PIP: Practice Assessment Tool for the Care of Patients with a Diagnosis of Schizophrenia
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Credit Offered
20 CME Credits
20 COP Credits

American Psychiatric Association Performance in Practice (PIP) Practice Assessment Tool for the Care of Patients with a Diagnosis of Schizophrenia. Completion of stages A, B, and C in sequence is designated by American Psychiatric Association for up to 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Educational Objectives

  • Assess whether their current assessment and treatment is consistent with evidence-based recommendations;
  • Identify areas of improvement and develop an improvement plan; and
  • Improve assessment and care of patients who are diagnosed with schizophrenia in clinical practice

Target Audience

Psychiatrists participating in MOC and other psychiatrists in clinical practice; psychiatric residents and fellows; physicians and other clinicians who wish to improve their knowledge of clinical psychiatry and patient care in the assessment and treatment of patients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia.

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 20 hours
Program Begin Date: November 12, 2020
Program End Date: November 12, 2023

How to Earn Credit

The APA's PIP modules are guided practice improvement programs created for psychiatrists, and are designed to meet Part 4 MOC requirements for clinical modules. Modules follow a three-stage Performance Improvement CME structure that takes place within a 24-month period. ABPN Maintenance of Certification requirements: http://www.abpn.com/moc.html

In STAGE A - Chart Review, the physician compares his or her current practice (through a review of chart documentation) to guidelines and measures provided for the topic area. No patient/chart data is submitted. (5 credits)

In STAGE B – Improvement, based upon the results of chart review, the physician then selects an area where improvement is needed and documents his or her strategy for improvement. This improvement plan is for the personal use of the physician, and is not submitted to the APA. Educational resources are suggested that can assist with the improvement plan, however, any educational activities relevant to the improvement plan can be used. During Stage B, the physician implements the educational plan for a period of 30 days or as long as the doctor deems necessary within 24 months. (5 credits)

In STAGE C – Second Chart Review, the physician reassesses his or her performance with review of 5 patient charts, and determines the results of his or her performance improvement effort. These can be the same 5 patients or a new group of patients seen since beginning the PIP activities. Again, the physician retains all patient/chart data (5 credits). The complete module, three stages in sequence within 24 months, earns the participant another 5 credits for a total of 20 CME credits.

Continuing Education Credit and MOC Approval

The American Psychiatric Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychiatric Association designates this PI CME activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology has reviewed the Physician Practice Assessment Tool for the Assessment and Treatment of Adults at Risk for Suicide and Suicide-Related Behaviors and has approved this program as a Performance in Practice Clinical Module (MOC Part 4) which is mandated by the ABMS as a necessary component of Maintenance of Certification.

APA reports MOC completion data on behalf of our members directly to ABPN, however, diplomates are still required to log on to their ABPN Physician Folios at least once per calendar year to attest to completion of their MOC activities.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

Program Planners

  • Tristan Gorrindo, M.D., Director, Division of Education, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Kristen Moeller, Director of CME, Associate Director of FOCUS, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.


All authors report no financial relationships with commercial interests.

  • Laura J. Fochtmann, M.D., Distinguished Service Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Pharmacological Sciences, and Biomedical Informatics at Stony Brook University, Deputy Chief Medical Information Officer at Stony Brook Medicine, and Medical Editor, Practice Guidelines, American Psychiatric Association.
  • Jennifer Medicus, Practice Guidelines Deputy Director, American Psychiatric Association.
  • Seung-Hee Hong, Practice Guidelines Research Manager, American Psychiatric Association.

Technical Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using any of the following:

  • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11+

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 Reader, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration:

  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

For assistance: Contact educme@psych.org for questions about this activity | Contact learningcenter@psych.org for technical assistance

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