General Trauma

Surgical Treatment of Rib Plating

Activity Details
  • Credit Type: CME
  • Credit Amount: 1.00
  • Cost: $70.00
  • Release: Aug 20, 2014
  • Expires: Aug 19, 2017
  • Estimated Time to Complete:
    1 Hour(s)
  • Average User Rating:
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David J.  Ciesla David J. Ciesla, MD
Professor of Surgery
Acute Care Surgery Division
Department of Surgery
Morsani College of Medicine
University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida
Medical Director Regional Trauma Program
Tampa General Hospital
Tampa, Florida

Needs Statement

Rib fractures are common after injury. Historic treatment strategies have emphasized pain control and non-operative treatment as the preferred therapy for most patients. Recent innovations in surgical technique and hardware design have the potential to improve rib fracture care. The purpose of this module is to review the contemporary surgical treatment of rib fractures. 

Target Audience



Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe current understanding of bone healing
  2. Define indications for operative treatment of rib fractures
  3. Describe operative approaches to rib cage
  4. List the risks and benefits of surgery


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma. The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine presents this activity for educational purposes only. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected for presentations because of recognized expertise in their field.

ACGME Competencies

  • Patient care

Faculty Disclosure

No speaker, planner or content reviewer has any relevant financial relationships to disclose. No speaker will discuss the off-label use of a product.

Content review confirmed that the content was developed in a fair, balanced manner free from commercial bias. Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone commercial bias in any presentation, but it is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation


This activity is jointly provided by the University of Kentucky and Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma.