Why Choose a Fellowship Trained Mohs Surgeon
Mohs surgery is a delicate, intricate, highly effective treatment for skin cancer. While many physicians may perform Mohs surgery, board certification is not required. If you are interested in treatment of your skin cancer through Mohs surgery, how do you choose a qualified doctor?
The American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS) was founded by Dr. Frederic Mohs himself. ACMS-approved fellowship training programs are significantly more rigorous than other Mohs programs. ACMS fellows-in-training undergo months of extensive, hands-on direction from highly qualified instructors. By choosing a fellowship trained Mohs surgeon you can be assured that you will receive the highest standard of quality and competency, as well as an optimal outcome.
Mohs surgery is an effective treatment for most types of skin cancer. To learn more about your options, find a fellowship trained Mohs surgeon in your area.
After completing a residency in dermatology or a related field, a physician can apply to participate in an ACMS-approved fellowship training program. Qualified applicants, who have passed an extremely competitive review and selection process, undergo a 1- to 2-year training program. This program follows a structured curriculum that includes graded responsibility, operative and non-operative education, and exposure to long-term results, recurrences, and complications.
Highly Qualified Instructors
Fellowship training takes place at an ACMS-approved training center, which is a practice that itself has passed a rigorous application and review process. Each fellow-in-training is paired with an accredited, veteran ACMS surgeon who has demonstrated proficiency and expertise in Mohs surgery. The fellow-in-training receives direct Mohs surgery direction and mentoring for the duration of the program. To ensure adherence to the ACMS academic and clinical requirements, training centers are re-evaluated every 1 to 5 years.
Fellowship training programs are designed to impart experience and judgment into each graduate. By design, these programs are comprehensive and rigorous because skin cancer itself occurs in a diversity of forms, degrees, and areas of the body. To complete an ACMS-approved fellowship, a physician must:
- Participate in a minimum of 500 Mohs surgery cases
- Learn to accurately interpret slides of tissue samples that have been removed during Mohs surgery
- Perform a wide breadth of reconstructions, ranging from simple closures to complicated multi-step repairs
Because fellows-in-training undergo training over months, they gain a breadth of exposure – under the guidance of a qualified Mohs surgeon – that includes rare tumor pathology, difficult tumor locations, and complex wound reconstruction. This fellowship training provides a depth of experience unmatched by other Mohs programs.