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The ASMH leadership understands the importance of professional collaboration and the benefits of continuing education throughout the careers of our members. The commitment is both evident in the session programming that is available at the Annual Meeting.

The ASMH Annual Meeting is held each year concurrently with the American College of Mohs Surgery Annual Meeting. Technicians, surgeons and other Mohs staff join each other for educational programming, networking and social events.

The National Society for Histotechnology (NSH) has approved many sessions for Continuing Education Credit - check the Annual Meeting program for additional information, or visit ce.nsh.org to access the contact hour portal.

To view the on-demand content, click the links in the schedule below. Please log in using the code emailed to you. If your email and code match your registration, a JOIN NOW button will appear.

Links to complete your evaluations are also linked below in the schedule. Attendees will need to complete an evaluation for each topic during the General Session, as well as one for each workshop attended, in order to receive Continuing Education credits. 

Conference Schedule

Thursday, May 6

9:00 – 10:30 am CDT - Optional Workshop - Beginner Tissue Processing


Lindsey E. Riggs, HTL; Jeanie Wade, HT (ASCP)

90 minutes

An overview of basic techniques utilized in Mohs tissue processing. Topics covered in this session will include mapping, color coded ink margins, basic relax cuts and scoring, and an overview of different embedding options including the reverse slide mount, heat extractor, cryoembedder, and embedding well/bar (the one represented in this session will be the reverse slide mount method). Embedding instruction for "Whole Mount" and "Bi-Sected/Multi-Sected" specimens, simple wedge specimen and cartilage will also be covered. Presenters will provide technical cryostat information including proper adjustment of the anti-roll plate, brush techniques, and routine troubleshooting tips.

Lindsey E. Riggs, HTL

Lindsey Riggs, HTL is from Greenville, North Carolina and has been employed by Eastern Dermatology & Pathology for the past 14 years. Before moving to Greenville, she completed the Histotechnology program at the Medical University of South Carolina (2006 to 2007) and has been a member of the ASMH since 2009. She has served on several committees for a number of years and as a Director from 2018 to 2020. She is now serving as the Vice President of the society. Lindsey is a strong advocate for the ASMH and in supporting its growth. She is always willing to go the extra mile to help other members to succeed in their careers.

Jeanie Wade, HT (ASCP)

Jeanie Wade, HT (ASCP) is from Tyler, TX and is employed by US Dermatology Partners of Tyler. Jeanie has been an ASMH member in good standing since 2001. Over the years, Jeanie has served on many ASMH committees, served one term as an ASMH Director (2008-2011), two consecutive terms as ASMH President (2012-2014 / 2014-2016), followed by ASMH Past President (2016-2018). Jeanie is an advocate for the ASMH and encourages other ASMH Society members to "Be the Difference".

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1:30 – 2:30 pm CDT  - Roundtables (Optional, no CEU offered)





2:30 – 4:00 pm CDT - General Session 1 (1.5 CEU)


2:30 pm Welcome and Opening Remarks Daniel H. Gong, MS, MSO, C-PM

Daniel H. Gong, MS, MSO, C-PM

Daniel Gong is the Clinical Service/Laboratory Manager for the UC Davis Dermatopathology Services/Mohs Laboratories. He has more than 27 years of clinical and research experience stemming from his work at UC Davis Health System and University of the Pacific, where he received his master’s degree in Biological Science. Daniel is the current ASMH President, the Mohs Technician Training Program Committee Co-Chair, and holds a certification in Practice Management by the American Pathology Foundation. He is also a lecturer/course faculty for the Annual Fundamentals of Mohs Surgery Course and Clinical Symposium in Dermatologic Surgery: Focus on Skin Cancer. His technical areas of expertise include setup and maintenance of Mohs tissue processing, and paraffin, CLIA/CAP regulations and frozen section immunohistochemistry including direct immunofluorescence, and previously serving as a slide reviewer on the ACMS Slide Quality Review Committee.

2:30 – 3:30 pm Technical Tips and Tricks Rodney K. Barber; Melinda M. Chow, MS, HT (ASCP)cm; Marilyn McCulloch, CLT; William H. Phillips; Robert Tagliaferro, HT (ASCP)cm

60 minutes

A panel highlighting topics featured in recent ASMH newsletter articles. Information covered will include the reverse embedding technique, flip embedding, the brush technique, the use of liquid nitrogen in coverslip removal, and the use of commonly-found items in the lab to produce a heat extractor for use in the cryostat.

Rodney K. Barber

Rodney is a Histotechnologist currently working at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor, MI. He has been a member of the ASMH since 2009, served on the Board of Directors, and served as Secretary-Treasurer until 2019. He has worked in the field of Histology since 2004 and Mohs since 2008.

