Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship

Quick Facts

  • Year-long ACGME-accredited program
  • Includes a month-long elective period
  • 1 Fellow accepted per year
  • Fixed and fresh tissue Mohs techniques as well as restorative and cosmetic procedures
  • Applications go through the Central Application Service

How to Apply

Applicants are required to apply via the San Francisco Match’s Central Application Service (CAS). Once your completed application is available through the CAS, we will be able to download and view it. Use of the CAS is mandatory for both programs and applicants.

The deadline for applications is Sep 15 for a position beginning July 1 of the following year.

The Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship is an ACGME-accredited program under the direction of Dr. Xu in the Department of Dermatology. This year-long program offers an exceptional opportunity to learn Mohs micrographic surgery and other dermatologic procedures.

Fellowship Director Dr. Xu completed medical school at Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences, China.  Following medical school, she completed her PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology at Indiana University School of Medicine.  Dr. Xu went on to a post-doctoral research fellowship in Adult Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard Cancer Center in Boston, followed by a Dermatology residency at The University of Chicago Hospitals.  She came to The University of Wisconsin Department of Dermatology as faculty in 2007 and completed her Mohs Surgery fellowship in 2011. Fellowship trainees can take pride in the fact that they are continuing the enduring legacy of Dr. Frederic Mohs in the birthplace of Mohs Surgery.

Yaohui (Gloria) Xu, MD, PhD

Position title: Associate Professor and Director of Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship

About the Program

The Dermatologic/Mohs Surgery Clinic treats approximately 900 skin cancers annually with a large number of these cancers being of a challenging nature due to pathology, location and patient needs. Both the fixed and the fresh tissue techniques of Mohs surgery are performed. The Fellow will encounter a wide variety of skin cancers. Surgery is performed on virtually every anatomic region of the body and the Fellow will be exposed to many plastic reconstructive procedures including flaps and grafts.

Restorative dermatologic procedures include scar revision, chemical peels and dermabrasion. There are also a number of cosmetic procedures performed in the clinic. A month long elective is also provided in order to permit the Fellow to expand his/her procedural repertoire. Journal Club, didactic teaching sessions or invited guest conferences are held weekly.

In addition to assisting their mentor, program Fellows will be responsible for reviewing patient histories, physical exams, operating room scheduling, patient follow-ups and on-call rotation. It is expected that the Fellow is proficient with computers, especially with Microsoft Windows and the Word and Power Point applications.

The History of Mohs Training at UW-Madison

Dr. Frederic Mohs began training physicians at the UW Madison—dermatologists, surgeons, and others—in his new surgical technique soon after publishing his first 440 cases in 1941. Over the decades, hundreds (mostly dermatologists) were trained by Dr. Mohs and his students. Until his retirement in 1990, Dr. Mohs spent most of his academic time at UW as a faculty member in the Department of Surgery.

In 1971, the first formal Mohs Fellowship began at UW. In addition to Dr. Mohs, dermatologists Drs. Stephen Snow and Paul Larson trained many Mohs surgeons in this fellowship— including several who became leaders in dermatology. To align with national norms, the Mohs surgery program transferred into the Department of Dermatology in the mid-2000’s before the fellowship was restructured into the Procedural Dermatology Fellowship in 2007. It is now known as the Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship.

Primary Contact

Jennifer Hanser
Education Coordinator
Dept of Dermatology
1 S Park St, 7th Floor
Madison, WI 53715

Dermatology 2021-22 Fellow

Kyle Rudningen, MD

Hometown: Annandale, MN
Undergraduate: University of North Dakota
Medical School: University of North Dakota
Internship: University of North Dakota
Residency: University of Wisconsin

What do you like best about doing your MSDO fellowship at the University of Wisconsin?

The attendings I get to work with! Drs. Xu, Aylward, and Swanson are all excellent teachers. They are talented, approachable, and genuinely enjoy helping their fellows advance their skills. Importantly, they provide an ideal blend of supervision and autonomy. They also each bring their own unique strengths to provide a well-rounded program. Dr. Xu is very involved in advancing our research and guidelines in high-risk squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Dr. Aylward is excellent about making sure you understand the fundamentals within Mohs surgery and has a passion for process improvement within the Mohs department. (As a result, we have the most fun, highly trained, and efficient staff you will ever see!) Dr. Swanson has a passion for education and has a gift for teaching difficult surgical concepts and skills in a way that is easy to understand.

What do you enjoy about living in Madison?

Madison has been a great place to live, work, and raise our children (ages 6, 3, and 5 months). Madison is full of parks and has some of the best biking trails you’ll find. A couple of the highlights for the kids include the very large Children’s Museum and trips to Wisconsin Dells, home of the largest waterpark in the United States. Madison’s downtown area around the capitol and State Street has fun events and many great dining options. Madison’s surrounding area is beautiful with many lakes and hiking trails to explore such as Devil’s Lake State Park. And finally, watching a relaxing sunset at the Union Terrace with a huge bowl of fresh Wisconsin ice cream is another frequent highlight!

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