Understanding the Literature - Making Abstracts Not So Abstract [CME] (CONG2015-32C)

This course includes the following:


What is Evidence-Based Medicine and Why Is It Important?
Mark Meissner, MD

Study Design - Types and Differences
Kathleen Gibson, MD

Statistics 101
Yung-Wei Chi, DO, FAHA, FSVM

How to Conduct an Effective Literature Search
Mark Meissner, MD

Research in Your Office
Kathleen Gibson, MD

ACP Research Opportunities
Yung-Wei Chi, DO, FAHA, FSVM

Question and Answer
All Faculty


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Target Audience

The content of this activity is designed to meet the needs of the following target audience:  phlebologists, general surgeons, vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, interventional cardiologists, vascular medicine practitioners, dermatologists, dermatologic surgeons, family practice and internal medicine practitioners, plastic surgeons, obstetricians and gynecologists, cardiologists, and any other healthcare professional currently or planning on treating patients with venous disease.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this activity the participant should be able to:

  1. Discuss how to calculate the "number needed to treat (NNT)" in any clinical trial to obtain the specific benefit indicated in the study.
  2. Describe the key differences between cohort studies and case/control studies.
  3. Explain how the scientific quality of medical evidence should be used to guide treatment of individual patients.
  4. Summarize how to use Medline to identify the best data to answer specific clinical questions.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 2.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Yung-Wei Chi, DO, FAHA, FSVMSpeakerNonen/a
Stephanie Dentoni, MDContent ReviewerNonen/a
Kathleen Gibson, MDSpeaker



Bristol Myers Squibb


Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Iverson Genetics


Consultant; Research Support

Consultant; Research Support


Research Support

Research Support

Research Support

Research Support

Joseph T. Jenkins, MD, FACS, RVT, RPhS, RVTContent ReviewerNonen/a
Mark Meissner, MDModerator; SpeakerNonen/a
Stephen H. MossStaffNonen/a
Eric Mowatt-Larssen, MD, FACPh, RPhSPlannerNonen/a
Robert Worthington-Kirsch, MD, FSIR, FCIRSE, FACPh, RVT, RPVIContent ReviewerNonen/a



The views and opinions expressed in this activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the ACP. The participant should use his/her clinical judgment, knowledge, experience, and diagnostic skills in applying or adopting professional use of any of the information provided herein. Links to other sites may be provided as additional sources of information. Once you elect to link to a site outside of ACP Education you are subject to the terms and conditions of use, including copyright and licensing restriction, of that site.

Discussion of Off-Label Use

Although no longer required by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), ACP CME requests all faculty to inform learners of any products they will discuss that are off-label or investigational.

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Review & Recertification

This course was reviewed and recertified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM in November 2017.

Available Credit

  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 2.00 Attendance


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