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Mohs College FAQs

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The American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS), founded by Dr. Frederic Mohs, has established the highest standards of training and patient care for Mohs surgery. In this section, you can find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the Mohs College.

How do I find a Mohs College surgeon in my area?

You can find a fellowship trained Mohs surgeon here, or you can call us at (414) 347-1103 or (800) 500-7224.


I've been told that my doctor is a member of the ACMS, but why isn't he/she listed on your website?

At their own request, a few of our surgeons have chosen not to be listed on our website. If you need to confirm your surgeon's membership in the Mohs College and they are not listed on this website, please call us at (414) 347-1103 or (800) 500-7224.


How do I know if my Mohs surgeon is a member of the Mohs College (ACMS)?

The easiest way to find out is to ask your doctor if he or she is a member of the American College of Mohs Surgery. Another easy way is to ask your doctor if he or she is "fellowship trained." You can also call us at (414) 347-1103 or (800) 500-7224.


My surgeon is a member of the American Society of Mohs Surgery (ASMS). Is that the same as the ACMS (Mohs College)?

No. Only ACMS physicians are required to undertake an additional 1 to 2 years of rigorous fellowship training that the American College of Mohs Surgery requires of its surgeons to become members.


Why is it called the "college" of Mohs surgery?

Professional medical associations use many different terms to describe their organization. Some examples are the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Dermatology, the American College of Mohs Surgery, and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. All are medical professional associations, but each has its own set of member eligibility requirements.

In the case of the American College of Mohs Surgery, to be admitted, a member must have completed an approved fellowship in which they have participated in the surgery of at least 500 patients under the supervision of an approved Mohs surgery instructor.


So the Mohs College (ACMS) isn't an actual school with a campus?

Correct. The American College of Mohs Surgery is a membership organization of nearly 1,400 surgeons who perform Mohs surgery and are committed to advancing the education, research, development and application of standards and guidelines to advance this specialized procedure.


What is a fellowship trained Mohs surgeon?

The ACMS fellowship is an additional course of study for 1 to 2 years that provides the opportunity for surgeons to develop good judgment and become highly skilled in Mohs surgery. This includes the following:

  • Excising skin cancers and creating precisely-oriented microscopic maps
  • Interpreting slides containing tissue removed during the procedure
  • Repairing the surgical defect, which involves exposure to and development of a wide repertoire of reconstructive techniques.

During the fellowship, each surgeon-in-training must participate in a minimum of 500 cases under the supervision of a Mohs College approved, fellowship-trained instructor (surgeon).


What are the membership requirements for the ACMS?

An MD or DO must have completed a 1 or 2-year Mohs fellowship at one of the 70+ Mohs training programs across the country. Most are 1-year programs, but the programs are identical in all but the length of time it takes to complete them. All Mohs fellows must complete at least 500 Mohs surgery cases during their fellowship. Fellows-in-training must perform most of these cases under the guidance of the training program director, but in a minimum of 125 cases, fellows must be the "primary" surgeon.


How long has the ACMS been around?

American College of Mohs Surgery was founded in 1967 as the American College of Chemosurgery by Dr. Frederic Mohs, who pioneered the technique. Through the ensuing years, the Mohs micrographic surgical process was refined, and in 1988 the membership changed the name to the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology, noting the full spectrum of their work. The membership voted on the 40th anniversary of the College in 2007 to shorten the name to make it more user-friendly to the general public.

Last updated: March 2, 2017