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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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
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
New Findings in the Genetics of AlcoholismArticle
Educational Objective: To learn of some heritable
characteristics that may be associated with increased risk for
Fall-Induced Injuries and Deaths Among Older AdultsArticle
Educational Objective: To learn that fall injuries that
require hospitalization may be increasing.
Are Guidelines Following Guidelines? The Methodological Quality
of Clinical Practice GuidelinesArticle
Educational Objective: To learn that practice guidelines often
do not meet methodological standards.
Risk of Meningococcal Infection in College StudentsArticle
Educational Objective: To learn that college students living
in dormitories may be at increased risk
of meningococcal infection.
Tourism and Hotel Revenues Before and After Passage of Smoke-Free
Educational Objective: To learn that smoke-free restaurant
ordinances may not decrease tourism.
Clinical Epidemiological Quality in Molecular Genetic Research:
The Need for Methodological StandardsArticle
Educational Objective: To learn that research on the risk,
diagnosis, and treatment of genetic disease
Meta-analysis of Trials Comparing β-Blockers, Calcium
Antagonists, and Nitrates for Stable AnginaArticle
Educational Objective: To compare the safety and effectiveness
of anti-anginal drugs.
A 44-Year-Old Woman With Severe Pain at the End of LifeArticle
Educational Objective: To review the clinical management of
terminally ill patients
with persistent pain.
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