Continuing Medical Education Credit for JSLS Manuscript Reviewers

Introduction

The Society for Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS) offers AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for reviewing manuscripts. Only reviews received on time and judged to be satisfactory by the Editor-in-Chief will be eligible for CME credit.

Features most important to the quality of manuscript review include: adherence to reviewer guidelines, accuracy, specificity, completeness, usefulness of recommendations, internal consistency, tone and mindfulness of the needs of the surgical community.

The granting of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for the Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (JSLS) manuscript review process emphasizes the education benefit reviewers (as learners) receive by participating in the manuscript review process.

There is no limit to the number of manuscripts a physician may review, however, the AMA stipulates that a limit of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for journal manuscript reviews can be used towards the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award per year.

To obtain CME credit for manuscript review, reviewers must request credit and complete their reviews in a timely manner. They must acknowledge commercial support (if applicable) and financial interest, arrangement, or affiliation with any commercial organization that may have a direct or indirect interest in the content of manuscripts submitted to JSLS.

Accreditation Statement

The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

The SLS designates this manuscript review activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Objectives/Purpose

Participating in the manuscript review process should assist the reviewer to:

  • Improve their skill in the critical analysis of medical literature and knowledge of current issues in the field of laparoendoscopic surgery.
  • Increase their skill in reviewing and authoring journal articles, as well as improve behavior and performance in practice.
  • Evaluate how a research question or investigational clinical application is formulated and articulated in a proposed manuscript.
  • Conduct an appropriate review of the literature related to the proposed manuscript.
  • Synthesize the literature review with a thorough review of the proposed manuscript thereby identifying its strengths and weaknesses prior to publication. 

 

Michael S. Kavic, MD*

Editor-in-Chief

JSLS

Director of Education, General Surgery

St. Elizabeth Health Center

Professor of Surgery & Vice Chair

Department of Surgery

Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine

 

*Disclosure Information

Michael S. Kavic, MD has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.