I am pleased to introduce the latest article, “A Guide To Detecting Nail Pathology,” 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 that inappropriate management of nail unit dystrophy can arise from a lack of understanding of this clinical entity, Bradley W. Bakotic, DPM, DO, offers an insightful review of potential causes and contributing factors. Dr. Bakotic also provides a classification of types of nail unit dystrophy and insights on treatment. He also discusses the pros and cons of various diagnostic tests that are commonly used to augment the clinical diagnosis of onychomycosis.
At the end of this article, you’ll find a 10-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: September 2006.
EXPIRATION DATE: September 30, 2007.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
• discuss how the pathogenesis of nail unit dystrophy and onychomycosis can affect diagnosis and management;
• describe the four types of nail unit dystrophy outlined by the author;
• assess the roles of onycholysis and microtrauma in causing nail unit dystrophy;
• discuss how onychomycosis can be complicated by superimposed microtrauma; and
• assess the strengths and weaknesses of diagnostic tests for onychomycosis.
Sponsored by the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education.