Mohs surgery is a delicate, intricate, highly effective treatment for skin cancer. While many physicians may perform Mohs surgery, board certification is not required at this moment. If you are interested in the 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. Fellowship training programs are designed to impart experience and judgment to their graduates. By design, these programs are comprehensive and rigorous because skin cancer occurs in a diversity of forms, degrees, and areas of the body. Fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons receive extensive training in skin cancer surgery, histology (microscopic examination of tissue), and plastic/reconstructive surgery. 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 removed with Mohs surgery
- Perform a wide breadth of complex reconstructive and plastic surgery techniques
This fellowship training provides a depth of experience unmatched by other Mohs programs. 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