The evidence of unprofessional online behavior among physicians and the complexity of the potential issues raised with internet use in psychiatry suggest that psychiatrists need explicit teaching about potential clinical, ethical and legal pitfalls of internet use. In 2010, the President of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training (AADPRT) established a Taskforce on Professionalism and the Internet, charged with reviewing the literature and creating a curriculum to teach psychiatric trainees about online professionalism. Participants in a Taskforce-run workshop on this subject were asked for examples from their own experience of online professionalism concerns, and an outpouring of vignettes ensued. The Taskforce undertook the creation of curriculum based vignettes. The vignettes in this CME course come from the AADPRT curriculum. The principles elicited in these vignettes might be seen as extensions of well-established principles of professionalism. Some vignettes are based on actual cases; however, any identifying information has been removed and details changed to protect the identity of those involved.
- General Member - $19.50
- Resident-Fellow Member - Free
- Non-Member - $39.00
- Gain awareness about potential professionalism issues in the use of the internet and digital technology in clinical psychiatry practice and will be able to apply this to their professional practice
- Study how to approach professionalism problems that arise in the context of the internet in clinical practice
- Review resources and professional guidelines outlining professional standards in the use o the internet and digital media in clinical psychiatry practice
Psychiatrists and other physicians
Estimated Time to Complete
Estimated Duration: 2 hours
Program Release Date: July 2013
Program Review Date: July 2019
Program End Date: July 2021
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. The interactive vignette includes multiple choice questions for participants to test their decision making skills. After completing the vignette and 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 date of completion 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 2 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
- Sandra M. DeJong, M.D., Harvard University Medical School. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Joan Anzia, M.D., Northwestern University. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Sheldon Benjamin, M.D., University of Massachusetts Medical School. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Bob Boland, M.D., Brown University Medical School. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Nadyah John, M.D., East Carolina University. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Jim Lomax, MD, Baylor Medical College. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Anthony Rostain, MD, University of Pennsylvania. Disclosure: Consultant/Advisory Board: Shire Pharmaceutical Development, Inc.
- Deborah J. Hales, M.D., Former Director, Division of Education, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Tristan Gorrindo, M.D., Director, Division of Education, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
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- Browser: Firefox (latest version), Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 7.0+, Microsoft Edge (latest version) or Google Chrome (latest version)
- Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+
- Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher
- Windows PC: 500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Macromedia Flash Player 10.3 or higher; Sound Card at least 16-bit; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
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