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Archives CME
May 2000

Archives of Surgery Reader's Choice: Continuing Medical Education

Arch Surg. 2000;135(5):609-610. doi:10.1001/archsurg.135.5.609
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 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; tel: (312) 419-0400, ext 225; fax: (312) 269-1636.

CME Evaluation

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:

Surgical Critical Care: Still at Risk?Article

Educational Objective: To reemphasize the role of the general surgeon in the critical care setting.

Pancreatoduodenectomy for Chronic PancreatitisArticle

Educational Objective: To review the appropriateness of pancreatoduodenectomy as a treatment for small-duct chronic pancreatitis.

Initial Presentation With Stage IV Colorectal CancerArticle

Educational Objective: To verify, in a retrospective manner, the advantages and limitations of an aggressive approach to the patient presenting with stage IV colorectal cancer.

Postcholecystectomy Abdominal Bile CollectionsArticle

Educational Objective: To characterize the natural history and management of abdominal bile collections after this procedure.

Relative Contributions of 99mTc-Sestamibi Scintigraphy, Intraoperative Gamma Probe Detection, and the Rapid PTH Assay to the Surgical Management of HyperparathyroidismArticle

Educational Objective: To indicate the benefits of various testing procedures in the reoperative treatment of hyperparathyroidism.

Operative Management of Diverticular EmergenciesArticle

Educational Objective: To review current practice in the operative management of complicated colonic diverticular disease.

Changing Patterns of Resident Operative Experience From 1990 to 1997Article

Educational Objective: To elucidate typical areas of change in resident operative experience over a 7-year period (1990-1997), and to theorize about why these changes occurred and their implications.

Microvessels That Predict Axillary Lymph Node Metastases in Patients With Breast CancerArticle

Educational Objective: To present a new and additional technique (VEG-FR-3 stained microvessels) that aids in the prediction of axillary node metastases in patients with breast cancer.

Reconstruction of Small and Fragile Bile Ducts Without Mucosa-to-Mucosa AnastomosisArticle

Educational Objective: To present a technique for reconstruction of small bile ducts, with limited follow-up.