Accreditation Statement

The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Credit

The American College of Surgeons designates this educational activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Policy

In order to comply with the ACCME's Updated Standards for Commercial Support, The American College of Surgeons, as the accredited provider for this meeting, has implemented a new disclosure process to ensure that anyone who is in a position to control the content of the educational activity has disclosed all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest as it pertains to the content of the presentation. The ACCME defines a "commercial interest" as any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on patients. It does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests. The ACS considers "relevant" financial relationships as financial transactions (in any amount) occurring within the past 12 months that may create a conflict of interest.

The updated standards also require that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the session. The planning committee members (if applicable) and speakers were contacted and the conflicts listed below have been managed to our satisfaction. However, if you perceive a bias, please advise us of the circumstances on the evaluation.

Please note we have advised the speakers that it is their responsibility to disclose at the start of their presentation if they will be describing the use of a device, product, or drug that is not FDA approved or the off-label use of an approved device, product, or drug or unapproved usage.

The requirement for disclosure is not intended to imply any impropriety of such relationship, but simply to identify such relationships through full disclosure, and to allow the audience to form its own judgments regarding the presentation.

Disclosure Information

Peter Angelos, MD, PhD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Ira J. Kodner, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Mary H. McGrath, MD, MPH, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Martin F. McKneally, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Edmund D. Pellegrino, MD, MACP - Nothing to disclose
Donald A. Risucci, Phd - Nothing to disclose
Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FRCSC, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Abraham P. Schwab, PhD - Nothing to disclose
Mark Siegler, MD, FACP - Nothing to disclose

Requirement to Earn CME Credit

To earn CME credit, learners are to read the chapters of Ethical Issues in Clinical Surgery for Instructors and Practicing Surgeons, consider the discussion questions, and correctly answer posttest questions online (with unlimited attempts). Following electronic submission of answers and completion of a brief evaluation form, a CME certificate will be available for print. The learner must score 100% to allow the CME certificate to be printed at the conclusion of the posttest. The estimated time required to read the chapters, consider the discussion questions, and complete the posttest questions (6 questions per chapter) is 20 hours. The learner can abort the CME test at any given time and return and pick up where they left off until posttest is completed successfully.

Dates of Original Release, Most Recent Review or Update

Ethical Issues in Clinical Surgery for Instructors and Practicing Surgeons was released in June 2007, and certified for credit up to three years, through June, 2010.

Provider Contact Information

For technical support, contact:

American College of Surgeons


For questions about your continuing medical education credit or certificate, contact:

Ms. Ann-Valerie O. Griffin, MA
Division of Education
American College of Surgeons
633 North Saint Clair Street
Chicago IL 60611 USA
Telephone: (312) 202-5266
Fax: (312) 202-5029

For education related questions, contact:

Ms. Kathleen Goldsmith
Division of Education
American College of Surgeons
633 North Saint Clair Street
Chicago IL 60611 USA
Telephone: (312) 202-5212
Fax: (312) 202-5011

Policy of Privacy and Confidentiality

The Privacy Policy of the American College of Surgeons can be accessed at


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