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June 26, 2000

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

Arch Intern Med. 2000;160(12):1879-1880. doi:10.1001/archinte.160.12.1879

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:

Practical Guidelines for Clinicians Who Treat With AmiodaroneArticle

Educational Objective: To learn recommendations for the use of amiodarone.

Association Between Depression and Mortality in Older AdultsArticle

Educational Objective: To understand depression symptomatology as an independent risk factor for mortality in older adults.

Clinical Outcome and Cost of Hospital vs Home Treatment of Proximal Deep Vein Thrombosis With a Low-Molecular-Weight Heparin: The Vascular Midi-Pyrenees StudyArticle

Educational Objective: To understand the comparison of outpatient vs inpatient treatment with low-molecular-weight heparin for deep vein thrombosis.

Unstable Angina Guideline Care and Improved SurvivalArticle

Eductional Objective: To understand the relationship between adherence to the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research guideline for the treatment of unstable angina and improved survival.

Patient Satisfaction With Screening Flexible SigmoidoscopyArticle

Educational Objective: To learn of patients' acceptance of flexible sigmoidoscopy as a screening procedure.

Relief of Cardiorespiratory Symptoms and Increased Physical Activity After Surgically Induced Weight LossArticle

Educational Objective: To learn the effects of surgically induced weight loss on cardiorespiratory symptoms and leisure-time activity in patients with severe obesity.

Lansoprazole Compared With Ranitidine for the Treatment of Nonerosive GRDArticle

Eductional Objective: To understand the usefulness of proton pump inhibitors in the treatment of nonerosive gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Efficacy of Omeprazole for the Treatment of Symptomatic Acid Reflux Disease Without EsophagitisArticle

Educational Objective: To demonstrate the efficacy of omeprazole for the treatment of symptomatic GRD without erosive esophagitis.

Serum Homocysteine Concentration as an Indicator of Survival in Patients With Acute Coronary SyndromesArticle

Educational Objective: To learn of the relationship for patients with acute coronary symptoms between homocysteine levels on admission and long-term survival.

The Rapidity of Drug Dose Escalation Influences Blood Pressure Response and Adverse Effects Burden in Patients With HypertensionArticle

Eductional Objective: To understand the differences in blood pressure control and side effects between rapid and slow titration of quinapril.

Use of Calcium Channel Blockers and Risk of Hospitalized Gastrointestinal Tract BleedingArticle

Educational Objective: To learn whether calcium channel blocker use may be associated with gastrointestinal bleeding.