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ACMS Fellowship Training

General Information

Upon completion of a dermatology residency, a physician can apply to participate in a Micrographic Surgery & Dermatologic Oncology (Mohs) fellowship training program. Qualified applicants undergo an extremely competitive review and selection process to obtain a 1- to 2-year fellowship position with a program accredited by the ACMS (international programs), the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME; U.S. programs), or the Australasian College of Dermatologists.  ACGME and ACD programs are recognized by the ACMS, and fellowships accredited by these organizations safeguard the standards of Micrographic Surgery & Dermatologic Oncology (Mohs) by ensuring that fellows-in-training are properly trained and acquire the necessary expertise to perform the Mohs procedure. Accredited programs follow a structured curriculum that includes graded responsibility, operative and non-operative education, and exposure to long-term results, recurrences, and complications.

Program Directors’ Repository

The Program Directors’ Repository is a digital resource of documents for current and prospective Directors of private practice/independent (not associated with a core Dermatology Residency Program) and academic-based Micrographic Surgery & Dermatologic Oncology fellowships, with the intent to help navigate fellowship regulations. 

Click here to access the available resources (ACMS member login required).

Fellowship Match

The Micrographic Surgery & Dermatologic Oncology (Mohs) Fellowship match is administered by San Francisco Match. Registration for candidates begins in June, interviews are conducted in the Fall, and the match occurs in December for training beginning the following year. Most training programs run for one year, July to June.

Fellow-in-Training Information

Upon graduation, a case log (ACMS or ACGME) documenting each case participated in or performed by the fellow-in-training is required. The case log should be submitted to the SISRB executive office by August 1 of the year of completion (if the program is completed on or before July 31). Fellows-in-training with programs that end after July 31, must contact the ACMS for their specific deadline.

Associate Membership

Please note that the following components are required for each case for both ACMS & ACGME case logs:

  • Case number
  • Date
  • Diagnosis/Histology
  • Primary/Recurrent (P/R)
  • Location
  • Pre-Op Size*
  • Post-Op Size*
  • Number of Stages
  • Complex Case (Y/N)
  • Supervising Faculty Name
  • Fellow Role Primary/Assisting (P/A)

       *Not required for ACGME case logs

NOTE: If you are submitting an ACGME-format case log, to generate the correct report, go to the Reports tab in the Case Log System and run the report entitled "Resident Mohs Micrographic Surgery Report," which is the link to the version that can be printed.

For ACMS membership:

Requirements for ACMS Associate Membership
Accreditation Type
ACGME Accredited Program ACMS or ACD Accredited Program
ACMS Associate Member Application
completed online
Fellowship Case Log
submitted online
$75 Application Fee Invoice with Payment

Word    PDF
Letter of Recommendation
from Program Director
Evaluation of Fellow
(Completed by Program Director)

PDF
Trainee Evaluation of Fellowship Program

Word    PDF
 

Annual Forms

The following forms are sent to Program Directors at the end of the training year. The Annual Acknowledgement, Assessment Fee, Number of Cases, and Incoming Fellow forms are required each year for ACMS-approved programs, regardless of whether a fellow is graduating. The Fellow Evaluation is only required when a fellow is graduating. ACGME-approved programs are only required to submit the Incoming Fellow form and the Evaluation of Fellow (if applicable). All yearly information is due August 1. Consult the Membership and Dues page of the ACMS web site for an Associate Membership Application and Case Log for your fellow.

Faculty Applications

Site Visits

To help training programs prepare for a site visit, below is the Survey Instruments & Documents form, which is used to evaluate the program by the site visitor. The ACMS Fellowship Training Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines & Mohs Micrographic Surgery Fellowship Training Core Curriculum can be found at the top of this webpage to further assist with the preparation.

Previous Fellows and Directors

Important: The links above are available as Adobe Acrobat (PDF) files. If you do not have a copy of Adobe Reader software, you can download it for FREE here.