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Archives CME
March 1999

Archives of Dermatology Reader's Choice: Continuing Medical Education

Arch Dermatol. 1999;135(3):358-359. doi:10.1001/archderm.135.3.358
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 Archives of Dermatology, 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 continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this educational activity for up to 1 hour of Category 1 credit per Archives of Dermatology issue toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award (PRA). Each physician should claim only those hours of credit that were actually spent in the 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 only available to physicians licensed in the United States, Canada, or Mexico.

Earning Credit

To earn credit, read the articles designated for CME credit carefully and complete the CME Evaluation Form. The CME Evaluation Form must be submitted within 4 weeks 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.

CME Evaluation

One of our goals is to assess continually the educational needs of our readers so we may enhance the educational effectiveness of the Archives of Dermatology. To achieve this goal, we need your help. You must complete the CME Evaluation Form to receive credit.

Statement of Educational Purpose

For a complete description of the ARCHIVES' mission statement, please refer to the table of contents.

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. 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 the Archives of Dermatology should be able to attain the following educational objectives: (1) select and read at least 3 articles per issue to gain new medical information on topics of particular interest to them as physicians, (2) assess its value to them as practicing physicians, and (3) think carefully about how this new information may influence their own practices.

CME Articles in This Issue of Archives of Dermatology

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

Genetic and Environmental Influences in the Development of Multiple Primary MelanomaArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that risk in this disorder can be identified by family history and by mole pattern.

Melanoma and Tumor Thickness: Challenges of Early DiagnosisArticle

Educational Objective: To realize that a rapidly growing tumor is the major determinant of poor prognosis.

Analysis of the Melanoma Epidemic, Both Apparent and Real: Data From the 1973 Through 1994 Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program RegistryArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that increased incidence is probably real and not due solely to earlier detection.

Spitz Tumors in Children: A Grading System for Risk StratificationArticle

Educational Objective: To understand a proposed risk stratification system for this difficult tumor.

Treatment of Benign and Atypical Nevi With the Normal-Mode Ruby Laser and the Q-Switched Ruby Laser: Clinical Improvement but Failure to Completely Eliminate NevomelanocytesArticle

Educational Objective: To learn how lasers may be useful in the management of pigmented lesions.

Top Cited Authors in Dermatology: A Citation Study From 24 Journals: 1982-1996Article

Educational Objective: To understand that a relatively small proportion of authors account for a high proportion of citations during this time period.