CME Available for the February 2016 #IGSJC!

For the first time (and thanks to the editors and publishers of the JAMA Network), CME is being offered for participation in a Twitter journal club. JAMA is making this free for this trial run. This is an unprecedented and amazing opportunity to help shape the future of CME – please join us!

From the editors at JAMA Surgery:

The JAMA Network with the approval and help of the AMA would like to expand how you can claim an AMA PRA Category I credit. Significant learning can occur when clinicians communicate with one another. Much of this communication now occurs in social media.

We are testing a new mechanism to facilitate communication in social media between clinicians about published journal articles and documenting what they learned from those discussions. We are testing a system where clinicians participate in social media conversations, write their impressions of what they learned and after review by our staff for reasonableness, AMA PRA Category I credit will be offered.

All you need to do – if you have not done so already – is answer the CME questions for article (link to it) – we will take it from there, you will be prompted to join a social media conversation on twitter, write down your impressions of the conversation, sent it to us within 2 weeks of the journal club discussion and get an additional credit.

Members of the AMA will have free access to take the quiz and claim the credit for the article. Non-members will need to register an account and buy a CME token to claim the credit prior to earning additional credit via the online discussion. Both the article and CME tokens will be made free for the participants in this trial.

The first test of this pilot program will occur between Feb 24, 2016 and Feb 25, 2016. The International General Surgery Journal Club (on Twitter: @Igsjc) will initiate a social media discussion using the hashtag #IGSJC. The discussion will be about a series of articles recently published on the use of antibiotics to treat appendicitis instead of surgery. The CME will be based on a JAMA article:

Salminen, P et al. Antibiotic Therapy vs Appendectomy for Treatment of Uncomplicated Acute AppendicitisThe APPAC Randomized Clinical Trial JAMA. 2015;313(23):2340-2348. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.6154.

Currently, this article has a CME quiz that counts for 1 AMA PRA category 1 credit. Participants in the social media pilot will be eligible for an additional 1 AMA PRA category 1 credit.

If successful, this pilot will facilitate a change in the definition of AMA PRA category 1 credits to include social media discussions. Even if you do not need the CME, we encourage you to participate in this pilot to facilitate the evolution of CME to recognize the learning that occurs when clinicians communicate on social media. If you are interested in participating in the pilot CME activity, please email for more information.


October #IGSJC

Niraj J. Gusani, MD, MS, FACS (@NirajGusani)

Join us for the October International General Surgery Journal Club tweetchat (#IGSJC) on Wed October 8th and Thursday October 9th.

Our topic this month is the effect of surgical complications on long-term outcomes after cancer surgery. The paper we have chosen is entitled, “Infectious Postoperative Complications Decrease Long-term Survival in Patients Undergoing Curative Surgery for Colorectal Cancer: A Study of 12,075 Patients.” by Artinyan, et al. at Baylor College of Medicine and the Michael DeBakey Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Houston, TX. This paper was published online recently in Annals of Surgery and our colleagues at that journal (@annalsofsurgery) have graciously made the manuscript available for download free from October 1 – 31.

I will moderate the chat (@NirajGusani) and will be joined by primary author, Avo Artinyan, MD (@AvoArtinyanMD), and senior author David Berger, MD (@DHBBaylorMed). We look forward to a lively discussion on this important topic.

Please join us for what will be sure to be an engaging and stimulating conversation. A few reminders:
1) Please use the #IGSJC hashtag in all tweets
2) Follow authors @AvoArtinyanMD and @DHBBaylorMed and moderator @NirajGusani
3) RTs from the @IGSJC account are only to add #IGSJC hashtag or to repost questions to the entire community. They do not represent endorsements.
4) Search twitter for #IGSJC to see the entire conversation – Tweetdeck and Hootsuite are great tools to maintain a running search. More details about how to use Twitter and participate in a Twitter chat are available for those new to Social Media.