Adrenal Masses: Often Incidental, Not Always Insignificant

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Release Date: April 2013

Expiration Date: April 2014

Estimated time to complete the educational activity: 1 hour

This activity is jointly sponsored by Medical Education Resources and Haymarket Medical Education.

Statement of Need: Although adrenal masses are often discovered incidentally, only appropriate evaluation can establish these neoplasms as insignificant. Indeed, some data suggest that more than 15% of lesions may require resection. As such, modern management of so-called adrenal incidentalomas pivots on informed and individualized treatment choices.

Target Audience: This activity has been designed to meet the needs of urologists, nephrologists, and allied healthcare clinicians who treat patients with adrenal tumors.

Educational Objectives: After completing the activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Differentiate types of adrenal neoplasms—both those that are typically seen in clinical practice and lesions that manifest more rarely.
  • Assess imaging characteristics and protocols for managing adrenal pathology.
  • Review metabolic evaluation procedures that accompany adrenal tumor diagnosis.

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 (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of Medical Education Resources (MER) and Haymarket Medical Education. MER is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation:Medical Education Resources designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest: Medical Education Resources ensures balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all our educational programs. In accordance with this policy, MER identifies conflicts of interest with its instructors, content managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of an activity. Conflicts are resolved by MER to ensure all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in a CME activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis. MER is committed to providing its learners with high-quality CME activities that promote improvements or quality in health care and not a commercial interest.

The faculty reported the following financial relationships with commercial interests whose products or services may be mentioned in this CME activity:

Name of Faculty Reported Financial Relationship
Alexander Kutikov, MD Grants/Research Support: Department of Defense, Physician Research Training Award
Ownership Interest/Shareholder: Co-founder/Co-owner VisibleHealth, Inc.; Co-founder/Co-owner UrologyMatch LLC

The content managers, Jody A. Charnow and Marina Galanakis, of Haymarket Medical Education, and Julie Johnson, PharmD, of Medical Education Resources, have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships or conflicts of interest.

Method of Participation: There are no fees for participating in and receiving CME credit for this activity. During the period December 2012 through December 2013, participants must: 1) read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures, 2) study the educational activity, 3) complete the posttest and submit it online. Physicians may register at http://www.myCME.com/renalandurologynews, and 4) complete the evaluation form online.

A statement of credit will be issued only upon receipt of a completed activity evaluation form and a completed post-test with a score of 70% or better.

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