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Archives CME
September 27, 1999

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

Arch Intern Med. 1999;159(17):2094-2095. doi:10.1001/archinte.159.17.2094

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.

CME Evaluation

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:

Homeopathy Re-revisitedArticle

Educational Objective: To learn about homeopathy.

Think HIV: Why Physicians Should Lower Their Threshold for HIV TestingArticle

Educational Objective: To understand when testing for human immunodeficieny virus is appropriate.

The Role of Diastolic Blood Pressure When Treating Isolated Systolic HypertensionArticle

Educational Objective: To understand the relationship between diastolic blood pressure and outcome in patients with isolated systolic hypertension.

Timeliness and Quality of Care for Elderly Patients With Acute Myocardial Infarction Under Health Maintenance Organization vs Fee-for-Service InsuranceArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that care for the elderly with MI in an HMO is at least as good as care for patients with fee-for-service insurance.

The Findings and Impact of Nonrehydrated Guaiac Examination of the Rectum (FINGER) Study: A Comparison of 2 Methods of Screening for Colorectal Cancer in Asymptomatic Average-Risk PatientsArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that the fecal occult blood test from a digital rectal examination is as good as testing 3 spontaneously passed stools.

Recurrent Venous Thrombosis and Heparin TherapyArticle

Educational Objective: To understand that subtherapeutic heparin dosing during the first 48 hours of therapy increases the risk of recurrent venous thrombosis.

Randomized Comparative Trial of Nicotine Polacrilex, a Transdermal Patch, Nasal Spray, and an InhalerArticle

Educational Objective: To learn about serum cortisol suppressant effects of several inhaled corticosteroids.

A New Pharmacological Treatment for Intermittent ClaudicationArticle

Educational Objective: To learn about a new drug for intermittent claudication.

Risk Factors for Hospitalization in People With DiabetesArticle

Educational Objective: To understand which risk factors predict hospitalization in patients with diabetes.

Risk Factors for Pneumonia and Other Lower Respiratory Tract Infections in Elderly Residents of Long-term Care FacilitiesArticle

Educational Objective: To understand risk factors for pneumonia in elderly patients during long-term care.