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Archives CME
November 2000

Archives of Surgery Reader's Choice: Continuing Medical Education

Arch Surg. 2000;135(11):1373-1374. doi:10.1001/archsurg.135.11.1373

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:

Potential Harmful Effect of Iodinated Intravenous Contrast Medium on the Clinical Course of Mild Acute PancreatitisArticle

Educational Objective: To provoke thought regarding the use of contrast media in radiography for mild acute pancreatitis.

Intra-arterial Iodine 131–Labeled Lipiodol as Adjuvant Therapy After Curative Liver Resection for Hepatocellular Carcinoma: A Phase 2 Clinical StudyArticle

Educational Objective: To further the notion of intra-arterially administered lipiodol-iodine-131 as an adjunct to curative resection for hepatocellular carcinoma.

The Impact of Laparoscopy and Laparoscopic Ultrasonography on the Management of Pancreatic CancerArticle

Educational Objective: To point out the advantages of laparoscopy and laparoscopic ultrasonography in evaluating resectability of patients with pancreatic cancer.

Variceal Rebleeding and Recurrence After Endoscopic Injection Sclerotherapy: A Prospective Evaluation in 204 PatientsArticle

Educational Objective: To understand the results of a large series of patients undergoing sclerotherapy for varices.

Feasibility of Damage Control Surgery in the Management of Military Combat CasualtiesArticle

Educational Objective: To evaluate the pros and cons of adopting the civilian style of damage control to wartime casualties.

Does Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Worsen the Prognosis of Unsuspected Gallbladder Cancer?Article

Educational Objective: To note, in a small series, no difference in survival of gallbladder carcinoma whether removed by open or laparoscopic technique.

Stereotactically Guided Laser Therapy of Occult Breast Tumors: Work-in-Progress ReportArticle

Educational Objective: To arouse interest in a new technique for the ablation of nonpalpable mammographically detected breast cancer.