ASDS accreditation confirms and recognizes cosmetic dermatologic surgery fellowship programs that meet high-quality standards. The accreditation program also promotes practices that provide Fellows with the proper training and expertise to perform cosmetic dermatologic surgery procedures.

The Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship Accreditation curriculum emphasizes the acquisition of knowledge and skills based upon specific categories. With only one Fellow per two faculty members, there is ample opportunity for hands-on experience as well as intimate faculty exposure and one-on-one learning.

Program Objectives

Educate dermatologists in advanced cosmetic dermatologic surgery procedures.

Initiate the process of academic development in those individuals who aspire to careers in the university hospital environment.

Inspire the skills and enthusiasm required to maintain a lifelong commitment to continuing education in the field of cosmetic dermatologic surgery.

Program Highlights

  • One calendar year of training in the office/facility of the Fellowship Director where the majority of time is spent training.
  • The Fellow must participate in 300 cosmetic dermatologic surgery cases and observe 1,000 cases under the direct supervision of the Fellowship Director or Associate Fellowship Director in at least five of the eight categories identified in the Procedure Table.
  • The Fellow must receive didactic and clinical instruction in all areas of the curriculum.
  • The Fellow must be exposed to experiences designed to augment training: writing and reviewing clinical manuscripts, attending local and national conferences, presenting at clinical conferences and teaching residents.

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This year has been absolutely outstanding and far exceeded any of my expectations. From my attendings, to the daily patient care opportunities, to the staff I worked side-by-side with daily, everything was absolutely perfect. This was the most important year of my training thus far and integral to my future career as an academic cosmetic dermatologist. SCP has every laser, a robust patient population with different presentations of similar disease processes and different Fitzpatrick skin types, the opportunity for hands on learning and treating patients during the day and after hours, journal club, lectures, and a robust research program. Uniquely this program also offers a robust surgical curriculum, as I was able to further improve my surgical skills under the tutelage of Dr. Rohrer. In my opinion, this program does not have any weaknesses. I am so grateful for this amazing opportunity.”
– Jessica Labadie, MD; 2021-22 Fellow at Skincare Physicians

“I had a great year in a very high-volume cosmetic practice which allowed me to have exceptional hands-on training in the breadth of cosmetic procedures. I feel very confident to practice on my own as a result of the high volume and the hands approach taken during this fellowship. I enjoyed creating a relationship with a mentor who has 30 years of experience in cosmetic surgery.”
– Rohini Shantharam, MD; 2021-22 Fellow at Behr Laser & Skin Care Center

“Appreciated the diversity of this combined Mohs and cosmetics fellowship and the opportunity to perform so many scar revisions and various other cosmetic procedures. This practice has so many devices, it was really a playground for the motivated fellow. The very experienced and well-respected Dr. Goldberg and his staff of physicians and PAs proved to be an incredible resource.”
– Jack Levy, MD; 2021-22 Fellow at Skin Laser and Surgery Specialists of NY & NJ

“I had an amazing experience at MGH and The Wellman Center for Photomedicine. I am graduating not only with a firm grasp of lasers and cosmetics and their clinical use but also with a deep understanding of the science and technology that underlies lasers and light-based devices. I am a better clinician, proceduralist and research scientist because of this fellowship!”
– Patricia Richey, MD; 2021-22 Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital Dermatology Laser and Cosmetic Center

“The ASDS Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology is extremely comprehensive and all fellows who train here will leave being experts in cosmetic dermatologic surgery. The fellowship year was superb.”
– Jameson Loyal, MD; 2021-22 Fellow at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology