Target Audience


This activity is intended for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals specializing or certified in the areas of gynecology, obstetrics, internal medicine, family or general medicine.

Goals and Objectives


As clinicians, we go to conferences each year to learn new things, review old challenges, and sometimes ponder the ethical decisions we face each day. For example, this year, endometriosis now has elagolix; hormone replacement has an FDA approved bio-identical combination of estrogen and progesterone; the first live birth after a deceased donor transplant was reported in Brazil; a family fought over their deceased son’s sperm; ACOG states they no longer recommend routine pelvic exams. These challenges also include the management of uncontrolled diabetes in patients with multiple complications, and treatment options for patients with severe hypercholesterolemia. The goal of this session is to review new interventions, explore the ethics of medicine, and discuss the interaction of technology and hands-on medical practice through an interactive audience discussion. At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Utilize new medications into the treatment of common gynecologic disorders;
  • Implement strategies to manage patients with severe hypercholesterolemia, and those with uncontrolled diabetes who have multiple complications;
  • Examine the interaction of medicine, technology and ethics;
  • Incorporate “shared decision making” into medical practice.

Course Information


CME Release Date: August 2, 2019
Valid for credit through: August 2, 2020
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 .50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABIM MOC: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to .50 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

To receive CME credit and/or MOC points, you MUST complete the activity and the evaluation form. For ABIM MOC points, your information will be shared with the ABIM through the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). Please allow 6-8 weeks for your MOC points to appear on your ABIM records.

AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of .50 hours of Category I credit for completing this activity.

AANPCP: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

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 [email protected] 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.

Donald DiPette, MD

Dr. DiPette is currently the Health Sciences Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, South Carolina. He has previously held the positions of Special Assistant to the Provost for Health Affairs, Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of South Carolina. Before joining USC, he was Interim Senior Executive Dean and Interim Chief Academic Officer and Professor of Medicine in the Texas A&M Health Sciences Center College of Medicine and the Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Texas A&M Health Sciences Center College of Medicine and Scott & White Healthcare.

Nancy Phillips, MD

Dr. Phillips is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist, Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Science at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ. Her clinical interest is in vulvovaginal health, with an emphasis on vulvodynia. Other areas of interest include menopause and hormone therapy and pelvic pain. She has authored and co-authored many peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in this field, including an on-line Prologue teaching review on vulvovaginal atrophy for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Phillips is also involved in clinical research in areas of vulvodynia, vulvovaginal atrophy and the vaginal microbiome.

Veronica K. Piziak, MD, PhD, FACP

Veronica Piziak

Dr. Piziak is Emeritus Director, Division of Endocrinology and Director of the Diabetes Center for Scott & White in Temple, Texas. She has attained the rank of Professor of Medicine and Endocrinology at Texas A&M University College of Medicine and is Professor of Social and Behavioral Health for Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health.

 

Disclosure Information

  • The speakers have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

Planning Committee/Content Reviewer(s)/SMA Staff:
The following planning committee members have no relevant financial relationships to disclose:
Veronica K. Piziak, MD
Susan Peck, MSN, APN
Lee Boughton, MA, SMA Staff

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