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, 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 for credit only those hours that were actually
spent in this educational activity.
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.
To earn credit, read 3 of the articles listed below that are designated
for CME credit carefully and complete the CME Evaluation Form. 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.
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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
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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
The following articles in this issue may be read for CME credit:
Relationship of Dental and Oral Pathology to Systemic
Educational Objective: To learn
about the relationship of dental and oral pathology to systemic illness.
Gastrointestinal Toxicity With Celecoxib vs Nonsteroidal
Anti-inflammatory Drugs for Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis: The CLASS
Study: A Randomized Controlled TrialArticle
Educational Objective: To learn that celecoxib
may have less upper gastrointestinal toxicity than conventional NSAIDs.
Relationship of Hospital Teaching Status With Quality
of Care and Mortality for Medicare Patients With Acute MIArticle
Educational Objective: To learn that myocardial
infarction patients may receive better care in teaching hospitals.
Effect of Niacin on Lipid and Lipoprotein Levels and
Glycemic Control in Patients With Diabetes and Peripheral Arterial Disease:
The ADMIT Study: A Randomized TrialArticle
Educational Objective: To learn that lipid-modifying
doses of niacin may be safely prescribed for diabetic patients.
Postlicensure Safety Surveillance for Varicella VaccineArticle
Educational Objective: To learn that adverse
events associated with varicella vaccine are seldom serious.
Biochemical Outcome Following External Beam Radiation
Therapy With or Without Androgen Suppression Therapy for Clinically Localized
Educational Objective: To learn that androgen
suppression therapy may increase the benefit of radiation therapy for some
patients with localized prostate cancer.
Growth of Specialization in Graduate Medical EducationArticle
Educational Objective: To review the growth
of medical specialties in the 20th century.
Users' Guides to the Medical Literature: XXV. Evidence-Based
Medicine: Principles for Applying the Users' Guides to Patient CareArticle
Educational Objective: To understand that medical
decisions should be based on patient values as well as clinical evidence.
After reading 3 of these articles, complete the CME Evaluation Form.
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