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Continuing Education Information

The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc. (ASLMS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. For more information, see our continuing medical education details.

To view possible number of CME / CE Credits for pre-Conference courses, AM/PM knowledge power hours or workshops, and possible number of CME credits for 2020 Annual Conference sessions, see Continuing Education Credits.

CME Directives for ASLMS Planners, Teachers, and Authors

Important directives to review regarding the "Dos and Do Nots" for every individual who is involved in the planning, decision making, or delivery process of a CME Educational Activity.  See our CME Directives for ASLMS Planners, Teachers, and Authors for more information.

Annual Conference Objectives

Educational Needs

The educational needs are to advance the science of laser medicine and surgery, provide better education in the safe and effective clinical use of laser and energy devices, involve trainees in laser education and train non-medical clinical personnel who work in the laser field. Through didactic lectures, panels, courses, and conversation, the ASLMS Annual Conference instructs attendees on everything from the basic science behind energy-tissue interactions to the most up-to-date laser and energy device research to their everyday practical use in the clinic.

Designated Participants

The designated participants are all those interested in the use of laser, energy devices, optics, and ancillary fields of surgery and medicine. The ASLMS Annual Conference is not a specialty specific conference but rather technology specific conference. Physicians attending the conference include dermatologists, plastic surgeons, otolaryngologists, urologists, general surgeons, neurologists, neurosurgeons, cardiologists, oncologists, gynecologists, just to name a few. Laboratory researchers attending the conference include, but are not limited to, engineers, physicists, biologists, and chemists. In addition, attendees from the nursing and allied health fields as well as industry itself are all welcome to share information about a variety of topics on lasers.

Background Requirements

While knowledge of lasers and energy devices and their use in medicine and surgery is desired, the conference is directed at all levels including novices coming to learn about lasers for the very the first time.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Attendees who attend the conference will gain a better understanding of the new basic science and clinical research in lasers and energy devices that may lead to novel therapeutic strategies. In addition, attendees will be better able to select appropriate laser and energy device therapies for specific patient problems; and anticipate, prevent, and manage adverse events associated with clinical laser treatments and collaborate with patients to develop treatment plans that meet their physical and emotional needs. Attendees will identify gaps in their knowledge ad performance and will use the information presented at the Annual Conference to close those gaps and improve their clinical outcomes and reduce complications. These learning objectives will be reached by attendance in pre-conference courses on fundamentals and clinical applications, focus sessions, abstract sessions, expert panels, and poster presentations. The multispecialty nature of the conference provides cross-fertilization among specialties, which frequently leads to clinical breakthroughs in multiple fields.