2017 MTQA Trainings
Improve your skills as a Mohs technician
The ASMH offers customized, hands-on training sessions through its Mohs Technician Quality Assurance (MTQA) Training Initiative. Offered exclusively to technicians currently working for ACMS member surgeons, this on-site training will include lecture and hands-on training on topics such as mapping and inking, embedding, staining, cryosectioning, CLIA regulations, troubleshooting, and more.
Thursday, October 12 - Friday, October 13, 2017
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Avantik Training Campus, 32 Commerce Street, Springfield, NJ 07081
Registration closes Friday, September 29, 2017.
- ASMH members: $750 / Non-members: $1,000
- Non-member registration will include ASMH membership through 2018
- $50 discount per trainee for practices sending more than one tech
Upon completion, trainees can claim 12 CEUs through the National Society for Histotechnology and will receive a certificate of completion from the ASMH/ACMS. For more information about the MTQA Training Initiative or customized training opportunities, click here or contact the ASMH office at (414) 918-9813 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trainees are responsible for making their travel and hotel reservations. A room block has been reserved at the Hilton Newark Airport at the discounted rate of $149 per night, plus tax. To reserve your room, call the hotel and request the group rate for the MTQA Training. Complimentary parking is available at the hotel. The discounted rate is available until September 19, 2017.
Hilton Newark Airport
1170 Spring Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07201
Book online here.
Linda R. Cesario, DPM, HT (ASCP)
Dr. Cesario is a certified histologist with more than 20 years of experience in the field of Mohs histology in hospital, research and clinical settings. She is a graduate of Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), Montclair State University (BS, Biology) and the Mountainside Hospital School of Histotechnology (HT, ASCP). Dr. Cesario is president of the ASMH and has served on the Board of Directors for the past 12 years. She is committee chair of the MTQA Training Initiative and has been a charter MTQA trainer since the program was implemented in 2005. As an independent contractor, she has worked with more than 30 ACMS Mohs surgeons in the NY/NJ Metro area, giving her a wide range of technical experience. She taught in a National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences-accredited School of Histotechnology for 10 years, as well as training numerous Mohs technicians. She also serves as a slide reviewer on the ACMS Slide Quality Review Committee.
Daniel H. Gong, MS, MSO, C-PM
Gong is the clinical service/laboratory manager for the UC Davis Dermatopathology Services/Mohs Laboratories. He has more than 22 years of clinical and research experience stemming from his work at UC Davis Health System and University of the Pacific, where he received his master’s degree in Biologic Science. Gong is a member of the ASMH Board of Directors and the MTQA Committee, and holds a certification in Practice Management by the American Pathology Foundation. He is also a lecturer/course faculty for the Annual Fundamentals of Mohs Surgery Course and Clinical Symposium in Dermatologic Surgery: Focus on Skin Cancer. His technical areas of expertise include setup and maintenance of Mohs tissue processing, and paraffin and frozen section immunohistochemistry including direct immunofluorescence.
Marilyn McCulloch, CLT
McCulloch is a Certified Clinical Laboratory Technician employed at Columbia University- NYPH/Herbert Irving Cancer Center in New York City. An ASMH member since 1998, she also has served as an MTQA trainer since 2007, assists with beginner cryostat workshops at the ASMH Annual Meeting, and contributed to the American College of Mohs Surgery Manual of Frozen Section Processing in 2008.
Norma L. Anderson HT (ASCP)
Anderson has more than 35 years of experience as a histologist; for 26 of those years she has worked at the University of Washington in Seattle, including in the Dermatologic Surgery Mohs Lab since 2004. She has been an MTQA Trainer approved by the American College of Mohs Surgery since April 2009. In addition, she has traveled on volunteer surgical trips to Romania, Greece, Costa Rica and Bulgaria with the Blade and Light Society, which sends individual or teams of dermatologic surgeons to perform Mohs surgery for skin cancer in underserved regions of the world.
Registrations that are cancelled by midnight on September 29 (the date registration closes) will receive a full refund, minus a $75 cancellation fee. No refunds will be accepted after September 29.
Future Training Sessions
For those interested in attending the training but are unable to attend, this training will be offered again in 2018. See this space for details once the October training has passed.
The MTQA Training Initiative was created by the ACMS to elevate the national standard of Mohs histotechnology and is the only ACMS-approved training program designed to help current Mohs technicians improve their skills and learn new techniques. By working one-on-one with an ACMS-approved MTQA trainer, your tech’s training will be tailored to provide troubleshooting tips in the areas he/she would like to learn about most.