MOHS Surgery Certificate of Added Qualification-Recertification



The following are requirements that must be met in order to be eligible for the recertification examination in Mohs Micrographic Surgery (MMS) by the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology (AOBD). Please read this information carefully and complete the required application for examination along with submission of the required documents. Candidates who successfully complete the examination process will then be eligible to receive Recertification of Added Qualification in MMS from the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)/American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology (AOBD).


To be eligible for examination and certification in MMS, the applicant must meet all of the following minimum requirements. Click here to register for application process. Once registered, all required materials are listed in and should be submitted to using the login and email provided to you.

  1. The applicant must hold a current certification in Dermatology by the AOBD, must have been granted a Certificate of Added Qualification in Mohs Micrographic Surgery, and be licensed to practice medicine in the state or territory where his/her practice is conducted.
  2. The applicant must currently perform Mohs Surgery.
  3. A copy of the applicant’s medical license and the appropriate CLIA laboratory registration certificate must be submitted with the recertification application.
  4. The applicant must complete a minimum of 50 hours of CME in Mohs Surgery, Cutaneous Oncology and associated reconstructive techniques in the two years prior to recertification. This can be accomplished through individual courses dealing with Mohs sponsored by the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the American College of Mohs Surgery or the American Society for Mohs Surgery. Proof of attendance should be submitted with the application. (25%)
  5. The applicant must submit complete logs documenting a minimum of 100 cases of Mohs surgery performed in clinical practice during the last three years. (25%)
  6. A proctored written examination will be administered. The questions will be based on material published in standard dermatology and dermatologic surgery publications. (25%). The examination will include testing on several areas including:
    1. tumor biology and cutaneous oncology
    2. indications for MMS
    3. surgical technique
    4. surgical anatomy
    5. local and regional anesthesia
    6. preoperative evaluation
    7. histological technique
    8. wound care and wound healing
    9. dermatopathology
    10. surgical complications
    11. instrumentation

    The core references used to construct the examination include the standard texts on Mohs Surgery, Dermatology, and Dermatologic Surgery as well as peer-reviewed journals on Dermatology, Dermatologic Surgery, Cutaneous Oncology and Reconstruction, and additional references.

  7. A practical examination consisting of the submission of 3 Mohs cases, performed within the last two years, of at least 2 Mohs stages each with one case being a tumor other than a basal cell carcinoma must be submitted for evaluation. Each case must include: The pre-operative evaluation (indications), operative notes, post-operative notes, Mohs slides, and Mohs map. All cases must be brought to the examination site in cardboard slide trays and arranged by case. Photographs, while not required would be most helpful. (25%) It is the RESPONSIBILITY of the candidate to bring these articles to the test site.FAILURE TO SUPPLY THE REQUIRED CASES FOR THE PRACTICAL EXAMINATION WILL DISQUALIFY THE CANDIDATE FROM SITTING FOR THE WRITTEN EXAMINATION

    Any candidate retaking the slide portion of the exam must submit 3 different Mohs cases (not previously submitted) performed within the last 2 years.  These cases should consist of at least 2 Mohs stages, with one case being a tumor other than a basal cell carcinoma.

  8. Submit with their application payment of the required $1800.00 examination fee. This fee is non-refundable.

All licenses, memberships and certificates MUST be valid as of the date of the test.