Beyond the OR: Perioperative Evaluation and Management

This activity will highlight practice changing updates for the outpatient and inpatient general internists to manage patients prior to and after surgery.

Target Audience

Healthcare providers of all specialties may benefit from the information presented.

Learning Objectives

This activity will highlight practice changing updates for the outpatient and inpatient general internists to manage patients prior to and after surgery. The information presented will address best practices for obtaining a perioperative history and physical, guidance on medication management, and conducting appropriate follow-up care. Given the interdisciplinary nature of perioperative care, the information will focus on how generalists can join alongside surgical colleagues to help patients navigate perioperative care. At the conclusion of this activity, the learner should be able to:

  • Develop communication skills between specialists to help patients better navigate perioperative care;
  • Identify the elements of a thorough perioperative office visit;
  • Develop a framework for perioperative lab testing and imaging;
  • Evaluate challenges in medication management in the perioperative setting;
  • Analyze post-operative fever through other frameworks besides 5 Ws.

Additional Information

Southern Medical Association
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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Southern Medical Association (SMA) requires instructors, planners, managers, and all other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose conflicts of interest (COI) with ineligible entities within the last 24 months of the development of this activity. All identified COIs are thoroughly vetted and mitigated prior to the release of the activity. SMA is committed to providing its learners with high quality activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.

The following individuals have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.


Christopher D. Jackson, MD, FSSCI
Dr. Chris Jackson serves as Associate Program Director for Curriculum and Education, and Assistant Clerkship Director for Internal Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Center for Health System Improvement. A native of Augusta, GA, he studied Biology and Sociology at Emory University and received his Doctor of Medicine degree at the Medical College of Georgia. He completed his residency and a year as Chief Medical Resident residency at UTHSC where he joined the faculty in the Division of General Internal Medicine and the Center for Health System Improvement in 2019. Dr. Jackson’s research interests focus on evaluating educational and quality improvement efforts to improve primary care practice, patient-centered health outcomes, and delivery of evidence-based medicine. 

SMA Education Planning Committee:
Christopher Morris, MD
Steven Strode, MD

Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Southern Medical Association designates this Internet Activity Enduring Material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. 

AANPCP: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Healthcare Professionals

For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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