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, emergency medicine, and preventive medicine.

Goals and Objectives

Early diagnosis of certain thyroid, pituitary, and metabolic bone disorders in young women can save lives with new therapies. Some of the new medications are not well known. Illustrative cases will be used to demonstrate diagnostic and therapeutic interventions while explaining new therapies and medications.

There are new ACC-AHA guidelines on hypertension and these guidelines suggest earlier and more frequent use of fixed-dose combination pharmacologic therapy in the hypertensive individual. In addition, population-based hypertension management strategies have demonstrated the effectiveness of a simple, standardized pharmacologic hypertensive formulary and algorithm use. Upon completion of the activity, providers should be able to:

  • Recognize the evaluation of the thyroid in a young woman with a positive family history of thyroid disease;
  • Evaluate a young woman with low bone mineral density;
  • Recognize the ACC-AHA guidelines which emphasize the clinical importance of greater and earlier use of pharmacologic fixed-dose therapy in the management of hypertension;
  • Apply the evidence which demonstrates the effectiveness of using a simple and standardized pharmacologic formulary and treatment algorithm in the management of hypertension.

Course Information

CME Release Date: September 4, 2018
Valid for credit through: September 4, 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.

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 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.

Veronica K. Piziak, MD, PhD, FACP

DVeronica Piziakr. 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.


  • Dr. Piziak has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • Dr. Piziak 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.

Donald J. DiPette, MD, FACP, FAHA

Donald DiPetteDr. 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.


  • Dr. DiPette has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • Dr. DiPette 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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