Melinda M. Chow, MS, HT (ASCP)cm

Melinda is an ASCP-certified Histotech working in the Mohs Lab at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Basking Ridge, New Jersey for the last 10 years. Prior to this, she worked at different capacities in research, clinical, academia and R & D for pharmaceutical companies. Melinda enjoys giving talks, webinars and conducting workshops for the American Society of Mohs Histotechnology and the National Society of Histotechnology. She is currently a Board member for ASMH and a frequent contributor to the ASMH Newsletter.

Marilyn McCulloch, CLT

Marilyn McCulloch, CLT is a New York State-Licensed and Certified Clinical Laboratory Lead Technician who works at Columbia University Medical Center/NY Presbyterian Hospital, for over 20 years. Marilyn is a trainer ASMH's Mohs Technician Training Program and regularly participates in ASMH's Annual Meeting workshops. She served on the ASMH Board of Directors and is a contributor to the Manual of Frozen Section Processing for Mohs Micrographic Surgery, 2008. She is also an active member of the NSH.

William H. Phillips

Bill Phillips is the senior Mohs technician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He has worked in Mohs since 2000.

Robert Tagliaferro, HT (ASCP)cm

Robert is a Mohs technician from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and an ASCP-certified histologist with 16 years of Mohs histology experience. He has been an ASMH member since 2007 and a member of ASMH's Annual Meeting Program Committee for many years. Robert is also the first recipient of ASMH's Distinguished Service Award.

3:30 – 4:00 pm Improving Wisely John G. Albertini, MD, FACMS

30 minutes

Improving Wisely is a collaborative research project between Johns Hopkins and the American College of Mohs Surgery designed to develop meaningful quality benchmarks, analyze individual and peer group data, and provide confidential collegial feedback that can reduce unnecessary variations in care and improve the safety, quality and value of Mohs surgery. Mohs layers per case was the seminal quality benchmark defined and reported. Since annual notification of all ACMS members began in 2017, significant reductions in outlier practice patterns have resulted in fewer unnecessary Mohs stages and >$20M in savings to the health care system. Mohs histotechnologists play a critical role in this ongoing success given their strong influence on the provision of high quality slides allowing for true Mohs surgical margin assessment.

John G. Albertini, MD, FACMS

Dr. John Albertini practices Mohs surgery at The Skin Surgery Center in Winston Salem and Greensboro NC. He has previously served as President of North Carolina Dermatology Association, President of the American College of Mohs Surgery and as a Mohs fellowship training program director. While ACMS President in 2015, he founded and Chairs the Improving Wisely committee, which has published two articles in JAMA Dermatology in 2017 and 2019 demonstrating the effectiveness of the program.

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4:00 – 4:15 pm CDT - Break





4:15 – 6:00 pm CDT - General Session 2 (1.75 CEU)


4:15 – 4:45 pm Basic Reading of Mohs Slides Jill McKenzie, MD, FACMS

30 minutes

The session will cover how a Mohs surgeon evaluates a Mohs slide and makes a diagnosis. The most common diagnoses seen will be discussed including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma in situ.

Jill McKenzie, MD, FACMS

Dr. Jill McKenzie completed her dermatology residency and Mohs fellowship at the University of Washington. She has been in private practice happily performing primarily Mohs surgery in Arizona for 10 years.

4:45 – 5:30 pm Panel: How COVID-19 has Changed Clinic Practice in Mohs Surgery

Norma H. Anderson, HT (ASCP); Toni Cluphf; Nicole Travis; Dawn B. Willett

Thursday, May 6, 4:45-5:30 pm

45 minutes

Each panelist will give a 7-minute presentation on how COVID-19 has changed clinic practice in their employer's practice setting. Following the four presentations, there will be 15 minutes allowed for questions and interaction.

Norma L. Anderson, HT (ASCP)

Norma has more than 35 years of experience in histology procedures, 30 of those years at at the University of Washington in Seattle. Anderson has worked as a Histotechnologist in the Dermatologic Mohs Surgery Lab at UW since 2004 and has been an American College of Mohs Surgery approved trainer since 2009. She also serves as a slide reviewer on the ACMS Slide Quality Review Committee.

Toni Cluphf

Toni has been a Mohs technician at The Everett Clinic in Everett, WA for 15 years with Dr. Gail de Imus. She has been a Medical Assistant since 1995 and was trained as a Mohs technician in 2006. She has been a member of the ASMH since 2007.

