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Continuing Medical Education
March 3, 1999

March 3, 1999

JAMA. 1999;281(9):863-864. doi:10.1001/jama.281.9.863
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 on the next page. 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
CME Articles in This Issue of JAMA

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

CME Articles in This Issue of JAMA

Maternal Psychological Distress and Parenting Stress After the Birth of a Very Low-Birth-Weight InfantArticle

CME Articles in This Issue of JAMA

Educational Objective: To learn that mothers' psychological distress is related to their infants' severity of illness and developmental outcomes.

CME Articles in This Issue of JAMA

Incidence and Clinical Course of Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura Due to Ticlopidine Following Coronary StentingArticle

CME Articles in This Issue of JAMA

Educational Objective: To learn that thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura is a rare but often fatal complication of ticlopidine therapy.

CME Articles in This Issue of JAMA

Epidemiology, Etiology, and Impact of Traveler's Diarrhea in JamaicaArticle

CME Articles in This Issue of JAMA

Educational Objective: To learn that travelers to Jamaica seldom avoid high-risk foods and beverages and often contract diarrhea.

CME Articles in This Issue of JAMA

Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation for Low Back Pain: A Randomized Crossover StudyArticle

CME Articles in This Issue of JAMA

Educational Objective: To compare the effectiveness of low back pain therapies.

CME Articles in This Issue of JAMA

Postmarketing Surveillance and Adverse Drug Reactions: Current Perspectives and Future NeedsArticle

CME Articles in This Issue of JAMA

Educational Objective: To compare the utility of adverse drug reaction surveillance systems.

CME Articles in This Issue of JAMA

The Role of Meta-analysis in the Regulatory Process for Foods, Drugs, and DevicesArticle

CME Articles in This Issue of JAMA

Educational Objective: To understand the benefits of meta-analysis for food and drug safety.

CME Articles in This Issue of JAMA

Quality Assurance in Molecular Genetic Testing LaboratoriesArticle

CME Articles in This Issue of JAMA

Educational Objective: To learn that suboptimal molecular genetic laboratory practices are common.

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