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Archives CME
June 14, 1999

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

Arch Intern Med. 1999;159(11):1259-1260. doi:10.1001/archinte.159.11.1259
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.

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 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:

Newer Drug Therapy for Congestive Heart FailureArticle

Educational Objective: To understand the newest information on treatment of congestive heart failure.

The Challenge of Drug-Induced Aseptic MeningitisArticle

Educational Objective: To learn which drugs can cause aseptic meningitis.

Profile for Estimating Risk of Heart FailureArticle

Educational Objective: To learn to evaluate patients for risk of heart failure in order to guide evaluation and therapy.

The Long-term Prognostic Significance of Repeated Blood Pressure Measurements in the ElderlyArticle

Educational Objective: To understand that systolic blood pressure is more important than diastolic blood pressure.

Vertebral Fractures and Mortality in Older WomenArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that 79% of vertebral fractures have a clinical history and that vertebral fractures are associated with increased mortality.

Economic Analysis of Low-Dose Heparin vs the Low-Molecular-Weight HeparinArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that low-dose heparin is equally effective and less expensive in patients having colorectal surgery.

The Efficacy of Exercise as an Aid for Smoking Cessation in WomenArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that a prescribed exercise program doubles rates of smoking cessation in women.

Sex Differences Among Adults Presenting to the Emergency Department With Acute AsthmaArticle

Educational Objective: To understand differences between men and women in presentation and response of acute asthma.

Staphylococcus aureusBacteremia Among Elderly vs Younger Adult PatientsArticle

Educational Objective: To learn the differences in clinical features and mortality of Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia in younger vs older patients.

A Metaregression Analysis of the Dose-Response Effect of Aspirin on StrokeArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that doses of aspirin of 50-1500 mg/day are equally effective in reducing stroke.