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


Cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the U.S. and now globally. Hypertension also remains one of the major risk factors for cardio disease including heart disease (coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, left ventricular hypertrophy, and arrhythmia), cerebrovascular disease (stroke), and renal disease (renal insufficiency and failure). Despite safe and effective treatment for hypertension, the awareness, treatment, and control rates for hypertension are disappointing, including in the United States (hypertension control rates of approximately 50-60 percent). Given these rather dismal control rates it is clear that different approaches to the detection, management, and treatment of hypertension is sorely needed. Newer modalities to approach the hypertensive patient could include the use of smaller pharmacologic formularies and fixed-dose combination anti-hypertensive agents, including in the initial treatment of the hypertension. At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the barriers that contribute to poor hypertension control;
  • Distinguish the advantages of using a smaller pharmacologic drug formulary in the treatment of hypertension;
  • Demonstrate the advantages of using fixed-dose combinations in the treatment of hypertension;
  • Develop a plan to choose appropriate fixed-dose combination medications in the treatment of hypertension.

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 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 [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.

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
Nancy Phillips, MD
Susan Peck, MSN, APN
Lee Boughton, MA, SMA Staff

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