Nicole Travis

Nicole Travis has over 15 years experience working as a Mohs Technician. She became a Histology Technician while working at UWMC in Seattle with Norma Anderson. In 2010 Nicole received an ASMH Certificate of Completion for Mohs Training . For the past ten years, she has worked with various Mohs Surgeons and currently works for a wonderful team at North Sound

Dawn B. Willett

Dawn has 22 years of experience in Mohs surgery and dermatology. She is a Certified Dermatology Technician and has worked as a Mohs Hstology Tech and lab manager at Total Skin & Beauty Dermatology Center in Birmingham Alabama since 2003.

5:30 – 6:00 pm Don’t believe everything you see: Artifacts, Mimickers, and Challenges in Frozen Sections Valencia D. Thomas, MD, FACMS

Valencia D. Thomas, MD, FACMS

Thursday, May 6, 5:30-6:00 pm

30 minutes

High-quality sections are at the core of Mohs surgery. In this session, we will discuss common challenges and fixes in the analysis of H&E-stained frozen sections. We will discuss histologic artifacts, mimickers and when to send blocks for formalin fixation.

Valencia D. Thomas, MD, FACMS

Valencia Thomas, M.D., is a Professor at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the UT Houston McGovern School of Medicine in the Department of Dermatology. She is the Center Medical Director of Mohs Surgery at MD Anderson as well and she works as a dermatopathologist at the University of Texas at Houston McGovern School of Medicine.

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9:00 – 10:30 am CDT - Optional Workshop - Relaxing Tissue and the Slide Method


Norma L. Anderson, HT (ASCP)

90 minutes

This workshop will focus on relaxing tissue in preparation for embedding using the Slide Method. A Power Point Presentation including videos demonstrating relaxing techniques and several variations utilizing the Slide Method will be shown.

Norma L. Anderson, HT (ASCP)

Norma has more than 35 years of experience in histology procedures, 30 of those years at at the University of Washington in Seattle. Anderson has worked as a Histotechnologist in the Dermatologic Mohs Surgery Lab at UW since 2004 and has been an American College of Mohs Surgery approved trainer since 2009. She also serves as a slide reviewer on the ACMS Slide Quality Review Committee.

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9:00 – 10:30 am CDT - Optional Workshop - Organizational Leadership


Billy Parsons, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

90 minutes

There are definitive differences between leaders and managers. In this workshop we will explore the primary characteristics of each, define what it means to be a true leader, and discuss the many tools used by leaders to develop credibility and build loyalty.

Billy Parsons, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Billy is the Chief People Officer providing strategic guidance to the following departments: Human Resources (HR), Credentialing & Enrollment (C&E), and the Home Office Support Team (HOST). Billy has more than 20 years of experience in both HR and Operations. He has a diverse professional background which includes building three HR functions from the ground up for multi-locational organizations, being the Chief Operating Officer for an acute care hospital, and providing corporate instruction as a certified Microsoft Office Master Instructor. He has worked for Fortune 500 companies as well as regional healthcare organizations. He earned his Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification in 2011 and completed his MBA degree in 2015. Billy joined U.S. Dermatology Partners in February of 2016 as its first vice president. He enjoys spending time with his family (wife & two daughters), building custom PC rigs with his youngest daughter, and staying fit.

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11:00 am – 12:30 pm CDT - Optional Workshop - The Basics of Immunohistochemistry on Mohs Sections


Sakina A. Sadiq, BS, HT, HTL, QIHC

90 minutes/1.5 CEU

A demonstration by the presenter to provide the Mohs tech with a visual of step-by-step IHC staining. This basic introduction will include a discussion of the commonly used antibodies, names and classification of reagents and a recommended staining protocol.

Sakina A. Sadiq, BS, HT, HTL, QIHC

Sakina is a seasoned HT(ASCP) QIHC technician with experience in clinical, research and education. She is currently enjoying her passion for troubleshooting as a technical support specialist in the industry.

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11:00 am – 1:30 pm CDT - Optional Workshop -  CLIA: What You Need to Know


Camille J. McKay, M.Ed, BSHCA, HTL, CLT; Robert Tagliaferro, HT (ASCP)cm

2-1/2 hours

This workshop will offer a comprehensive discussion and open forum on CLIA compliance, regulatory requirements for the Mohs laboratory. Bring your procedure manual questions with you to this workshop.

Camille J. McKay, M.Ed, BSHCA, HTL, CLT

Camille McKay, M.Ed, BSHCA, HTL, CLT is the Regional Pathology Manager at Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK). She has worked within the pathology/Mohs field for more than 30 years. Throughout her career, she has enjoyed giving back to a profession that has been very good to her and has mentored many people to either enter this field or helped them with their journey as a Mohs technician. Camille recently obtained her Master's in Education and hopes to train and educate people about Mohs surgery. She is currently the ASMH Secretary-Treasurer and also sits on the board for Goodwin College.

