Mission, Vision, Values

Mission Statement

The College promotes and advances the highest standards of patient care with respect to Mohs surgery and dermatologic oncology through fellowship training, research, education and public advocacy.

Vision Statement

To be recognized as the premier organization for education and research in skin cancer for the practice of Mohs surgery.


  • Excellence in Mohs surgery and patient care - the first and highest priority;
  • Excellence in training, education and research;
  • Service with compassion and integrity;
  • Collegiality, professionalism, and a strong sense of community;
  • Scholarship and innovation that is evidence based to evolve the body of knowledge.


The purposes of the College are to:

  1. Provide a means for recognition and approval of physicians who have become proficient and experienced in the use of Mohs Micrographic Surgery.
  2. Safeguard the standards of Mohs Micrographic Surgery which are defined to include:
    1. excision of tissues (with or without in situ fixation).
    2. complete microscopic examination of the excised tissue by systematic use of horizontal frozen sections.
    3. frozen sections prepared in a laboratory under the direct and immediate supervision of the Mohs Micrographic surgeon.
    4. microscopic examination of the tissue is performed by the Mohs surgeon.
  3. Provide vehicles of continuing education and exchange of ideas and experiences between physicians utilizing the modality of Mohs Micrographic Surgery.
  4. Promote the highest standards of patient care, and promote public interest relating to Mohs Micrographic Surgery.
  5. Monitor physician training programs to assure the highest standards of physician training in Mohs Micrographic Surgery.

Position Statement on Board Certification in Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology

August 8, 2017

Mohs Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology has evolved over the past decades into a mature subdiscipline of Dermatology with widespread ACGME accredited fellowships and a well-established, defined curriculum representative of a progressively expanding body of knowledge. The American College of Mohs Surgery strongly encourages the American Board of Dermatology to develop and establish certification in Mohs Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology to recognize individuals with advanced fellowship training in this area.  Such certification would be consistent with the certification offered by the American Board of Dermatology for Dermatopathology and Pediatric Dermatology.

To learn more about the Mohs College and whether Mohs surgery is an appropriate treatment for your skin cancer, find a fellowship trained Mohs surgeon in your area and visit the Mohs College Patient Education site at: www.SkinCancerMohsSurgery.org.