Rising DS4 publishes case report in the Texas Dental Journal
June 9, 2020
June's Texas Dental Journal’s “Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Case of the Month” is brought to you by rising DS4, Joel Elizondo. Joel’s publication details a pathology case report about a patient who presented in the Oral Medicine clinic with multiple mouth ulcers.
“The patient had already visited two physicians and a dentist to no avail before she finally presented to Dr. Huber at the UT Health Oral Medicine clinic,” says Joel about the patient case. “She was ultimately diagnosed with pemphigus vulgaris.”
Intrigued by the recent diagnosis, Ann Jones, D.D.S., professor in the department of pathology, and Michaell A. Huber, D.D.S., professor in the department of comprehensive dentistry, encouraged Joel’s research writing and offered guidance on the pathology, medical history, and symptoms of the disease.
Joel explains that pemphigus vulgaris is an autoimmune disease which causes skin and mucosal blistering. Autoantibodies attack and destroy the proteins or glue that hold our skin and mucosal cells together and leads to blistering. He says that “50% of the time pemphigus vulgaris presents in the oral cavity before skin lesions develop. The patient that was examined at the oral medicine clinic only had oral lesions.”
The experience of researching and writing has been invaluable to Joel. He expressed that this project forced him to look beyond the textbooks to examine the wealth of scientific literature available. “There is so much to learn while in school and what better way to take advantage of learning than to collaborate directly with the experts in this field.”
Irreplaceable to Joel was the mentorship he received from Dr. Jones and Dr. Huber. He conveyed his deep appreciation for their support. “They are both excellent mentors and instructors that promote active learning and encourage you to be a better student and critical thinker. They have kept pathology and oral medicine interesting and exciting, which is why I felt motivated to pursue a project like this.”
“While Joel was writing the case report, he was extremely receptive to suggestions and minor criticism,” says Dr. Jones. “After I submitted the case report for peer review, it was accepted with no revisions.” Dr. Jones adds that “it was a pleasure working with Joel on this article…I am confident that he will write additional articles in the future; Joel is a star!”
Dr. Huber was likewise impressed with Joel’s motivation, saying “Joel is an engaged, diligent, and upbeat student. He doesn’t settle for being good, he wants to be better.” He adds that Joel “will be successful in whatever field he chooses to pursue and will represent the dental profession well.”
Texas Dental Association members can read the entirety of Joel’s case report by viewing the Texas Dental Journal online