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.
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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 credit processing should be directed to The Blackstone Group; tel: (312) 419-0400, ext 225; fax: (312) 269-1636.
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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.
The following articles in this issue may be read for CME credit:
Lessons Learned in Adopting Endovascular Techniques for Treating Abdominal Aortic AneurysmArticle
Educational Objective: To update the information regarding endovascular techniques for treating abdominal aortic aneurysm.
Postobstructive Chronic Pancreatitis: Results With Distal ResectionArticle
Educational Objective: To understand the concept of distal pancreatectomy for pain relief in very select cases of chronic pancreatitis with postobstructive disease.
Long-term Results of Metallic Stents for Benign Biliary StricturesArticle
Educational Objective: To point out the problems associated with metal stents in the biliary tree for stricture treatment, as opposed to operative correction.
Computed Tomography and Ultrasonography in the Diagnosis of Appendicitis: When Are They Indicated?Article
Educational Objective: To present an organized protocol encompassing the role of computed tomography in the diagnosis of acute appendicitis.
Avoidance of Abdominal Compartment Syndrome in Damage-Control Laparotomy After TraumaArticle
Educational Objective: To denote the methods of avoiding the complication of abdominal compartment syndrome following damage-control laparotomy.
Characteristics of the Sentinel Lymph Node in Breast Cancer Predict Further Involvement of Higher-Echelon Nodes in the AxillaArticle
Educational Objective: To ask important questions regarding the extent of axillary dissection based on the involvement of the sentinel lymph node.
Archives of Surgery Reader's Choice: Continuing Medical Education. Arch Surg. 2001;136(6):712-713. doi:10.1001/archsurg.136.6.712