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


Preconception counseling intends to optimize pregnancy outcomes and prevent maternal morbidity and mortality through identifying and modifying biomedical, behavioral and social risks prior to pregnancy. Currently, 45% of pregnancies in the United States are unintended, 27% of women of childbearing age are obese, first pregnancies to women over 35 have more than doubled since the 1990’s. Maternal comorbidities have also increased. With these statistics, preconception counseling has an increasingly important role, and should be part of the discussion in medical care of all women of childbearing age. This activity will present a historic view of preconception counseling, review the current recommendations and focus on the main co-morbidities that can be optimized to make a significant impact on improving outcomes. The increasing complex world of carrier screening will also be briefly reviewed. At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Integrate preconception counseling into their medical practice;
  • Recognize women who should be referred for specialized preconception counseling, including Maternal Fetal Medicine or Genetics consultation;
  • Implement changes to medical management of common medical problems to optimize pregnancy outcomes.

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.

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.

Nancy A. 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.

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
Susan Peck, MSN, APN
Lee Boughton, MA, SMA Staff

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