Frequently Asked Questions – Prospective Members

How does one become a “certified” Mohs surgeon?

The American Board of Dermatology (ABD) recently received approval from the American
Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) for a new board certification in Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery (MDS).Per the ABD website, candidates for the Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery subspecialty
certification must:

1. Possess a current, valid, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or osteopathy in at
least one state or province within the United States or Canada;
2. Hold primary certification in general dermatology from ABD;
3. Be up to date in Maintenance of Certification (MOC) if certification by ABD is time-limited;
4. Demonstrate experience in the subspecialty by:
— successfully completing the ACGME-accredited MSDO fellowship
— during an initial 5-year practice pathway eligibility period only, attesting to practicing micrographic surgery; and
5. Pass the MDS certification examination.


Is participation in the ASMS Fundamentals of Mohs Surgery course a requirement for membership?

While Fundamentals of Mohs Surgery represents an exceptional professional training opportunity for all Mohs surgeons, course attendance is a requirement only for Associate Fellow and Fellow membership candidates.

When and where is the ASMS Fellow examination offered?

Presently, the Annual Meeting: Focus on Skin Cancer is offered each summer in various locations, and the Fundamentals of Mohs Surgery course is offered each fall in Houston, TX.

Candidates are not required to attend the associated meeting in order to sit for the examination, however, request must be made to the ASMS at least 30 days prior to the selected exam date, with a completed payment of $325.

Have Additional Questions? Contact Us.

If you have questions concerning the ASMS application form or would like to request additional information on our Fellow or International Member of Distinction requirements, annual dues, or any other aspect of professional membership in our organization, please contact Denise Lantz, Executive Director, at or 785-783-2070.

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