Robert Tagliaferro, HT (ASCP)cm

Robert is a Mohs technician from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and an ASCP-certified histologist with 16 years of Mohs histology experience. He has been an ASMH member since 2007 and a member of ASMH's Annual Meeting Program Committee for many years. Robert is also the first recipient of ASMH's Distinguished Service Award.

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11:00 am – 1:30 pm CDT - Optional Workshop -  The A to Z of Mohs Procedures: Technical Guidance on Potential Pitfalls


Guy E. Orchard, PhD, MSc, FIBMS; Mohammad Shams

2-1/2 hours

This workshop will focus on debate and discussion of participants' Mohs technical problems, along with suggested remedies. A presentation encompassing all the steps in Mohs procedures from A to Z and how best to troubleshoot issues that may arise.

Guy E. Orchard, PhD, MSc, FIBMS

Guy is Head of Dermatopathology and Mohs Laboratories, Head of Education and Training at Viapath Analytics, Tissue Sciences, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals, London. He completed his Fellowship to the Institute of Biomedical Science in Cellular Pathology in 1990, having gained the highest pass in the UK across all disciplines and being awarded the R.J Lavington Prize. Guy completed his Master’s in immunology at Surrey University, gaining a distinction in 1995 and achieved his PhD in 2010. He has worked at St. John’s for nearly his entire working career, which now spans over 30 years’ service. Guy received chartered scientist recognition in 2005. He was also recently awarded Biomedical Scientist of the Year 2020 by the UK Advancing Health Care Awards Committee.

Mohammad Shams (Behzad); Bsc, Msc,(Biomedical science)

Behzad is a Senior Biomedical Scientist providing services for the dermatopathology laboratory at St. Thomas’s Hospital, St. John’s Institute of Dermatology in London, England. He is the appointed Vice President of the British Society of Mohs Histologists and co-author of a recent article, “Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans: dealing with slow Mohs procedures employing formalin-fixed, paraffin wax-embedded tissue in a busy diagnostic laboratory, along with Dr. Guy Orchard.” Behzad lectures and provides training courses in Mohs surgery throughout the world. He completed his Master’s in Biomedical Science at London University of Surrey.

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Friday, May 7

10:45 am – 12:15 pm CDT - General Session 3 (1.5 CEU)


10:45 – 11:15 am “TBD” Paul H. Bowman, MD, FACMS

30 minutes

Clear and concise communication is at the core of what we do. Between the surgeon, the histotech, the patient, and the rest of the team. We will briefly explore the myriad of ways a piece of data can be miscommunicated, and how to avoid them.

Paul H. Bowman, MD, FACMS

Dr. Bowman is a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs micrographic surgeon. He was born in Naperville, Illinois and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1991, he continued at UNC-CH Medical School, receiving his M.D. degree in 1995. He completed two years of internal medicine residency at the University of Florida in Gainesville, and a one-year clinical dermatology fellowship at Louisiana State University Medical Center. He then went on to the University of California at San Francisco to serve a one-year fellowship in phototherapy (ultraviolet light therapy of the skin), followed by a three-year dermatology residency at the Medical College of Georgia. This included one year as chief resident, after which he was awarded the MCG excellence in teaching award for 2000. He also became interested in medical research during this time, and since 1998 has participated in 14 research studies as principal investigator or investigator in psoriasis, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. He then joined the faculty of Saint Louis University and later received the Resident Teacher of the year award for 2003. To pursue further training in dermatologic surgery, he completed a one-year fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery at Saint Louis University, and has since performed several thousand cases. He enjoys travel, writing, and public speaking, and has lectured at regional, national, and international dermatology and dermatologic surgery conferences about the treatment of skin cancer and surgical reconstruction. During medical school he was awarded a grant by the National Institute of Health to spend several months in Chile to study their system of health care, and also completed a two-month rotation at the Toowoomba Base Hospital in Australia. During dermatology residency he received a scholarship to tour the dermatology residency programs of Scotland, and since returned there to present scientific papers and join the Scottish Dermatologic Society. He also enjoys writing, and has produced 24 publications in medical journals, 5 textbook chapters, and one training manual on topics including phototherapy, cosmetic dermatology, skin cancer, Mohs micrographic surgery, and surgical reconstruction.

11:15 – 11:45 am Artifacts in Mohs- Distinguishing ‘The Good From the Bad From the Ugly’ Guy E. Orchard, PhD, MSc, FIBMS

30 minutes

An outline of the myriad of artifacts seen in Mohs histological sections will be given with pointers on how to recognize them and how to trouble shoot the associated problems.

