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 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.
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 4 weeks of the issue date. A certificate awarding 1 hour of Category 1 CME credit will be faxed or mailed to you; it is then your responsibility to maintain a record of credit received. Questions about CME processing should be directed to The Blackstone Group; fax: (312) 269-1636.
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.
For a complete description of the ARCHIVES' mission statement, please refer to the table of contents.
A flexible curriculum of article topics is developed annually by the journal's editorial board and is then supplemented throughout the year with information gained from readers, authors, reviewers, and editors. The 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) select and read at least 3 articles per issue to gain new medical information on topics of particular interest to them as physicians, (2) assess its value to them as practicing physicians, and (3) think carefully about how this new information may influence their own practices.
The following articles in this issue may be read for CME credit:
Rural Surgery: Opportunity or MinefieldArticle
Educational objective: To understand the need for surgery in a rural setting and the varied suggestions for achieving this goal.
Advances in the Management of ARDS: Protective VentilationArticle
Educational objective: To review the problems associated with the ARDS phenomenon and the advances in mechanical ventilation that can be helpful in treatment.
Internal Drainage of Giant Acute Pseudocysts: The Role of Video-Assisted Pancreatic NecrosectomyArticle
Educational objective: To recognize the potential for debris at the base of a giant pancreatic pseudocyst and the value of the video camera in treatment.
Risk Factors for Postoperative Hypocalcemia After Surgery for Primary HyperparathyroidismArticle
Educational objective: To review factors prominent in the Scandinavian literature for postoperative hypocalcemia following parathyroid adenoma removal.
Evaluation of Magnetic Resonance Cholangiography in the Management of Bile Duct StonesArticle
Educational objective: To appreciate the value of magnetic resonance cholangiography in assessing the status of the common bile duct in the preoperative period.
Management of Benign Biliary Strictures: Biliary Enteric Anastomosis vs Endoscopic StentingArticle
Educational objective: To recognize the potential of alternative means of dealing with benign biliary stricture, including long-term follow-up.
Ultrasound Can Estimate the Pathologic Size of Infiltrating Ductal CarcinomaArticle
Educational objective: To realize the accuracy of ultrasonography in determining the size of infiltrating ductal breast carcinoma for staging and treatment.
Effects of Fluconazole Administration in Critically Ill Patients: Analysis of Bacterial and Fungal ResistanceArticle
Educational objective: To alert physicians to the potential of increased morbidity and increased resistance of bacterial and Candida species to fluconazole use in critically ill patients in an intensive care unit.
Repair of Chronic Anorectal Fistulae Using Commercial Fibrin SealantArticle
Educational objective: To offer a unique new method of treatment of chronic anorectal fistulae with limited follow-up.
Accuracy of Ultrasonography in the Diagnosis of Peritonitis Compared With the Clinical Impression of the SurgeonArticle
Educational objective: To highlight the value of ultrasonography in the diagnosis of peritonitis, especially when the diagnosis is unclear by clinical standards.
Archives of Surgery Reader's Choice: Continuing Medical Education. Arch Surg. 2000;135(2):241-242. doi:10.1001/archsurg.135.2.241