Contemporary Mohs Micrographic Surgery Histologic Preparation Methods, Laboratory-Assistive Personnel Training, and Practice Setting - A Survey Study

Lisa Ishii*, Ashish Arshanapalli, David Surprenant, Jeave Reserva, Lauren Moy, Brendan Martin, Cindy Krol, Linda Cesario, Murad Alam, Rebecca Tung

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Abstract

BACKGROUNDThe Mohs histotechnologist (MH) performs tissue preparation, sectioning, and staining, which are critical tasks in ensuring a successful Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS).OBJECTIVETo assess current norms in MH training, practice setting, and utilization of specific histologic techniques.MATERIALS AND METHODSA 16-question survey was created and distributed using Survey Monkey to all members of the American Society for Mohs Histotechnology.RESULTSResponse rate was 30%. Most MHs received on-the-job training from other MHs or the Mohs surgeon. Mohs histotechnologists largely performed tasks related to tissue processing while Mohs surgeons generally illustrated the Mohs layer map. Automated routine staining was used in most laboratory tests, and laboratory tests used similar staining techniques. Most respondents worked in private offices verses academic centers. Total staining time was significantly longer at academic medical centers versus private offices (7 vs 5 minutes, p =.01).CONCLUSIONThese findings provide an updated profile of current laboratory training and tissue preparation techniques at MMS practices across the country. Understanding the roles of the MH in laboratory functioning may help laboratories adopt best practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)768-771
Number of pages4
JournalDermatologic Surgery
Volume45
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Dermatology

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