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SSAT Virtual Surgical Patient Scenarios

Earn CME Credits with Self –Assessment and Fulfill MOC Part 2 Requirements

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Earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ with self-assessment, which meet the American Board of Surgery’s Maintenance of Certification Part 2 requirements, with interesting case-based scenarios relevant to your practice.

  • The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT) has created realistic clinical decision-making exercises to meet the requirements of the American Board of Surgery (ABS) Maintenance of Certification Part 2. Completing these cases give you CME with self-assessment credits required by the ABS.

  • The scoring system of our virtual patient cases compares your patient management decisions to current standards defined by SSAT experts. You can choose case exercises relevant to your practice.

  • In an SSAT virtual patient scenario, you can order laboratory tests, procedures, and imaging as you would in actual practice. The images and videos in our cases are of high quality, allowing you to feel comfortable drawing diagnostic and therapeutic conclusions. At the conclusion of the simulation, your patient management choices are compared to a panel of surgical experts and a numerical grade calculated. You are given feedback about any areas where your decisions differed from those recommended. You can take the case again for up to a year. Once you pass, you can then claim your AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ with self-assessment.

Accreditation Statement
These enduring activities have been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Ciné-Med, Inc. and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. Ciné-Med, Inc. is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Our current library of cases is listed below:

Case 0101 – a 60 year-old male with a colon cancer

After completion of this activity, the participant will be able to: Develop an up-to-date knowledge of the management of patients with colorectal cancer; Explain the rationale for colectomy in the presence of metastatic disease; Describe the interplay of endoscopy and surgical resection in patients with colorectal cancer; and Discuss the underlying literature that forms the basis for modern treatment of colorectal cancer.

Ciné-Med, Inc. designates this educational activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ with self-assessment.

Case 0106 – a 52 year-old man with abdominal pain and vomiting

After completion of this activity, the participant will be able to: Develop and execute a treatment plan for the management of small bowel obstruction in adults; Make decisions regarding the appropriate operation for intussusception in adults; and Explain the different management options for carcinoid and gastrointestinal stromal tumors of the small bowel metastatic to the liver.

Ciné-Med, Inc. designates this educational activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ with self-assessment.

Case 0108 – a 74 year-old woman with a large hiatal hernia

After completion of this activity, the participant will be able to: Discuss the surgical indications for repair of a large paraesophageal hernia; Describe key surgical steps of paraesophageal hernia repair; and Explain the role of mesh during repair of large hiatal hernias.

Ciné-Med, Inc. designates this educational activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ with self-assessment.

Case 0110 – a 49 year-old woman with abdominal pain and weight loss

After completion of this activity, the participant will be able to: Make decisions regarding the correct pre-operative evaluation for patients with gastric adenocarcinoma; Discuss the appropriate extent of gastrectomy and lymphadenectomy for gastric adenocarcinoma; and Describe the options in reconstruction after gastrectomy.

Ciné-Med, Inc. designates this educational activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ with self-assessment.

Case 0111 – a 52 year-old woman with jaundice

After completion of this activity, the participant will be able to: List the signs and symptoms that are seen with obstructive jaundice; Identify imaging studies that differentiate the source or cause of obstructive jaundice; and Describe treatment options for choledocholithiasis found at surgery.

Ciné-Med, Inc. designates this educational activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ with self-assessment.

Watch a Video Introduction
This short video will introduce you to the Virtual Surgical Patient scenarios.

Virtual Surgical Patient Demo

Try a Demo Case
Try the demo case featured in the short introduction video by visiting http://demo.discoursellc.com. To access the demo login using Username: demo; Password: demo123. SSAT Members can also access the demo case through the SSAT Members Only Area.

How to Order Cases
SSAT Members can purchase access to these cases at a discounted rate. Please log in to the SSAT Members Only Area prior to purchase to ensure receipt of your discount.

SSAT Member Cost: 55 USD

If you are not a member of the SSAT, create a non-member account here to access the Virtual Surgical Patient shopping cart.

Contact Discourse LLC directly with any questions on purchasing cases at support@discoursellc.com.

Combination of Media
The SSAT Virtual Surgical Patient Scenarios use: 1) internet-based interactive simulated surgery cases and 2) required readings. The interactive simulated cases, will operate successfully in Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher, Firefox, Chrome and Safari. The program runs on Windows-based PCs and Apple laptops and on standard iPads.; for the readings, Adobe Reader is required.

Method of Physician Participation
After reading the required articles, the participant proceeds through the case, with every choice recorded and a complete transcript of his/her route through the case provided to demonstrate effective completion of the case. This record can be used to help document satisfaction of the ACGME requirements in the competencies of patient care and systems-based practice. The participant engaged in the case can order laboratory tests, procedures, and imaging as s/he would in real practice. The images and videos are of high quality, allowing the participant to draw accurate diagnostic or therapeutic conclusions. In some cases, video clips from actual operations are presented to the participant, who is then is asked to make a decision based on the findings, thereby mimicking actual operative decision-making. Because the participant’s ordering is tracked, feedback can be provided on the cost-effectiveness of his/her approach to the case.

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