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Delirium - @the APA

This in-person only event will be hosted at the APA Headquarters (800 Maine Ave SW) in Washington, DC.

This course will review: reasons why all psychiatrist must know about delirium; delirium's diagnostic criteria (including new DSM-5 and ICD-11 criteria); delirium subtypes, clinical presentation and characteristics; the benefits and limitations of available diagnostic tools; the proposed theories regarding its pathogenesis; the reciprocal relationship between delirium and cognitive functioning (both before and after delirium occurrence); and summarize the behavioral and pharmacological, evidence-based techniques associated with successful prevention and treatment strategies. While this comprehensive course will review what we know to date from a historical perspective, it will very much focus on the most recent approaches at understanding its pathophysiology, prediction, surveillance, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment.


Live, interactive session

Please note: this event is in-person and no virtual option is available.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of various screening and diagnostic instruments used for the detection of delirium.
  • Recognize the main risk factors for the development of delirium in the clinical setting.
  • Understand the evidence supporting the use of non-pharmacological techniques (e.g., light therapy, early mobilization) in delirium prevention and treatment.

Outline and Agenda

  • 9:00 – 9:10 a.m.              What is Delirium: Evolution from Hippocrates to DSM5/ICD10
  • 9:10- 9:25 a.m.               Delrium Consequences: Why Should We Care
  • 9:25 – 9:50 a.m.              Diagnostic Criteria/Tools & Technologies – Delirium Subtypes
  • 9:50 – 10:15 a.m.            Pathophysiology of Delirium
  • 10:20 – 10:45 a.m.          Neuropathogenesis of Delirium
  • 10:15 – 10:30 a.m.          Break
  • 10:30 – 10:45 a.m.          Delirium’s Long Term Neuropsychiatric Sequelae
  • 10:45 – 11:00 a.m.          Cognition Impairment & Delirium – A Review of their reciprocal relationship
  • 11:00 – 12:00 p.m.         Lunch
  • 12:00 – 2:45 p.m.            Alcohol Withdrawal Delirium: Neurobiology & Novel Treatment Techniques
  • 2:45 – 3:00 p.m.              Discussion and Q&A

Target Audience


Estimate Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 4 hours
Program Start Date: March 8, 2024
Program End Date: March 8, 2024

Credit is available until May 7, 2024. After this date, credit will no longer be available to claim due to accreditation guidelines.

Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in Q&A.

How to Earn Credit

After evaluating the program, 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 event date and hours earned.

Continuing Education Credit

In support of improving patient care, the American Psychiatric Association 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.


The APA designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 4.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner 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.


  • Jose Maldonado, MD. 


  • Vishal Madaan, MD, Chief of Education, APA. Reports no financial relationships to disclose.
  • Jose Maldonado, MD. 

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

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Technical Requirements

This 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

For assistance: Contact for questions about this activity

Availability: No future session
Cost: Member: $300.00
Non-Member: $400.00
Medical Student: $150.00
Resident Fellow Member: $150.00
Credit Offered:
No Credit Offered
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