CME Information

Purpose and Learning Objectives:

SESATS XI provides a comprehensive review of the disorders of the lung, chest wall, and mediastinum, of acquired and congenital heart disease and of issues in critical care.
Completing SESATS XI will assess your knowledge of the cardiothoracic specialty as it relates to the best available evidence in the field.
After completion of this activity, you should be able to:  
  • assess and improve your cognitive knowledge within cardiac and thoracic surgery
  • discuss new innovations in the treatment of cardiac and thoracic diseases and integrate them into practice
  • implement current standards of diagnosis and care for surgical cardiac and thoracic diseases

CME Information:

“Self-Education Self-Assessment in Thoracic Surgery (SESATS)” is a comprehensive computer-based tool and examination intended to be used to study and review essential aspects of cardiac and thoracic surgery. Completion of the study process and examination is expected to require approximately 70 hours. You must successfully complete the entire SESATS activity to receive CME credit.  You are required to report the actual time of participation in the activity.  The computer program tracks your responses and time spent on review and completion of self-study sessions.  This information, analyzed in the summary performance report, influences the CME hours that can be awarded.
To complete this activity and receive credit, the participant should:
     – note the learning objectives
     – study and work through all the questions
     – complete the post-test evaluation and survey questions
This activity will no longer be designated for credit after December 31, 2017.
A CME certificate will be sent via email within two weeks of receipt of records indicating completion of the entire SESATS activity.
For questions regarding CME credit or the evaluation, please call Penn State Continuing Education at 717-531-6494 or e-mail  Please reference activity code G5264-14-T.

Accreditation Statement:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of Penn State College of Medicine and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS). Penn State College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Penn State College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 70 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
     Original release date: March 31, 2014
     Review/approval date:  February 6, 2017
     Expiration date: No credit will be given after December 31, 2017

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The content of SESATS is prepared based on a review of multiple sources of information but is not exhaustive of the subject matter. Therefore, health-care professionals and other individuals should review and consider other publications and materials and not rely solely on the information contained in this material. 
A panel of practicing surgeons, educators, and experts in tests and measurement constructed SESATS XI. The statements expressed in this volume reflect the opinions of the authors and the consensus of the SESATS XI committee, but not necessarily the opinions of Penn State College of Medicine. Author disclosures are listed following the complete list of contributors.