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Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery (MDS) Exam Review Course

A comprehensive review of dermatologic surgery fundamentals and key knowledge in high-yield content areas outlined by the American Board of Dermatology (ABD) Study Guide to prepare for the MDS Subspecialty Certification Examination.

For more information about the exam being administered for the first time in Fall 2021 and eligibility visit The ABD was not involved in preparing the course and does not attest to whether the course is a reflection of the content of the MDS exam

Directors: Rajiv I. Nijhawan, MD (current); Kishwer S. Nehal, MD (through December 2020)

Faculty: Murad Alam, MD, MBA; Sarah Arron, MD, PhD; Thomas Bander, MD; Jeremy S. Bordeaux, MD, MPH; David R. Carr, MD; Bryan T. Carroll, MD, PhD; Karen L. Connolly, MD; M. Laurin Council, MD; Brienne Cressey, MD; Alison Durham, MD; Matthew Fox, MD; Cerrene Giordano, MD; Nicholas Golda, MD; Hayley Goldbach, MD; Kelly Harms, MD, PhD; S. Brian Jiang, MD; Hillary Johnson- Jahangir, MD, PhD; Thomas J. Knackstedt, MD; Naomi Lawrence, MD; Ian A. Maher, MD; Christopher J. Miller, MD; Maxim Polansky, MD; Anthony M. Rossi, MD; Chrysalyne Schmults, MD; Valencia D. Thomas, MD; David Zloty, MD, FRCP

Course Learning Objectives:

  • Assess readiness for certification exam and to identify areas of individual competencies.
  • Describe the process of obtaining, processing and interpreting Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) specimens.
  • Describe concepts related to wound healing as well as the appropriate use and execution of various reconstructive strategies.
  • Recognize safe and effective pre-, peri- and post-operative care.
  • Discuss the appropriate management of skin cancers, including the use of adjuvant and alternative strategies.
  • Identify the requirements of relevant regulatory authorities and to apply the principles of correct coding and documentation.
Course Structure:
  1. Introduction and Course Overview
  2. Pre-Test (Self-Assessment - 15 required and 15 optional MOC Component 2 eligible questions - 1 credit earned per each completed question)
  3. Ten Training Modules representing content outlined in ABD MDS Subspecialty Certification Examination Study Guide:
    • Module 1 - Demonstrate competence in obtaining and processing Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) specimens. 
    • Module 2 - Interpret findings on MMS slides. 
    • Module 3 - Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the appropriate utilization, design, and execution of methods to repair surgical defects. 
    • Module 4 - Demonstrate competence in nail surgery, scar revision, and tissue expansion techniques. 
    • Module 5 -Provide safe and effective pre-, peri-, and post-operative care.
    • Module 6 - Understand the usefulness and impact of chemotherapeutic agents used in cutaneous oncology as well as those used by specialists providing care for our patients. Understand the appropriate use of radiation therapy. 
    • Module 7 - Diagnose and appropriately manage keratinocyte carcinomas and other non-melanoma skin cancers. 
    • Module 8 - Diagnose and appropriately manage melanoma and melanoma-in-situ. 
    • Module 9 - Understand the principles of correct coding and documentation. 
    • Module 10 - Understand the requirements of relevant regulatory authorities and how to adopt practices that assure compliance. 
4. Post-Test (Self-Assessment)
5. Evaluation

Accreditation Statement - The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ Designation - The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABD-approved self-assessment exercise is entitled up to 30 Self-Assessment Credits for MOC Component 2.

COURSE FEES: $199/member & $499/non-member dermatologist