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May 22, 2000

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

Arch Intern Med. 2000;160(10):1543. doi:10.1001/archinte.160.10.1543

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 processing should be directed to the Blackstone Group, tel: (312) 419-0400, ext 225; fax: (312) 269-1636.

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:

Management of Community-Acquired Pneumonia in the Era of Pneumococcal ResistanceArticle

Educational Objective: To outline the management of community-acquired pneumonia in the era of pneumococcal resistance to antimicrobial agents.

Charges for Medical Care at Different HospitalsArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that different hospitals charge patients substantially different prices for the same medical service.

The Aneurysm Detection and Management Study Screening Program: Validation Cohort and Final ResultsArticle

Educational Objective: To understand the prevalence and principal positive and negative risk factors for abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Placebo-Associated Blood Pressure Response and Adverse Effects in the Treatment of HypertensionArticle

Educational Objective: To understand the valuable role played by the use of placebo control in hypertensive trials in relation to drug efficacy and adverse events.

Superiority of Lansoprazole vs Ranitidine in Healing Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug–Associated Gastric UlcersArticle

Educational Objective: To learn the superiority of lansoprazole over ranitidine in healing gastric ulcers in patients who continue to take NSAIDs.

Effects of Celecoxib and Naproxen on Renal Function in the ElderlyArticle

Educational Objective: To learn of the renal effects associated with Cox-2 specific inhibition.

Low Birth Weights Contribute to the High Rates of Early-Onset Chronic Renal Failure in the Southeastern United StatesArticle

Educational Objective: To understand the relationship of birth weight and end-stage renal disease in the black and white population of South Carolina.

Increased Prevalence of Celiac Disease in Patients With DyspepsiaArticle

Educational Objective: To understand the increased incidence of celiac disease in patients with dyspepsia.

Do Depression Symptoms Predict Early Hypertension Incidence in Young Adults in the CARDIA Study?Article

Educational Objective: To explore the relation between depressive symptoms and hypertension incidence in young adults.

White-Coat Hypertension and Carotid Artery AtherosclerosisArticle

Educational Objective: To learn of the relationship between white-coat hypertension and the development of carotid artery atheroslerosis.

Suicidal Ideation and Suicide Attempts in General Medical IllnessesArticle

Educational Objective: To understand the prevalence and correlates of suicidality in patients with general medical illnesses.