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Issues in Surgical Ethics

SURGERY logoNot every decision required of a surgeon is painted in black or white, nor do those decisions come down only to whether to operate, when to operate, and what operation to do. Ethical, cultural, ethnic, religious, and individual personal concerns and preferences—of the patient, the family, and the surgeon—come into play and may limit the degrees of freedom of choices. The concept of "Culturally competent care" has entered our lexicon and become a criterion of excellence in medical and nursing treatment. It is also an important element of  professionalism, one of the six competencies defined by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and mandated to be a component of graduate surgical education. How to incorporate understanding of and sensitivity to the evolving ethical issues in surgical practice remains a challenge. How to demonstrate that ethical issues are taught to surgical residents and how to measure the penetration of that learning has been left largely to the energy and ingenuity of residency program directors.

The Editors of SURGERY, in partnership with the American College of Surgeons (ACS), are offering a quarterly series of ethical challenges embedded in clinical scenarios, which are based on actual clinical stories. We hope you find these presentations interesting and helpful. Practicing surgeons and surgical residents can earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits for participating through reading the article and fulfilling CME requirements.

Andrew L. Warshaw, MD, FACS and Michael G. Sarr, MD, FACS
Editors-in-Chief

This CME offering is open and free of charge to ACS members and non-members alike.

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Upon reading the article, you are required to complete a short quiz and evaluation in order to earn CME credit. Once you have successfully completed the test (100% score, unlimited attempts) and evaluation you may then print out a copy of the CME certificate. Please note that for members of ACS this certificate will also be transferred to your MyCME portal page. If non-members require duplicate certificates, please contact Jim Reeder, Senior Manager, Validation and Credentialing, at 312-202-5559 or e-mail mycme@facs.org.

April 2015 CME offering

This editorial was published in SURGERY, April 2015 Issue, David Chen, MD, PhD, Kenneth Vuylsteke, JD, Douglas Brown, PhD, Ira Kodner, MD, Shuddhadeb Ray, MD.

November 2014 CME offering

This editorial was published in SURGERY, Volume 156, Number 5, November 2014 Issue, Jenna Miller, MD, Douglas Brown, PhD, Jason Keune, MD, MBA, Ira Kodner, MD, Shuddhadeb Ray, MD, Scott R. Steele, MD, and Ahmed M. Zihni, MD, MPH.

July 2014 CME offering

This editorial was published in SURGERY, Volume 156, Number 1, July 2014 Issue, Isabelle Chumfong, MD, Douglas Brown, PhD, Jason Keune, MD, MBA, Ira Kodner, MD, Shuddhadeb Ray, MD, and Ahmed M. Zihni, MD, MPH, St. Louis, MO.

February 2014 CME offering

This editorial was published in SURGERY, Volume 155, February 2014 Issue, Abigail L. Taub, MD, Jason D. Keune, MD, MBA, Ira J. Kodner, MD, FACS, and Margaret L. Schwarze, MD, MPP, FACS.

July 2013 CME offering

This editorial was published in SURGERY, Volume 154, July 2013 Issue, Andrew L. Warshaw, MD, FACS, and Michael G. Sarr, MD, FACS, Ethics Editorial Note, Page 5, Copyright Elsevier 2012.

May 2013 CME offering

This editorial was published in SURGERY, Volume 153, Number 5, May 2013 Issue, Andrew L. Warshaw, MD, FACS, and Michael G. Sarr, MD, FACS, Ethics Editorial Note, Page 5, Copyright Elsevier 2012.

February 2013 CME offering

This editorial was published in SURGERY, Volume 153, January 2013 Issue, Andrew L. Warshaw, MD, FACS, and Michael G. Sarr, MD, FACS, Ethics Editorial Note, Page 5, Copyright Elsevier 2012.

November 2012 CME offering

This editorial was published in SURGERY, Volume 152, September 2012 Issue, Andrew L. Warshaw, MD, FACS, and Michael G. Sarr, MD, FACS, Ethics Editorial Note, Page 5, Copyright Elsevier 2012.

March 2012 CME offering

This editorial was published in SURGERY, Volume 151, March 2012 Issue, Andrew L. Warshaw, MD, FACS, and Michael G. Sarr, MD, FACS, Ethics Editorial Note, Page 5, Copyright Elsevier 2012.

November 2011 CME offering

This editorial was published in SURGERY, Volume 150, November 2011 Issue, Andrew L. Warshaw, MD, FACS, and Michael G. Sarr, MD, FACS, Ethics Editorial Note, Page 5, Copyright Elsevier 2011.

June 2011 CME offering

This editorial was published in SURGERY, Volume 152, June 2011 Issue, Andrew L. Warshaw, MD, FACS, and Michael G. Sarr, MD, FACS, Ethics Editorial Note, Page 5, Copyright Elsevier 2011.

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