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Skin Cancer Foundation seeking dermatologists for screening tour stops

This summer, The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Destination: Healthy Skin RV will travel around the United States, providing sun protection information and, with your help, free skin cancer screenings to the public. Join the more than 750 dermatologists who have volunteered to provide screenings in their communities. Screening events will generally be held between 10 am and 4 pm, and you may volunteer for a 3-hour shift in the morning (10 am to 1 pm) or the afternoon (1 pm – 4 pm). You may also volunteer for the entire 6-hour day. If you can only help after your work day, let us know and we may be able to accommodate you. To volunteer, view the tour schedule and contact information for the Skin Cancer Foundation.

AMA Notice on 'WannaCry' Ransomware Cyber Threat

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has received multiple reports of ‘WannaCry’ (also known as ‘WannaCrypt’) ransomware infections in several countries around the world and in the United States. Some of these infections are impacting patient access to care. Ransomware is a type of malicious software that infects a computer and restricts users’ access to it until a ransom is paid to unlock it. Individuals and organizations are discouraged from paying the ransom, as this does not guarantee access will be restored.

In addition to the detailed information provided here, the AMA has resources to help physicians conduct a checkup of their systems, and to secure their networks and office computers. Additionally, the AMA has been engaged with the administration since the cyberattack and will continue to monitor the situation to update you as more information becomes available.

ACMS Adds Four New Board Members

At the 49th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, the ACMS will formally welcome four new members to its Board of Directors. Drs. Sarah Arron, Jeremy Bordeaux and Nathaniel Jellinek will serve three-year terms, and Dr. Elizabeth Billingsley will serve a four-year term on the Executive Committee, as Secretary-Treasurer in 2017-18, Vice President in 2018-19, President in 2019-20, and Past President in 2020-21.

Elizabeth M. Billingsley, MD, FACMS – Secretary/Treasurer
Dr. Billingsley is the Director of Mohs Micrographic Surgery at Penn State Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Penn., as well as the Chair of the Promotion and Tenure Committee at Penn State Hershey Department of Dermatology. She completed medical school at Penn State University College of Medicine in 1989, and finished her residency at the Geisinger Medical Center in 1993. For her fellowship in the Department of Dermatology, Dr. Billingsley returned to Penn State Hershey, completing this program in 1994. Since becoming a member of the American College of Mohs Surgery, she has served on a variety of committees including the Nominating Committee (1998-2002), Histotech Training Task Force (2003), Histotechnician Quality Assurance Committee (2004-2010), Chair of Mohs Histotech Quality Assurance Committee (2010-2011), Membership Committee (2011-present) and Board of Directors (2013-2016). In addition to being an active ACMS member, Dr. Billingsley has been a functioning member of the American Dermatological Association, the Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, as well as the International Transplant Skin Cancer Collaborative. 

Sarah T. Arron, MD, PhD, FACMS – Board Member
Dr. Arron is Associate Professor of Dermatology at University of California, San Francisco; the Associate Director at UCSF Dermatologic Surgery and Laser Center; Director of UCSF High Risk Skin Cancer Program; Director of UCSF Dermatology Clinical Research Unit and Chief of Mohs Micrographic Surgery at San Francisco VA Medical Center. In 2002 she earned her PhD at The Rockefeller University before completing her MD at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in 2003. Both her residency training, and fellowship were accomplished at the University of California, San Francisco in 2007 and 2008 respectively. In addition to the ACMS, Dr. Arron is a member of the Association of Professors of Dermatology, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, the Society for Investigative Dermatology, the American Academy of Dermatology, Women’s Dermatologic Society, NCI Keratinocyte Carcinoma Consortium (KeraCon), American Board of Dermatology and the International Transplant Skin Cancer Collaborative.

Jeremy S. Bordeaux, MD, MPH, FACMS Board Member
At the University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Dr. Bordeaux is the Director of Division of Mohs Micrographic and Dermatologic Surgery, the Director of Multidisciplinary Melanoma/Cutaneous Oncology Program, and the Program Director of Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship. A graduate of Duke University Medical School (2002), Dr. Bordeaux earned his MPH from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill also in 2002. He has earned numerous awards, including the ACMS Theodore Tromovitch Award (2008), the Dermatology Foundation Career Development Award in Dermatologic Surgery (2008-2011), Teacher of the Year – University Hospitals Dermatology Residency Program (2009), and Mentor of the Year, University Hospitals Dermatology Residency Program (2010, 2012, and 2013).

Nathaniel J. Jellinek, MD, FACMS – Board Member
Dr. Jellinek serves in private practice as the Fellowship Director of Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology with Dermatology Professionals in East Greenwich, RI. He concurrently serves as Assistant Clinical Professor for the Department of Dermatology at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University and as an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Dermatology, and University of Massachusetts Medical School. Upon completing medical school at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2000, Dr. Jellinek completed his Dermatologic Residency at the University of Massachusetts, Medical School, Division of Dermatology in 2004. His Fellowship was completed in 2005 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Division of Dermatology. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Congratulations to these deserving candidates on their election to the board, and a very special thanks to outgoing Board members Drs. John Albertini, Chrysalyne Schmults, Summer Youker and Fiona Zwald for their years of service to the ACMS and the Mohs subspecialty.


President's Messages

The President's Message is sent monthly via email to ACMS members.

Member research surveys

From its inception, an essential role of the Mohs College has been to help fellowship trainees become the best Mohs surgeons possible through rigorous fellowship training programs, and in the process advance knowledge in the specialty. Supporting the research they undertake during their fellowships is an important part of their education and development. To support this, open surveys linked to research studies conducted by residents, fellows-in-training and College members are distributed in a monthly email to members. These surveys have been reviewed and approved for distribution by the Executive Committee of the ACMS Board of Directors.

The Cutting Edge

The Cutting Edge provides important ACMS news alongside the latest updates relevant Mohs surgeons. Delivered biweekly via email, this news brief includes scannable summaries of more detailed content available on the ACMS website and elsewhere.  

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Fellow-in-Training Perspectives

In 2016, the ACMS Board of Directors made the decision that each year's Fellow-in-Training Board Observer will also be a member of the ACMS Newsletter Committee, in order to participate in discussion of, and provide valuable perspective on, College activities and news for other fellows-in-training.

Read the recent columns written for the newsletter here.

Member Highlights

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