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 women’s health, gynecology, obstetrics, internal medicine, family or general medicine, emergency medicine, and preventive medicine.

Goals & Objectives


By mid-adolescence, girls are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with a mood disorder as boys, with the prevalence at adult levels, 14 to 20 percent. Serious issues that are directly associated with teenage depression and anxiety include suicidal thinking (or behavior), and substance abuse. Adolescent girls are more likely to have experienced cyberbullying in their lifetime. There is a strong association between bullying and suicide-related behaviors, but this relationship is often mediated by other factors, including depression, violent behavior, and substance abuse. Primary care providers have expressed perceptions of inadequate preparation to address mental health problems in the adolescent population and with proper training, may play a major role in appropriately treating, managing, and/or referring these patients. The goal of this session is to assist the learner to establish protocols and procedures to identify and/or prevent struggling teens suffering from depression. Upon completion of the activity, providers should be able to:

  • Recognize risk factors for suicide;
  • Appropriately utilize mental health and suicide risk screening tools;
  • Establish protocols and procedures to identify and manage struggling teens who may be suffering from depression.

Course Information


CME Release Date:   September 6, 2018
Valid for credit through:  September 6, 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.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Alabama State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hour.

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:

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

Content Reviewer
G. Richard Holt, MD, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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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