We Can Do Better: Improving Care for Women Over Age 50

Family physicians are front line providers of care to women over age 50. This case-based activity addresses the evidence behind our current best practice approach to hormone replacement therapy, mental and sexual health, wellness and lifestyle issues and counseling.



By the end of this session, participants should be able to:
  1. Translate recent guidelines on hormone replacement therapy into clinical practice.
  2. Provide sensitive, informed care about common sexual issues in peri- and post-menopausal women.
  3. Counsel appropriately about important lifestyle issues in post-menopausal women.


This activity is supported by the California Academy of Family Physicians.


There is no charge for this activity.


This activity will not include discussions of products or devices that are not currently approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the curriculum clearly indicates this fact.


This activity is designed for family physicians, primary care physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, and other team members who are interested in providing high quality health care to women over 50.


Learners must register to participate in and receive credit for this online educational activity.  Read the target audience, learning objectives, and author disclosures.  Study the educational content online and choose the best answers to each question.  For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.


CAFP policy and California state law requires that each learning activity have elements of cultural and linguistic proficiency included in the content. This activity includes these elements.


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The CAFP has made all reasonable efforts to ensure that information contained herein is accurate in accordance with the latest available scientific knowledge at the time of accreditation of this continuing education program. Information regarding drugs (e.g., their administration, dosages, contraindications, adverse reactions, interactions, special warnings, and precautions) and drug delivery systems is subject to change, however, and the learner is advised to check the manufacturer's package insert for information concerning recommended dosage and potential problems or cautions prior to dispensing or administering the drug or using the drug delivery systems.

Approval of credit for this continuing education program does not imply endorsement by CAFP of any product or manufacturer identified.

Any medications or treatment methods suggested in this CME activity should not be used by the practitioner without evaluation of their patient's condition(s) and possible contraindication(s) or danger(s) of use of any specific medication.


  1. Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society, Vol 19, No 3, pp 257-271, 2012
  2. JAMA. 2017;318(22):2234-2249. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.16952
  3. Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society; Vol 24, No 7, pp 728-753; 2017
  4. Jack S. Annon (1976) The PLISSIT Model: A Proposed Conceptual Scheme for the Behavioral Treatment of Sexual Problems, Journal of Sex Education and Therapy, 2:1, 1-15, DOI: 10.1080/01614576.1976.11074483
  5. Office on Women’s Health.gov citation/reference


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Course summary
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  • 0.50 AAFP Prescribed
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Cheri Olson, MD

Medical Director
Interstate Postgraduate Medical Association
LaCrosse, MN




Cheri L. Olson, MD is Medical Director for the Interstate Postgraduate Medical Association and recently retired as Associate Director of the La Crosse –Mayo Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Olson, a family physician, has been extensively involved in quality improvement performance, scholarship and leadership in her state, region and in her institution both in the hospital and clinic settings.  She is a frequently invited speaker and especially enjoys presenting group American Board of Family Practice Self-Assessment Modules.  She enjoyed overhearing a patient tell another that she is “not like other doctors, she’s really down to earth”, and another patient tell her that she likes that she is not a young doctor! Olson is married to an allergist and has 3 children. 
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This Enduring Material activity, Reproductive Health Conversations between Physicians and Their Patients, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to .5 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins May 15, 2020. Term of approval is for one year from this date.
AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 0.50 AAFP Prescribed
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