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Archives CME
April 2002

Archives of Surgery Reader's Choice: Continuing Medical Education

Author Affiliations


Arch Surg. 2002;137(4):496-497. doi:10.1001/archsurg.137.4.496
Physicians in the United States, Canada, and Mexico

Physicians with current and valid licenses in the United States, Canada, or Mexico who read any 3 of the selected continuing medical education (CME) articles in this issue of Archives of Surgery, complete the CME Evaluation Form, and fax it to the number or mail it to the address at the bottom of the CME Evaluation Form are eligible for Category 1 CME credit. There is no charge.

The American Medical Association (AMA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this educational activity for up to 1 hour of Category 1 credit per Archives of Surgery issue toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award (PRA). Each physician should claim only those hours of credit that were actually spent in the educational activity.

Physicians in Other Countries

Physicians with current and valid licenses in the United States, Mexico, or Canada are eligible for CME credit even if they live or practice in other countries. Physicians licensed in other countries are also welcome to participate in this CME activity. However, the PRA is only available to physicians licensed in the United States, Canada, or Mexico.

Earning Credit

To earn credit, read the articles designated for CME credit carefully and complete the CME Evaluation Form. The CME Evaluation Form must be submitted within 3 months of the issue date. A certificate awarding 1 hour of Category 1CME credit will be faxed or mailed to you; it is then your responsibility to maintain a record of credit received. Questions about CME credit processing should be directed to The Blackstone Group; tel: (312) 419-0400, ext 225; fax: (312) 269-1636.

CME Evaluation Form

One of our goals is to assess continually the educational needs of our readers so we may enhance the educational effectiveness of the Archives of Surgery. To achieve this goal, we need your help. You must complete the CME Evaluation Form to receive credit.

Statement of Educational Purpose

The mission of the Archives of Surgery is to promote the art and science of surgery by publishing relevant peer-reviewed clinical and basic science information to assist the surgeon in optimizing patient care. The Archives of Surgery will also serve as a forum for the discussion of issues that involve ethics, teaching, surgical history, and socioeconomic concerns. The curriculum of the CME activities will be developed by the Archives of Surgery Board, its readership, reviewers, and editors. The Archives of Surgery Reader's Choice CME activity allows readers, as adult learners, to determine their own educational needs and to assist the editors in addressing their needs in future issues.

Readers of the Archives of Surgery should be able to attain the following educational objectives: (1) acquire new information developed from surgical research, both clinical and basic science; (2) be appraised of the latest advances in surgery; (3) assess the relevance of these new developments; (4) assist in the development of diagnostic and therapeutic skills in controversial areas; and (5) develop an appreciation of historical developments within the discipline.

CME Articles in This Issue of Archives of Surgery

The following articles in this issue may be read for CME credit:

Late Outcomes After Laparoscopic Surgery for Gastroesophageal RefluxArticle

Educational Objective: To present long-term results of laparoscopic surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Lack of Association of Diabetes With Increased Postoperative Mortality and Cardiac MorbidityArticle

Educational Objective: To demonstrate that diabetes alone does not confer a higher mortality or cardiac morbidity with major vascular procedures.

Hepatic Radiofrequency AblationArticle

Educational Objective: To forward the concept of hepatic radiofrequency ablation as an effective means of treating patients with unresectable hepatic malignancies.

Operative Technique, Paraplegia, and Mortality After Blunt Traumatic Aortic InjuryArticle

Educational Objective: To further the concept of mechanical circulatory support with distal aortic perfusion as an aid in dealing with blunt traumatic aortic injury.

Abnormal Motility in Patients With Ulcerative ColitisArticle

Educational Objective: To stress the potential role of IL-1β in the impaired contraction of colonic muscle in ulcerative colitis.

Preoperative Staging of Rectal Cancer Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging With External Phase-Arrayed CoilsArticle

Educational Objective: To evaluate the use of MRI with external phase-arrayed coils in the preoperative rectal cancer staging.

The Use of Readily Available Equipment in a Simple Method for Intraoperative Monitoring of Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve Function During Thyroid SurgeryArticle

Educational Objective: To familiarize readers with a new, readily available technique of intraoperative recurrent laryngeal nerve monitoring during thyroid surgery.

Prognostic Value of Cytologic Examination of Peritoneal Washings in Pancreatic CancerArticle

Educational Objective: To prognosticate the importance of positive peritoneal cytology from washings in patients with various stages of pancreatic cancer.