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What You Need to Know

The ACMS 49th Annual Meeting in San Francisco is almost here! There are more than 1,000 registrants coming together at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square April 27-30, a record number. Here are some highlights and information to be aware of as the meeting approaches:

On-Site Registration

The registration desk will be open at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square on the following days and times (subject to change):

  • Wednesday, April 26: 1:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, April 27: 6:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Friday, April 28: 6:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 29: 6:30 am – 4:00 pm

NEW THIS YEAR: Self Check-In Kiosks!

For the first time, there will be self check-in kiosks adjacent to the Registration Desk in Salon A (Grand Ballroom Level/3rd Floor). Members who pre-registered for the meeting are encouraged to use this quick and easy option to check in.


PLEASE NOTE: For a quick check-in process, please have your confirmation number ready. >>>




Exhibit Hall Hours

Thursday, April 27         9:30 am – 7:30 pm
Friday, April 28               9:30 am – 6:30 pm
Saturday, April 29          9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Annual Meeting Mobile App

The ACMS will again have a web-based Annual Meeting mobile app, optimized for tablets, phones and even laptops. In addition to using the app for audience response, attendees are strongly encouraged to use it to complete evaluations for the sessions they attend. View directions and screen shots that show you how to add the app icon to your device’s home screen for quick access.

As a reminder, the ACMS needs your feedback for ACCME accreditation purposes, and uses evaluation results in planning for next year’s meeting. Your feedback is appreciated.

Special Events

Thursday, April 27

  • 12:00 – 1:30 pm Legally Mine (Product Theater))
    Through this course attendees will truly understand exactly how, why, and where legal entities should be used for both lawsuit prevention and income tax reduction. Our course is both engaging and easy to understand. When completed, attendees will have an understanding of the proper use of legal tools, and will have an organized approach to taking effective action. For details, please contact April Hemphill at
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm National Association of VA Mohs Surgeons Luncheon
    Private Event. For more details, please contact Sarah Arron, MD, at
  • 5:30 – 7:30 pm Exhibit Hall Grand Opening & Welcome Reception
    Don’t miss this chance to relax and unwind with colleagues. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided for your enjoyment.

Friday, April 28

  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm Larson Financial Fellows-in-Training Educational Luncheon
    Please join Matthew Dodge and Tim Beldner from Larson Financial Group, a nationwide wealth management firm specializing in physicians and their families. This workshop is directed at ACMS Fellows-in-Training, who will learn about critical areas impacting the finances of the Mohs surgeon, along with examples of mistakes and success stories. They will share practical solutions that can be used to help you, your practice and family create and protect your wealth. This is an interactive discussion and your participation is encouraged. Please contact Matt Dodge at
  • 12:15 – 2:00 pm ACMS Annual Business Meeting & Lunch
    ACMS members are encouraged to attend the annual membership business meeting and lunch. This important meeting brings members up-to-date on issues of significance. The winners of the prestigious Frederic E. Mohs Award and Distinguished Service Award will be announced.
  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm Association of Professors of Dermatology, Dermatologic Surgery Section Networking, Committee Updates and Informal Presentations
    Join colleagues interested in teaching and research for informal presentations and networking. All are welcome to attend; please contact Maryann McGrail at

Saturday, April 29

  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm Genentech Product Theater
    Scott Dinehart, MD will be presenting on Treating Advanced Basal Cell Carcinoma Through Hedgehog Pathway Inhibition: A Case-Based Presentation. The goal of this program is to provide a background on advanced basal cell carcinoma and discuss eligibility criteria for Erivedge. This program will also review efficacy, important safety information, and patient case studies from the ERIVANCE trial and clinical practice. This program has been developed for healthcare professionals’ peer-to-peer discussion and participation. This is a promotional program sponsored by Genentech. It is not intended to solicit questions or discussions related to product uses that are not approved by the FDA. For more details, please contact Stephanie Mackanic at
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm Women’s Dermatologic Society Luncheon – Networking & Education
    Open to all WDS Members and ACMS Annual Meeting Attendees. This Luncheon provides an opportunity for WDS members and others to network. Lunch will be served. WDS Members $40 | Resident $35 | Non-Member $45. For more details contact Maggie Gruennert at
  • 6:45 – 7:30 pm Reception Introducing Fellows-in-Training
    Exclusively for ACMS & ACGME program directors and current fellows-in-training, this event offers the opportunity to network and socialize with each other and congratulate the fellows-in-training on their upcoming graduation. The winner of the Tromovitch Award will be announced and hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided.

