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Mohs Surgeons Leading the Future:

ACMS Foundation Pilot Program

Application Deadline: October 1, 2020

Email Completed Applications: foundation@mohscollege.org

Questions? Questions about the application may be directed to Emily Thurow at ethurow@mohscollege.org or (414) 347-1103.


The American College of Mohs Surgery Foundation will pilot a one-year leadership program in 2021: Mohs Surgeons Leading the Future. The duration of the program is from the 2021 to the 2022 Annual Meetings. The program will accept up to six participants in the pilot year. Most costs to participate will be provided by the ACMS Foundation.


  • The purpose of the leadership program is to support and grow the influence of Mohs surgeons and the ACMS in their commitment to patients with skin cancers by developing and strengthening a pipeline for leadership within the ACMS.
  • An additional program goal is to increase the racial and ethnic diversity, as well as the presence of individuals from other groups that have previously been underrepresented, in the ACMS leadership pipeline. Applications are strongly encouraged from ACMS members of color and ethnic diversity and those with diverse backgrounds and identities.
  • Program participants have the opportunity to improve their leadership skills and develop in their careers while helping to advance the strategic goals of the ACMS (e.g. working in the ACMS infrastructure and/or policy world).

Leadership Participant Application

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Mentor Information and Application

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Program Structure

The program will involve three components: 70% project-based learning, 20% mentoring and 10% didactic training.

Project-Based Learning

  • ​​​Cohorts of 2-3 program participants will work on year-long projects identified by the ACMS Board and Mohs Development Awards Review Committee as being valuable initiatives for the College. They will meet monthly by phone/ video conference, and rotate leadership between them. A project liaison will participate. (Project liaisons are the individuals who will oversee and supervise the particular project.) Three face-to-face meetings will occur during the year. *Project results will be presented to the ACMS membership at the subsequent (or final) Annual Meeting.


  • ​Each participant will be able to select a mentor from a group of ACMS volunteers. This pairing will provide formal leadership development support involving goals and a written understanding between mentor and mentee. Mentoring pairs will meet monthly by phone/ video conference, and face-to-face meetings three times a year.
  • Participants and Mentors will have the opportunity to meet by phone or virtually prior to the first meeting of the program to ensure the match is a good fit.

Didactic/Classroom/Webinar Learning

  • Webinars on relevant topics will be presented throughout the year.
  • In addition, three face-to-face meetings* will occur each year for day-long lectures and discussions about leadership topics as well as networking with ACMS leaders and mentors.
  • Topics will include:
    • ​Leadership of Self (self-awareness, communication skills, conflict resolution, etc.)
    • Leading Others (influencing with and without authority, team/work group management, giving and receiving feedback, etc.) 
    • Leading within a System (leading with vision, leading change, strategic media engagement, advocacy, data interpretation, etc.)

Eligibility/Participation Requirements

  • Any ACMS member may apply to participate in the program.
  • Completed applications must be received by October 1, 2020.
  • This Program involves a significant time commitment over the course of a year. Successful applicants will be required to sign a contract agreeing to participate in all activities including: *
    • One (1) day meeting associated with the 2021 ACMS Annual Meeting May 6-9, 2021 in Seattle, WA.
    • One (1) day meeting associated with the 2021 ASDS Annual Meeting Oct 12-13, 2021 in Chicago, IL.
    • One (1) day meeting associated with 2022 ACMS Annual Meeting May 12-15, 2022 in Philadelphia, PA.
      • Present project results as a group to the entire membership during the 2022 Annual Meeting.
    • Optional informal meetings: AAD annual and summer meetings
    • Monthly calls with Project Team
    • Monthly calls with Mentor

*The schedule and duration of meetings may change if health and travel restrictions due to COVID-19 do not allow for some face-to-face meetings.

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