Dear colleagues,

Thank you for attending the first ESMS Mohs Surgery Course, 25-26 November 2016 in Zürich, Switzerland. The course was co-hosted by the working group for Dermatosurgery of the Swiss Society of Dermatology and Venerology (SSDV / SGDV).

Whilst different techniques of Micrographic Surgery are practiced in many parts of Europe, Mohs Surgery is still not as widely used in this part of the world as it would deserve to be. The advantages it offers with lowest recurrence rates and best cosmetic outcomes due to minimal excision defects should be available to all patients with skin cancer. The most important aspects in performing good Mohs surgery are solid training under supervision of a Mohs trainer and experience.
With this course, we were able to create some interest for the Mohs technique amongst dermatologists and we hope we helped you to get started with the training or improve your technique if you were already performing Mohs.

The course programme included extensive coverage of different Mohs techniques, laboratory techniques, indications and reconstruction techniques. Furthermore, there were several practical sessions, including live surgery demonstrations and group work with microscopy sessions, lab demonstrations and small group discussions about operative techniques.

Presentations from the course can be found here

We hope you enjoyed the course and your time in Zürich.

Best regards,

On behalf of the ESMS Board,

PD Dr. Severin Läuchli
President of ESMS


The Norwegian Medical Association has approved the ESMS course with 17 tutorial lessons for specialists in dermatology and venerology.

Furthermore, the participants can claim 15 hours of CME according to the Swiss Society of Dermatology and Venerology (SGDV – SSDV).

Course dates

25-26 November 2016



University Hospital Zürich,
Department of Dermatology,
Gloriastrasse 31
Zürich, Switzerland