Guy E. Orchard, PhD, MSc, FIBMS

Guy is Head of Dermatopathology and Mohs Laboratories, Head of Education and Training at Viapath Analytics, Tissue Sciences, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals, London. He completed his Fellowship to the Institute of Biomedical Science in Cellular Pathology in 1990, having gained the highest pass in the UK across all disciplines and being awarded the R.J Lavington Prize. Guy completed his Master’s in immunology at Surrey University, gaining a distinction in 1995 and achieved his PhD in 2010. He has worked at St. John’s for nearly his entire working career, which now spans over 30 years’ service. Guy received chartered scientist recognition in 2005. He was also recently awarded Biomedical Scientist of the Year 2020 by the UK Advancing Health Care Awards Committee.

11:45 am – 12:15 pm Practice Efficiency in the Mohs Lab Jeremy Kampp, MD, FACMS

30 minutes

This session will provide a review of practice pearls that enable safe, effective and efficient patient care during Mohs surgery.

Jeremy Kampp, MD, FACMS

Dr. Kampp is Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology and Director of Dermatologic Surgery at the University of Washington.

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12:15 – 12:30 pm CDT - Break





12:30 – 2:00 pm CDT - General Session 4 (1.5 CEU)


12:30 – 1:00 pm Treatment Options When Mohs Is Not an Option, Multidisciplinary Tumor Boards and Longitudinal Care Bryan T. Carroll, MD, PhD, FACMS

30 minutes

While surgery offers the highest cure rates for local skin cancers, metastatic disease requires collaborative treatment plans. This session will introduce the roles and interventions of multidisciplinary tumor boards for advanced skin cancers.

Bryan T. Carroll, MD, PhD, FACMS

Dr. Carroll is a Mohs surgeon and associate professor of Dermatology at University Hospitals of Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University. He is also adjunct professor of pharmacology at the University of Pittsburgh.

1:00 – 2:00 pm Employee Engagement Billy Parsons, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

60 minutes

In this session we will explore how to drive employee engagement, explain what that truly means, and provide guidance on how to ensure that it is valued by both manager and employee alike. We will also explain the importance of engagement in the performance management relationship and how it can drive better results for the organization.

Billy Parsons, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Billy is the Chief People Officer providing strategic guidance to the following departments: Human Resources (HR), Credentialing & Enrollment (C&E), and the Home Office Support Team (HOST). Billy has more than 20 years of experience in both HR and Operations. He has a diverse professional background which includes building three HR functions from the ground up for multi-locational organizations, being the Chief Operating Officer for an acute care hospital, and providing corporate instruction as a certified Microsoft Office Master Instructor. He has worked for Fortune 500 companies as well as regional healthcare organizations. He earned his Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification in 2011 and completed his MBA degree in 2015. Billy joined U.S. Dermatology Partners in February of 2016 as its first vice president. He enjoys spending time with his family (wife & two daughters), building custom PC rigs with his youngest daughter, and staying fit.

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3:00 – 4:45 pm CDT - General Session 5 (1.75 CEU)


3:00 – 3:45 pm Embedding Panel Rodney K. Barber, Daniel H. Gong, MS, MSO, C-PM, Marilyn McCulloch, CLT; Kathryn R. Miller

45 minutes

Are you interested in learning more about different methods for embedding Mohs specimens? Each panel member will review and show you common embedding methods currently used in today’s Mohs laboratory with some solutions for your embedding dilemmas. Lastly, time will be allocated for questions and answers.

Rodney K. Barber

Rodney is a Histotechnologist currently working at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor, MI. He has been a member of the ASMH since 2009, served on the Board of Directors, and served as Secretary-Treasurer until 2019. He has worked in the field of Histology since 2004 and Mohs since 2008

Daniel H. Gong, MS, MSO, C-PM

Daniel Gong is the Clinical Service/Laboratory Manager for the UC Davis Dermatopathology Services/Mohs Laboratories. He has more than 27 years of clinical and research experience stemming from his work at UC Davis Health System and University of the Pacific, where he received his master’s degree in Biological Science. Daniel is the current ASMH President, the Mohs Technician Training Program Committee Co-Chair, and holds a certification in Practice Management by the American Pathology Foundation. He is also a lecturer/course faculty for the Annual Fundamentals of Mohs Surgery Course and Clinical Symposium in Dermatologic Surgery: Focus on Skin Cancer. His technical areas of expertise include setup and maintenance of Mohs tissue processing, and paraffin, CLIA/CAP regulations and frozen section immunohistochemistry including direct immunofluorescence, and previously serving as a slide reviewer on the ACMS Slide Quality Review Committee.

