To help board certified dermatologists prepare for the American Board of Dermatology’s (ABD) first ever Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery (MDS) Subspecialty Certification Examination next fall, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) is offering the MDS Exam Review Course virtually through ASDS Learn.

Co-directors Kishwer S. Nehal, MD, and Rajiv I. Nijhawan, MD, put together a comprehensive review of dermatologic surgery fundamentals and key knowledge in high-yield content areas outlined by the ABD Study Guide. For more information about the exam, practice pathway and eligibility requirements, visit

“The course is an excellent review for surgeons of all levels including fellows and residents, even if he/she does not plan to take the exam,” says Dr. Nijhawan in a news release. “It is a very comprehensive review of all the content areas that may be tested in the upcoming exam.”

The course will be presented in a virtual, on-demand format with faculty including:

  • Murad Alam, MD, MBA
  • Sarah Arron, MD, PhD
  • Thomas Bander, MD
  • Jeremy S. Bordeaux, MD, MPH
  • David R. Carr, MD
  • Bryan T. Carroll, MD, PhD
  • Karen L. Connolly, MD
  • M. Laurin Council, MD
  • Brienne Cressey, MD
  • Alison Durham, MD
  • Matthew Fox, MD
  • Cerrene Giordano, MD
  • Nicholas Golda, MD
  • Hayley Goldbach, MD
  • Kelly Harms, MD, PhD
  • S. Brian Jiang, MD
  • Hillary Johnson-Jahangir, MD, PhD
  • Thomas J. Knackstedt, MD
  • Naomi Lawrence, MD
  • Ian A. Maher, MD
  • Christopher J. Miller, MD
  • Maxim Polansky, MD
  • Anthony M. Rossi, MD
  • Chrysalyne Schmults, MD
  • Valencia D. Thomas, MD
  • David Zloty, MD, FRCPC

 At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Assess readiness for certification exam and to identify areas of individual competencies.
  • Describe the process of obtaining, processing and interpreting Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) specimens.
  • Describe concepts related to wound healing as well as the appropriate use and execution of various reconstructive strategies.
  • Recognize safe and effective pre-, peri- and post-operative care.
  • Discuss the appropriate management of skin cancers, including the use of adjuvant and alternative strategies.
  • Identify the requirements of relevant regulatory authorities and to apply the principles of correct coding and documentation.

The course, exclusive to ASDS members, costs $199 and registrants will have access until Oct. 4, 2021. Attendees will be eligible to receive 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ and should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. ABD-approved self-assessment exercise is entitled up to 30 Self-Assessment Credits for MOC Component 2. Questions about the course can be sent to