AMA Wire

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

For Physicians

Discover new online home for JAMA, Archives Journals

A new Web platform brings together the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the nine specialty Archives Journals to offer physicians fully integrated access to the latest thinking and innovations in medicine.

Covering clinical topics, policy issues and everything in between, The JAMA Network's new website makes the journals more user friendly and easily accessible. The website facilitates in-depth exploration, providing access to the complete content from the 10 journals alongside integrated multimedia, including videos, author interviews and audio summaries.

Research is further simplified by a new concept-based search engine. Rather than performing multiple searches for various terms that describe the same topic, physicians will receive a complete listing of all relevant content, regardless of the terminology used to describe it.

Hundreds of continuing medical education (CME) activities also are available. Physicians can search for activities by topic or access them alongside the related journal article, track their participation and receive instant accreditation for completed activities.

A new mobile app for accessing this content on the go will become available in June.

CME course offers guidance on counseling older drivers

A new online course from the AMA equips physicians to address the driving safety of their aging patients.

"Medical Fitness to Drive: Is your patient at risk?" helps physicians identify when medical conditions may impair a patient's ability to drive. Produced in collaboration with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this course provides assessment tools, case studies and other resources that enable physicians to evaluate and counsel their patients about safe driving as a routine part of geriatric medical services.

"As the number of older drivers with medical conditions expands, patients and their families will often turn to physicians for guidance on safe driving," AMA President Peter W. Carmel, MD, said in a statement. "Physicians can use the tools and information contained in this course to better address safe driving practices with their patients—promoting the safety of our patients and our roads."

Because older drivers are considerably more fragile than younger adults, they are more likely to suffer fatal injuries as a result of car accidents. In fact, motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of injury-related deaths of adults age 65 or older.

Physicians who participate in this educational activity can earn continuing medical education credits in the form of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.