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Continuing Medical Education
July 18, 2001

July 18, 2001

JAMA. 2001;286(3):359-360. doi:10.1001/jama.286.3.359
Physicians in the United States, Canada, and Mexico

Physicians with current and valid licenses in the United States, Canada, or Mexico who read any 3 of the selected continuing medical education (CME) articles in this issue of JAMA, complete the CME Evaluation Form, and fax it to the number or mail it to the address at the bottom of the CME Evaluation Form are eligible for category 1 CME credit. There is no charge.

The American Medical Association (AMA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor CME for physicians. The AMA designates this educational activity for up to 1 hour of category 1 CME credit per JAMA issue toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award (PRA). Each physician should claim for credit only those hours that were actually spent in this educational activity.

Physicians in Other Countries

Physicians with current and valid licenses in the United States, Mexico, or Canada are eligible for CME credit even if they live or practice in other countries. Physicians licensed in other countries are also welcome to participate in this CME activity. However, the PRA is available only to physicians licensed in the United States, Canada, or Mexico.

Earning Credit and the CME Evaluation Form

To earn credit, read 3 of the articles listed below that are designated for CME credit carefully and complete the CME Evaluation Form. The CME Evaluation Form must be submitted within 1 month of the issue date. A certificate awarding 1 hour of category 1 CME credit will be faxed or mailed to you; it is then your responsibility to maintain a record of credit received.

One of our goals is to assess continually the educational needs of our readers so we may enhance the educational effectiveness of JAMA. To achieve this goal, we need your help. You must complete the CME Evaluation Form to receive credit.

Statement of Educational Purpose

JAMA is a general medical journal. Its mission and educational purpose is to promote the science and art of medicine and the betterment of the public health. A flexible curriculum of article topics is developed annually by THE JOURNAL's editorial board and is then supplemented throughout the year with information gained from readers, authors, reviewers, and editors. To accommodate the diversity of practice types within JAMA's readership, the Reader's Choice CME activity allows readers, as adult learners, to determine their own educational needs and to assist the editors in addressing their needs in future issues.

Readers of JAMA should be able to attain the following educational objectives: (1) select and read at least 3 articles in 1 issue to gain new medical information on topics of particular interest to them as physicians, (2) assess the articles' value to them as practicing physicians, and (3) think carefully about how this new information may influence their own practices. The educational objective for each CME article is given after the article title below.

CME Articles in This Issue of JAMA

The following articles in this issue may be read for CME credit:

Right Heart Catheterization and Cardiac Complications in Patients Undergoing Noncardiac Surgery: An Observational StudyArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that hemodynamic monitoring via right heart catheterization may not benefit patients undergoing major noncardiac surgery.

Analgesic Use and Renal Function in MenArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that moderate analgesic use may not increase the risk of renal dysfunction.

Pacifier Use, Early Weaning, and Cry/Fuss Behavior: A Randomized Controlled TrialArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that pacifier use may be a marker of breastfeeding difficulties or reduced motivation to breastfeed.

C-Reactive Protein, Interleukin 6, and Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes MellitusArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that biological indicators of inflammation may predict the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Relationship Between Methodological Trial Quality and the Effects of Selective Digestive Decontamination on Pneumonia and Mortality in Critically Ill PatientsArticle

Educational Objective: To understand the importance of trial quality in assessing the effects of intensive care unit interventions.

Does This Patient Have Clubbing?Article

Educational Objective: To understand the precision and accuracy of clinical examination for clubbing.

After reading 3 of these articles, complete the CME Evaluation Form.