News & Notes

August 22, 2018

Summer Membership Bulletin e-Newsletter

The Summer 2018 issue of the ACMS Membership Bulletin e-newsletter is now available. Read it here.

In This Issue    

  • President's Message
  • ACMS Happenings
    • 2019 Annual Meeting Call for Abstracts          
    • Update on Board Certification for Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery
    • E/M Proposals Prompt Reductions in Key Dermatology Services
    • Dispatches from Washington, DC: Alliance for Specialty Medicine Fly-In
    • How to Participate in the MohsAIQ Registry
    • Updates From the Summer AMA House of Delegates Meeting
    • Register Your Tech for Mohs Technician Quality Assurance Training October 18-19
    • Order 50th Anniversary Books Online
  • Ask Glenn: Answers to Your Mohs Coding & Billing Questions
  • Practice Tips and Efficacy: Care of Surgical Instruments
  • Highlights from the Literature: Dermoscopy for the Diagnosis of Melanoma in Situ    
  • Viewpoints: Understanding the Power and Pitfalls of Social Media
  • Hot Topic: What You Need to Know About the ACGME Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER)
  • Fellow-in-Training Perspectives: A Roadmap to Navigate the Year of Fellowship Training
  • Survey: Navigating Barriers to Patient Access and Reimbursement in Mohs Micrographic Surgery

May 6, 2018

ACMS Adds Four New Board Members

Goldman elected Secretary/Treasurer; Baum, Maher, Miller elected as Board Members

The ACMS welcomed four new members to its Board of Directors at the College’s 50th Annual Meeting in Chicago earlier this month. All four Mohs surgeons were elected by ballot in advance of the meeting. Drs. Christian L. Baum, Ian A. Maher, and Christopher J. Miller will serve three-year terms, and Dr. Glenn Goldman will serve a four-year term on the Executive Committee, as Secretary-Treasurer in 2018-19, Vice President in 2019-20, President in 2020-21, and Past President in 2021-22.

Glenn Goldman, MD, FACMS – Secretary/Treasurer
Dr. Goldman is a professor, Chief of Dermatology, and a Fellowship Director of Mohs Micrographic Surgery at the University of Vermont College Of Medicine. He completed medical school at Cornell University in 1991, and finished his residency at Yale University School of Medicine in 1995. He completed fellowship training in Mohs Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. Since becoming a member of the ACMS, Dr. Goldman has served on a variety of committees including the Fellowship Training Committee (2009-12), Scientific Program Committee (2006-09), and Board of Directors (2009-12). He also served as Scientific Program Chair for the Annual Meeting in 2007 and has shared his Mohs coding expertise via the “Ask Glenn” e-Newsletter column since 2015. In addition to being an active member of the ACMS, Dr. Goldman has been a contributing member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the American Board of Dermatology, and the Archives of Dermatology. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Presidential Citation from the American Academy of Dermatology.

Christian L. Baum, MS, MD, FACMS – Board Member
Dr. Baum is the Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Dermatology at Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. In 2005 he earned his medical degree at The University of Iowa before completing both his Dermatology Residency and Fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 2009 and 2010, respectively. In addition to the American College of Mohs Surgery, Dr. Baum is a member of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, the Association of Professors in Dermatology, International Transplant Skin Cancer Collaborative, Minnesota Dermatological Society and Iowa Dermatologic Society. Dr. Baum has been recognized for Outstanding Service by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (2013), and Best Doctors in Minnesota (2016-17).

Ian Maher, MD, FACMS Board Member
At Saint Louis University, Dr. Maher is the Interim Director of Division of Mohs Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology, a Fellowship Director of Mohs Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology, and an Associate Professor. A graduate of Marshall University School of Medicine (2005), Dr. Maher completed his residency at Drexel University’s Hahnemann University Hospital in 2009 and his fellowship training in Procedural Dermatology at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010. In addition to his ACMS membership, Dr. Maher is an active member of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) and National Council for Skin Cancer Prevention. He has earned numerous awards, including the ASDS Iron Surgeon (2017), ASDS Outstanding Service Award (2015), Best Doctors in America (2015-17) and ASDS Future Leaders’ Network for founding Sun Safe Soccer (2010-11).

Christopher J.  Miller, MD, FACMS – Board Member
Dr. Miller serves as Director of Penn Dermatology Oncology Center, Director of Dermatologic Surgery, Director of Micrographic Surgery, and Associate Professor of Dermatology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Upon completing medical school at Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in 2000, Dr. Miller began his residency at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He completed his fellowship training in Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology in 2005 and has received a variety of awards including the Everett C. Fox Award from the American Academy of Dermatology (2004), the Bernett L. Johnson, Jr. Dermatology Attending Teaching Award (2009) and most recently the Academy of Master Clinicians, Penn Medicine (2017).


January 29, 2018

ACMS President Appointed as Expert Consultant to USP Compounding Committee

This week, the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) notified the ACMS that its nominee, ACMS President Allison Vidimos, MD, RPh, FACMS, was appointed as an “expert consultant” to its Compounding Expert Committee. In this role, Dr. Vidimos will advise on a broad array of compounding issues, including those that impact physician-office compounders.

In November 2015, the USP Compounding Expert Committee released proposed revisions to General Chapter <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding – Sterile Preparations, eliminating the risk-based approach to compounding and significantly limiting the ability of most physicians to prepare important medicines in their offices. More importantly, federal statute requires the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to the recognize USP compounding standards, emphasizing their importance.

As a result of ongoing advocacy by the American Medical Association (AMA) and a coalition of physician organizations working to preserve office-based compounding, the USP agreed to seek the advice and guidance of “expert consultants” to provide feedback to the USP Compounding Expert Committee as it continues to revise General Chapter <797>. A second draft is anticipated for comment in September 2018, with the final version slated for release in December 2019.

The ACMS continues to be an active participant in discussions with the USP and FDA to ensure Mohs surgeons can continue delivering high-quality, efficient skin cancer care, which includes preparing “buffered” lidocaine in their offices for use on their patients at the time of Mohs micrographic surgery. The ACMS has also prepared a written statement for tomorrow’s House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing titled, “Examining Implementation of the Compounding Quality Act” which will be submitted for the record by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07).


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

Each year's Fellow-in-Training Board Observer also serves as 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.

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