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Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery (MDS) Subspecialty Certification Exam Prep Course

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Prepare for the American Board of Dermatology’s subspecialty certification exam with the AAD’s Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery (MDS) exam prep course. Join us live this August in Denver, Colorado.

Course information

August 20-21, 2022
Denver, CO
Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center

This will be a question and explanation-based course covering the subjects outlined in the American Board of Dermatology’s (ABD) MDS Exam Study Guide and is based on the expected knowledge and skills obtained through fellowship training in micrographic dermatologic surgery. Attendees will be able to answer the questions using Audience Response, benchmark against their peers and self-identify areas for additional study prior to the exam.

While the content is based on the ABD’s Study guide, the questions are developed by course faculty and not the ABD.

  • Learning objectives
  • Schedule & faculty
  • Registration
  • Housing
  • At the conclusion of this course, attendees should be able to:

    • Describe the concepts surrounding tissue and slide preparation and slide interpretation.

    • Identify various repair types and understand the overarching concepts of wound healing.

    • List the staging systems for common cutaneous malignancies as well as the indications for adjunctive diagnostic tests and therapy.

    • Discuss eligibility requirements and structure of the MDS Subspecialty Certification Exam.

    Target audience

    This course is for dermatologists who are practicing Mohs surgeons or completing a Mohs fellowship and seek certification.


    Agenda coming soon!


    Course Director

    Ian A. Maher, MD, FAAD
    Professor, Director of Dermatology, Mohs Fellowship Director
    University of Minnesota
    Minneapolis, MN


    Mariah Brown, MD, FAAD
    Director of Mohs Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology
    University of Colorado
    Aurora, CO

    David Carr, MD, MPH, FAAD
    Associate Professor, Division of Dermatology, Director of the Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship
    The Ohio State University
    Columbus, OH

    Addison M. Demer, MD, FAAD
    Mohs Micrographic Surgeon and Dermatologic Oncologist
    Mayo Clinic
    Rochester, MN

    Jeremy R. Etzkorn, MD, FAAD
    Assistant Professor of Dermatology
    University of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia, PA

    Daniel Knabel, MD, FAAD
    Staff Dermatologist
    Minneapolis VA Medical Center
    Minneapolis, MN

    Faculty disclosure of relevant financial relationship(s)

    It is the policy of AAD that all faculty participating in an educational activity are required to disclose to AAD and to learners relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest(s) that they or their first-degree relative (spouse, parent, sibling, or child). “Relevant financial relationships”[1] include financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest[2]. Typically, such relationships would be with companies that sell health care products or services that are consumed by or used in the treatment of patients. The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent participation in CME-certified educational activities by individuals with a relevant financial relationship with commercial interest(s), but rather to provide learners with information on which they can make their own determination whether or not said relationship(s) influenced the content of the educational activity.

    Planner and faculty disclosure information is located within the syllabus distributed at the course. Faculty have been asked to also make a verbal disclosure at the start of their presentations supplemented by a disclosure slide to verify the accuracy of the disclosure information printed in the syllabus and ensure their disclosure information is shared with the learners PRIOR to the presentation taking place.

    Resolution of conflicts of interest

    In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support of CME, the American Academy of Dermatology has implemented mechanisms, prior to the planning and implementation of this CME activity, to identify and mitigate conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control the content of this CME activity.

    [1] Relevant Financial Relationships: The ACCME defines ‟relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest. Source:

    [2] Conflict of Interest: When an individual’s interests are aligned with those of a commercial interest the interests of the individual are in “conflict‟ with the interests of the public. Source:

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    Registration will remain open until August 12, 2022.

    AAD Member Fee: $595
    Non-Member Fee: $695


    If you wish to cancel your registration please send an email to by the deadline date of August 12, 2022. A $100 cancellation fee will apply for all cancellations. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations received after this date.

    Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
    650 15th Street
    Denver, Colorado 80202

    Room reservations: (800) 233-1234
    Main: (303) 436-1234
    Group code is G-AADM

    Room rate is $229 per night plus taxes (currently 15.75%). This rate is good until July 28, 2022 or until the AAD block is sold out, whichever comes first.

    Book online at the contracted rate!

    A cancellation less than 72 hours prior to check-in (4 p.m. MST) will result in a charge equal to one night's room and tax. Early departures and no-shows will result in the same charge and consequences. Please make sure to obtain a cancellation confirmation number.