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A Comprehensive Framework for the Office Evaluation of Neurocognitive Disorders

Activity Type:

  • On Demand

Release Date: 3/1/2020

Expiration Date: 3/1/2023

  • AMA PRA Category 1: 1.25
  • Participation: 1.25



A thorough assessment of the neurocognitive disorders (NCD) requires in-depth knowledge of not only psychiatry but also several aspects of geriatric medicine, neurology, neuroimaging and even medical ethics. The author has developed a practical six-step approach for the efficient evaluation of patients with cognitive complaints in the office. During this course, each of the six steps will be illustrated with the help of a real case. 

**This content was captured at the 2019 APA Annual Meeting and may reference information from various sources and terminology from previous editions of the DSM.


  • General Member - $15.50
  • Resident-Fellow Member - Free
  • Medical Student Member - $15.50
  • Non-Member - $31.25

Course References

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  • Mansbach WE & Mace RA. A comparison of the diagnostic accuracy of the AD8 and BCAT-SF in identifying dementia and mild cognitive impariment in long-term care residents. Neuropsychol Dev Cogn B Aging Neuropsychol Cogn. 2016 Sept;23(5):609-24.
  • Tampi RR, Young JJ, & Tampi D. Behavioral symptomatology and psychopharmacology of Lewy body dementia. Handb Clin Neurol. 2019;165:59-70.

Learning Objectives

  • Comprehensively outline the steps involved in assessing patients with cognitive complaints in the office
  • Differentiate between the common NCD types based upon patterns of cognitive deficits
  • Recognize the cognitive impairment in late-stage bipolar disorder and schizophrenia
  • Assess NCD patients for dangerousness to self and others
  • Utilize the 6 assessment steps to create a case formulation which in turn informs further management

Target Audience

Psychiatrists, Residents/Fellows

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 75 minutes
Begin Date: March 1, 2020
End Date: March 1, 2023

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

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

Program Presenters

  • Vimal Aga, M.D., FAPA, Adjunct Professor of Neuology, School of Medicine, OHSU. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Program Planners

  • Tristan Gorrindo, M.D., Director of Education, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Katie Putnam, Membership Development Specialist, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Ally Brown, Senior Program Manager, Online Learning, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

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