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Archives CME
May 13, 2002

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

Arch Intern Med. 2002;162(9):1071-1072. doi:10.1001/archinte.162.9.1071

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:

"What Should I Do, Doc?" Some Psychologic Benefits of Physician RecommendationsArticle

Educational Objective: To evaluate circumstances in which physician recommendations can improve patient decision making.

Rifampin and Rifabutin Drug Interactions: An UpdateArticle

Educational Objective: To understand rifampin and rifabutin drug interactions, including mechanisms, management, and clinical significance.

Low- and High-density Lipoprotein Cholesterol and Ischemic Cerebrovascular Disease: The Bezafibrate Infarction Prevention RegistryArticle

Educational Objective: To evaluate whether blood cholesterol level and its fractions are risk factors for subsequent stroke in a large group of patients with coronary heart disease.

Epidemiological Evidence of Increased Bone Mineral Density in Habitual Tea DrinkersArticle

Educational Objective: To understand that long-term habitual tea drinking may have a beneficial effect on the prevention of osteoporosis.

Serum Potassium and Risk of Cardiovascular DiseaseArticle

Educational Objective: To evaluate the prospective association between serum potassium and risk for cardiovascular disease in patients without cardiovascular disease and not taking medications that alter serum potassium levels.

Use of Cholesterol-Lowering Therapy by Elderly Adults After Myocardial InfarctionArticle

Educational Objective: To evaluate the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs and related beliefs among 1999 and 2000 Medicare beneficiaries.

Alcohol-Based Handrub Improves Compliance With Hand Hygiene in Intensive Care UnitsArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that an alcohol-based handrub may bypass the time constraint and improve compliance for hand hygiene in intensive care units.

Randomized Controlled Trial of Interventions to Improve Follow-up for Latent Tuberculosis Infection After Release From JailArticle

Educational Objective: To demonstrate the long-term value of education on completion of therapy for latent tuberculosis in persons released from jail.