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Archives CME
March 25, 2002

Archives of Internal Medicine Reader's Choice: Continuing Medical Education

Arch Intern Med. 2002;162(6):722-723. doi:10.1001/archinte.162.6.722
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 Internal Medicine, 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 Internal Medicine 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. Questions about CME credit processing should be directed to The Blackstone Group, tel: (312) 419-0400, ext 225; fax: (312) 269-1636.

CME Evaluation Form

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 Internal Medicine. 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 Internal Medicine 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 Internal Medicine

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

Worklife and Satisfaction of General InternistsArticle

Educational Objective: To discuss general internist job satisfaction and factors relating to it.

Coffee Intake and Risk of Hypertension: The Johns Hopkins Precursors StudyArticle

Educational Objective: To understand blood pressure change and incidence of hypertension by amount of coffee intake.

Improved Cardiorespiratory Endurance Following 6 Months of Resistance Exercise in Elderly Men and WomenArticle

Educational Objective: To demonstrate that both high and low-intensity resistance training can improve cardiorespiratory endurance in older adults.

Rapid Antibiotic Delivery and Appropriate Antibiotic Selection Reduce Length of Hospital Stay of Patients With Community-Acquired Pneumonia: Link Between Quality of Care and Resource UtilizationArticle

Educational Objective: To evaluate the impact of antibiotic selection and delivery time on length of hospital stay for hospitalized patients with community-acquired pneumonia.

Gastroenteritis-Associated Hyperamylasemia: Prevalence and Clinical SignificanceArticle

Educational Objective: To learn if acute gastroenteritis is associated with elevated serum amylase and to evaluate such association and its clinical significance.

Neurological Involvement in Acute Q Fever: A Report of 29 Cases and Review of the LiteratureArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that neurological involvement in acute Q fever is nonspecific and that zoonosis caused by Coxiella burnetii must be included in the differential diagnosis of acute febrile syndromes of the central nervous system.

Q Fever During Pregnancy: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Follow-upArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that Q fever–caused abortion may be prevented by a long-term prescription of co-trimoxazole.

Effect of a Standardized Nurse Case-Management Telephone Intervention on Resource Use in Patients With Chronic Heart FailureArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that telephone case-management of heart failure is more cost-effective than hiring nurses.

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