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Become a member and receive career-enhancing benefits

Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

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About SESAP 18 CME

Continuing Medical Education Credit Information

Accreditation

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

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 168 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 168 credits meet the requirements for Self-Assessment.

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 7 hours meet the requirements for Ethics.*

*The content of this activity may meet certain mandates of regulatory bodies. Please note that ACS has not and does not verify the content for such mandates with any regulatory body. Individual physicians are responsible for verifying the content satisfies such requirements.

SESAP® 18 will be available online until December 31, 2025, when the edition will be retired. All continuing medical Education (CME) credit for SESAP18  must be claimed by October 31, 2025.

Program Objectives

SESAP 18 is intended for general surgeons. Upon completion of SESAP 18, participants should be able to:

  • Compare their cognitive knowledge at the beginning of the program with evidence-based surgical content for self-assessment and guided learning,
  • Achieve and demonstrate mastery of surgical content to reach predetermined standards across all categories,
  • Pursue lifelong excellence in surgery,
  • Apply newly acquired knowledge to surgical practice,
  • Keep current with surgical advances.

Requirements to Earn 168 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

To earn continuing medical education (CME) credit, participants must use the SESAP 18 CME Web version. SESAP18 includes 665 questions across 9 categories, all of which must be completed to earn the maximum of 168 CME credits. Individuals who subscribe by selected categories can earn CME credit only for those categories. Credits assigned to each category are as follows:

Category

Number of Credits

Abdomen

26

Alimentary Tract

25

Breast

13

Emergency General Surgery

25

Endocrine

10

Legal/Ethics

7

Perioperative Care

31

Surgical Critical Care

13

Trauma

18

Participants enrolled for CME credit will be asked to read each question, select an answer, and review the corresponding critique and preferred answer. Participants will test their mastery of the content just learned by answering the same questions in a scrambled fashion and must achieve a score of 80%. If the score is less than 80%, the participant will be asked to review only the incorrect questions and answer those questions again until a score of 80% is achieved. If a score of 80% correct is not achieved after the third attempt, the participant will be asked to start the entire section over again.

If a category has multiple parts, each part must be completed with a score of 80% to claim credit for the entire category. After achieving a score of 80% for each category, participants will be asked to complete an evaluation form and submit data to the ACS using the Internet. Upon successful submission, a CME certificate will be available to print. SESAP 18 is certified for credit through October 2025.

Disclosure Information

In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and authors) has disclosed all financial relationships with any companies defined as “ineligible” by the ACCME:

  • Ineligible Company: Defined by the ACCME as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients. Providers of clinical services directly to patients are NOT included in this definition.
  • Financial Relationships: Relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options, or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit. Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected. ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.
  • Conflict of Interest: Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she has a financial relationship.

The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity. Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during the educational activity, please report it on the evaluation.

Planning Committee

John A. Weigelt, MD, DVM, FACS, MAMSE, Program Director (Nothing to disclose)

David C. Borgstrom, MD, MBA, FACS (Nothing to disclose)

David A. Bull, MD, FACS (Nothing to disclose)

Dan Eisenberg, MD, MS, FACS, FASMBS (Nothing to disclose)

Jason B. Fleming, MD, FACS (Advisor—Glycosbio Food Services, Inc.; Advisor—Bio-Path Holdings, Inc.; Advisor—Natera; Advisor—Panther Therapeutics, Inc.)

Charles M. Friel, MD, FACS, FASCRS (Nothing to disclose)

Lorrie A. Langdale, MD, FACS, MAMSE (Nothing to disclose)

David J. Milia, MD, FACS (Nothing to disclose)

Lena M. Napolitano, MD, FACS, FCCP, MCCM, MAMSE (Nothing to disclose)

John T. Paige, MD, FACS (Co-editor— Oxford University Press; Co-editor—Springer Nature; Principal Investigator—SGEA/IAMSE; Site Investigator—Acell Inc.)

