Why Mohs Fellowship Training Matters
Given that Mohs surgery is a delicate, involved procedure that requires intricacy and skill, it’s not something you want to trust to just anyone—you want a surgeon who’s gone through the highest levels of training, which is why Mohs fellowship training matters. When you’re comparing different care providers and selecting the right physician for you, look for a fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon like Dr. Weisberg, so you can know you’re under the care of someone who has the unmatched training the program provides.
What Is a Fellowship-Trained Mohs Surgeon?
Founded by the namesake of Mohs surgery, Dr. Frederic Mohs himself, the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS) offers fellowship training programs that are more rigorous than any other Mohs training programs. A surgeon who undergoes Mohs fellowship training participates in months of hands-on, in-depth training from the finest instructors in the field.
What’s Involved in Mohs Fellowship Training?
To even apply to an ACMS-approved fellowship training program, a physician must have already completed residencies in dermatology or related fields. From there, it’s an intense, competitive selection process. Once selected, here is what’s involved in the one to two years of Mohs fellowship training:
- Structured curriculum
- Graded responsibility
- Education in both operative and non-operative settings
- Pairing with an accredited, veteran ACMS surgeon
- Direct Mohs surgery guidance and mentoring
- Participation in at least 500 Mohs surgery cases
To complete the fellowship, a surgeon must be able to interpret tissue sample slides from Mohs surgeries, as well as demonstrate capabilities to perform a wide breadth of reconstructions.
Choosing Dr. Weisberg for Mohs Surgery
A board-certified, fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon, Dr. Noah K. Weisberg has dedicated his practice to the surgical treatment of skin cancer with Mohs surgery. He has degrees from Emory University, where he graduated summa cum laude, and Vanderbilt University, where he graduated in the top 5% of his class. Dr. Weisberg interned at the Mayo Clinic and completed his residency at The New York Presbyterian Hospital Cornell University Medical Center, the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute and the Hospital for Special Surgery, serving as Chief Resident for all three institutions. Following all this training, he went on to complete a Mohs surgery fellowship at the Skin and Laser Surgery Center of Pennsylvania.
Are you interested in learning more about Mohs surgery from a fellowship-trained surgeon committed to giving you the best results possible? Set up a consultation by calling our office at 561-775-6011 and one of our representatives will be happy to assist you.
What is Mohs Skin Cancer Surgery?
Mohs surgery is one of the most specialized and effective skin cancer treatments. Developed in the 1940s by Dr. Frederic Mohs of the University of Wisconsin, Mohs Surgery is designed to completely remove an occurrence of skin cancer. The technique works best when the cancer cannot be defined easily, returns after being treated and/or affects a sensitive area (like the face), preserving as much normal skin as possible. Mohs microscopic tumor detection offers the highest probability of complete cancer removal while also preserving surrounding tissues.
How Mohs Surgery Works
The objective of Mohs surgery is to completely remove tumors, minimize surgical wound size and optimize aesthetics of surgical reconstruction. Mohs Micrographic Surgery involves two major steps:
1. Surgical Removal. The first step involves surgically excising a thin layer of tissue.
2. Tissue Processing. The tissue gets processed and examined microscopically to determine if there is any tumor present. If remaining tumor is found, more tissue is removed, the examination is repeated until no tumor is detected.
What to Know before Surgery
When you meet with Dr. Weisberg in a pre-operative consultation, he will evaluate your medical history, your skin cancer pathology and review your treatment options.
–Shower/Bathe the Night beforehand. You’ll want to wash your hair the night before surgery,
as you may need to keep your wound/dressing dry for 48 hours or longer after your
– Sleep. Get a good night’s rest the night before your surgery.
– Eat Breakfast. Go ahead and eat a normal breakfast unless you’ve been instructed otherwise.
–Take Medications. Whatever normal medications you take, you’ll likely still take them before your Mohs Surgery. Unless you receive different instructions at your consultation, you can go
ahead and keep taking them.
On the day of your surgery, wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. If your operative area will be on your face, don’t wear makeup or lotions.
What to Know after Surgery
In the weeks after surgery, your wound will need care. You will receive detailed written wound care instructions. Expect to wear a bandage and possibly have some swelling and bruising for the first few days after surgery. Avoid any strenuous activity or sports. Depending on the surgical site sutures are removed one to four weeks after surgery. You may have some minimal pain, a sensation of tightness, itchiness or numbness in the treated area, this is normal.
Would you like to know if Mohs surgery is the right treatment option for you? To set up a consultation with Dr. Noah Weisberg, please call 561-775-6011 and one of our representatives will be happy to assist you.
UPDATED PRACTICE POLICY NOTICE – 5-6-2020
The providers and staff at Skin Cancer Care Specialists hope you and your families are faring well during this time. We wanted to share an update on our practice and new policies which will affect your next visit to our office. Effective May 4, 2020 the State of Florida lifted restrictions on medical practices and in response we are opening our schedules up to see patients on a broader scale inclusive of skin cancer screenings.
In light of the loosening of restrictions we would like to outline additional and ongoing practice policies for accommodating patients:
Universal Mask Policy: Effective April 13, 2020 all patients and visitors to our office are required to wear a non-medical mask. As part of our continuing mitigation efforts, on March 30, 2020, all providers and staff have been required to wear a mask at all times.
Temperature Screening: All staff, patients, vendors or visitors to our office will be required to have a temperature screening before accessing the clinical suite. If anyone registers a temperature of 100 F they will not be granted access to the suite and their visit will be cancelled and rescheduled.
Patient Screening: Every patient will have strict screening over phone before they come to the office and again at check-in before entering the clinical suite. If anyone is identified to have flu like symptoms of fever, dry cough, muscle pains or any respiratory symptoms their visit will be rescheduled until they are completely well.
Patients Who Have Traveled: Part of our screening process will be to determine if a patient has recently traveled outside of our local area. All patients who have traveled out of our local area, especially to a geographic location with a high concentration of COVID-19 cases, will be scheduled a minimum of 14 days after their return to Palm Beach. If you have an emergent need please contact our office and we will determine if a telemedicine visit is appropriate to accommodate you before the 14 day waiting period. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding of this policy.
Patient Hand Hygiene: All patients and visitors are required to sanitize their hands using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer provided by our office immediately upon arrival to our office. Patients will be reminded not to touch their face after sanitizing their hands.
Social Distancing: We are achieving social distancing by spacing out patients with the goal to eliminate waiting in our waiting room. To achieve this goal, we are requesting only the patient, and a caregiver if a companion is necessary, come to the appointment. We are also requiring patients to call us upon arriving to the office parking lot and we will inform them when to come to our office suite to be taken to a room. Our staff will direct patient movement in our suite to achieve social distancing between patients, please follow directions by our staff members to help us maintain a safe environment for you and other patients.
Telemedicine: In addition to our regular office hours, we are offering telemedicine options on a temporary basis. Telemedicine may be accommodated by Skype/Facetime video conferencing or photo review with telephone consultation follow up. Please note some appointment types may not qualify for telemedicine visits. If you have an appointment that qualifies for a telemedicine visit you may be given the option to be seen virtually instead of at our office.
In addition to the measures outlined above we are continuing our environmental infection control and strict standards of hygiene and infection control with our staff. For more detailed information on these items please see our March 2020 blog post: https://sccsmd.com/blog/
To schedule your appointment with Noah Weisberg, M.D., Kathryn Goggins, PA-C or Barbara Acosta, PA-C please call our office at 561-775-6011 and our staff will be happy to assist you and answer any questions you have about our ongoing mitigation efforts to protect our patients and staff.