The Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology training program at the University of Missouri under the guidance of Nicholas Golda, MD offers a complete training experience for the modern practice of dermatologic surgery.

Fellowship training in this program includes hands-on experience in all techniques available for the diagnosis and treatment of cutaneous malignancy including Mohs micrographic surgery, conventional excision, surgical destructions, and the use of various systemic, topical and light-based therapies. Fellows will be educated on how to work with patients and help them make informed medical decisions about how to proceed with their cancer treatment. They will also learn how to work as a part of a multidisciplinary team in the treatment of complicated cases requiring such an approach. We accept one fellow per year who will assist in all aspects of patient care and will become skilled at using the Mohs technique for even the most complicated tumors and reconstructions.

The main surgical experience will be at the University of Missouri in an academic-based outpatient setting. Fellows will also rotate monthly with Dr. George Hruza at the Laser and Dermatologic Surgery Center in Chesterfield, Missouri. This experience will give the fellow exposure to dermatologic surgery in the private practice setting and provide an additional avenue for mentorship as the fellow moves forward with his or her career.

Other experiences that will be a part of the fellow’s training will include interaction with other surgical subspecialties such as oculoplastic surgery, head and neck surgery and plastic surgery, dermatopathology education with our fellowship-trained dermatopathology faculty, general dermatology exposure to ensure that these skills do not wane during the fellowship. 

The fellowship experience at the University of Missouri site includes hands-on experience with laser and light devices including the Q-switched Nd:YAG, pulsed dye laser, diode laser and blue light PDT. Other procedures performed include botulinum toxin injection, chemical peels, dermabrasion, and scar revision. Other devices, including resurfacing laser technology, are available at the Chesterfield site.

Academically, the fellow will participate in textbook reviews, a monthly dermatologic surgery/dermatologic oncology journal club, attend and help operate our high risk cutaneous malignancy tumor board, and participate in medical student and resident education in dermatologic surgery. Academic inquiry is a key component of fellowship training and the fellow must participate in at least one scholarly project during the course of the program. Results of this project must result in a publication in an academic journal and/or presentation at the American College of Mohs Surgery Annual Meeting. These projects typically begin prior to the start of the fellowship year, so fellowship candidates should expect to spend time planning their projects prior to arriving for their training.

A great deal of knowledge and surgical skill must be learned during this one-year fellowship experience; consequently, successful completion will require an individual with significant motivation, energy and desire to maximize the educational benefit made available in this program. We look forward to training candidates who have proven to possess these qualities.

How to apply

You can apply through SF Match Residency and Fellowship Matching Service.

Applications are due by the first week in September each year, and interviews will be held during the fall.

Good luck!

Current Fellow

Vanessa Voss, MD

Vanessa Voss, MD

Bio

Hometown: Northern California

Undergraduate: UC Berkeley

Medical School: Saint Louis University Medical School

Residency: Stony Brook University

Bio: I grew up in Northern California and attended UC Berkeley for undergrad. I went to Saint Louis University for medical school, then completed my dermatology residency at Stony Brook University. I chose MU because they provide excellent clinical training in a friendly and supportive environment with meaningful research opportunities. My favorite part about the fellowship program is getting to care for underserved patients with severe skin cancers. I love to be outdoors and have been enjoying the extensive biking and running trails here in Columbia.