I am pleased to introduce the latest article, “Soft Tissue Masses: When To Treat, When To Refer,” 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.
Given the potentially serious nature of soft tissue masses in the lower extremity, it is vital to ensure either an informed course of treatment or an appropriate, timely referral. Accordingly, Bradley W. Bakotic, DPM, DO, discusses common soft tissue tumors and neoplasms in the lower extremity, offers pertinent diagnostic insights and reviews indications for different biopsy techniques.
At the end of this article, you’ll find a 10-question exam. Please mark your responses on the enclosed postcard 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: May 2006.
EXPIRATION DATE: May 31, 2007.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
• differentiate between soft tissue tumors and soft tissue neoplasms in the lower extremity;
• list common soft tissue tumors that arise in the feet;
• list malignant soft tissue neoplasms that are common in the feet;
• discuss clinical findings that would prompt a biopsy of soft tissue tumors in the lower extremity;
• compare and contrast biopsy techniques for soft tissue tumors; and
• discuss which biopsy techniques would necessitate a referral to other clinicians.
Sponsored by the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education.