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.
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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.
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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
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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 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,
Educational Objective: To learn about trends
in deaths among UN peacekeeping force missions.
Policies of Deterrence and the Mental Health of Asylum
Educational Objective: To learn that policies
of deterrence may exacerbate symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder among
After reading 3 of these articles, complete the CME Evaluation Form.
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