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Archives CME
June 24, 2002

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

Arch Intern Med. 2002;162(12):1424-1425. doi:10.1001/archinte.162.12.1424

CME Hiatus

CME from JAMA/Archives Journals will be temporarily suspended. Beginning in early 2003, we will offer a new online CME 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:

Reduction of Left Ventricular Hypertrophy After Exercise and Weight Loss in Overweight Patients With Mild HypertensionArticle

Educational Objective: To understand the effects of regular aerobic exercise or exercise plus weight management counseling on left ventricular mass and geometry in sedentary, overweight patients with high-normal or mildly elevated blood pressure.

Causes of Physician Delay in the Diagnosis of Breast CancerArticle

Educational Objective: To understand that delayed diagnosis will affect nearly 10% of women with breast cancer unless current diagnostic practices are changed.

Sildenafil for Male Erectile Dysfunction: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysisArticle

Educational Objective: To quantitatively summarize clinically relevant randomized controlled trials and to point out the gaps and limitations in available data.

The Increasing Incidence of Coronary Artery Disease and Cardiovascular Risk Factors Among a Southwest Native American Tribe: The White Mountain Apache Heart StudyArticle

Educational Objective: To demonstrate that rates of heart disease and myocardial infarction are rising among this American Indian population.

Plasma Total Homocysteine and Hospitalizations for Cardiovascular Disease: The Hordaland Homocysteine StudyArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that elevated plasma total homocysteine level is a strong predictor of hospitalization in the elderly with preexisting cardiovascular disease.

Rapid Down-regulation of Thyroid Hormones in Acute Myocardial Infarction: Is It Cardioprotective in Patients With Angina?Article

Educational Objective: To learn that rapid down-regulation of thyroid hormones in acute myocardial infarction may be cardioprotective in angina patients.

Association of Kidney Function With Anemia: The Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (1988-1994)Article

Educational Objective: To demonstrate the continuous association between kidney function and anemia across the entire range of kidney function among the general US population.