MICROGRAPHIC SURGERY AND
DERMATOLOGIC ONCOLOGY FELLOWSHIP WITHOUT CERTIFICATION
In 2003, a one-year PGY-5 level fellowship program in Procedural Dermatology achieved accreditation status by the ACGME. Procedural Dermatology builds upon the dermatologic surgery learned in an ACGME-accredited dermatology residency training program (PGY-2 to PGY-4), and provides surgical training beyond the scope expected in residency. In 2014, the ACGME changed the fellowship name to Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology.
Scope of Practice and Training:
Micrographic surgery and dermatologic oncology is the subspecialty of dermatology concerned with the study, diagnosis, and surgical treatment of malignancies of the skin and adjacent mucous membranes, cutaneous appendages, hair, nails, and subcutaneous tissue. A particular emphasis is the surgical and medical management of patients with high risk cutaneous malignancies. Micrographic surgery and dermatologic oncology is broadly categorized into the following areas:
Cutaneous oncologic surgery, which incorporates medical, surgical, and dermatopathological knowledge of cutaneous malignancies. An essential technique is Mohs micrographic surgical excision, which is used for certain cancers of the skin and incorporates education in clinical dermatology and dermatopathology as they apply to dermatologic surgery.
Cutaneous reconstructive surgery, which includes the repair of skin and subcutaneous defects that result from the surgical removal of tumors or other skin disease, scar revision, and restoration of the skin following skin surgery to its best possible appearance. This is based upon knowledge of cutaneous anatomy, wound healing, cutaneous repair techniques, and aesthetic procedures that improve the appearance of the skin following surgery.
Dermatologic oncology, which incorporates knowledge of the clinical and pathologic diagnosis, staging, and treatment options for patients with cutaneous malignancies. This includes knowledge of cutaneous cancer syndromes and optimal surgical and non-surgical management of cutaneous malignancies.
Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology fellowships are accredited to offer 12 months of education and experience subsequent to the satisfactory completion of an ACGME-accredited residency in Dermatology, where all residents are required to develop initial competence in dermatologic surgery. These fellowship programs in Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology provide an organized, systematic, and progressive educational experience for physicians seeking to acquire advanced competence as a dermatologic surgeon.
• Click here to view the current program requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology.
Leave of Absence:
Refer to the ABD Leave of Absence Guidelines page.
Click here for a list of accredited Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology fellowship training programs. After accessing this external page, follow these steps:
1. Click “List of Programs by Specialty.”
2. Scroll down the box to Dermatology and click “Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology.”
3. Click “Run report.”
Click here for a list of Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology fellowship training programs maintained by the American College of Mohs Surgery.
Click here for a description of the fellowship matching process.