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FOCUS Self-Assessment Exam 2019

Activity Type:

  • Self-Assessment

Release Date: 10/1/2019

Expiration Date: 10/31/2022

  • AMA PRA Category 1: 24
  • Participation: 24



The FOCUS Self-Assessment Examination program is intended to assist psychiatrists in keeping abreast of new knowledge and scientific developments in the field of psychiatry and in maintaining a lifelong learning program that will fulfill the needs of self-assessment and ongoing Maintenance of Certification. The topics for the 2019 Focus program are:

  • Neuroscience-informed Treatments
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Forensic Psychiatry

The FOCUS examination may also be useful in studying for other examinations, such as the Psychiatry Recertification Examination of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Note: Although it is anticipated that participation in the FOCUS study and self-assessment examination will be helpful for psychiatrists taking other examinations, no guarantee concerning actual performance on other examinations is intended or implied. The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology has developed a 10-year MOC program that includes self-assessment. The FOCUS Self-Assessment Examination is a broad-based self-assessment activity approved by the ABPN for this purpose.


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Educational Objectives

At the completion of the activity, participants will:

  1. Have an increased understanding of current knowledge and new developments in psychiatric diagnosis and treatment and be able to apply this information to improve patient care;
  2. Recognize areas where more study is needed; and
  3. Validate current practice or make improvements in professional practice.

Target Audience

This program is one element of a lifelong learning program for physicians and as an aid for psychiatrists studying for recertification.

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 24 hours
Program Release Date: October 15, 2019
Program End Date: October 31, 2022 (11:59pm ET)

How to Earn Credit

To earn credit for the FOCUS Self-Assessment, participants complete all questions and the evaluation and review their score.  The minimum performance level requirement is fulfilled by answering all questions and by receipt of a score and peer comparison.  This activity is designed to identify areas for improvement and further study; credit will be awarded for completion of the self-assessment.

The answers, rationales, and references for further study are provided. We urge that as a minimum, the rationale for each question answered incorrectly be reviewed. Many participants may wish to review the rationales for all of the multiple choice questions.  Participants will receive a detailed score report and peer comparison online. The peer comparison is a dynamic report and will change as participation increases.  After completing the course, you can then claim and print your CME certificate.

Continuing Education Credit

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. APA designates this enduring material CME activity for a maximum of 24 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABPN Approval for MOC Part 2 (Self-Assessment)
The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology strongly supports an organized plan of lifelong learning for its psychiatric diplomates and reviews specific APA Category 1 CME activities for this purpose. The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology has reviewed FOCUS: The Journal of Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry and the FOCUS Self-Assessment Examination and has approved this program as part of a comprehensive lifelong learning and self-assessment program, which is mandated by the ABMS as a necessary component of Maintenance of Certification, Part 2.

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.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Canadian Psychiatric Association. You may claim a maximum of 24 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

No financial affiliations with commercial organizations

  • Mark Hyman Rapaport, M.D., Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Vivek Datta, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco, California
  • Paul Elizondo, M.D., D.O., Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco, California
  • Venkata Kolli, M.B., B.S., Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Annette M. Matthews, M.D., Psychiatrist, Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Portland, Oregon; Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon
  • Lindsay J. Moskowitz, M.D., Director, Eating Disorders Service, North Shore–Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, New York
  • Alison Netski, M.D., Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Associate Professor, UNLV School of Medicine, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Randon S. Welton, M.D., Associate Professor, Director of Residency Training, Department of Psychiatry, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio

Disclosures of Interests

  • Vishal Madaan, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Associate Training Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Virginia. Research Support: Shire, Curemark, Pfizer, Allergan, Supernus, Boerhinger-Ingelheim, Purdue, Neurocrine

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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