I am pleased to introduce the latest article, “Expert Insights On Diagnosing Pigmented Skin Lesions,” in our CE series. This series, brought to you by the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education (NACCME), consists of regular CE activities that qualify for one continuing education contact hour (.1 CEU). Readers will not be required to pay a processing fee for this course.
Malignant lesions arise more often in the foot than might be believed, making early recognition and a proper diagnosis vital. Bradley W. Bakotic, DPM, DO, draws upon clinical experience to detail the factors that may lead to a missed diagnosis of such pigmented lesions. He enumerates the telltale signs of atypical lesions and offers pointers on obtaining biopsies.
At the end of this article, you’ll find a nine-question exam. Please mark your responses on the enclosed card and return it to NACCME. This course will be posted on Podiatry Today’s Web site (www.podiatrytoday.com) roughly one month after the publication date. I hope this CE series contributes to your clinical skills.
Jeff A. Hall
INSTRUCTIONS: Physicians may receive one continuing education contact hour (.1 CEU) by reading the article on pg. 77 and successfully answering the questions on pg. 82. Use the enclosed card provided to submit your answers or log on to www.podiatrytoday.com and respond via fax to (610) 560-0502.
ACCREDITATION: NACCME is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a sponsor of continuing education in podiatric medicine.
DESIGNATION: This activity is approved for 1 continuing education contact hour or .1 CEU.
DISCLOSURE POLICY: All faculty participating in Continuing Education programs sponsored by NACCME are expected to disclose to the audience any real or apparent conflicts of interest related to the content of their presentation.
DISCLOSURE STATEMENTS: Dr. Bakotic has disclosed that he has no significant financial relationship with any organization that could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest in the context of the subject of his presentation.
GRADING: Answers to the CE exam will be graded by NACCME. Within 60 days, you will be advised that you have passed or failed the exam. A score of 70 percent or above will comprise a passing grade. A certificate will be awarded to participants who successfully complete the exam.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Podiatrists.
RELEASE DATE: April 2005.
EXPIRATION DATE: April 30, 2006.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
• demonstrate an awareness of the prevalence of melanoma in the lower extremity;
• discuss factors that may lead to an incorrect or missed diagnosis of pigmented lesions;
• identify atypical pigmented lesions based upon their clinical chacteristics;
• list four key clinical characteristics of atypical pigmented lesions in the lower extremity; and
• cite the advantages of performing shave biopsies.
Sponsored by the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education.