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Archives CME
April 2000

Archives of Surgery Reader's Choice: Continuing Medical Education

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Arch Surg. 2000;135(4):490-491. doi:10.1001/archsurg.135.4.490

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; 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:

Impact of Laparoscopic Staging in the Treatment of Pancreatic CancerArticle

Educational objective: To extol the virtues of preoperative staging laparoscopy in identifying noncurable patients with pancreatic cancer, thus avoiding unnecessary open operation.

Mechanisms of the Salutary Effects of Dehydroepiandrosterone After Trauma-Hemorrhage: Direct or Indirect Effects on Cardiac and Hepatocellular Functions?Article

Educational objective: To understand the mechanisms of the beneficial action of dehydroepiandrosterone (improving cardiac and hepatic function) following resuscitation from trauma-hemorrhage in the male animal model (estrogen effect).

Lower Extremity Revascularization in Diabetes: Late ObservationsArticle

Educational objective: To point out the results of intrainguinal arterial bypass in diabetic limbs over the long term and to encourage an aggressive approach to limb salvage in this group.

The Necessity for a Thoracic Approach in Thyroid SurgeryArticle

Educational objective: To define the subset of patients with thyroid masses requiring a thoracic rather than a cervical approach (29% of those patients with at least 50% of the thyroid mass below the thoracic inlet).

Interval Hepatic Resection of Colorectal Metastases Improves Patient SelectionArticle

Educational objective: To clarify the role of delaying hepatic resection for metastatic colorectal cancer, both synchronous and metachronous, on their resectability.

Minimally Invasive Surgery for Primary Hyperparathyroidism: Systematic ReviewArticle

Educational objective: To review the evidence for the minimally invasive approach to the surgical treatment of primary hyperparathyroidism and propose clinical trials to help establish its safety and efficacy.