Marilyn McCulloch, CLT

Marilyn McCulloch, CLT is a New York State-Licensed and Certified Clinical Laboratory Lead Technician who works at Columbia University Medical Center/NY Presbyterian Hospital, for over 20 years. Marilyn is a trainer ASMH's Mohs Technician Training Program and regularly participates in ASMH's Annual Meeting workshops. She served on the ASMH Board of Directors and is a contributor to the Manual of Frozen Section Processing for Mohs Micrographic Surgery, 2008. She is also an active member of the NSH.

Kathryn R. Miller

Katie Miller has been a Mohs technician for 12 years. She trained and worked in Southern California before moving to the Seattle area, where she joined the Mohs lab at UW in 2014.

3:45 – 4:15 pm A Day in the Life of a Mohs Tech Kathryn R. Miller

30 minutes

“A Day in the Life of a Mohs Tech” will show you a glimpse inside a typical day in a Mohs lab from set up to lights off and everything in-between.

Kathryn R. Miller

Katie Miller has been a Mohs technician for 12 years. She trained and worked in Southern California before moving to the Seattle area, where she joined the Mohs lab at UW in 2014.

4:15 – 4:45 pm Mentorship: One Manager’s Passion or Necessity Camille J. McKay, M.Ed, BSHCA, HTL, CLT

30 minutes

Recruiting qualified professional Mohs staff is an arduous task. Once recruited, hospitals have trouble retaining their professional staff. Throughout the entire health-care profession, professionals are aging out and retiring and there is a struggle within the health-care system to find professional replacements. As a health-care manager, I designed a pilot program to lead a team of Mohs technicians to mentor new staff, while collaborating and communicating with our doctors. The plan was to provide a curriculum as a facilitator to the mentor/coach and guide them on how to effectively collaborate with their mentee while teaching them the skills of becoming a Mohs technician. Utililizing both in-house tools and encouraging staff to attend ASMH conferences and training session can help create a well-rounded Mohs technician.

Camille J. McKay, M.Ed, BSHCA, HTL, CLT

Camille McKay, M.Ed, BSHCA, HTL, CLT is the Regional Pathology Manager at Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK). She has worked within the pathology/Mohs field for more than 30 years. Throughout her career, she has enjoyed giving back to a profession that has been very good to her and has mentored many people to either enter this field or helped them with their journey as a Mohs technician. Camille recently obtained her Master's in Education and hopes to train and educate people about Mohs surgery. She is currently the ASMH Secretary-Treasurer and also sits on the board for Goodwin College.

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5:00 – 6:30 pm CDT - Networking Event – Virtual Exhibit Hall


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9:00 – 10:30 am CDT - Optional Workshop - Theory and Procedures for Routine Staining of Mohs Slides


Melinda M. Chow, MS, HT (ASCP)cm

Friday, May 7, 9:00-10:30 am

90 minutes

Hematoxylin and Eosin stain is considered the gold standard which has been used for over a century for the clinical diagnosis in the histopathology laboratory. Since this is the most routine stain, we often overlook the problems associate with it. An overview will be given of the chemistry behind the mechanism of hematoxylin and eosin and how to troubleshoot the common problems associated with this stain. Understanding the causes/complaints of the problems and learn how to correct them will be the main topic of this workshop. The pros and cons of manual vs automated H&E staining and the future of routine staining will also be discussed.

Melinda M. Chow, MS, HT (ASCP)cm

Melinda is an ASCP-certified Histotech working in the Mohs Lab at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Basking Ridge, New Jersey for the last 10 years. Prior to this, she worked at different capacities in research, clinical, academia and R & D for pharmaceutical companies. Melinda enjoys giving talks, webinars and conducting workshops for the American Society of Mohs Histotechnology and the National Society of Histotechnology. She is currently a Board member for ASMH and a frequent contributor to the ASMH Newsletter.

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9:00 – 10:30 am CDT - Optional Workshop - Advanced Tissue Processing


Lindsey E. Riggs, HTL; Jeanie Wade, HT (ASCP)

90 minutes

An in-depth overview of advanced techniques utilized in Mohs tissue processing. Topics covered in this session will include “not your average specimen” mapping, color coded ink margins, strategic relax cuts, and scoring of cartilage and wedge specimens, and achieving a quality representative section of adipose tissue (fat). An overview of different embedding options will be given, including the reverse slide mount, heat extractor, cryoembedder, and embedding well/bar (the reverse slide mount method will be represented in this workshop). Embedding instruction will be given for wedge specimens, cartilage, and "Whole Mount" challenging specimens. Presenters will provide technical cryostat information including proper adjustment of the anti-roll plate, brush techniques, and routine troubleshooting tips.