Sunday, April 30

  • 7:00 – 8:15 am: Past Presidents Breakfast (by invitation only)
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm MOC Self-Assessment Session: Office Safety
    The ACMS is offering a MOC Self-Assessment, which satisfy a portion of the self-assessment module of Component 2 in Maintenance of Certification with the American Board of Dermatology (ABD). Participants must complete the MOC Credit Form, available in the session on Sunday and return it to the ACMS Registration Desk. You must also update your ABD MOC tables to reflect the credits available for the session. Note: If you claimed MOC credits for ‘MOC: Office Safety’ at a previous ACMS Annual or Regional Meeting, you cannot claim MOC credits for ‘MOC: Office Safety’, at the 2017 Annual Meeting.

Digital Diagnostic Quality Control Exam

The Diagnostic Quality Control Exam is entirely online. This allows for more flexibility to review the slides at the meeting, and allows completion of the exam before and after meeting. The exam is multiple choice, and consists of 11 practical/everyday conundrums to help Mohs surgeons maintain their proficiency in reading tumor pathology. Those interested in taking the exam who have not yet registered to take it register for it on-site at the Registration Desk. Access to the exam is $50 for ACMS members and free to fellows-in-training.

Instructions for accessing the digital DQC exam will be sent via the email address used for registration prior to the Annual Meeting. Participants will have until 11:59 pm PDT on Thursday, May 4, 2017 to take the exam. Only ACMS members who register for the exam and complete it online will receive a certificate. Certificates are mailed approximately 4-6 weeks after the meeting. CME credit is not offered.

Guest Speakers

Drs. Vasu Divi and Nirusha Lachman bring with them a wealth of experience and insight. Dr. Divi spoke to great acclaim at our 2015 Regional Meeting in Napa about his experiences in head and neck surgery and the interface with Mohs surgery. Dr. Lachman skillfully led two well-attended anatomy webinars for the College in the past year and will help you explore anatomy in ways you might have though were not possible in a lecture format.
Read their bios here.

TED-style talks

Expanding Your Horizon: Integrating New Ideas into Your Practice and Life
Rather than a keynote speaker, three ACMS members will share how a passion in their life helped shape their career and made their journey more fulfilling. This session will be in the style of TED talks. Brett Coldiron will discuss leadership, Stan Miller will discuss the ABD, MOC and why Mohs Surgeons need to get with the program, and Oliver Wisco will discuss motivation and how it relates to life and career goals.

Professional Headshots

On Saturday, April 29 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm in the Exhibit Hall, all meeting attendees will have the option to have a free head shot taken by a professional photographer. All photos will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. You can view and select your preferred image, which will be sent electronically following the meeting for personal use.

Special Thanks to our Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor
Modernizing Medicine

The Skin Cancer Foundation
Mohs-Tek, Inc.
Tiemann Surgical

Important Dates

January 2017
5:  Pre-registration & hotel room block open
12:  Abstract submission deadline

February 2017
15:  Fellows-in-Training Clinicopathological
       Case Competition submission deadline
16:  Early meeting registration ends

March 2017
3:  Exhibit booths must be paid in full
24:  Hotel room block closes
31:  Pre-registration ends; must register
       onsite after this date
31:  No Exhibitor refunds after this date

April 2017
27-30:  Annual Meeting

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