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Continuing Medical Education
February 18, 1998

JAMA Readers' Choice: Continuing Medical EducationJAMA Readers' Choice: Continuing Medical Education

JAMA. 1998;279(7):563-564. doi:10.1001/jama.279.7.563
JAMA Readers' Choice: Continuing Medical Education
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 JAMA, complete the CME Evaluation Form on the next page, 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 CME for physicians. The AMA designates this educational activity for up to 1 hour of category 1 CME credit per JAMA issue toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award (PRA). Each physician should claim only those hours of credit that were actually spent in this 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 available only to physicians licensed in the United States, Canada, or Mexico.

Earning Credit and the CME Evaluation Form

To earn credit, read 3 of the articles listed below that are designated for CME credit carefully and complete the CME Evaluation Form on the next page. The CME Evaluation Form must be submitted within 1 month 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.

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

Statement of Educational Purpose

JAMA is a general medical journal. Its mission and educational purpose is to promote the science and art of medicine and the betterment of the public health. 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. To accommodate the diversity of practice types within JAMA's readership, 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 JAMA should be able to attain the following educational objectives: (1) select and read at least 3 articles in 1 issue to gain new medical information on topics of particular interest to them as physicians, (2) assess the articles' value to them as practicing physicians, and (3) think carefully about how this new information may influence their own practices. The educational objective for each CME article is given after the article title below.

CME Articles in This Issue of JAMA

Tobacco Industry Promotion of Cigarettes and Adolescent Smoking p 511

Educational objective: To learn about the influence of tobacco promotion on adolescents.

Adolescent Exposure to Cigarette Advertising in Magazines p 516

Educational objective: To learn how cigarette advertising may be targeted to adolescents.

Treatment and Vaccination Strategies to Control Cholera in Sub-Saharan Refugee Settings p 521

Educational objective: To compare the cost-effectiveness of strategies for controlling cholera outbreaks.

Prescribing Trends in Psychotropic Medications p 526

Educational objective: To learn how prescribing patterns for psychotropic drugs have changed in recent years.

Hypercalcemia in Cat-Scratch Disease p 532

Educational objective: To learn that cat-scratch disease may cause transient hypercalcemia.

Alcohol and Breast Cancer in Women p 535

Educational objective: To understand the relationship of alcohol consumption and breast cancer.

Gentamicin-Induced Bilateral Vestibular Hypofunction p 541

Educational objective: To understand gentamicin ototoxicity.

Users' Guides to the Medical Literature p 545

Educational objective: To learn how to apply clinical trial results to individual patients.

After reading 3 of these articles, complete the CME Evaluation Form ( Figure 1).

CME Evaluation Form