Lindsey E. Riggs, HTL

Lindsey Riggs, HTL is from Greenville, North Carolina and has been employed by Eastern Dermatology & Pathology for the past 14 years. Before moving to Greenville, she completed the Histotechnology program at the Medical University of South Carolina (2006 to 2007) and has been a member of the ASMH since 2009. She has served on several committees for a number of years and as a Director from 2018 to 2020. She is now serving as the Vice President of the society. Lindsey is a strong advocate for the ASMH and in supporting its growth. She is always willing to go the extra mile to help other members to succeed in their careers.

Jeanie Wade, HT (ASCP)

Jeanie Wade, HT (ASCP) is from Tyler, TX and is employed by US Dermatology Partners of Tyler. Jeanie has been an ASMH member in good standing since 2001. Over the years, Jeanie has served on many ASMH committees, served one term as an ASMH Director (2008-2011), two consecutive terms as ASMH President (2012-2014 / 2014-2016), followed by ASMH Past President (2016-2018). Jeanie is an advocate for the ASMH and encourages other ASMH Society members to "Be the Difference".

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9:00 – 10:30 am CDT - Optional Workshop - Review and Troubleshooting Mohs IHC Stains


Sakina A. Sadiq, BS, HT, HTL, QIHC

90 minutes

This is an interactive workshop dedicated to the Mohs tech that executes the IHC staining protocol. This workshop will review the IHC protocol, with emphasis on critical staining steps, provide troubleshooting techniques and recommendations for resolve. Attendees will also be encouragedto share their successes during the workshop.

Sakina A. Sadiq, BS, HT, HTL, QIHC

Sakina is a seasoned HT(ASCP) QIHC technician with experience in clinical, research and education. She is currently enjoying her passion for troubleshooting as a technical support specialist in the industry.

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2:00 – 3:00 pm Roundtables (Optional, no CEU offered)






Saturday, May 8

10:00 – 11:00 am CDT - ASMH Business Meeting (members only)





11:30 am – 1:30 pm CDT - General Session 6 (2 CEU)


11:30 am – 12:00 pm Regulatory Requirements: Transitioning from CLIA to CAP - Holding Your Laboratory to a Higher Standard Angelic R. Maden, MS, HT (ASCP)cm; Jeanie Wade, HT (ASCP)

30 minutes

This session will provide a brief overview of how good laboratory practices are a part of meeting our regulatory obligations. Similarities and differences of CLIA vs. CAP will be discussed, including an introduction of how to transition from CLIA Compliance to CAP Accreditation.

Angelic R. Maden, MS, HT (ASCP)cm

Angel Maden has almost 13 years’ experience in Mohs working at VCU Health in Richmond VA and Eastern Dermatology in Greenville NC. She has been a member of the Annual Meeting Program Committee for the last three years. Her introduction to histology and microtechnique was in botanical electron microscopy labs and teaching biology and botany as a teaching assistant and adjunct instructor.

Jeanie Wade, HT (ASCP)

Jeanie Wade, HT (ASCP) is from Tyler, TX and is employed by US Dermatology Partners of Tyler. Jeanie has been an ASMH member in good standing since 2001. Over the years, Jeanie has served on many ASMH committees, served one term as an ASMH Director (2008-2011), two consecutive terms as ASMH President (2012-2014 / 2014-2016), followed by ASMH Past President (2016-2018). Jeanie is an advocate for the ASMH and encourages other ASMH Society members to "Be the Difference".

12:00 – 12:30 pm Ergonomics in the Mohs Lab William H. Phillips

30 minutes

Mohs histotechnicians are at high-risk for work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs) due to ergonomic risk factors including repetitive motions, forceful exertions, and fixed postures required for their technical work. Additionally, psychosocial risk factors may exacerbate their risk of injury. In 2020 we surveyed members of the ASMH to ask about their workstyle habits, musculoskeletal pain, and lab environment. In this presentation we analyze the survey findings and suggest ergonomic improvements which might decrease the severity and prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders in the Mohs lab.

Mario Maruthur, MD

Mario Maruthur is a Mohs Micrographic Surgery fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and completed a dermatology residency at Emory University.

William H. Phillips

Bill Phillips is the senior Mohs technician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He has worked in Mohs since 2000.

12:30 – 1:00 pm Achieving ASCP Certification Robin M. Seaver, MLT/HT (ASCP)cm; Jeanie Wade, HT (ASCP)

30 minutes

Discover university educational programs for histotechnology. Does your current degree qualify for on-the-job training to achieve your HT or HTL (ASCP) Certification? Gaining access to HT and HTL (ASCP) test simulators as you prepare to acquire your HT or HTL (ASCP) certification will be discussed.

