American Society for Mohs Histotechnology

American Society for Mohs Histotechnology Association of Mohs Techs who assist ACMS Mohs Surgeons. The American Society for Mohs Histotechnology (ASMH) was founded in 1995 as an ancillary group to the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS).

One of the requirements for membership in the ASMH is employment by an active ACMS member or membership in the ACMS.

Mission: Our mission is to work in conjunction with our Mohs surgeons, providing quality work, and getting rid of skin cancers one lesion at a time!

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Spooky can be fun on Halloween, but there is nothing fun about skin cancer! Be sure to protect your skin today and every...
10/31/2020

Spooky can be fun on Halloween, but there is nothing fun about skin cancer! Be sure to protect your skin today and every day!

This is a melanoma that was treated with Mohs surgery. Clinically, the tumor displays all five of the melanoma warning s...
10/20/2020

This is a melanoma that was treated with Mohs surgery. Clinically, the tumor displays all five of the melanoma warning signs known as the A-B-C-D-Es.

A - Asymmetry - The lesion is asymmetrical where a part of the lesion looks different than another part.
B - Border - The border is irregular and jagged.
C - Color - There are multiple colors.
D - Diameter - The lesion is larger than the size of a pea.
E - Evolving - The lesion has been changing over time.

On frozen section pathology, classic features of melanoma are also easily recognized and include an asymmetrical proliferation of melanocytes at the dermal-epidermal junction and above it as well as extension down adnexae. If you have any moles that display some or all of the ABCDEs, please make sure to visit a board-certified dermatologist for an evaluation.

Nominations are now being accepted for two positions on the 2021 ASMH Board of Directors. In early 2021, the membership ...
09/25/2020

Nominations are now being accepted for two positions on the 2021 ASMH Board of Directors. In early 2021, the membership will elect one Secretary-Treasurer and one Director. Terms for each position will begin at the conclusion of the 2021 Annual Meeting. For more information and to make a nomination, visit http://ow.ly/uLRG50Bzsso.

Be sure to visit the ASMH Bibliography, which now features COVID-19 resources for the laboratory.  You can also suggest ...
09/23/2020
American Society for Mohs Histotechnology

Be sure to visit the ASMH Bibliography, which now features COVID-19 resources for the laboratory. You can also suggest articles to be added to the bibliography. Check out this amazing resource now! Member login here: http://www.mohstech.org/bibliography/

555 East Wells Street, Suite 1100 Milwaukee, WI 53202-3823 Phone: (414) 918-9813 Fax: (414) 276-3349 Email: [email protected] Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm CST

Early detection and prompt treatment equals the best outcome in any skin cancer. Time is of the essence. It is never a g...
08/12/2020
10 (Mostly Inexcusable) Excuses for Delaying a Skin Check - The Skin Cancer Foundation

Early detection and prompt treatment equals the best outcome in any skin cancer. Time is of the essence. It is never a good idea to postpone a skin exam with your dermatologist, especially if you have noticed anything new, changing or unusual on your skin.

Here’s why it’s never a good idea to postpone your skin exam with a dermatologist, even during a pandemic!

UV rays are the leading cause of skin cancer, but there are many ways to protect yourself from the sun's harmful rays. L...
07/23/2020
Sun Protection - The Skin Cancer Foundation

UV rays are the leading cause of skin cancer, but there are many ways to protect yourself from the sun's harmful rays. Learn more: http://ow.ly/yMFU50AGvCL

No single method of sun protection can safeguard you perfectly. A complete strategy is the best way to protect yourself against skin cancer.

Happy Fourth of July from ASMH!
07/04/2020

Happy Fourth of July from ASMH!

Reapply this 4th of July! Always put on sunscreen while outdoors, but reapplying every couple of hours is important in o...
07/02/2020
Reapply on the Fourth of July - The Skin Cancer Foundation

Reapply this 4th of July! Always put on sunscreen while outdoors, but reapplying every couple of hours is important in order to maintain effectiveness. Learn how to get the most out of your sunscreen this holiday weekend: http://ow.ly/eauH50AmkKm

Regular readers of our blog should know our sun safety tips by heart, but there’s one that we know people have trouble with: remembering to reapply sunscreen.

Happy Father’s Day from ASMH!
06/21/2020

Happy Father’s Day from ASMH!

