About the Program

The Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is an intense one-year ACGME-approved program offered to board eligible/board-certified dermatologists with emphasis on Mohs micrographically controlled excision and cutaneous surgery.

During the Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship the Fellow is involved in the evaluation, surgery, and follow-up care of essentially all cutaneous oncology patients treated. This experience is intensive and wide-ranging. The Fellow will have exposure to the following procedures and therapeutic processes:

There will also be exposure to:

  • Mohs micrographic surgery
  • Excisional surgery of benign and malignant lesions
  • Repair and reconstructive surgery to include:
    • Local flaps
    • Staged reconstruction
    • Skin grafts
    • Laser surgery (CO2, non-ablative and ablative fractionated, pulsed dye, and tattoo)
    • Nail surgery
    • Scar revision
    • Dermabrasion
    • Variety of other cutaneous surgical procedures
  • Filler injections
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Chemical peels
  • Botulinum toxic injection techniques

The Fellow will have extensive hands-on experience, performing approximately 1200 Mohs cases per year (approx. 800 at UIHC and 400 at the Iowa City VAMC). The Fellow is supervised by two Mohs fellowship-trained surgical faculty – Dr. Marta Van Beek and Dr. Hillary Johnson.

The Fellow will be involved in ongoing surgical consultations from other services within the medical center. Such consultations occur on a daily basis and are most frequently seen from:

Occasionally From:

  • Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • Orbital and Oculoplastic Surgery
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Orthopedics
  • Radiology
  • Urology
  • OB-GYN.

The Fellow will be involved with evaluation, surgery and follow-up of patients receiving Mohs micrographic surgery at the Veterans Administration Hospital. The fellow is expected to complete an in-depth research project by the time he or she finishes the fellowship and to prepare a manuscript suitable for submission to a peer-review journal.