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April 8, 2002

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

Arch Intern Med. 2002;162(7):847-848. doi:10.1001/archinte.162.7.847

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:

Plasma D-Dimers in the Diagnosis of Venous ThromboembolismArticle

Educational Objective: To review and highlight areas requiring further research in the use of plasma D-dimers in the diagnosis of venous thromboembolism.

Use and Referral Patterns for 22 Complementary and Alternative Medical Therapies by Members of the American College of Rheumatology: Results of a National SurveyArticle

Educational Objective: To determine rheumatologists' clinical use, referral patterns, attitudes, and knowledge related to 22 individual complementary and alternative medical therapies.

Chlamydia pneumoniaeSeropositivity and Systemic and Renovascular Atherosclerotic DiseaseArticle

Educational Objective: To understand the association between antibodies to Chlamydia pneumoniae and systemic and renovascular atherosclerotic disease in patients suspected to have renovascular atherosclerotic disease.

A Community-Wide Survey of Physician Practices and Attitudes Toward Cholesterol Management in Patients With Recent Acute Myocardial InfarctionArticle

Educational Objective: To describe physicians' current attitudes and practices toward the management of high cholesterol levels in patients with recent acute myocardial infarction.

Smoking and Alanine Aminotransferase Levels in Hepatitis C Virus Infection: Implications for Prevention of Hepatitis C Virus ProgressionArticle

Educational Objective: To understand that smokers who are seropositive for anti–hepatitis C virus antibodies should neither smoke nor consume alcohol because these 2 factors are independently associated with elevated alanine aminotransferase levels among these individuals.

Lack of Penicillin Resensitization in Patients With a History of Penicillin Allergy After Receiving Repeated Penicillin CoursesArticle

Educational Objective: To understand the natural history of penicillin allergy with recognition that patients who have lost their hypersensitivity are unlikely to become resensitized by future courses of oral penicillin.