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Cutaneous Miscellaneous Podcast Episode 8:

How to Match into Mohs Surgery and Tips on Becoming a Better Surgical Dermatologist

Release Date: November 23, 2022

In Episode 8 of Cutaneous Miscellaneous, our host Nicholas Brownstone, MD talks with H. William Higgins, II, MD, MBE, Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology and Lab Director, Pennsylvania Hospital Mohs Micrographic Surgery Unit.

The episode begins with board review prep on surgical dermatology. Dr. Higgins talks about core exam topics, the most helpful study resources, and how to handle questions focused on flap repairs. Dr. Brownstone and Dr. Higgins spend the rest of the episode discussing how to become a better surgical dermatologist, and for those interested, tips on matching into a Mohs Surgery fellowship. Dr. Higgins gives some specific advice on how to improve surgical skills, including how to counsel patients on healing and scar appearance. He also discusses how to improve outcomes on truncal excisions.

In the final part of the episode, Dr. Brownstone asks Dr. Higgins for advice on successfully matching into a Mohs fellowship. Dr. Higgins discusses what fellowship directors look for in an application, the role of recommendation letters, the importance of surgical skills, finding a mentor, and how to properly express interest in programs. Don’t miss it! 

As a bonus, listen to learn more about an exciting opportunity for residents – The Rising Derm Stars® Competition for Residents at the 2023 Winter Clinical Dermatology Conference - Hawaii®:


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