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Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery (MDS) Subspecialty Certification Exam Prep Course

September 11-12, 2021
Las Vegas, NV
Bellagio Las Vegas

Prepare for the American Board of Dermatology’s new subspecialty certification exam in Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery (MDS) with the AAD’s dermatology surgery review course. Join us in-person in Las Vegas, Nevada or attend virtually and live stream the session September 11-12.

NEW! - All attendees will receive access to the content after the meeting to continue studying for the exam. Content will be available by September 17 and accessible until October 8.


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  • 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

    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.


    This course will be held in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

    Saturday, September 11, 2021

    11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Registration & badge pick-up
    12:00 - 12:30 p.m.
    Review of exam structure, eligibility, and content areas
    Ian Maher, MD, FAAD
    12:30 - 1:15 p.m.AnatomyJeremy Etzkorn, MD, FAAD
    1:15 - 2:00 p.m.Obtaining and processing Mohs slidesMariah Brown, MD, FAAD
    2:00 - 2:45 p.m.Mohs slide interpretationDavid Carr, MD, FAAD
    2:45 - 3:00 p.m.Q&ADrs. Etzkorn, Brown, and Carr
    3:00 - 3:15 p.m.Break
    3:15 - 4:00 p.m.Melanoma staging, management, and immunostaining Jeremy Etzkorn, MD, FAAD
    4:00 - 4:45 p.m.Chemotherapeutics and radiation therapyAddison Demer, MD, FAAD
    4:45 - 5:30 p.m.Staging and management for cSCCDavid Carr, MD, FAAD
    5:30 - 5:45 p.m.Q&ADrs. Etzkorn, Carr, and Demer

    Please note, light refreshments will be available at the start of the course. Lunch will not be provided.

    Sunday, September 12, 2021

    7:30 a.m.
    Continental breakfast
    8:00 - 8:45 a.m.
    Coding, lab regulation, and compliance
    Ian Maher, MD, FAAD
    8:45 - 9:30 a.m.Pre- and peri-op careAddison Demer, MD, FAAD
    9:30 - 10:15 a.m.Flaps and graftsIan Maher, MD, FAAD
    10:15 - 11:00 a.m.ComplicationsMariah Brown, MD, FAAD
    11:00 - 11:30 a.m.Q&ADrs. Maher, Demer, and Brown


    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

    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 interest2. 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:

    Registration is now closed.

    Cancellation policy

    To cancel a registration, please send an email to by the deadline date of August 20, 2021. A $100 cancellation fee will apply for all cancellations. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations received after this date.

    Those wishing to switch their registration between live and virtual, and vice versa, will be subject to the $100 cancellation fee. The original registration will be cancelled and the registrant will need to re-register as they would like.

    Bellagio Las Vegas
    3600 S Las Vegas Blvd.
    Las Vegas, NV 89109

    Room reservations: (888) 987-6667
    Main: (702) 693-8321
    Group code: SMDS0921BE

    Room rate for the night of Friday, September 10 is $199 per night, plus taxes (currently 13.38%) and on Saturday, September 11, the rate is $249 per night, plus taxes.

    When booking both nights you’ll be shown the average rate, which is $224 per night, plus taxes. Both nights have a resort fee of $35 per night, plus taxes. The resort fee includes, high speed internet access (in guest room, public areas, and convention space), access to fitness facility at Bellagio Spa, unlimited local and toll-free calls, and airline boarding passes printed in hotel’s Business Service Center.

    This rate is good until August 10, 2021, or until the AAD block is sold out, whichever comes first.

    Click here to book online at the contracted rate.

    A cancellation less than 48 hours (PT) prior to the arrival 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.