Throughout this one-year fellowship, Mohs and other surgical procedures will be performed under the supervision of the Program Director, Duane Whitaker MD, an experienced American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS) approved Mohs surgeon. As the training year progresses, the fellow transitions to greater independence based on demonstrated clinical and surgical skills.
Fellows work in tandem on a daily basis with the faculty providing continuous feedback and mentoring. The Program Director will directly observe the fellow conducting patient interviews, physical examinations, as well as performing all cutaneous surgical procedures, including destruction techniques, excision, and Mohs micrographic surgery.
Admission to the University of Arizona's Micrographic Surgery & Dermatologic Oncology ACGME accredited Fellowship Program requires the successful completion of an ACGME accredited dermatology residency program. Therefore it is expected that the fellow will begin the program competent in basic cutaneous surgical techniques.
Along with ACGME accreditation, this Fellowship Program meets the application requirements for membership with the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS). The ACMS safeguards the standards of Mohs micrographic surgery by ensuring that fellows-in-training are properly trained so that they will acquire the necessary expertise to perform Mohs micrographic surgery. Programs must meet the specified guidelines both in terms of the Program's Director and the Program's site.
ACGME accredited Micrographic Surgery & Dermatologic Oncology (MSDO) fellowship training programs must pass a rigorous application and review process before being allowed to train a fellow. This training program is not established to be a preceptorship, but rather academically rigorous training grounds presided over by individuals who have proven their commitment to Mohs micrographic surgery, as evidenced by consistent and on-going teaching.