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Archives CME
June 10, 2002

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

Arch Intern Med. 2002;162(11):1315-1316. doi:10.1001/archinte.162.11.1315

CME Hiatus

CME fromJAMA/ArchivesJournals will be temporarily suspended. Beginning in early 2003, we will offer a newonlineCME program. We apologize for the interruption in CME and hope that you will enjoy the improved online features that will be available in early 2003.

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 by July 31 in order to be processed. 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:

Reducing Legal Risk by Practicing Patient-Centered Medicine

Educational Objective: To learn reduction of legal risk by clear documentation of decisions and improved communication skills.

Winter Viruses: Influenza- and Respiratory Syncytial Virus–Related Morbidity in Chronic Lung Disease

Educational Objective: To demonstrate that influenza and respiratory syncytial viruses cause morbidity in patients with chronic lung disease.

Eradication ofHelicobacter pyloriMay Be Beneficial in the Management of Chronic Open-Angle Glaucoma

Educational Objective: To understand the association between Helicobacter pylori and glaucoma.

Relative Impact of Risk Factors for Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism: A Population-Based Study

Educational Objective: To learn that 59% of all occurrences of deep vein thrombosis in the community can be attributed to current or recent hospitalization or nursing home residence.

Quality of Care for Patients Hospitalized With Heart Failure: Assessing the Impact of Hospitalists

Educational Objective: To evaluate the impact of the hospitalist model on quality of care and outcomes for patients hospitalized for treatment of heart failure.

Clinician-Patient Interactions About Requests for Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Patient and Family View

Educational Objective: To learn 3 themes describing what patients requesting physician-assisted suicide and their family members value when discussing physician-assisted suicide with clinicians.

Efficacy of a Nicotine Lozenge for Smoking Cessation

Educational Objective: To learn the safety and efficacy of a new pharmacological treatment for smoking cessation.

Relationship Between Physical Activity and Inflammation Among Apparently Healthy Middle-aged and Older US Adults

Educational Objective: To determine if physical activity is associated with markers of inflammation among apparently healthly middle-aged and older US adults.