This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. UTMB is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Because CME activities are conducted in the public interest, it is important to assure the public that education received by physicians and other health care professionals through whom patient care decisions are made is conducted with the highest integrity, scientific objectivity, and independent of influence by commercial interests. A conflict of interest exists when individuals have both a financial relationship with a commercial interest and the opportunity to affect the content of CME about the product or services of that commercial interest. The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) holds providers of CME responsible for collecting information from its instructors, planners and managers of CME content and resolving those conflicts prior to the commencement of the CME activity. The intent of the conflict of interest resolution process is to ensure that provider, faculty and planner financial relationships with commercial interests and resultant loyalties do not supersede the public interest in the design and delivery of continuing medical education activities for the profession. The ACCME holds providers of CME responsible for ensuring that the participants in a CME activity are provided disclosure information for all persons involved in decisions related to (1) identification of CME needs; (2) determination of educational objectives; (3) selection and presentation of content; (4) selection of all persons and organizations that will be in a position to control the content of the CME; (5) selection of educational methods; and (6) evaluation of the activity. The UTMB Office of Continuing Education will review financial disclosure information for all presenters, reviewers and planning committee members; determine relevance of relationships and will resolve any conflicts of interests prior to the activity. Disclosure information for all presenters, reviewers and planning committee members for this activity will be shown in the activity syllabus.
The information in this educational activity is provided for general medical education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician in his or her assessment of the diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The viewpoints expressed in this CME activity are those of the faculty. They do not represent an endorsement by the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Texas Sinus Institute, Texas Voice Performance Institute and/or Texas Skull Base Physicians. In no event will the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Texas Sinus Institute, Texas Voice Performance Institute and/or Texas Skull Base Physicians be liable for any decision made or action taken in reliance upon the information provided through this CME activity.