Goals and Objectives

This activity will serve to enhance the skills of those already working in women’s health as well as help develop new skills for those expanding their work to include more primary care and office obstetrics and gynecology.

Throughout the stages of a woman’s lifespan, depression presents differently.  Women report major depression ta nearly twice the rate of men.  Women of childbearing age are at a higher risk for major depression.  Primary care providers need guidance about early intervention and screening because if detected early, proper treatment can significantly decrease the negative impact of depression in most women.

The goal of this session is to provide essential information about diagnosis and recommended treatments for major depressive illness during the prenatal, perinatal, pre-menopausal and post-menopausal stages of a woman’s lifespan, with a focus on common and severe presentations.   At the conclusion of the session, learners should be able to:

  • Diagnose depression using screening, early intervention, and prompt treatment in women;
  • Analyze potential drug-drug and drug-food interactions with antidepressant drugs;
  • Recommend treatments for depressive disorders in special populations, including pregnant, lactating women and pre-and post-menopausal women.

Course Information

CME Release Date: August 04th, 2017
Valid for credit through:  August 04th, 2018
Course type:  Video lecture
Sponsored in part by:  SMA Services, Inc.


Credits Available

Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Southern Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.


Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated; learners should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

  • Read the goals and objectives, accreditation information, and author disclosures.
  • Study the educational content and references.
  • Online, choose the best answer to each test question. To receive a certificate, you must receive a passing score of 80%.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and attestation.

Upon completion of the evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed within 2 weeks.  Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you can contact Southern Medical Association for a duplicate copy of your credit.

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