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March 11, 2002

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

Arch Intern Med. 2002;162(5):615. doi:10.1001/archinte.162.5.615

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 Form

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:

Do Subspecialists Working Outside of Their Specialty Provide Less Efficient and Lower-Quality Care to Hospitalized Patients Than Do Primary Care Physicians?Article

Educational Objective: To understand the issues related to the quality and efficiency of patient care when subspecialists practicing outside of the scope of their subspecialty care for patients.

Statin Use, Bone Mineral Density, and Fracture Risk: Geelong Osteoporosis StudyArticle

Educational Objective: To understand that statin use may have actions other than cholesterol lowering, such as protecting against fracture and increasing bone mineral density.

Balancing the Risks of Stroke and Upper Gastrointestinal Tract Bleeding in Older Patients With Atrial FibrillationArticle

Educational Objective: To understand how factors that increase the risk of major upper gastrointestinal tract bleeding affect the choice of antithrombotic therapy in older patients with atrial fibrillation.

Effectiveness of Thrombolytic Therapy for Acute Myocardial Infarction in the Elderly: Cause for Concern in the Old-OldArticle

Educational Objective: To recognize the potential risks of thrombolytic use among old-old patients with acute myocardial infarction.

Prospective Study of Moderate Alcohol Consumption and Risk of Hypertension in Young WomenArticle

Educational Objective: To understand the effects of alcohol consumption on blood pressure.

The Association of Sex and Payer Status on Management and Subsequent Survival in Acute Myocardial InfarctionArticle

Educational Objective: To examine the influence of payer status on the management and outcome of women and men with acute myocardial infarction.

Association BetweenChlamydia pneumoniaeAntibodies and Intimal Calcification in Femoral Arteries of Nondiabetic PatientsArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that Chlamydia pneumoniae is likely to be involved in femoral atherosclerosis in subjects without diabetes mellitus.

The Impact of Empirical Management of Acute Cystitis on Unnecessary Antibiotic UseArticle

Educational Objective: To determine if empiric antibiotic treatment of adult women with symptoms of acute cystitis leads to unnecessary antibiotic use.