Frequently Asked Questions by Prospective Members
How does one become a “certified” Mohs surgeon?
There is no ASMS membership category that signifies Mohs certification, and currently there is no AMA-recognized Board certification specific to Mohs surgery. If you are Board-certified in dermatology by the ABD or the AOBD, you may apply for Affiliate or Fellow membership in the ASMS. Fellow candidates also must provide Mohs case documentation, demonstrate Mohs proficiency by presenting cases for review, furnish letters of character reference from other Board certified dermatologists, and pass an examination on various aspects of Mohs surgery prior to acceptance as a Fellow member.
Is participation in the ASMS Fundamentals of Mohs Surgery course a requirement for membership?
While our Fundamentals course represents an exceptional professional training opportunity, course attendance is not a requirement for membership. We do offer discounted member registration fees for both annual courses, and participants sometimes apply for ASMS membership in conjunction with course registration to take advantage of this special rate. Acceptance as a member, however, is not dependent on prior course attendance.
When and where is the ASMS Fellow examination offered?
This exam is currently offered three times a year: at each of the two ASMS educational courses and at the annual (winter) meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology. Members must not be registered for a course in order to request one of those examination dates, but must have obtained approval from the ASMS executive office at least 30 days prior to the exam date and paid examination fee of $325.