CME Course

Diagnosis of Pigmented Lesions

This activity highlights common pigmented lesions, including how to recognize suspicious skin lesions, and diagnostic techniques.

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Target Audience

 All healthcare providers.

Goals and Objectives

According to the American College of Surgeons, the number of cases of cutaneous malignant melanoma is on the rise, with more than 100,000 cases reported this year, and over 7,000 reported deaths. Recognition and early detection of skin cancer is paramount to timely treatment and improved patient outcomes. Clinicians should be aware of the risk factors for skin cancer, and include skin inspection for lesions as part of routine examinations, as earlier recognition and diagnosis can save lives. During this session, Dr. Guenther will  provide an overview of common pigmented lesions and describe diagnostic techniques. At the conclusion of the session, learners should be better prepared to:

  1. List at least three skills that physician leaders should have to be successful leaders;
  2. Explain how the role of a physician leader is different than the role of a practicing physician;
  3. Describe the spectrum of leadership opportunities that exists for physicians from the individual practice level to an executive role at a hospital or healthcare system.

Course Information

CME Release Date: December 11, 2020
Valid for credit through: December 11, 2021
Course type: Video Lecture
Estimated time of completion: 30 Minutes

Credits Available

Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Southern Medical Association designates this Internet Activity Enduring Material for a maximum of .50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

AANPCP: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Healthcare Professionals
For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated; learners should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

  • Read the course description, accreditation information, and disclosure information.
  • Login to access the course content and resources for further study.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and attestation.

Upon successful completion of the test, evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed from customerservice@sma.org within approximately 1 hour. Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you may login to your account to print a duplicate copy of your certificate.

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

As an organization accredited by the ACCME, Southern Medical Association requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The ACCME defines "relevant financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount, occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest.

Southern Medical Association encourages Speakers/Authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

Speaker: J. Michael Guenther, MD, is a surgical oncologist with fellowship training focused on malignant melanoma.  He has practiced at St Elizabeth for nearly 20 years.  His clinical interests are in cutaneous oncology and breast cancer in particular. Dr. Guenther’s wife is a breast cancer survivor, and they have 4 children. Outside interests in golf and his children's sports. Dr. Guenther has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships:

  • Served as a member of a speakers bureau for: Castle Biosciences, and received an honorarium.

Activity Chair: Philip Hartman, MD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

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