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 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.
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
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
The following articles in this issue may be read for CME credit:
Laparoscopic Advances in General SurgeryArticle
Educational Objective: To understand the general
surgical conditions amenable to laparoscopic treatment.
Intravenous Nesiritide vs Nitroglycerin for Treatment
of Decompensated Congestive Heart Failure: A Randomized Controlled TrialArticle
Educational Objective: To compare the effects
of nesiritide and nitroglycerin in patients with decompensated congestive
Short-term Intravenous Milrinone for Acute Exacerbation
of Chronic Heart Failure: A Randomized Controlled TrialArticle
Educational Objective: To learn that patients
hospitalized with acute exacerbation of chronic heart failure may not benefit
from treatment with the inotropic agent milrinone.
Association Between Pulse Pressure and Mortality in
Patients Undergoing Maintenance HemodialysisArticle
Educational Objective: To learn that pulse
pressure is associated with the risk of death in patients undergoing hemodialysis.
Relationship Between Prepregnancy Anthrax Vaccination
and Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes Among US Army WomenArticle
Educational Objective: To learn that anthrax
vaccination may not affect pregnancy or birth rates.
Relationship of Prenatal Diagnosis and Pregnancy Termination
to Overall Infant Mortality in CanadaArticle
Educational Objective: To learn that prenatal
diagnosis of congenital anomalies with pregnancy termination may reduce infant
congenital anomaly death rates.
A 75-Year-Old Man With DepressionArticle
Educational Objective: To review the clinical
management of depression in elderly patients.
After reading 3 of these articles, complete the CME Evaluation Form.
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