Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Becoming an ACD approved Mohs Micrographic surgeon

To become an ACD approved Mohs surgeon in Australia it is necessary to complete an accredited program of Mohs surgery training, either here in Australia or overseas, and hold both specialist recognition to practice as a dermatologist in Australia as well as FACD.

The College publishes a list of ACD approved Mohs surgeons on its website.

Fellows with the following qualifications are eligible to apply for inclusion on this list:

  • ACD Fellowship and completion of ACD Mohs Surgery Training Program

OR

  • ACD Fellowship and completion of an American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS) Fellowship Program

OR

  • FRACP Fellowship and completion of ACD accredited Mohs Surgery Training Program.

It is recommended that internationally trained dermatologists who wish to apply for a Mohs Micrographic Surgery Training Position must first have their skills and experience assessed to establish that these are substantially comparable to that of an Australian trained dermatologist.

If the doctor is assessed as being not substantially comparable, he/she will need to undertake further upskilling in dermatology through the ACD Dermatology Training Program.

Once specialist recognition has been obtained, you may be eligible for FACD. For further information, see International Medical Graduates.

Where can I do Mohs Training?

In Australia, the Australasian College of Dermatologists is the peak body responsible for accrediting Mohs surgery training positions.

Mohs surgery training is undertaken in facilities accredited by the College National Accreditation Committee, with an appropriately qualified Supervisor of Training and other supervisors.

There are currently five accredited Mohs training positions:

State Program Location Supervisor of Training Position currently filled by candidate until
NSW Skin and Cancer Foundation, Westmead Dr Simon Lee New candidate starting in 2017
QLD North West Private Hospital, Everton Park Dr Zoran Gaspar 26 February 2017
WA Oxford Day Surgery & Dermatology, Mount Hawthorn Dr Carl Vinciullo New candidate starting in 2017
WA South Perth Specialist Skin Cancer Centre, South Perth Dr Tim Elliott Not filled
VIC Skin Cancer Day Surgery, Ashwood Dr David Gill May 2017

(Note: All training positions are generally of 12 months duration and will have a nominated commencement date. Not all training positions will commence at the beginning of a calendar year.)

How do I apply?

Mohs surgery training positions are generally advertised on the College website.

What qualifications do I need?

Applicants for the ACD Accredited Mohs Surgery Training must hold the FACD or an equivalent international dermatology qualification and be licensed to practise as a dermatologist in Australia.

What is in the training?

Accredited Mohs Surgery Training is usually offered over a 12 month period to a maximum of 2 years.

Candidates develop detailed understanding of the clinical sciences that underpin the practices of Mohs micrographic surgery including anatomy, physiology and immunology, cutaneous oncology, histopathology and wound healing.

Candidates develop advanced competence in the identification and management of patients who should be treated by Mohs surgery, including those who need a multi-disciplinary approach with a number of other specialists.

Candidates become competent in all elements of Mohs surgery, including histopathological interpretation and reconstruction of surgical defects.