Walter E. Pofahl II, MD, FACS (Nothing to disclose)

Travis P. Webb, MD, MHPE, FACS, MAMSE (Nothing to disclose)

Authors

John V. Agapian, MD, FACS, FCCM (Nothing to disclose)

David C. Borgstrom, MD, MBA, FACS (Nothing to disclose)

Tawnya L. Bowles, MD, FACS (Nothing to disclose)

David A. Bull, MD, FACS (Nothing to disclose)

Casey M. Calkins, MD, FACS (Nothing to disclose)

Jeremy W. Cannon, MD, SM, FACS (Author—UpToDate)

Jay J. Doucet, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS, RDMS (Nothing to disclose)

Dan Eisenberg, MD, MS, FACS, FASMBS (Nothing to disclose)

Mary E. Fallat, MD, FACS (Nothing to disclose)

Jason B. Fleming, MD, FACS (Advisor—Glycosbio Food Services, Inc.; Advisor—Bio-Path Holdings, Inc.; Advisor—Natera; Advisor—Panther Therapeutics, Inc.)

Charles M. Friel, MD, FACS, FASCRS (Nothing to disclose)

David A. Gerber, MD, FACS (Consultant—Medtronic, Inc.; Stockholder—BiomedInnovations, LLC)

Uzer Khan, MD, MBBS, FACS (Nothing to disclose)

Richard P. M. Koehler, MD, FACS (Nothing to disclose)

Mary R. Kwaan, MD, FACS (Nothing to disclose)

Lorrie A. Langdale, MD, FACS, MAMSE (Nothing to disclose)

Sean J. Langenfeld, MD, FACS, FASCRS (Nothing to disclose)

Robert B. Lim, MD, FACS, FASMBS (Consultant—UpToDate)

Dana Lin, MD, FACS (Nothing to disclose)

Linda L. Maerz, MD, FACS, FCCM (Nothing to disclose)

David J. Milia, MD, FACS (Nothing to disclose)

Rachel Morris, MD, FACS (Nothing to disclose)

Lena M. Napolitano, MD, FACS, FCCP, MCCM, MAMSE (Nothing to disclose)

John T. Paige, MD, FACS (Co-editor— Oxford University Press; Co-editor—Springer Nature; Principal Investigator—SGEA/IAMSE; Site Investigator—Acell Inc.)

Sharla Gayle Patterson, MD, MBA, FACS (Speaker—Hologic; Certification Application Reviewer—American Society of Breast Surgeons)

Jasmeet S. Paul, MD, FACS (Nothing to disclose)

Tam N. Pham, MD, FACS (Nothing to disclose)

Walter E. Pofahl II, MD, FACS (Nothing to disclose)

Paul J. Schenarts, MD, FACS, MAMSE (Nothing to disclose)

David G. Sheldon, MD, FACS (Nothing to disclose)

Shayna L. Showalter, MD, FACS (Nothing to disclose)

Lance E. Stuke, MD, MPH, FACS (Nothing to disclose)

Jennifer Tseng, MD, FACS (Consultant—Castle Biosciences)

Kiran K. Turaga, MBBS, FACS (Nothing to disclose)

Daniel Vargo, MD, FACS (Nothing to disclose)

Travis P. Webb, MD, MHPE, FACS, MAMSE (Nothing to disclose)

John A. Weigelt, MD, DVM, FACS, MAMSE (Nothing to disclose)

Nicole Zern, MD, FACS (Nothing to disclose)

Consultants

Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, MAMSE (Nothing to disclose)

Patrice Gabler Blair, DrPH, MPH (Nothing to disclose)

Staff

Julia C. Dudek, MPH (Nothing to disclose)

Chrysa M. Cullather, MS (Nothing to disclose)

Katherine M. Greenock, MS (Nothing to disclose)

Education Credits of Excellence

Surgeons interested in achieving higher levels of cognitive skills have the opportunity to earn Education Credits of Excellence offered by the ACS Division of Education and approved by the ACS Board of Regents. For each category, participants have an option for additional study to demonstrate a higher level of expertise in the content area. The Education Credits of Excellence are entirely optional and are designed to encourage further learning and challenge surgeons who want to pursue a higher level of achievement.

Royal College Of Physicians And Surgeons Of Canada Accreditation

Through an agreement between the American College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, MOC Program participants may record completed self-assessment programs or simulation activities developed and accredited by the American College of Surgeons in Section 3 of the Royal College’s MOC Program.