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January 14, 2002

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

Arch Intern Med. 2002;162(1):111. doi:10.1001/archinte.162.1.111

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:

Fractures Between the Ages of 20 and 50 Years Increase Women's Risk of Subsequent FracturesArticle

Educational Objective: To learn whether a history of fractures sustained between ages 20 and 50 years is associated with increased risk of fractures after the age of 50.

National Patterns in the Treatment of Urinary Tract Infections in Women by Ambulatory Care PhysiciansArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that national antibiotic prescribing trends for urinary tract infections in women run counter to expert panel recommendations.

Borderline Personality Disorder in Primary CareArticle

Educational Objective: To learn the prevalence, clinical features, psychiatric comorbidity, and potential for suicide and self-harm in borderline personality disorder.

Forecasting the Impact of a Clinical Practice Guideline for Perioperative β-Blockers to Reduce Cardiovascular Morbidity and MortalityArticle

Educational Objective: To forecast the impact of a clinical practice guideline for preoperative β-blockers and patient and hospital outcomes.

Elevated Cardiac Troponin Levels in Patients With Submassive Pulmonary EmbolismArticle

Educational Objective: To increase awareness of diseases that cause elevated cardiac troponin levels in the absence of an acute coronary syndrome.

Changing Patient Characteristics and the Effect on Mortality in EndocarditisArticle

Educational Objective: To identify changes in demographic and microbiological characteristics in patients with endocarditis and relationships between changing characteristics and survival.