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About the Program

The Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship at University of Iowa Hospitals & 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 UI Hospitals & Clinics and 400 at the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center). The Fellow is supervised by three Mohs fellowship-trained surgical faculty—Dr. Marta VanBeek, Dr. Nkanyezi Ferguson, 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 Affairs 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.