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Archives CME
September 2000

Archives of Surgery Reader's Choice: Continuing Medical Education

Arch Surg. 2000;135(9):1121. doi:10.1001/archsurg.135.9.1121

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 Spectrum and Cost of Complicated Gallstone Disease in CaliforniaArticle

Educational Objective: To promote earlier surgical intervention for gallstone disease to prevent significant complications.

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass for Morbid Obesity: Technique and Preliminary Results of Our First 400 PatientsArticle

Educational Objective: To demonstrate in a large series that laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass for morbid obesity is safe and effective.

Transplantation of Adult Living Donor Kidneys Into Infants and Small ChildrenArticle

Educational Objective: To set forth the factors contributing to successful live-donor kidney transplantation from adults into infants and small children.

Effect of an Esophageal Bougie on the Incidence of Dysphagia Following Nissen Fundoplication: A Prospective, Blinded, Randomized Clinical TrialArticle

Educational Objective: To establish that the use of a large-caliber bougie during laparoscopic fundoplication decreases the incidence of dysphagia.

Cinematic Nuclear Scintigraphy Reliably Directs Surgical Intervention for Patients With Gastrointestinal BleedingArticle

Educational Objective: To introduce cinematic 99mmTc-RBC scintigraphy as a sensitive means of noninvasively detecting the site of gastrointestinal bleeding.

Is Specimen Mammography Beneficial?Article

Educational Objective: To reflect on the pros and cons of specimen radiography.

Patterns of Recurrence in Anal Canal CarcinomaArticle

Educational Objective: To understand the evolution of treatment for anal canal carcinoma and the current management results.

Selective Lymphoscintigraphy: A Necessary Adjunct to Dye-Directed Sentinel Node Biopsy for Breast Cancer?Article

Educational Objective: To clarify and detect the direction of metastatic spread from medial breast lesions.