JAAPA CME Post-Test March 2018
Postpartum Depression in Older Women | Provider-Performed Microscopy Empowers PAs at the Point of Care
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Postpartum Depression in Older Women

Brittany Strelow, MPAS, PA-C; Nicole Fellows, MPAS, PA-C; Stephanie R. Fink, MPAS, PA-C; Danielle J. O’Laughlin, MPAS, PA-C; Gladys Radke, MPAS, PA-C; Joy Stevens, MPAS, PA-C; Johanna M. Tweedy, APRN, CNP, DNP

Postpartum depression is one of the most common nonobstetric complications associated with childbearing, and poses potential serious threat to the mother’s and the infant’s well-being and development.1,2 Studies suggest that a history of untreated depression before pregnancy increases the risk of depression after delivery or during subsequent pregnancies, and this risk increases with maternal age.3,4 In comparison, younger women, ages 15 to 24 years, had a lower risk of postpartum depression compared with mothers ages 25 to 29 years.3 Women over age 30 years have a statistically significant increased risk of postpartum depression.3 Women over age 35 years are considered to be of advanced maternal age.3

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • List the major risk factors for postpartum depression.
  • Provide a treatment approach for a patient with postpartum depression.

Provider-Performed Microscopy Empowers PAs at the Point of Care

Gina R. Brown, MPAS, PA-C; Joshua B. Wigdahl, MPA, PA-C; Tiana M. Stebens, MPA, PA-C

Provider-performed microscopy (PPM) is a diagnostic tool recommended when patients present with several types of gynecologic infections or fungal infections of skin or nails. PPM allows for immediate and accurate treatment, and can strengthen the relationship between clinician and patient. This activity reviews two microscopy techniques, the saline wet mount and the potassium hydroxide (KOH) preparation, and discusses their indications for use.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • List the benefits and drawbacks to performing microscopy at the point of care.
  • Describe the proper technique for collecting and processing samples for wet mount and KOH testing.
  • List the indications for performing a wet mount or KOH test.

Accreditation Statement


This activity has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 1.0 AAPA Category 1 CME credit by the AAPA Review Panel. Participants should only claim credit commensurate with their participation in the CME activity. This program was planned in accordance with AAPA’s CME Standards. 

Disclosure Policy Statement

It is the policy of AAPA to require the disclosure of the existence of any significant financial interest or any other relationship a faculty member has with the commercial interest of any commercial product discussed in an educational presentation. The participating faculty reported the following:

At the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Brittany Strelow is an instructor in internal medicine, Nicole Fellows is an instructor in surgery, Stephanie R. Fink is an assistant professor of medicine and instructor in laboratory medicine and pathology, Danielle J. O’Laughlin is an instructor in medicine, Gladys Radke is an instructor in medicine and family medicine, Joy Stevens is an instructor in medicine, and Johanna M. Tweedy works in primary care internal medicine. Gina R. Brown is an associate professor at Wichita (Kans.) State University and practices at Associates of Family Medicine in Wichita. Joshua B. Wigdahl practices at Tanglewood Family Medical Center in Derby, Kans. Tiana M. Stebens practices at Kearney County Hospital in Lakin, Kans. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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Type:     Journal-based CME
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