Curriculum

The primary goal of the fellowship is the provision of comprehensive training in Mohs micrographic surgery, reconstructive skin surgery and other dermatologic surgical procedures, along with a knowledge of cutaneous oncology. A systematic review of appropriate topics related to Mohs micrographic surgery and dermatologic surgery will be undertaken. The fellow will participate in teaching students, residents and staff in the Department of Dermatology, as well as in lectures and CME courses on cutaneous surgery and oncology given within the Geisinger system.

In 2016, a total of 4,550 Mohs surgery cases were performed, as well as 1,023 flaps/grafts and 2,328 complex closures. Each case is performed under the direct supervision of a fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon, and the fellow is intimately involved in the majority of these cases. The fellow will learn to prepare horizontal frozen sections and, with a multi-headed teaching microscope, will read virtually all microscopic slides with the faculty.

In addition to Mohs micrographic surgery, the fellow will become skilled in laser surgery, excisional surgery, advanced closures, nail surgery, sclerotherapy, chemical peel, dermabrasion, scar revision, Botox and filler injection techniques.

Under supervision of the director and faculty, the fellow is expected to initiate research projects leading to publication and/or presentation. A generous stipend is provided to attend national and regional conferences. Fellows receive a stipend and benefits commensurate with the PGY-5 training level.