At the 2001 annual meeting of the American College of Physicians (ACP), a new and innovative teaching format, the "Clinical Pearls" session, was introduced. Clinical Pearls sessions were designed to teach physicians using clinical cases. The session format involves specialty speakers presenting a number of short cases to a physician audience. Each case is followed by a multiple-choice question, answered by each attendee using an electronic audience-response system. After a summary of the answer distribution is shown, the correct answer is displayed and the speaker discusses important teaching points and clarifies why one answer is most clinically appropriate. Each case presentation ends with 1 or 2 "Clinical Pearls," defined as a practical teaching point, supported by the literature, and generally not well known to most internists. The Clinical Pearls sessions are consistently one the most popular and well attended sessions at the American College of Physicians' national meeting each year. Herein, we present the Clinical Pearls in Perioperative Medicine, presented at the ACP National Meeting in San Francisco, California, April 11-13, 2013.
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