CME Course

Rural Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dr. Kala Blakely discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting rural healthcare practices, including considerations and unique challenges in caring for the South’s patient population, as well telemedicine’s role and the way care is being delivered. She also provides insight into how this crisis has permanently changed rural health.
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Target Audience

All healthcare providers.

Goals and Objectives

Dr. Kala Blakely discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting rural healthcare practices, including considerations and unique challenges in caring for the South’s patient population, as well telemedicine’s role and the way care is being delivered. She also provides insight into how this crisis has permanently changed rural health. 

Course Information

CME Release Date: April 7, 2020
Valid for credit through: April 7, 2021
Course type: Audio Podcast
Estimated time of completion: 18 minutes 

Credits Available

Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Southern Medical Association designates this Internet Activity (Enduring Material) for a maximum of .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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.

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

This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated; learners should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

  • Read the course description, accreditation information, and disclosure information.
  • Login to access the course content and resources for further study.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and attestation.

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.

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

The content of the CME certified activity does not relate to products or services of an ACCME defined commercial interest. Therefore, there are no relevant financial relationships to identify and no conflicts of interest to identify or resolve.

Special Guest:
Kala Blakely, DNP, CRNP, NP-C is an Assistant Professor and the Coordinator for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP specialty track at the UAB School of Nursing.  She has been an adult nurse practitioner since 2010. Dr. Blakely's faculty practice is in a NP led clinic outside of the metro Birmingham area. Her practice initiatives focus on providing women's health and primary care to those in rural Alabama. She desires to bring quality health care to those in underserved areas locally and globally. She is involved in ongoing AANP quality improvement initiatives at her rural clinic. Dr. Blakely serves as President of the UAB School of Nursing Alumni Board, a member of the Alabama Rural Health Association Board of Directors, and enjoys involvement in numerous other professional organizations.  

Southern Medical Association Staff
Jennifer S. Price, MA, SMA Education Manager

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