Continuing Medical Education Credit for JSLS Manuscript Reviewers


The Society for Laparoscopic & Robotic Surgeons (SLS) 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 surgical community.

The granting of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for the Journal of the Society of Laparoscopic & Robotic Surgeons (JSLS) and MIS Case Reports from SLS (CRSLS) 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 towards the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award per year.

To obtain CME credit for manuscript review, reviewers must request credit and complete their reviews in a timely manner. They must acknowledge commercial support (if applicable) and financial interest, arrangement, or affiliation with any commercial organization that may have a direct or indirect interest in the content of manuscripts submitted to JSLS and CRSLS.

Accreditation Statement

The Society of Laparoscopic & Robotic Surgeons (SLS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

The SLS designates this manuscript review activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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 laparoendoscopic surgery.
  • 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. 


Michael S. Kavic, MD*

Professor Emeritus of Surgery
Northeast Ohio Medical University


*Disclosure Information
Michael S. Kavic, MD has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.