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Archives CME
September 24, 2001

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

Arch Intern Med. 2001;161(17):2155-2156. doi:10.1001/archinte.161.17.2155
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

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:

Evidence- and Consensus-Based Practice Guidelines for the Diagnosis of Irritable Bowel SyndromeArticle

Educational Objective: To learn the best available methods for diagnosing irritable bowel syndrome.

Cognitive and Other Adverse Effects of Diphenhydramine Use in Hospitalized Older PatientsArticle

Educational Objective: To learn the possible adverse effects associated with diphenhydramine use in hospitalized older patients.

Bloodstream Infections After Invasive Nonsurgical Cardiologic ProceduresArticle

Educational Objective: To understand the risk of bacteremia in elderly patients with recent congestive heart failure episodes after cardiologic procedures.

Diagnosis of Influenza in the Community: Relationship of Clinical Diagnosis to Confirmed Virological, Serologic, or Molecular Detection of InfluenzaArticle

Educational Objective: To understand that the most important clinical features to predict influenza are cough and fever and to be aware when influenza is circulating.

Oral Anticoagulation and Hemorrhagic Complications in an Elderly Population With Atrial FibrillationArticle

Educational Objective: To understand the relationship between age, anticoagulant control, and risk of bleeding in patients with atrial fibrillation treated with warfarin.

NoninvasiveHelicobacter pyloriTesting for the "Test-and-Treat" Strategy: A Decision Analysis to Assess the Effect of Past Infection on Test ChoiceArticle

Educational Objective: To better understand clinical and economic outcomes associated with noninvasive tests to detect either Helicobacter pylori antibody or active H pylori infection in patients with dyspepsia.

Obese Patients' Perceptions of Treatment Outcomes and the Factors That Influence ThemArticle

Educational Objective: To examine the role that physical characteristics, treatment setting, and mood have on obese patients' perceptions of treatment outcomes.

Recurrent Pneumococcal Bacteremia: Risk Factors and OutcomesArticle

Educational Objective: To learn about risk factors for recurrent bacteremia and the impact of recurrence on mortality in patients with pneumococcal bacteremia.