ABD Seeks Certification in Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery (MDS)
In 2017, 86 American Board of Dermatology (ABD)-certified dermatologists graduated from an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s (ACGME)-accredited Micrographic Surgery & Dermatologic Oncology (MSDO) fellowship program. That’s approximately 20% of dermatology graduates, and the number has steadily climbed in recent years.
While these fellowship programs have existed since 1970, MSDO is one of only a handful of over 140 ACGME accredited programs that lack related subspecialty certification offered by an American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) member board, such as the ABD. To date, more than 2,200 dermatologists nationwide have completed a one-year post-residency fellowship in surgery, but have been denied the acknowledgement and validation of subspecialty certification like their peers in pediatric dermatology and dermatopathology, or over 136,000 residents in almost 11,000 ACGME-accredited programs nationwide.
The ABD believes that the time has come to recognize the efforts of these fellowship-trained dermatologists. Today, the ABD notified the ABMS of its intent to submit an application to offer a subspecialty certificate in Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery (MDS), which would grant approval to certify those individuals trained in MDS.
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