Applying sunscreen is just the first step to being sun safe. Here's how to to dress to protect yourself from harmful UV ...
06/13/2020
How to dress to protect yourself from UV rays

Applying sunscreen is just the first step to being sun safe. Here's how to to dress to protect yourself from harmful UV rays: http://ow.ly/REb050A6sip

It might sound obvious and probably you’ve heard it a million times by now, but protecting yourself against the sun’s UV rays is very important.

Learn sun safety tips for the whole family to minimize your risk of skin cancer and skin damage: http://ow.ly/nzcL50A4pC...
06/10/2020
Sun Safety Tips for the Entire Family

Learn sun safety tips for the whole family to minimize your risk of skin cancer and skin damage: http://ow.ly/nzcL50A4pC9

Consumer Reports offers these sun safety tips for finding the best sunscreens, as well as expert advice to help minimize your risk of skin cancer.

A new fact sheet from the CDC shows that over 5 million people are treated for skin cancer each year, costing over $8 bi...
06/06/2020
CDC Publishes New “Power of Prevention” Fact Sheet on Skin Cancer

A new fact sheet from the CDC shows that over 5 million people are treated for skin cancer each year, costing over $8 billion. They also highlighted the role communities and decision makers can play in supporting sun safety. Learn more: http://ow.ly/ujfj50A0f59

A recent fact sheet on skin cancer issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDS) reports that close to 5 million people are treated for skin cancer every year in the United States.…

Get to know the skin you're in. Self-exams are an important part of skin care. If you notice a spot that is different fr...
06/05/2020
Detect skin cancer: How to perform a skin self-exam

Get to know the skin you're in. Self-exams are an important part of skin care. If you notice a spot that is different from others, or that changes, itches or bleeds, you should make an appointment to see a dermatologist. Learn more: http://ow.ly/XzvU50A0dTv

Follow these tips from board-certified dermatologists to increase your chances of spotting skin cancer early, when it’s most treatable.

05/30/2020
Mohs Surgery: The Most Effective Treatment for Skin Cancer

Learn more about Mohs surgery - the most effective treatment for skin cancer

Mohs micrographic surgery is the most effective and advanced treatment for skin cancer. It is performed on an outpatient basis using a highly specialized and...

If you're out enjoying the sunshine today, it's important to know all the best ways to avoid harmful UV rays. Keep yours...
05/25/2020
Protect Your Family from Skin Cancer

If you're out enjoying the sunshine today, it's important to know all the best ways to avoid harmful UV rays. Keep yourself and your family sun safe this Memorial Day: ow.ly/r8YP50zPt0f

Protect your family and yourself from skin cancer by taking measures to stay sun safe outdoors and educate them about the dangers of indoor tanning and sunbathing.

05/22/2020
National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention

National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention

Summer 2020 may look different, but sun safety ALWAYS looks good on you! 😎

TODAY IS DON'T FRY DAY: the Friday before Memorial Day! Today, and every day, please remember to protect your skin from damaging UV rays to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer. While we're staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect our health, practicing sun safety is another way to protect your overall health from one of the most common (& preventable!) cancers.

Wear sunscreen with +30 SPF daily, and reapply often. Seek shade, particularly between 10 AM - 4 PM when the sun's rays are strongest. Wear sun-protective clothing, including hats and sunglasses with UV protection. Check the UV Index in your area on your favorite mobile weather app to know when to avoid the sun. Avoid sunburns, indoor tanning beds, and UV lamps, as they increase your risk and speed premature skin aging.

Protect your family all year round from sun damage and don't fry your skin! Sun safety ALWAYS looks good on you.

For more helpful tips and guidelines for preventing skin cancer, visit https://loom.ly/qg4CcB8

National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention
05/22/2020

National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention

Sun safety ALWAYS looks good on you -- all year long! Help us to spread the word across Facebook about Don't Fry Day (May 22): add this frame to your profile picture!

You can reduce your risk for skin cancer! Protect your skin from the sun with shade, sunscreen, protective clothing, and more. Learn more here: https://skincancerprevention.org/get-involved/dont-fry-day/

Happy Mother's Day from ASMH! We hope everyone has a wonderful, sun safe holiday.
05/10/2020

Happy Mother's Day from ASMH! We hope everyone has a wonderful, sun safe holiday.

If you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with skin cancer, basic information about the disease can be helpful i...
05/01/2020
Skin Cancer Basics | Mohs Surgery Patient Education

If you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with skin cancer, basic information about the disease can be helpful in planning and understanding your treatment. When caught and treated early, 99% of skin cancers can be cured. Learn more here: http://ow.ly/sBMs50zu98c

If you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with skin cancer, basic information about the disease can be helpful in planning and understanding your treatment. When caught and treated early, 99% of skin cancers can be cured.

