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SESAP 17 Content

The current edition consists of 650 newly constructed, case-based, multiple-choice questions. Concise critiques provide evidence-based explanations addressing all the answer choices, as well as supporting references from the current literature.

For the first time, SESAP will be available for purchase by category. Subscribers can choose from packages containing all 13 categories: abdomen, alimentary tract, breast, endocrine, head and neck, legal/ethics, oncology, perioperative care, problems in related specialties, skin/soft tissue, surgical critical care, trauma, and vascular surgery. If not all categories are of interest, subscribers can choose from web packages with as few as three categories. Other categories can be added any time based on learning and practice needs.

New in 2020 is SESAP 17 Advanced, which features additional in-depth content for surgeons seeking further knowledge in specific areas. Modules in abdomen and alimentary tract, breast, endocrine, surgical critical care, and trauma address clinical problems and areas that are complex and may be ambiguous or still evolving.

Content Categories

The following content areas are offered in SESAP 17:

Abdomen: 100 questions cover benign and malignant conditions of the abdominal wall and solid abdominal organs. Alimentary and abdominal categories overlap, but together provide a comprehensive review for surgeons interested in both. This category is a prerequisite for the SESAP 17 Advanced abdomen and alimentary tract module.

Alimentary Tract: 121 questions address benign and malignant conditions of the gastrointestinal tract. Alimentary and abdominal categories overlap, but together provide a comprehensive review for surgeons interested in both. This category is a prerequisite for the SESAP 17 Advanced abdomen and alimentary tract module.

Breast: 45 benign and malignant questions focus on screening, treatment, genetics, and inflammatory conditions. This category is a prerequisite for the SESAP 17 Advanced breast module.

Endocrine: 25 questions address thyroid and parathyroid disease, as well as other less-common diseases. The endocrine category complements the head and neck category, especially anatomy of the neck. This category is a prerequisite for the SESAP 17 Advanced endocrine module.

Head and Neck: 15 questions focus on anatomy, procedures, and conditions a general surgeon might encounter in practice, such as trauma, infection, cancer, and neck masses. The head and neck category complements the endocrine category.

Legal/Ethics: 20 questions cover many difficult clinical situations. Topics include end-of-life decision making, social media, overlapping surgery, and health disparities.

Oncology: 15 items address a variety of malignancies, including melanoma, sarcoma, and lymphoma. Targeted therapy, gene expression, and risk of recurrence are also addressed.

Perioperative Care: 120 questions address common perioperative problems and offer current evidence to support management approaches. Topics include surgical site infections, enhanced recovery after surgery, oral anticoagulants, complications of surgery, Clostridium difficile, and difficult intubations.

Problems in Related Specialties: 35 questions cover pediatric surgery, thoracic surgery, urology, and obstetrics/gynecology. Pediatric and thoracic surgery predominate, including embryology, trauma, pneumothoraces, and appendicitis are addressed.

Skin/Soft Tissue: 24 questions focus on both infections and neoplasms of skin and soft tissue. Topics addressed include necrotizing fasciitis, melanoma, hidradenitis suppurativa, wound healing, and surgical site infections.

Surgical Critical Care: 50 questions cover the basics of critical care, such as ventilator management, nutrition, sepsis, transfusion care, and delirium. This category is a prerequisite for the SESAP 17 Advanced surgical critical care module.

Trauma: 56 questions focus on the essentials of urgent management of an injured patient, including basic resuscitation and common types of injuries and their management. This category is a prerequisite for the SESAP 17 Advanced trauma module.

Vascular: 24 questions focus on vascular problems a general surgeon is likely to encounter, such as management of carotid, aortic, and mesenteric and extremity vascular problems.

SESAP 17 participants who purchase a continuing medical education (CME) package can earn up to 109 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, all of which can be used for self-assessment purposes and to help fulfill requirements for CME credit. Read more about SESAP 17 CME or order SESAP.