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Archives CME
May 27, 2002

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

Arch Intern Med. 2002;162(10):1199-1200. doi:10.1001/archinte.162.10.1199

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:

Adrenal Function in the Human Immunodeficiency Virus–Infected PatientArticle

Educational Objective: To review hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis dysfunction in patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus in the era of highly active antiretroviral therapy.

Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug Use and Acute Myocardial InfarctionArticle

Educational Objective: To understand the relationship between nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and myocardial infarction.

Association Between Naproxen Use and Protection Against Acute Myocardial InfarctionArticle

Educational Objective: To compare the effect of naproxen with other nonselective nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs on acute myocardial infarction in an elderly population.

Symptom-Triggered vs Fixed-Schedule Doses of Benzodiazepine for Alcohol Withdrawal: A Randomized Treatment TrialArticle

Educational Objective: To understand that individualized benzodiazepine prescription is a safe and comfortable treatment regimen for alcohol withdrawal when a close monitoring of withdrawal symptoms is possible.

Asthma in Older Patients: Factors Associated With HospitalizationArticle

Educational Objective: To learn which characteristics of older adults with asthma contribute to the risk of hospitalization for asthma.

The "Hassle Factor": What Motivates Physicians to Manipulate Reimbursement Rules?Article

Educational Objective: To determine the relationship between the likelihood of having a successful appeal, appeals process length, and severity of health condition and physicians' willingness to sanction deception.

Intimate Partner Violence and Physical Health ConsequencesArticle

Educational Objective: To understand long-term negative health consequences of intimate partner violence and the types of symptoms and illnesses that prompt physicians to probe for a history of intimate partner violence.

Bleeding and Recurrent Thrombosis in Definite Antiphospholipid Syndrome: Analysis of a Series of 66 Patients Treated With Oral Anticoagulation to a Target International Normalized Ratio of 3.5Article

Educational Objective: To learn the frequency of bleeding and recurrent thrombosis in a cohort of patients with definite antiphospholipid syndrome treated with oral anticoagulation to a target international normalized ratio of 3.5.