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UHCMC Department of Surgery Grand Rounds Video Series 

Release Date: September 26, 2014
Expiration Date: September 25, 2017

Jeffrey Marks, MD
Presenter reported Consultant for GI Supply, WL Gore, Olympus and on Advisory Board at Apollo Endosurgery; and the CME Program has determined there is no conflict of interest.

Learning Objectives
Participants will be able:

  • To define the differences between private practice and academic surgical practice.
  • To understand the important components of selecting a surgical career path.
  • To describe factors cited by physicians in leaving academic positions.


Instructions: To receive a statement of credit for up to 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ you must:

  • Review the full content of the recorded session.
  • Reflect on the content.
  • Successfully complete the post-test. A score of 100% is required.
  • Complete the evaluation.
  • Print the certificate of credit for your records.
  • Your credit will be recorded by the Case School of Medicine CME Program and made a part of your cumulative transcript. 

Media: Recorded slides and video presentation.

Target Audience: General Surgeons and other healthcare providers

Global Needs Assessment/Goal Statement: Department of Surgery Grand Round sessions provide general surgeons with updates on latest practice on all topics of general surgery on rotating basis to prepare for recertification and stay current with best practice guidelines.

Accreditation Statement: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education to physicians. Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Disclosure Statement: The policy of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine CME Program requires that the Activity Director, planning committee members and all activity faculty (that is, anyone in a position to control the content of the education activity) disclose to the activity participants all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Disclosure will be made to activity participants prior to the commencement of the activity. Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine CME Program also requires that faculty make clinical recommendations based on the best available scientific evidence and that faculty identify any discussion of “off-label” or investigational use of pharmaceutical products or medical devices.

Estimated Time to Complete Each Educational Activity: This activity is expected to take 70 minutes to complete, which includes completion of the on-line post-test, evaluation and credit claim.

Fee: There is no fee for this activity. 

Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality: It is the intent of the Case Western Reserve University CME Program in conformance with University policies to prevent identity theft to maintain the confidentiality of any physician or healthcare provider information obtained or utilized by the CME Program in the course of registration for CME activities, participation as faculty, preparation and release of transcripts of activities for which credit has been earned, or any other CME Program function that involves confidential information. Such confidential information includes physician mailing address, last four digits only of the Social Security number (used as a unique identifier) and record of credit hours earned.

Medical Disclaimer: Medicine is an ever-changing science. As new research and clinical experience broaden our knowledge, changes in treatment and drug therapy are required. The author has checked with sources believed to be reliable in their efforts to provide information that is complete and generally in accord with the standards accepted at the time of publication. Although every effort is made to ensure that this material is accurate and up-to-date, it is provided for the convenience of the user and should not be considered definitive. Neither the author nor the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine nor any other party who has been involved in the preparation or publication of this work warrants that the information contained herein is in every respect accurate or complete, and they are not responsible for any errors or omissions or for the results obtained from the use of such information.

Learners are encouraged to confirm the information contained herein with other sources. This information should not be construed as personal medical advice and is not intended to replace medical advice offered by physicians. The Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine will not be liable for any direct, indirect, consequential, special, exemplary, or other damages arising here from.

Surgery Grand Rounds Planning Committee:

Jeffrey Ponsky, MD
Professor of Surgery
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
(Committee member reported Consultant for US Endoscopy; and the CME Program has determined there is no conflict of interest.)

Scott Wilhelm, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
University Hospitals Case Medical Center
(Committee member reported no financial relationship relevant to this presentation.) 

Software Requirements:
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Windows XP or above
MAC OS X or above
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Additional Resources:

American College of Surgeons – Best Practice Opportunities



Jeffrey Marks, MD

Jeffrey Marks, MD Professor of Surgery
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
University Hospitals Case Medical Center
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