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CME Credit for LSM Manuscript Review

Accreditation Statement

The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc. (ASLMS) is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

As an accredited provider, the ASLMS may grant AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for the review of manuscripts submitted for possible publication in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine (LSM), which is the official Journal of the Society and published by Wiley-Blackwell.

Manuscript Review for CME Activity Overview

ASLMS offers AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for reviewing manuscripts. Only reviews received on time and judged to be satisfactory by the Editor-­in-­Chief will be eligible for CME credit.

Features most important to the quality of manuscript review include: adherence to reviewer guidelines, accuracy, specificity, completeness, usefulness of recommendations, internal consistency, tone and mindfulness of the needs of the biomedical and biophotonics communities.

The granting of American Medical Association (AMA) Physician Recognition Award (PRA) Category 1 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit for the Lasers in Surgery and Medicine journal (LSM) manuscript review process emphasizes the education benefit reviewers (as learners) receive by participating in the manuscript review process.  

There is no limit to the number of manuscripts a physician may review. However, the AMA stipulates that a limit of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for journal manuscript reviews can be used toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award per year. Therefore, the ASLMS has adopted a limit of awarding 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ per year per individual reviewer for manuscript review.

To obtain CME credit for manuscript review, reviewers must indicate a request for credit on the provided reviewer form and complete their reviews in a timely manner. Reviewers must acknowledge commercial support (if applicable) and financial interests, arrangements, or affiliations with any commercial entity that may have a direct or indirect interest in the content of manuscripts submitted to LSM.

Designation Statement

The ASLMS designates this educational activity for a maximum of up 15 hours AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Educational Objectives / Learning Outcomes

Participation in Journal Manuscript Review for CME:

  • Increases competence in the reviewer by broad exposure to scholarly literature, increased exposure to other published works and scientific exchange as is required for appropriate evaluation and review of the materials.
  • Affords both the reviewer and readers with current information on minimally invasive surgery, surgical practice, techniques, technology and management and prevention of complications and assessment of surgical outcomes for a wide range of procedures as per the scope of the journal.
  • Improves performance, via Increased knowledge and the ability to view and critically assess literature relative to these topics, by providing detailed information and best practices as well as assessment of new techniques and technologies.
  • Improves performance by providing reviewers and readers opportunities to benchmark their practice with that of others, share knowledge and use technology better and more safely.
  • Improves patient outcomes as new strategies are adopted in individual practices as well as the practices of institutions.

Participating in the manuscript review process should assist the reviewer to:

  • Improve their skill in the critical analysis of medical literature and knowledge of current issues in the field of lasers and energy-based devices for biomedical application.
  • Increase their skill in reviewing and authoring journal articles, as well as improve behavior and performance in practice.
  • Evaluate how a research question or investigational clinical application is formulated and articulated in a proposed manuscript.
  • Conduct an appropriate review of the literature related to the proposed manuscript.
  • Synthesize the literature review with a thorough review of the proposed manuscript thereby identifying its strengths and weaknesses prior to publication.

Brian F. Wong, MD, PhD
Lasers in Surgery and Medicine

Raymond J. Lanzafame, MD, MBA
CME Director, ASLMS


The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery is the world’s largest scientific organization dedicated to promoting research, education and high standards of clinical care in the field of medical laser applications. It provides a forum for the exchange of scientific information and participation in communicating the latest developments in laser medicine and surgery to clinicians, research investigators, government and regulatory agencies, and the public.

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