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Continuing Medical Education
July 15, 1998

July 15, 1998July 15, 1998

JAMA. 1998;280(3):303-304. doi:10.1001/jama.280.3.303
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 only those hours of credit 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:

Authorship: The Coin of the Realm, The Source of ComplaintsArticle

Educational objective: To learn that authorship disputes are increasingly frequent.

Prevalence of Articles With Honorary Authors and Ghost Authors in Peer-Reviewed Medical JournalsArticle

Educational objective: To learn how often medical journal articles have honorary or ghost authors.

Does Masking Author Identity Improve Peer Review Quality? A Randomized Controlled TrialArticle

Educational objective: To learn whether masking author identity improves peer review quality.

Adherence to Published Standards of Reporting: A Comparison of Placebo-Controlled Trials Published in English or GermanArticle

Educational objective: To learn about reporting deficiencies in published randomized controlled trials.

Publication Bias and Research on Passive Smoking: Comparison of Published and Unpublished StudiesArticle

Educational objective: To learn that publication may be delayed if a study's results are not statistically significant.

Positive-Outcome Bias and Other Limitations in the Outcome of Research Abstracts Submitted to a Scientific MeetingArticle

Educational objective: To learn that studies with positive results are more likely to be accepted for presentation at scientific meetings and published.

A Comparison of the Opinions of Experts and Readers as to What Topics a General Medical Journal (JAMA) Should AddressArticle

Educational objective: To learn how often editors and editorial board members agree with readers about topics to emphasize for publication.

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