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Continuing Medical Education
October 10, 2001

October 10, 2001

JAMA. 2001;286(14):1779-1780. doi:10.1001/jama.286.14.1779
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.

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

Relationship Between Depression and Other Medical IllnessesArticle

CME Articles in This Issue of JAMA

Educational Obective: To understand the relationship of depression to ischemic heart disease and other medical illnesses.

CME Articles in This Issue of JAMA

Integrating Primary Medical Care With Addiction Treatment: A Randomized Controlled TrialArticle

CME Articles in This Issue of JAMA

Educational Objective: To learn that integrated medical and substance abuse treatment for patients with substance abuse–related medical conditions may be cost-effective.

CME Articles in This Issue of JAMA

Methadone Maintenance in Primary Care: A Randomized Controlled TrialArticle

CME Articles in This Issue of JAMA

Educational Objective: To compare outcomes for opioid-dependent patients receiving methadone maintenance therapy in physicians' offices vs narcotic treatment programs.

CME Articles in This Issue of JAMA

Supplemental Insurance and Use of Effective Cardiovascular Drugs Among Elderly Medicare Beneficiaries With Coronary Heart DiseaseArticle

CME Articles in This Issue of JAMA

Educational Objective: To learn that elderly patients without insurance coverage for medications may have low usage rates of survival-enhancing drugs.

CME Articles in This Issue of JAMA

Has Misdiagnosis of Appendicitis Decreased Over Time? A Population-Based AnalysisArticle

CME Articles in This Issue of JAMA

Educational Objective: To learn that the accuracy of diagnosing appendicitis may not have improved with the availability of advanced diagnostic testing.

CME Articles in This Issue of JAMA

Serial Evaluation of the SOFA Score to Predict Outcome in Critically Ill PatientsArticle

CME Articles in This Issue of JAMA

Educational Objective: To understand how well an organ failure scoring system predicts mortality for critically ill patients.

CME Articles in This Issue of JAMA

Natural Limits of Pregnancy Testing in Relation to the Expected Menstrual PeriodArticle

CME Articles in This Issue of JAMA

Educational Objective: To learn that approximately 10% of pregnancies may not be detectable on the first day of missed menses.

CME Articles in This Issue of JAMA

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

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