Mohs micrographic surgery training involves an additional 1 to 2 years of training after residency. The Mohs micrographic surgery fellowship match is coordinated through the San Francisco Matching Program (SF Match) along with 11 other specialty fellowship matches, including craniofacial surgery, facial plastic surgery, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, and pediatric otolaryngology.
There are approximately 49 training programs that offer Mohs micrographic surgery training in the U.S. There are 32 fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons in Georgia. Fellowship training involves extensive training in Mohs micrographic surgery, cutaneous oncology, dermatopathology, and reconstructive surgery.
The American College of Mohs Surgery sponsors the fellowship-matching process. There is no alternative route of formal training for this specialty. Training in Mohs micrographic and reconstructive surgery cannot be mastered during short training periods such as a preceptorship or residency and is best learned in a Mohs surgery fellowship. Click here to see if your dermatologist is fellowship-trained.
Experience is the true education for any surgical specialty as has been demonstrated with other surgical specialties such as cardiac surgery, urology, and gastrointestinal surgery. There is no substitute for additional formal training under the guidance of a mentor.
Patient care deserves the highest degree of training under a fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon. Ask your Mohs surgeon where he/she trained in Mohs micrographic surgery to ensure the highest degree of care. Click here to learn more about the Mohs technique.