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Continuing Medical Education
August 2, 2000

August 2, 2000

JAMA. 2000;284(5):635-636. doi:10.1001/jama.284.5.635
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.

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

Health Care of Torture SurvivorsArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that a history of torture is not uncommon among refugees, and how to diagnose and manage the sequelae of torture.

Mental Health, Social Functioning, and Attitudes of Kosovar Albanians Following the War in KosovoArticle

Educational Objective: To understand that impaired mental health and social functioning may be pervasive among people subjected to "ethnic cleansing."

Mental Health and Nutritional Status Among the Adult Serbian Minority in KosovoArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that undernutrition in Kosovar Serbians may be particularly common among older adults.

Homicide and Suicide Rates Associated With Implementation of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention ActArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that a national policy requiring background checks for firearm purchasers may have little effect on homicide and suicide rates.

Pituitary-Adrenal and Autonomic Responses to Stress in Women After Sexual and Physical Abuse in ChildhoodArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that child abuse may increase central nervous system vulnerability to psychosocial stress.

Fatality Trends in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations, 1948-1998Article

Educational Objective: To learn about trends in deaths among UN peacekeeping force missions.

Policies of Deterrence and the Mental Health of Asylum SeekersArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that policies of deterrence may exacerbate symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder among asylum seekers.

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