Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive, office-based procedure which was cleared by the FDA in 2008 and has been shown to be safe and effective for patients who fail to respond to antidepressant medications.
Physicians need to understand the concept of treatment-resistant depression, recognize its importance, know how to identify patients with treatment resistant illness, be aware of transcranial magnetic stimulation as an alternate treatment modality, and know when to refer patients for this treatment. Interested physicians may also consider adding TMS therapy to their own practices. This decision requires a thorough understanding of the devices that are available, the cost and logistical considerations involved with setting up a TMS practice, and the training required to safely and effectively administer the treatment.
The presentational method for this activity will be Lecture with Q&A. This activity is geared to meet the educational requirements of Psychiatrists and Medical Doctors as well as Psychologists, Therapists, and Social Workers. This activity will encompass the following desirable physician attributes: Patient Care & Procedural Skills, Medical Knowledge, Professionalism, and Practice-Based Learning & Improvement.
- Understand the concept and significance of treatment resistant depression.
- Effectively identify patients with treatment resistant depression.
- Understand the role of TMS in treatment resistant depression.
- Understand the mechanism of action of TMS.
- Understand the safety and efficacy of TMS.
- Know how to identify and refer appropriate patients for TMS.