The American College of Mohs Surgery, referred to as ACMS or the Mohs College, was established in 1967. It was named after Frederic Mohs, MD, who developed the procedure and served as the first president of the College.


From its inception, the College promotes and continues to set the highest standards of patient care relating to Mohs Micrographic Surgery through its fellowship training process.


There have been many advancements in the procedure over the years and the College has grown to over 900 members, all of whom have received advanced, fellowship training in Mohs surgery, pathology and reconstructive surgery.


Mission Statement:

The College promotes and advances the highest standards of patient care with respect to Mohs surgery and cutaneous oncology through fellowship training, research, education and public advocacy


Vision Statement:

To be recognized as the premier organization for education and research in skin cancer for the practice of Mohs surgery.


Core Values:

* Excellence in Mohs surgery and patient care - the first and highest priority;

* Excellence in training, education and research;

* Service with compassion and integrity;

* Collegiality, professionalism, and a strong sense of community;

* Scholarship and innovation that is evidence based to evolve the body of knowledge.


Core Purpose:

To promote and advance the highest standards of patient care with respect to Mohs surgery and cutaneous oncology.


The purposes of the College are to:

1. Provide a means for recognition and approval of physicians who have become proficient and experienced in the use of Mohs Micrographic Surgery.

2. Safeguard the standards of Mohs Micrographic Surgery which are defined to include:

- aexcision of tissues (with or without in situ fixation).

- complete microscopic examination of the excised tissue by systematic use of horizontal frozen sections.

- frozen sections prepared in a laboratory under the direct and immediate supervision of the Mohs Micrographic surgeon.

- microscopic examination of the tissue is performed by the Mohs surgeon.

3. Provide vehicles of continuing education and exchange of ideas and experiences between physicians utilizing the modality of Mohs Micrographic Surgery.

4. Promote the highest standards of patient care, and promote public interest relating to Mohs Micrographic Surgery.

5. Monitor physician training programs to assure the highest standards of physician training in Mohs Micrographic Surgery.


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