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Archives CME
February 26, 2001

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

Arch Intern Med. 2001;161(4):617-618. doi:10.1001/archinte.161.4.617
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:

Should New Drugs Be Used Without Outcome Data? Implications of ALLHAT and ELITE IIArticle

Educational Objective: To recognize the use of surrogate end points as a basis for the approval of new classes of antihypertensive agents.

Cardiovascular Disease and Dyslipidemia in WomenArticle

Educational Objective: To provide a summary of the recent lipid-lowering and hormone replacement therapy trials in women to assist in clinical decision making in drug therapy for dyslipidemia.

Clostridium difficile–Associated Diarrhea: A ReviewArticle

Educational Objective: To review the epidemiology, pathogenesis, immunology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment of Clostridium difficile infection.

Aspirin and Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors Among Elderly Survivors of Hospitalization for an Acute Myocardial InfarctionArticle

Educational Objective: To evaluate the effect and interaction of aspirin and ACE inhibitors in elderly survivors of acute myocardial infarction survivors who were ideal candidates for both therapies.

The Cost-effectiveness of Vaccination Against Lyme DiseaseArticle

Educational Objective: To educate on the cost-effectiveness of Lyme disease vaccination according to geographical risk.

Diagnosis of Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis: Usefulness of Papanicolaou-Stained Smears of Bronchoalveolar Lavage FluidArticle

Educational Objective: To learn of the value of globules in routinely processed Papanicolaou-stained smears of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid.

The Impact of the Introduction of a Rapid D-Dimer Assay on the Diagnostic Evaluation of Suspected Pulmonary EmbolismArticle

Educational Objective: To describe the influence of a rapid D-dimer assay on the diagnositc evaluation of suspected pulmonary embolism among hospitalized patients.

Glycemic Index and Serum High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol Concentration Among US AdultsArticle

Educational Objective: To identify the relationship of dietary glycemic index and glycemic load with plasma high-density lipoprotein cholesterol.

Aspirin and the Treatment of Heart Failure in the ElderlyArticle

Educational Objective: To determine the association between the use of aspirin and mortality in older patients.