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Archives CME
June 2002

Archives of Surgery Reader's Choice: Continuing Medical Education

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Arch Surg. 2002;137(6):753-754. doi:10.1001/archsurg.137.6.753
CME Hiatus

CME fromJAMA/ArchivesJournals will be temporarily suspended. Beginning in early 2003, we will offer a newonlineCME program. We apologize for the interruption in CME and hope that you will enjoy the improved online features that will be available in early 2003.

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 by July 15 in order to be processed.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 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:

A Prospective, Randomized Trial of Laparoscopic Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) Patch Repair vs Simple Cruroplasty for Large Hiatal HerniaArticle

Educational Objective: To aid the argument that buttressing with polytef in the repair of large hiatal herniae is beneficial.

Pitfalls of Intraoperative Quick Parathyroid Hormone Monitoring and Gamma Probe Localization in Surgery for Primary HyperparathyroidismArticle

Educational Objective: To point out the problems in accurate diagnosis of primary hyperparathyroidism using quick intraoperative parathyroid hormone monitoring and gamma probe localization.

Similar Functional Results and Complications After Ileal Pouch–Anal Anastomosis in Patients With Indeterminate Vs Ulcerative ColitisArticle

Educational Objective: To present a large series of patients with indeterminate colitis undergoing ileal pouch–anal anastomosis and their long-term follow-up.

Prospective Evaluation of the Safety of Enoxaparin Prophylaxis for Venous Thromboembolism in Patients With Intracranial Hemorrhagic InjuriesArticle

Educational Objective: To validate the role of low-dose heparin in the prophylaxis for venous thromboembolism in patients with intracranial hemorrhagic injuries.

Outcomes of Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication in Patients With the "Hypercontractile Esophagus"Article

Educational Objective: To assert that a hypercontractile esophagus should not be a contraindication to antireflux surgery in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Severity Scoring for Prognostication in Patients With Severe Acute PancreatitisArticle

Educational Objective: To establish the validity of Ranson criteria as a predictor of outcome in severe acute pancreatitis.