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Continuing Medical Education
May 16, 2001

May 16, 2001

JAMA. 2001;285(19):2521-2522. doi:10.1001/jama.285.19.2521
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, 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 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. 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

The following articles in this issue may be read for CME credit:

Association Between Infant Breastfeeding and Overweight in Young ChildrenArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that the protective effect of infant breastfeeding against early childhood overweight may be limited.

Risk of Overweight Among Adolescents Who Were Breastfed as InfantsArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that breastfeeding in infancy may be protective against overweight in older childhood and adolescence.

Platelet Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa Integrin Blockade With Eptifibatide in Coronary Stent Intervention: The ESPRIT Trial: A Randomized Controlled TrialArticle

Educational Objective: To understand the 6-month benefit of eptifibatide treatment during coronary stent implantation.

Surgery vs Orthosis vs Watchful Waiting for Hallux Valgus: A Randomized Controlled TrialArticle

Educational Objective: To compare treatments for painful hallux valgus.

Novel Risk Factors for Systemic Atherosclerosis: A Comparison of C-Reactive Protein, Fibrinogen, Homocysteine, Lipoprotein(a), and Standard Cholesterol Screening as Predictors of Peripheral Arterial DiseaseArticle

Educational Objective: To compare biological markers of risk for peripheral arterial disease.

Executive Summary of the Third Report of the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) Expert Panel on Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Cholesterol in Adults (Adult Treatment Panel III)Article

Educational Objective: To review an expert panel's recommendations for clinical management of high blood cholesterol.

Is This Patient Allergic to Penicillin? An Evidence-Based Analysis of the Likelihood of Penicillin AllergyArticle

Educational Objective: To review the diagnostic value of a clinical history of penicillin allergy.

After reading 3 of these articles, complete the CME Evaluation Form.