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TMS Therapy for the Treatment of Depression

Activity Type:

  • On Demand

Release Date: 3/1/2019

Expiration Date: 12/31/2021

  • AMA PRA Category 1: 0.5
  • Participation: 0.5

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Most psychiatrists do not know the literature about Transcranial Magnetic Simulation (TMS), and do not know its value and benefit to patients suffering with depression. 10 years since the FDA clearance of the treatment, the CTMSS, in conjunction with the APA, seeks to broaden clinician’s awareness and knowledge of this effective treatment for depressed patients. This talk provides an overview of the basics of neurobiology of depression and the history of TMS, as well as introduces the technology of TMS, proposed mechanisms of actions, and discusses the benefits and risks of TMS in the treatment of depression.

**This content was captured at the 2018 APA Annual Meeting and may reference information from various sources and terminology from previous editions of the DSM. The field of neuromodulation/brain stimulation is rapidly evolving, and since the recording of this video two new TMS indications have been cleared by the FDA: 1) TMS for OCD, and 2) Theta burst protocols for TMS.



FREE - $0

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by Grant No. 1H79SM080818-01 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. (Effective April 15, 2019)

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the basics of neurobiology of depression
  • Identify the history and technology of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and proposed mechanisms of action
  • Distinguish the indications and contraindications, and risks and side effects of TMS
  • Evaluate the benefits/efficacy of TMS in the treatment of depression

Target Audience

Psychiatrists, Residents/Fellows

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 30 minutes
Begin Date: March 1, 2019
End Date: December 31, 2021

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. A multiple choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 100% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the completion date and hours earned. 

Continuing Education Credit

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

The APA designates this enduring CME activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures


  • Mark S. George, M.D., Direcor, Magnetic Brain Stimulation Laboratory, Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. Disclosure: Consulting - Brainsway, Magstim, Neuronetics, Neosync (Unpaid); Puretech Ventures.

Program Planners

  • Michelle Cochran, M.D., FAPA, Board President, Clinical TMS Society. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Michael Bourdase, MPA, CAE, Executive Director, Clinical TMS Society. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Tristan Gorrindo, M.D., Director of Education, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Ricardo Juarez, M.S., Director, District Branch and International Relations, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Kristen LeBlanc, MPA, CAE, Deputy Director Member Product Development and Engagement, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Hardware/Software Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using Internet Explorer 8+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari 4+. This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration:

  • Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.3+ 
  • Browser: Firefox (latest version), Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 7.0+, Microsoft Edge (latest version) or Google Chrome (latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+ 
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: 500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Macromedia Flash Player 10.3 or higher; Sound Card at least 16-bit; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh:Mac OS X 10.4+ or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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