Amy McMichael, MD
Department of Dermatology
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Target Audience

This activity is intended for dermatologists, pediatric dermatologists, pediatricians, primary care providers, nurse practitioners, and physician associates who care for patients with alopecia areata.                                                                                                                   

Educational Objectives

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

  • Discuss the epidemiology of alopecia areata (AA) in adolescents 
  • Review clinical manifestations, including accompanying comorbidities, that can aid in the diagnosis of AA
  • Incorporate validated strategies for assessing disease severity, with consideration of psychosocial factors that impact quality of life
  • Implement recently approved systemic therapies for adolescents with AA into clinical practice

Program Description

Alopecia areata (AA) is a nonscarring form of hair loss that often begins in childhood. It can have a devastating effect on quality of life (QOL), resulting in depression, anxiety, stigma, bullying, and reduced school and work productivity. Adolescents are at particularly high risk for poor QOL. There is a range of treatment options available, including targeted therapies indicated for patients aged 12 years and older. Clinicians should be prepared to diagnose AA, initiate treatment, and have ongoing discussions about the effect of AA on the patient’s QOL. Dr. Amy McMichael presents, in an interactive format, information on AA diagnosis and scales to score severity of hair loss, strategies for discussing QOL with adolescents, common coping strategies for adolescents, available therapies, and ways to address the lack of equity in AA care. This interactive format allows learners to move at their own pace and provides information through a combination of text, figures, and videos.


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All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated. 

Amy McMichael, MD

  • Consultant/Advisor/Speaker: AbbVie Inc.; Arcutis; Eli Lilly; Janssen; Johnson & Johnson; UCB
  • Researcher: Sun
  • Royalties or Patent Beneficiary: Informa/Taylor & Francis

Physician Accreditation Statement

Integritas Communications is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physician Credit Designation

Integritas designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABIM Credit Statements

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.0 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

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Joint Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, Partners for Advancing Clinical Education (PACE) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Nursing Continuing Professional Development

The maximum number of hours awarded for this Nursing Continuing Professional Development activity is 1.0 contact hours. 

Designated for 1.0 contact hours of pharmacotherapy credit for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. Pharmacotherapy contact hours for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses will be designated on your certificate.

PA Continuing Medical Education

PACE has been authorized by the American Academy of Physician Associates (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 1.0 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Approval is valid until April 11, 2025. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

Instructions to Receive Credit

In order to receive credit for this activity, the participant must:

  1. Read the educational objectives, accreditation information, and faculty disclosures at the beginning of this activity.
  2. Complete the Preactivity Questions.
  3. Review the activity content.
  4. Achieve a grade of at least 70% on the Postactivity Test Questions and complete the Evaluation.

Fee Information & Refund/Cancellation Policy

There is no fee for this educational activity.

Contact Information

For questions about the accreditation of this activity, please contact Integritas Communications at info@exchangecme.com or PACE at https://partnersed.com.

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Suggested Reading
A CME Circuit Training™ Series

Alopecia Areata in Adolescents

Updated Approaches to Managing the Whole Patient