Happy Easter from ASMH!
04/12/2020

Happy Easter from ASMH!

Although you are spending more time indoors, it's still important to keep your skin protected! http://ow.ly/QmZp50za2Go
04/09/2020
Sun protection & skin cancer awareness during COVID-19 pandemic

Although you are spending more time indoors, it's still important to keep your skin protected! http://ow.ly/QmZp50za2Go

The spread of COVID-19 (also known as the coronavirus) has sparked concern worldwide and prompted many leaders to take decisive action to contain the virus. Several states have mandated citizens to stay home from work, socially distance and remain indoors, meaning people have found their time outsid...

If you would like to submit an article for our ASMH Membership Newsletter, the deadline is this Friday, March 20! Learn ...
03/18/2020

If you would like to submit an article for our ASMH Membership Newsletter, the deadline is this Friday, March 20! Learn more: http://ow.ly/9c2I50yPiTB

It is with heavy hearts that we inform you that after much deliberation the 2020 American Society for Mohs Histotechnolo...
03/16/2020

It is with heavy hearts that we inform you that after much deliberation the 2020 American Society for Mohs Histotechnology Annual Meeting planned for Nashville, Tennessee April 24-25 has been cancelled. Learn more here: http://mohstech.org/annualmeeting/2020

The standard of care for primary cutaneous melanoma is evolving. Read more from ACMS Member M. Laurin Council, MD, FAAD,...
03/11/2020
Standard of care for primary cutaneous melanoma evolves

The standard of care for primary cutaneous melanoma is evolving. Read more from ACMS Member M. Laurin Council, MD, FAAD, FACMS- http://ow.ly/PMfN50yIm3r

Though still considered controversial, several evolving treatment and management plans for primary cutaneous melanoma are making their way into the mainstream and challenging more traditional approaches.

For every way that you support patient care, thank you!
03/10/2020

For every way that you support patient care, thank you!

Tomorrow is the last day to register for the March Advanced Mohs Technician Training! Gain invaluable experience working...
03/03/2020

Tomorrow is the last day to register for the March Advanced Mohs Technician Training! Gain invaluable experience working hands-on with experienced trainers, all while earning CEUs! Register now at http://mohstech.org/training!

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We are in the market for a new slide stainer. We currently use a Thermo Scientific Linistain. Are there other brands that people use and like? Pros and cons? Thank you in advance.
ASMH members wish the American College of Mohs Surgery a happy 50th anniversary
Thank you to the great team at Executive Director Inc. for their hard work and talent. They make it all happen behind the scenes. Here’s to another successful ASMH Annual Meeting!
Is anyone using the "Transcend" xylene alternative from American Mastertech? Any reviews for use in you h&e line?
I have a question for all of the Mohs histology Techs. I have been a Mohs tech for going on 8 yrs and another 8 yrs in histology and pathology so I have done plenty of cutting. My current position I am cutting over 2.5 hrs non stop . I average anywhere from 10 to over 15 frozens with in a 45 min to an hour time frame. The frozens size wise are .5 to 3cm. I am having issue with my right shoulder and it was suggested that I have an Ergonomic Engineer come an do an assessment of my work area. I think this is a waste there is only so much ypu can do with the cryostat. I can change everything but actual cutting is still the same. I am a broad shouldered guy and after this many years I do have more pains trying to cut and squeeze my arms in to pick up specimens with the slides. Does or has anyone used an outside Ergonomic co to help with pending shoulder, back and hand issues. Thanks Jeff
As a brand new HT, I was skeptical going to this meeting, esp by myself. Since I started my HT journey in September, I was nervous I was going to be lost in some of the talks and feared I would be the only one not knowing what they were taking about, etc. But I was happily wrong. I know that I had some great trainers but after attending this meeting, I definitely see how great they truly were. I was able to keep up with everyone there whether they were experienced 5 years or 30 years. I learned a great deal that will benefit me greatly in my profession. All of the attendees and staff were terrific and I felt very comfortable throughout the whole experience. Any questions I had were answered whether I verbally asked or not...that's how thorough the topics were covered. I met an HT from Iowa, who is highly experienced and she took me under her wing like we'd known each other for years, and made my experience that much more greater. I am beyond blessed to be able to do what I do. Thank you to all the staff for giving me very helpful ideas and knowledge to further help me shcceed as a HT. Looking forward to what the future holds.