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American Society for Mohs Histotechnology

MTQA Training Program

The Mohs Technician Quality Assurance (MTQA) Training Program was created by the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS) to elevate the national standard of Mohs Histotechnology and strive toward a common level of excellence of Mohs Technicians. The MTQA Training Program is designed to provide improved slide preparation technique to Mohs Technicians whose employers recommend and approve such training. It should be noted that this training is not an official Histotech Certification program, nor is it intended to substitute training for techs with no experience. The MTQA Training Program is designed to further enhance the performance and quality of work to established Mohs technicians with at least six months of experience cutting tissue.

There are two different MTQA training options:

  • Group trainings - classroom setting that supports both a comfortable lecture environment as well access to state of the art laboratory equipment for the hands-on portion of training. Currently offered three times a year, at Avantik Academy Mohs Training Campus in Springfield, New Jersey.
  • Customized personal trainings - designed as an intensive troubleshooting session, the personal MTQA training is tailored to meet the needs and goals of the trainee. This two-day training is scheduled at the trainee's workplace. Additional information is available here.

Click here for details on the MTQA Training sessions taking place in 2019.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate in the MTQA Training Program?
The MTQA program is open to technicians who have at least six months experience cutting tissue.         

How does the training work?
After submitting an enrollment form, the ASMH office will match you with a trainer. You and your trainer will determine the dates that work best for you, as well as decide on the curriculum for the upcoming training. This two-day training program is designed to be specific to the areas in which you would like to improve your skills. As the trainee, you or your office are liable for both the training fee and any travel or lodging costs necessary to complete the training in your facility.

What happens after the training?
After training is complete, you and your trainer will complete evaluations and other necessary paperwork for processing by the ASMH office. While there is no official certification for Mohs technicians, you will get a certificate for completion of training. MTQA training is also approved for continuing education unit (CEU) contact hours by the National Society for Histotechnology, and you will also receive credit for those hours.


About the trainers

MTQA trainers are approved for the program after an application process and slide review by a panel of ACMS surgeons. These trainers are required to complete subsequent slide reviews periodically to maintain their status as trainers. If you are interested in becoming a trainer with the MTQA program, you can download the requirement information and application materials.

Current MTQA trainers:

Rodney K. Barber, HT
Darius J. Karimipour, MD, FACMS
Dr. Darius Karimipour, MD, PC
Bloomfield Hills, MI

Joyce L. Bidwell, MA
Mark A. Cohen, MD, FACMS
Kansas City Skin and Cancer Center
Kansas City, MO

Patricia Ann Brunelle, HT
Girish S. Munavalli, MD, MHS, FACMS
Dermatology Laser and Vein Specialists of the Carolinas
Charlotte, NC

Linda R. Cesario, DPM, HT (ASCP)
Gangaram Ragi, MD, FACMS
Advanced Laser & Skin Cancer Center
Teaneck, NJ

Susan L. Cushing
Glenn D. Goldman, MD, FACMS
University of Vermont Medical Center
Burlington, VT

Daniel H. Gong, MS, MSO, C-PM
Daniel B. Eisen, MD, FACMS
Jayne Joo, MD
UC Davis Health Dermatology Mohs Laboratories
Sacramento, CA

Marci L. Lorio, RMA
Jonathan L. Bingham, MD, FACMS
Great Falls Clinic
Great Falls, MT

Reginald M. Manney
Eva A. Hurst, MD, FACMS
Washington University St. Louis
St. Louis, MO

Marilyn McCulloch, CLT
Faramarz H. Samie, MD, FACMS
Jesse M. Lewin, MD
Columbia University- NYPH/Herbert Irving Cancer Center
New York, NY

Stephanie S. Petrow, HT
James G. Lahti, MD, MPH, FACMS
Dermatology Partners of the North Shore Surgical Center
Northbrook, IL

Cassandra E. Riddle, CMA
Michael Campoli, MD, PhD
Fairview Dermatology
Wyoming, MN

Ana I. Santos, CMA
Aradhna Saxena, MD, FACMS
Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Institute, PC
Fort Washington, PA

Thomas E. Sturm, HT (ASCP)
John G. Hancox, MD, FACMS
Mountain State Medical Specialties
Morgantown, WV

Toni G. Tedrick, RMA
Eva A. Hurst, MD, FACMS
Washington University St. Louis
St. Louis, MO

Lynn Whitmore, HT (ASCP)
Vandana S. Nanda, MD, FACMS
Advanced Dermatology of Charlottesville
Charlottesville, VA

MTQA Enrollment Form