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Management of Cardiometabolic Risk in the Psychiatric Patient

Activity Type:

  • On Demand Plus

Release Date: 11/15/2017

Expiration Date: 4/20/2018

  • AMA PRA Category 1 Physician: 8
  • Participation: 8

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Psychiatrists require basic skills in the evaluation and management of cardiometabolic risk in their patients. This six-week, highly interactive and expert-driven course provides an in-depth and clinically relevant overview of common cardiometabolic risk factors seen in patients with mental illness, including hypertension, obesity, diabetes and tobacco use. Working collaboratively with other classmates, participants in this course will obtain new knowledge for managing and diagnosing the common causes of morbidity in psychiatric patients. 

The course was developed in collaboration with The Association for Medicine and Psychiatry. During the six-week course schedule participants will watch a pre-recorded lecture, complete an interactive vignette, engage with peers via discussion boards, call-in to virtual office hours with course faculty, and read sections from Preventive Medical Care in Psychiatry - A Practical Guide for Clinicians. Participants will receive a free copy of the book by mail approximately 7 to 10 business days after registering for the course. 


  • General Member - $220.00
  • Resident-Fellow Member - $110.00
  • Medical Student Member - $220.00
  • Non-Member - $440.00

Registration for this course closed on January 23, 2018. 

Course Agenda

This course is a six-week program covering one topic per week. The scheduled program runs from January 10th to February 20th. 

This course is an APA OnDemand Plus format, which offers a deeper exploration of topics through rich content and enhanced features. OnDemand Plus courses are multi-modular and are typically completed over a longer time period. The agenda includes:

  • Pre-work: Introduction
  • Module 1: Hypertension 
  • Module 2: Obesity
  • Module 3: Cholesterol
  • Module 4: Diabetes
  • Module 5: Tobacco Use Disorder
  • Module 6: Preventive Care

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Educational Objectives

  • Identify the causes of excess mortality in the SMI population and discuss lifestyle modifications that are useful
  • Describe the current state of the art in treating diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemias, smoking cessation and obesity
  • Demonstrate skills in understanding the use of treatment algorithms for prevalent chronic illnesses in the SMI population
  • Explore the use of a primary care consultant to assist in treatment of patients if prescribing desired
  • Discuss the rationale and a proposed framework for psychiatrist management of chronic physical conditions with emphasis on liability and scope of practice concerns. 

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Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 8 hours 
Begin Date: November 15, 2017 (Registration/Pre-work) | January 10, 2018 (6-Week Program)
End Date: February 20, 2018 (6-Week Program) | April 20, 2018 (Credit Claim)

(Note: This is a six-week scheduled course that runs from January 10th through February 20th. Credit must be claimed within 60 days post-event)

Faculty and Planner Disclosures


  • Aniyizhai Annamalai, M.D., Yale University. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Lydia Chwastiak, M.D., University of Washington. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Jaesu Han, M.D., UC Davis. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Robert McCarron, D.O., UC Irvine. Disclosure: Lippincott Primary Care Psychiatry: Editor, Royalties.
  • Jeffrey Rado, M.D., Northwestern University. Disclosure: Grant/Research: Otsuka, Alkermes, Lundbeck; Speaker's Bureau: Alkermes
  • Lori Raney, M.D., Health Management Associates. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Martha Ward, M.D., Emory University. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Program Planners

  • Jeffrey Rado, M.D., Northwestern University. Disclosure: Grant/Research: Otsuka, Alkermes, Lundbeck; Speaker's Bureau: Alkermes
  • Tristan Gorrindo, M.D., Director Division of Education, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

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. A multiple choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 75% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. 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 date of completion and hours earned.


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 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Hardware/Software Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using Internet Explorer 8+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari 4+. 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, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration:

  • Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.3+ 
  • 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

Minimum Requirements:

  • 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
  • Macintosh:Mac OS X 10.4+ or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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