Target Audience


This activity is intended for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses specializing or certified in the areas of women’s health, gynecology, obstetrics, internal medicine, family or general medicine, geriatric medicine, emergency medicine, and preventive medicine. Other specialists treating a female patient population may also benefit from the information presented, which is designed 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 office obstetrics and gynecology.

Goals and Objectives


It is estimated that nearly 50 percent of adult women experience urinary incontinence. Primary care provides are at the first line to identify and manage female urinary incontinence. Many women are hesitant to seek care or discuss symptoms with a healthcare provider due to embarrassment, lack of knowledge about treatment options, or fear of surgery and because of this, clinicians should elicit information from patients and screen for symptoms. This activity will facilitate understanding the prevalence of this condition, common types and their etiology, modalities for screening and early steps in management. Upon completion of the activity, providers should be able to:

  • Recognize the magnitude of urinary incontinence in female patients;
  • Identify the affected population in their own practices;
  • Manage the first steps of urinary incontinence in female patients.

Course Information


CME Release Date:   August 23, 2018
Valid for credit through:  August 23, 2019
Course type:  Video lecture

Credits Available


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

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

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

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Alabama State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hour.

Healthcare Professionals

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


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.
  • View the educational video of the lecture.
  • Study the educational references.
  • Online, choose the best answer to each test question. Learners must receive a passing score of 80%.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and outcomes.

Upon successful completion of the test, evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed from customerservice@sma.org within approximately 1 hour. Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you may login to your account to print a duplicate copy of your certificate.

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Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships


As an organization accredited by the ACCME, Southern Medical Association requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The ACCME defines "relevant financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount, occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest.

Southern Medical Association encourages Speakers/Authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

Adrian Balica, MD

Dr. Balica is currently a physician at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences.  Dr. Balica completed his residency OB/GYN, UMDNJ-RWJMS, New Brunswick, NJ, US Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine - Englewood Hospital, Englewood, NJ. His special interests include minimally invasive surgery, 3D GYN ultrasound, laparoscopic hysterectomy and tubal ligation, hysteroscopic fibroid surgery, endometrial ablation for heavy bleeding, incontinence procedures, hysteroscopic sterilization (Essure procedure).  Dr. Balica earned his degree from the University of Medicine & Pharmacy Timisoara, Timisoara, Romania.

Disclosure:

  • Dr. Balica has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • Dr. Balica does not intend to discuss off-label or investigational uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not yet approved by the FDA for use in the United States.

Planning Committee
The following planning committee members have no relevant financial relationships to declare:
Georgia L. Thomas, RN, MBA, HACP, FACHE, Nurse Planner
Nancy Phillips, MD, Physician Planner
Jennifer Price, MA, SMA CME Program Manager

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