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Archives CME
January 2002

Archives of Surgery Reader's Choice: Continuing Medical Education

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Arch Surg. 2002;137(1):116-117. doi:10.1001/archsurg.137.1.116

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 credit 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:

The POSSUM System of Surgical AuditArticle

Educational Objective: To acquaint the reader with the British system of surgical audit.

The Comparative Assessment and Improvement of Quality of Surgical Care in the Department of Veterans AffairsArticle

Educational Objective: To inform the reader of the progress made by our Veterans Affairs system in terms of quality improvement.

Current Concepts in Nutritional AssessmentArticle

Educational Objective: To stress the importance of nutritional status in the overall care of patients.

Outcome Report Cards: A Necessity in the Health Care MarketArticle

Educational Objective: To present a concept of health care for all and the manner of reporting it.

Surgical Indications in Idiopathic SplenomegalyArticle

Educational Objective: To promote the need for surgical intervention for idiopathic splenomegaly.

Estradiol Administration Improves Splanchnic Perfusion Following Trauma-Hemorrhage and SepsisArticle

Educational Objective: To put forth the rationale of estradiol administration in cases of hemorrhage and sepsis.

The Value of Partial Splenic Autotransplantation in Patients With Portal Hypertension: A Prospective Randomized StudyArticle

Educational Objective: To present a view of the value of autotransplantation of a portion of spleen after splenectomy.

A 1-Stage Surgical Treatment for Postherniorrhaphy Neuropathic Pain: Triple Neurectomy and Proximal End Implantation Without Mobilization of the CordArticle

Educational Objective: To review the pro and con arguments for the solution of the problem of postoperative pain after inguinal herniorrhaphy.