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.
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
CME Hiatus: CME will be suspended between July and
December 2002. Beginning in early 2003, we will offer CME online. We apologize
for the interruption.
Effects of Editorial Peer Review: A Systematic ReviewArticle
Education Objective: To review the evidence
that editorial peer review improves the quality of published studies.
Discussion Sections in Reports of Controlled Trials
Published in General Medical JournalsArticle
Educational Objective: To learn that authors
may seldom discuss the results of trials in the context of systematic reviews
of relevant research.
Publication Bias in Editorial Decision MakingArticle
Educational Objective: To learn that medical
journals may not be more likely to publish manuscripts with positive results
than manuscripts with results that are negative.
Postpublication Criticism and the Shaping of Clinical
Educational Objective: To learn that criticism
raised in letters to the editor about published studies may seldom be acknowledged
or responded to in clinical practice guidelines.
Comparison of Review Articles Published in Peer-Reviewed
and Throwaway JournalsArticle
Educational Objective: To learn that review
articles published in "throwaway" journals may be deficient in methodologic
and reporting quality, but may be easier to read.
Media Coverage of Scientific Meetings: Too Much, Too
Educational Objective: To learn that many studies
that are presented at scientific meetings and receive news media coverage
are not subsequently published in scientific journals.
Qualitative and Quantitative Measures of Indexed Health
Sciences Electronic JournalsArticle
Educational Objective: To learn that electronic
health sciences journals without print counterparts may not have the qualitative
or quantitative complexity of traditional print journals.
After reading 3 of these articles, complete the CME Evaluation Form.
June 5, 2002. JAMA. 2002;287(21):2875-2876. doi:10.1001/jama.287.21.2875