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The Physician's Role in Promoting Firearm Safety

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this activity, you will be able to:
1. Describe the epidemiology of firearm morbidity and mortality in the U.S.;
2. Recognize common risk factors that elevate the potential for firearm injury;
3. Identify barriers to communicating with patients about firearm safety;
4. Determine practical approaches to prepare for firearm safety counseling;
5. Effectively communicate how to reduce the risk of firearm injury and death.
0.75 Credit CME

In the United States, more than 38,000 persons die from firearm-related injuries each year. Screening and counseling to increase safety is performed by a minority of physicians despite the clinically accepted need. This module explores common barriers to communicating with patients about firearm safety.

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Activity Information

Designation Statement: The American Medical Association designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Target Audience: This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of practicing physicians.

Planning Committee:

Janet Williams, MA, CME Program Committee advisor, AMA

Andrea Garcia, JD, MPH, Manager, Science & Public Health Policy, AMA

Marian Betz, MD, MPH, Emergency Physician, and Asoc. Professor, Univ. of Colorado School of Medicine

Magan Ramney, MD, MPH, Emergency Physician, Assoc. Prof., Brown Univ.

Garen Wintemite, MD, MPH, Emergency Physician, Professor, UC Davis

Author Affiliations:

Marian Betz, MD, MPH, Emergency Physician, and Asoc. Professor, Univ. of Colorado School of Medicine

Magan Ramney, MD, MPH, Emergency Physician, Assoc. Prof., Brown Univ.

Garen Wintemite, MD, MPH, Emergency Physician, Professor, UC Davis

Disclosure Statement: Unless noted, all individuals in control of content reported no relevant financial relationships.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to:

0.75 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program;

0.75 Self-Assessment points in the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery’s (ABOHNS) Continuing Certification program;

0.75 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program; and

0.75 Lifelong Learning points in the American Board of Pathology’s (ABPath) Continuing Certification program;

It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting MOC credit.

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