Heat Waves and Wildfires for the Practicing Psychiatrist: What you need to know to protect your patients and community
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Expires on Aug 04, 2025
Credit Offered
1.5 CME Credits
1.5 COP Credits

Available: 08/4/2022 - 08/4/2025


FREE - $0

This webinar will teach you what you need to know about heat physiology and adaptation, heat impacts on psychiatric symptoms and medications, and how to protect your patients in the extreme heat gripping the world this summer. We will also discuss the impacts of wildfires on psychiatric symptoms and community function, and the role the psychiatrist can play in responding to these emerging health stressors of the climate crisis.


Recorded webinar, non-interactive, self-paced distance learning activity.

This presentation was recorded on August 3, 2022.

Learning Objectives

  • Review the thermoregulatory system, its capacity for acclimatization to higher temperatures, and the signs and symptoms of heat illness
  • Evaluate how psychiatric medications and psychiatric illnesses themselves impact the body’s ability to respond to higher temperatures
  • Apply treatment plans to rotect patients with mental illnesses from the dangers of extreme heat. 
  • Discuss the relationship between wildfires and mental illnesses, including the effects of wildfires on wellbeing in first responders and communities and and the effect of wildfire smoke on mental symptoms.

Target Audience

Psychiatrists, residents/fellows, medical students, non-psychiatrist physicians, other mental health professionals

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 90 minutes
Event Date: August 4, 2022
Credit Claim Date: August 4, 2025

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the completion date and hours earned. 

Continuing Education Credit

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The APA designates this enduring CME activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Planning Committee and Faculty Disclosures

The American Psychiatric Association adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity — including faculty, planners, reviewers or others — are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity.

Faculty Disclosures

  • Elizabeth Haase, MD, Medical Director, Behavioral Health, Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • Jacob Lee, MD, Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow- University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine Committee Member, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Planning Committee

  • Violet Moloney, Instructional Designer, Online Team, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

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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 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

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