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Archives CME
March 12, 2001

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

Arch Intern Med. 2001;161(5):779-780. doi:10.1001/archinte.161.5.779

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 credit 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:

Physicians' Responses to Patients' Requests for Physician-Assisted SuicideArticle

Educational Objective: To understand how experienced physicians respond to their patients' requests for physician-assisted suicide.

Angiotensin Receptor Blockers in Chronic Heart FailureArticle

Educational Objective: To update general internists on the emerging and evolving role of angiotensin receptor blockers in the management of chronic heart failure.

Folic Acid Supplementation and Homocysteine LevelsArticle

Educational Objective: To learn the minimum effective dose of folic acid that fully reduces serum homocysteine concentrations relative to ischemic heart disease prevention.

How Much Information About Adverse Effects of Medication Do Patients Want From Physicians?Article

Educational Objective: To learn how much information from physicians is desired about adverse effects of medication.

Early Switch and Early Discharge Strategies in Patients With Community-Acquired Pneumonia: A Meta-analysisArticle

Educational Objective: To understand whether early switch and early discharge strategies for patients with community-acquired pneumonia are safe and effective.

Aneroid Sphygmomanometers in Hospital and Clinic SettingsArticle

Educational Objective: To demonstrate that aneroid sphygmomanometers are accurate when subjected to a regular maintenance program.

Baseline Oxygen Saturation Predicts Exercise Desaturation Below Prescription Threshold in Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary DiseaseArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that baseline oxygen saturation of less than 95% is a reliable screening test for exercise desaturation below 88%.

Urban-Rural Differences in the Quality of Care for Medicare Patients With Acute Myocardial InfarctionArticle

Educational Objective: To demonstrate urban-rural disparity in health, health care, and quality of care at the population level.