Practical Reviews in General Surgery

Stay current on the latest advances in General Surgery with our unbiased expert reviews from today's leading medical journals.

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Practical Reviews is just that—practical, expert reviews of the most relevant articles from leading medical journals in General Surgery.

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Our expert medical faculty conduct a comprehensive review of hundreds of articles from current leading medical journals so you don't have to. Our knowledge leaders summarize the most relevant medical research for you to review at your convenience and add commentary with perspective for applying these findings in your own practice.

Connect to Practical Reviews in General Surgery and get:

  • 16 articles summarized in each issue, each with an expert audio review
  • Online quizzes and instant pass/fail notification
  • Instant access to our database of General Surgery journal reviews
  • 14 issues annually
  • Ability to earn up to 56 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

View our full list of Reviewers, Journals, Accreditation and Media Format information.

Did You Know?

Arjun S. Chanmugam, MD, MBA, the Attending Emergency Physician with the Johns Hopkins Hospital, serves as the Medical Director for Practical Reviews.

Articles in each issue of Practical Reviews are selected, vetted and summarized by expert panelists who are some of the leading practitioners and instructors in their fields.

The free Practical Reviews app provides easy search capabilities across 125,000+ articles to aid you in your research needs.

Coordinating Editor

John A. Weigelt, MD, DVM, MMA

  • Milt & Lidy Lunda/Charles Aprahamian Professor
  • Professor & Chief
  • Trauma & Critical Care Surgery
  • Department of Surgery
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee, WI

Administrative Editor

Pamela A Lipsett, MD, FACS, FCCM, MHPE

  • Professor of Surgery, Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, and Nursing
  • Warfield M. Firor Endowed Professorship
  • The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Baltimore, MD


Kathleen Christians, MD, FACS

  • Professor of Surgery
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee, WI

Alexander L. Colonna, MD, FACS

  • Assistant Professor
  • University of Utah
  • Salt Lake City, UT

John R. Hyngstrom, MD, FACS

  • Assistant Professor, Surgical Oncology
  • University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Institute
  • Salt Lake City, UT

Jeremy Juern, MD

  • Associate Professor of Surgery
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee, WI

Andrew S. Kastenmeier, MD

  • Assistant Professor
  • The Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Division of General Surgery
  • Milwaukee, WI


Marta McCrum, MD, MPH

  • Assistant Professor
  • University of Utah
  • Division of General Surgery
  • Salt Lake City, UT

David J. Milia, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Division of Trauma/Critical Care
  • Milwaukee, WI

Raminder Nirula, MD, MPH

  • Trauma Medical Director
  • University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Department of Surgery
  • Salt Lake City, UT

Sam G. Pappas, MD

  • Associate Professor of Surgery
  • Loyola University Medical Center
  • Maywood, IL
  • American Journal of Medicine
  • American Journal of Surgery
  • Annals of Internal Medicine
  • Annals of Surgery
  • Archives of Internal Medicine
  • British Journal of Surgery
  • Cancer
  • Chest
  • Clinical Infectious Disease
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Diseases of the Colon & Rectum
  • Gastroenterology
  • JAMA Surgery
  • Journal of the American College of Surgeons
  • Journal of the American Medical Association
  • Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
  • The Lancet
  • The New England Journal of Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Surgical Infections
  • World Journal of Surgery

Statement of Need

CME is integrated into the process for improving professional practice with educational strategies implemented to remove, overcome or address barriers to physician change. Physicians are unable to consistently integrate new information into their practices because of the ways new medical knowledge is structured and disseminated, and the time it takes to completely scan for new information. Practical Reviews publications select and translate peer-reviewed literature for practical use, therefore diminishing the barrier of time.

Intended Audience

General surgeons and others interested in the diagnosis and treatment of surgical diseases.

Special Prerequisites for Participants

There are no prerequisites for participants.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Discuss the basics of surgical physiology and critical care
  • Explain evidence-based general procedures in pediatric, thoracic, gynecologic, and urologic surgery
  • Summarize the latest advances in anesthesia for pain management
  • Integrate non-conventional principles and practices with conventional surgical procedures
  • Discuss the latest basic science findings and their potential impact on clinical problems

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

Accreditation Statement

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Per Issue for Practical Reviews

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is also eligible for 4.0 credit hours in Category 2-B of the Continuing Medical Education Program of the American Osteopathic Association, provided it is completed in its entirety.

Practical Reviews in General Surgery provides AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™ and self-assessment credits toward Part 2 of the American Board of Surgery Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program to Physicians.

Estimated time to complete each issue: 4 hours.

Policy on Faculty and Provider Disclosure:

It is the policy of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine that the speaker and provider globally disclose conflicts of interest. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine OCME has established policies in place that will identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity. Detailed disclosure will be made in the instructional materials.

To obtain credit, the quiz must be completed online within 24 months of publication date. The participant must score a minimum of 75%.

Disclaimer Statement:

The opinions and recommendations expressed by faculty and other experts whose input is included in this program are their own. This enduring material is produced for educational purposes only. Use of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine name implies review of educational format design and approach. Please review the complete prescribing information of specific drugs or combination of drugs, including indications, contraindications, warnings and adverse effects before administering pharmacologic therapy to patients.

For release and expiration dates, please see the front matter material at the beginning of each issue.


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(Updated 4/09 and 3/14)


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