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SESAP 18 Content

SESAP® 18 consists of 665 newly constructed, case-based, multiple-choice questions. Critiques provide evidence-based explanations addressing all the answer choices, supporting references from the current literature, and related images. The latest edition covers the breadth of general surgery in nine content categories: abdomen, alimentary tract, breast, emergency general surgery, endocrine, legal/ethics, perioperative care, surgical critical care, and trauma.

Subscribers can choose from packages containing all nine categories or as few as three categories. Other categories can be added any time based on learning and practice needs.

This edition continues the tradition of offering unsurpassed quality educational content developed across three years by six committees with a total of 38 practicing surgeon authors representing a range of clinical and academic environments, general surgery and surgical specialties, and practices from every region of the United States.

In 2023, SESAP 18 Advanced will be released, featuring seven modules of in-depth content for surgeons seeking further knowledge in complex and emerging surgical topics.

Content Categories

Abdomen

102 questions focus on benign and malignant conditions of the abdominal wall and solid organs. Combining this category with the alimentary tract category provides a comprehensive review for surgeons who commonly handle patient problems associated with the entire abdominal cavity.

Alimentary Tract

100 questions address benign and malignant conditions of the gastrointestinal tract. Combining this category with the abdomen category provides a comprehensive review for surgeons who commonly handle patient problems associated with the entire abdominal cavity.

Breast

50 questions cover benign and malignant diseases. Malignant disease questions include diagnostic approaches, genetics, and treatment options. Benign disease questions address screening, common benign masses, and other conditions. 

Emergency General Surgery

100 questions review current approaches to patients with a variety of acute surgical problems. Topics range from problems of the skin and soft tissues to intra-abdominal catastrophes.

Endocrine

40 questions primarily focus on thyroid and parathyroid disease. Topics include diagnosis, recent management changes, and appropriate operative care. Less common endocrine problems are also covered.

Legal/Ethics

26 questions cover situations that often present conundrums in clinical care. Specific topics include end-of-life decision making, social media, overlapping surgery, and health disparities.

Perioperative Care

125 questions address common perioperative practices and problems. The material offers current evidence to support various management approaches. Key topics focus on providing safe environments for operative patients. Highlights include anticoagulant use, surgical site infection prevention, nutritional approaches, transfusion practice, common complications, and useful drugs.

Surgical Critical Care

52 questions provide a review of issues found in a critically ill patient, including the surgeon’s role in COVID. The emphasis is on helping the surgeon understand common problems that require care in an intensive care environment.

Trauma

70 questions focus on the essentials of urgent management of an injured patient, starting with resuscitation and diagnosis. Patient management of many common blunt and penetrating injuries are specifically included.