while away!

We'd love it if you all could add your info and help us set this up! Click here to access the list!

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.


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