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Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery (MDS) Exam Review

Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery (MDS) Exam Review 

Course Description
This on-demand course provides 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 in Fall 2022 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.

Faculty: Murad Alam, MD, MBA; Sarah Arron, MD, PhD; Thomas Bander, MD; Jeremy Bordeaux, MD, MPH; David Carr, MD; Bryan Carroll, MD, PhD; Karen 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 Knackstedt, MD; Naomi Lawrence, MD; Ian Maher, MD; Christopher Miller, MD; Maxim Polansky, MD; Anthony Rossi, MD; Chrysalyne Schmults, MD; Valencia Thomas, MD; David Zloty, MD, FRCPC  

Course Structure
  • Introduction and Course Overview
  • Self-Assessment Pre-Test: 15 required and 15 optional MOC Part 2 questions - 1 credit earned per completed question for a maximum of 30.
  • 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.
  • Post-Test (Self-Assessment)
  • Evaluation

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  • 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. 

Event Presenter(s)

Rajiv Nijhawan, MD

Dr. Nijhawan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center. He serves as the Assistant Fellowship Director of the Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology Fellowship Program and is also the Director of the UTSW High Risk Skin Cancer Transplant Clinic.

Kishwer Nehal, MD

Dr. Nehal is a board-certified dermatologist with fellowship training and expertise in cutaneous oncology and Mohs and dermatologic surgery. She is the Director of Mohs and Dermatologic Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Professor of Dermatology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She is also the co-director of the Multidisciplinary Skin Cancer Management Program at MSKCC providing comprehensive care for complex and advanced skin cancer patients in a multidisciplinary setting.

CME: 6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
MOC: 30 MOC Part 2 Credits

Accreditation Statement
The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ASDS designates this activity for a maximum of 6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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