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Primary Care Skills for Psychiatrists

Activity Type:

  • On Demand Plus

Release Date: 8/15/2016

Expiration Date: 8/15/2019

  • AMA PRA Category 1: 8
  • Participation: 8



This course is closed and no longer accepting new registrants.

Psychiatrists require basic skills in the evaluation and management of primary care issues of their patients. This six-week, highly interactive and expert-driven course provides an in-depth and clinically relevant overview of common primary care issues seen in patients with mental illness, including hypertension, obesity, diabetes and tobacco use. Working collaboratively with other classmates, students 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. Each week 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

Course Agenda

This course is part of APA’s On Demand Plus series.  On Demand Plus courses offer a deeper exploration of material through rich content and enhanced features.  On Demand Plus courses are multi-modular and are typically completed over a longer time period.

The course will cover one topic per week. Module 1 begins on September 19, 2016. The agenda includes:

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

Course Partner

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. 

Target Audience


Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 8 hours
Begin Date: August 15, 2016
End Date: August 15, 2019

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 60% 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.

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 8 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


  • Lori Raney, M.D., Health Management Associates. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Lydia Chwastiak, M.D., University of Washington. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Robert McCarron, D.O., UC Davis. Disclosure: Lippincott Primary Care Psychiatry: Editor, Royalties.
  • Jaesu Han, M.D., UC Davis. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Martha Ward, M.D., Emory University. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Program Planners

  • Erik Vanderlip, M.D., University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine. 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.
  • Jeffrey Rado, M.D., Northwestern University. Disclosure: Consultant: Clintara, Grant/Research Support: Otsuka, Neuronetics.

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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