Funds raised for pediatric dermatology research

Claire Woepke and Kick off the Sickness raise funds for rare diseases research. This year, they donated part of the proceeds from their 3rd annual kickball tournament to Dr. Carrie C. Coughlin’s research.

Dermatology faculty honored for excellence in education

Residency program director, Dr. Ilana Rosman, was awarded an inaugural Rising Star Award by the Academy of Educators at Washington University School of Medicine. The Rising Star Award recognizes faculty members who show exceptional promise as educators through contributions in educational service, leadership, and/or scholarship.

Dr. Leo Shmuylovich awarded prestigious NIH ‘high risk, ‘high-reward’ grant (Links to an external site)

Dr. Shmuylovich, one of our pediatric dermatologists and physician-scientist faculty members, was awarded the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award, which provides support for outstanding junior scientists to bypass the traditional postdoctoral training period and launch independent research careers. Dr. Shmuylovich’s innovative work focuses on developing imaging tools to objectively measure skin disease in diverse skin types.

Dr. Ilana Rosman, residency program director, discusses residency match during COVID-19 pandemic with Dermatology Weekly (Links to an external site)

Ilana S. Rosman, MD

Our residency program director Dr. Ilana Rosman is a national leader in resident selection and recruitment, and serves as the Chair of the Association Professors of Dermatology’s Residency Program Directors Section. She was interviewed by Dr. Candrice Heath as part of Dermatology Weekly’s Covid Conversations. Dr. Rosman and Dr. Heath discussed the residency application process during the pandemic and beyond, as well as how to make the resident selection process more equitable in the future.

Dr. Alexander Aria selected to participate in Barnes-Jewish Hospital & Washington University School of Medicine Resident and Fellow Diversity Initiative (RFDI)

Dr. Alexander Aria, one of our rising senior residents, was selected to participate in the Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine Resident and Fellow Diversity Initiative (RFDI). The RFDI seeks to promote a sense of belonging for trainees throughout the medical campus, and also to advance health equity for the communities we serve. Alex will benefit from mentorship from campus leaders, engagement with fellow trainees from across the institution, and completion of a capstone project related to diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Dr. Carrie Coughlin awarded the Dermatology Foundation’s Pediatric Dermatology Career Development Award

Carrie C. Coughlin, MD, MPHS

Director of Pediatric Dermatology, Dr. Carrie Coughlin, was awarded a competitive Pediatric Dermatology Career Development Award from the Dermatology Foundation. Dr. Coughlin runs a pediatric pigmented lesions clinic and also serves as the Pediatric Dermatology Fellowship Director. Her work focuses on supporting children with congenital melanoctyic nevi, pigmented lesions that are present at birth and can be a cause of social and emotional distress as they grow.

Milan J. Anadkat, MD: Appointed as Co-Director of the Office of Faculty Development for the Department of Medicine (Links to an external site)

It is my pleasure to announce that Milan J. Anadkat, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Dermatology at Washington University School of Medicine has been appointed as Co-Director of the Office of Faculty Development for the Department of Medicine. Dr. Anadkat has outstanding background and training in faculty development and coaching that will enable him to help further enhance the culture, climate, and career development of faculty within the Department.

Conversations in Mohs Surgery- ACMS Podcast (Links to an external site)

Dr. Kelly MacArthur was featured on a recent American College of Mohs Surgery podcast conversation with radiation oncologist Dr. Brian Baumann to discuss their paper, Management of Primary Skin Cancer during a Pandemic: Multidisciplinary Recommendations, which was recently published in Cancer, an American Cancer Society journal.

Dr. Carrie Coughlin appointed as the Director of the Section of Pediatric Dermatology (Links to an external site)

Carrie C. Coughlin, MD, MPHS

Dr. Coughlin graduated from the Washington University dermatology residency program and then completed a pediatric dermatology fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) before returning to St. Louis to join the dermatology faculty in 2015. She has a particular interest in pediatric pigmented lesions, and is actively involved in the pediatric dermatology research community. Dr. Coughlin is also the dermatology medical student research advisor.

Chief Resident, Dr. Basia Michalski, and WashU Dermatology Alumna and Mohs Micrographic Surgeon, Dr. Rachel Kyllo, will present at the ASDS Journal Club. (Links to an external site)

This Thursday, August 20 at 7 pm CDT, Chief Resident, Dr. Basia Michalski, and WashU Dermatology Alumna and Mohs Micrographic Surgeon, Dr. Rachel Kyllo, will be presenting at the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Journal Club. Dr. Michalski will discuss “Variation in Prescribing and Factors Associated With the Use of Prophylactic Antibiotics for Mohs Surgery: A Single-Institution Retrospective Study” published in Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Rachel Kyllo will discuss “Buffered lidocaine 1%/epinephrine 1:100,000 with sodium bicarbonate in a 3:1 ratio is less painful than a 9:1 ratio: A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled crossover trial” published in the JAAD.

Residency, Med School Interviews Go Virtual: What to know (Links to an external site)

Ilana S. Rosman, MD

These changes represent a potential opportunity to reduce costs, avoid bias, and increase opportunities, according to administrators. “I think it has the potential to be really beneficial to programs and to applicants,” Rosman says. “Beyond this crisis, we can implement what we’ve learned from conducting virtual interviews to improve the process in the long term.”

Residency Program Leadership Change

Thank you to Dr. Milan Anadkat for his leadsership of the residency program over the last 8 years. Welcome Dr. Ilana Rosman, who has been serving as Associate Program Director for the last 4 years, as the new Residency Program Director. Dr. Kara Blackwell will be joining her as Associate Residency Program Director. Both are excited to continue moving our program forward.

Dermatology Resident Creates GoFundMe Account to Feed Frontline Hospital Workers (Links to an external site)

Esther Chung, MD, a dermatology resident, is among the many Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital doctors who temporarily stopped seeing patients when their clinics were shuttered to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Sidelined by these closures, Dr. Chung wanted to help her colleagues serving on the frontline. By partnering with The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Chung was able to provide meals to hospital departments where they were needed the most.

Expert Advice for Skin Cancer Prevention and Detection (Links to an external site)

As the days grow warmer and brighter, outdoor activities like running, biking, swimming and yardwork all increase in popularity. These kinds of activities are an important part of our lives; outdoor exercise is beneficial to physical and mental health, and spending time in the sun also helps the body synthesize vitamin D.