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
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for physicians. The AMA designates this educational activity for up to
1 hour of category 1 CME credit per JAMA issue toward the AMA
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credit only those hours that were actually spent in this educational
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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
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then your responsibility to maintain a record of credit received.
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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
The following articles in this issue may be read for CME
Comprehensive Discharge Planning and Home Follow-up of
Hospitalized Elders: A Randomized Clinical TrialArticle
Educational Objective: To learn that hospital discharge
planning and follow-up home care may benefit elderly patients.
Analysis of Missed Cases of Abusive Head TraumaArticle
Educational Objective: To learn that abusive head trauma is
often unrecognized by physicians.
Geographic Variation in the Treatment of Acute Myocardial
Infarction: The Cooperative Cardiovascular ProjectArticle
Educational Objective: To learn that effective therapy for
acute myocardial infarction is underused.
Increased Pulse Pressure and Risk of Heart Failure in the ElderlyArticle
Educational Objective: To learn that increased pulse pressure
may predict congestive heart failure.
Is Physician Detection Associated With Thinner Melanomas?Article
Educational Objective: To emphasize the importance of regular
skin examination by physicians.
Distribution of Variable vs Fixed Costs of Hospital CareArticle
Educational Objective: To understand that most hospital costs
Clinical Course of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy in a Regional
United States CohortArticle
Educational Objective: To learn about the natural history of
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