If you are diagnosed with skin cancer, you may see a Mohs (pronounced "moes") surgeon for treatment. A Mohs surgeon performs a type of surgery called Mohs surgery. This specialized surgery is used exclusively to treat skin cancer.
Mohs surgeon. During Mohs surgery, a Mohs surgeon uses a microscope to look for cancer cells.
How to become a Mohs surgeon
Becoming a Mohs surgeon requires many years of education. To become this type of medical doctor, a person must successfully complete the following:
- College, earning a bachelor's degree.
- Medical school, becoming a medical doctor (MD) or doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO).
- Internship, 1 year.
- Residency program, such as one in dermatology (at least 3 years for dermatology).
Dermatologists are exposed to Mohs surgery during their residency (training to become a dermatologist). After completing their residency, some dermatologists continue their studies and receive advanced training in Mohs surgery. Some dermatologists complete a fellowship, specializing in Mohs surgery and reconstruction. A fellowship is a medical training program that offers in-depth advanced training.
Mohs surgery has many advantages, but it is not necessarily the right treatment for everyone who has skin cancer. A dermatologist considers many factors before determining which treatment will be best for each patient. These factors include the type of skin cancer, whether the cancer has spread, and where the skin cancer appears on the body.