Robin M. Seaver, MLT/HT (ASCP)cm

Robin Seaver, HT, MLT(ASCPCM) is from Quincy, IL where she works as a Mohs Histotechnician at Quincy Medical Group. Robin served on the Board of Directors of ASMH. Robin also has her bachelor's degree in Organizational Management. Robin loves the opportunities ASMH provides in continuing education and gaining insight from peers.

Jeanie Wade, HT (ASCP)

Jeanie Wade, HT (ASCP) is from Tyler, TX and is employed by US Dermatology Partners of Tyler. Jeanie has been an ASMH member in good standing since 2001. Over the years, Jeanie has served on many ASMH committees, served one term as an ASMH Director (2008-2011), two consecutive terms as ASMH President (2012-2014 / 2014-2016), followed by ASMH Past President (2016-2018). Jeanie is an advocate for the ASMH and encourages other ASMH Society members to "Be the Difference".

1:00 – 1:30 pm Staining 101 Gil Genna Manuel; Brandon W. Possum

30 minutes

The foundation of the H&E staining process used at at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's Koch Center Mohs lab will be presented, along with information on the types of reagents used, the flow of the automated staining setup and quality control methods in practice.

Gil Genna Manuel

Genna is a graduate of the Goodwin College Histology Program and is ASCP-certified. She has worked as a Mohs tech for Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City for 4 years.

Brandon W. Possum

Brandon is a graduate of the Goodwin College Histology Program and is ASCP-certified. He has worked as a Mohs tech for Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City for 4 years.

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1:30 – 2:30 pm CDT - Roundtables (Optional, no CEU offered)





2:30 – 4:30 pm CDT - General Session 7 (2 CEU)


2:30 – 3:00 pm How COVID-19 has Affected the Inspection Process Camille J. McKay, M.Ed, BSHCA, HTL, CLT

30 minutes

During the pandemic, managing both Mohs and pathology laboratories were a challenge. We needed to keep staff busy and also keep the labs up to date with compliance and regulations. Inspections were to be done virtually and during 2020 into 2021 the laboratories were inspected seven times, some of the inspections were completed virtually and others were done in person. Trying to maintain social distancing was a bit challenging and opened a new door up to do inspections with the surveyor using online documentation and not handing the surveyors QC's and manuals. I will share with the attendees some "tips" to stay compliant at all times.

Camille J. McKay, M.Ed, BSHCA, HTL, CLT

Camille McKay, M.Ed, BSHCA, HTL, CLT is the Regional Pathology Manager at Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK). She has worked within the pathology/Mohs field for more than 30 years. Throughout her career, she has enjoyed giving back to a profession that has been very good to her and has mentored many people to either enter this field or helped them with their journey as a Mohs technician. Camille recently obtained her Master's in Education and hopes to train and educate people about Mohs surgery. She is currently the ASMH Secretary-Treasurer and also sits on the board for Goodwin College.

3:00 – 3:30 pm When to Speak Up - Communicating with your Surgeon and Surgical Team Robin M. Seaver, MLT/HT (ASCP)cm 30 minutes

Communication is key to quality patient care. Providing positive, as well as negative, feedback is essential in providing safe, excellent patient care. Everyone makes mistakes. Communicating those mistakes with your surgical staff and surgeon are of utmost importance in providing quality care to your patients. The ability to discuss issues with your surgeon and all staff leads to improvement in care, and the prevention of making the same mistake again.

Robin M. Seaver, MLT/HT (ASCP)cm

Robin Seaver, HT, MLT(ASCPCM) is from Quincy, IL where she works as a Mohs Histotechnician at Quincy Medical Group. Robin served on the Board of Directors of ASMH. Robin also has her bachelor's degree in Organizational Management. Robin loves the opportunities ASMH provides in continuing education and gaining insight from peers.

3:30 – 4:00 pm Mart-I for Rapid Staining Kelly Griffith-Bauer, MD

30 minutes

What is Mart-I, how and when it is used in Mohs surgery, and pitfalls in the staining process will be discussed from a surgeon's perspective.

Kelly Griffith-Bauer, MD

Kelly Griffith-Bauer, MD is a Mohs surgeon with The Polyclinic in Seattle, WA and is a clinical faculty member of the University of Washington.

4:00 – 4:30 pm Approach to Defects After Mohs Surgery Daniel Berg, MD, FACMS

30 minutes

In this presentation we will discuss principles of repairs of defects after Mohs surgery including second intention healing, primary closure flaps and grafts.

Daniel Berg, MD, FACMS

Dr. Berg is a Mohs surgeon in private practice in Seattle. He is former director of the dermatologic surgery program and currently a clinical professor at University of Washington.

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4:30 pm CDT - Meeting Adjourned