You want your skin cancer treatment to be performed with the highest standards of quality and competency. Dermatology Associates, P.A. of the Palm Beaches has only Fellowship-trained Mohs Surgeons
who have completed extensive specialized training in both Mohs surgery and
reconstruction of the wound after removal of skin cancers which may require Mohs surgery such as a large size, critical anatomic location, failure to respond to simpler methods and biologically aggressive tumors.
"While any board certified dermatologist may perform Mohs surgery, only members of the
American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS) have undergone rigorous fellowship training.
Chosen through an extremely competitive review and selection process, ACMS fellows are
required to complete an intensive 1 or 2-year ACMS fellowship training program after they
complete their dermatology residency training. This extensive training includes participation in
at least 500 Mohs surgery cases under the supervision of an experienced ACMS-approved Mohs
Mohs surgery fellowship training programs must pass a rigorous application and review process
before being allowed to train a fellow. Once the training program is approved, it must continue to
adhere to the standards set by the Mohs College. All ACMS-approved training programs are
periodically re-evaluated on a 1 to 5-year basis to ensure that their academic and clinical
requirements and quality are being followed and fulfilled."* Indeed, most of the medical
literature which has demonstrated the utility, conservative nature and cure rates of Mohs surgery
was published by ACMS Fellowship trained Mohs surgeons.
Most dermatologists performing Mohs Surgery in South Florida do not
meet these ACMS qualifications and are not Fellows of the American College of Mohs Surgery.
After successful removal of the skin cancer, your Dermatology Associates Mohs Surgeon will assess the wound and discuss options for ideal functional and cosmetic reconstruction. If reconstruction is necessary, your Mohs surgeon will usually perform reconstructive surgery to repair the area the same day as the cancer removal under local anesthetic.
* More information regarding Mohs surgery can be found at www.skincancermohssurgery.org