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


There is an epidemic of physician burnout in the United States, and it has a pervasive negative effect on all aspects of medical care, including your career satisfaction. According to one researcher, “Numerous global studies involving nearly every medical and surgical specialty indicate that one in every three physicians is experiencing burnout at any given time.” (Shanafelt 2009) The 2015 Medscape Physician Lifestyle Survey reported an even higher burnout rate – 46 percent of physicians, up from 39.8 percent in the 2013 survey. This burnout leads to an impressive number of undesirable outcomes including but not limited to: alcohol and drug addiction as well as SUICIDE. This activity will review the epidemiology of clinician burnout and suicide as well as risk factors. It will also address the relationship between mood disorders and stress in life and finally, look at tools to lower stress and create life balance. At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Define Epidemiology of Suicide;
  • Identify Epidemiology of Suicide specific to physicians;
  • Recognize the underlying neurobiology of mood disorders and neurotransmitter dysfunction;
  • Obtain an understanding of the relationship between mood disorders and stress in life;
  • Review what can be done and what are we doing.

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 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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.

Jennifer Wells, MD

Dr. Jennifer Wells is a California native raised in the suburbs of Washington, DC. She is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of the University of California at Davis with a BS in biological sciences. Following graduation from college she spent two years at The National Institutes of Health researching the intricacies of adipose metabolism in Cushing Syndrome. Thereafter, she attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and graduated as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She did her internship at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) and went on to complete her first residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCSF. After working in the private sector for several years, she then went on to complete a second residency in Psychiatry at the Virginia Tech-Carilion Clinic.  Having graduated from her psychiatry residency in 2015, she has accepted a position at Carilion Clinic’s Department of Psychiatry where she is actively involved in creating a women’s health center specializing in treating psychiatric illness in pregnancy, as well as, managing substance use disorders in pregnancy.

Disclosure Information

  • The speaker has 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
Donald DiPette, MD
Nancy Phillips, MD
Susan Peck, MSN, APN
Lee Boughton, MA, SMA Staff

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