Introduction to TMS Therapy – Online

Course Summary

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 online lecture recording. 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.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the concept and significance of treatment resistant depression
  • Effectively identify patients with treatment resistant depression
  • Cite the role of TMS in treatment resistant depression
  • Identify the mechanism of action of TMS
  • Communicate the safety and efficacy of TMS
  • Identify and refer appropriate patients for TMS

Designation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) through the joint-providership of CME Consultants and TMS Health Education. CME Consultants is accredited by the IMQ/CMA to provide continuing medical education to physicians.


Date of original release 09/05/15. Termination date 09/05/17. Estimated time to complete this activity is 1.5 hours.

In accordance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), please call TMS Health Education at 844-867-8445 should you require special assistance.

Course Registration

Course Price: $49

CME Credits

CME Consultants designates this enduring material/internet activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ total . Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Featured Faculty

Karl I. Lanocha, MD
Richard A. Bermudes, MD

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