Goals and Objectives

Southern Medical Journal is an interdisciplinary, multi-specialty Journal, and articles span the spectrum of medical topics, providing timely, up-to-date information for primary care physicians and specialists alike. The SMJ enables physicians to provide the best possible care to patients in this age of rapidly changing modern medicine.  Therefore, the readers of the SMJ are an appropriate target for this article.

Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is a noninvasive form of breast cancer with an unpredictable risk of either progression to invasive disease or recurrence. The typical treatment of DCIS occurs at the time of diagnosis, which results in the overtreatment of certain patients with a low propensity for disease progression or recurrence. Gene expression profiling has played an important role in the risk stratification of patients with invasive breast cancer and has helped to guide management algorithms, but it is evolving in the treatment of DCIS. This article reviews the current data and recommendations for the use of genomic profiling for DCIS. Upon completion, the learner should be better prepared to:

  • Discuss with colleagues the technology of scoring ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast using gene expression profiling and its application to risk stratification of patients.

Course Information

CME Release Date: October 3rd, 2017
Valid for credit through:  October 3rd, 2018
Course type:  CME Journal Article
Sponsored in part by:  SMA Services, Inc.
Estimated time of completion: 1 hour


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 CME Journal Article for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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 goals and objectives, accreditation information, and author disclosures.
  • Study the educational content and references.
  • Online, choose the best answer to each test question. To receive a certificate, you must receive a passing score of 80%.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and attestation.

Upon completion of the evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed within 2 weeks.  Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you can contact Southern Medical Association for a duplicate copy of your credit.

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