*Important Notice*

This activity consists of 3 “bundled” courses from SMA’s online library, and includes: The Recognition and Management of Personality Disorders; The Recognition and Management of Depression; and Inappropriate Use of Psych Meds in 2017-What You Need to Know. The activity concludes with a series of case studies, highlighting the content.

If you select this bundle, please do not purchase the courses individually.

Goals and Objectives

The Recognition and Management of Personality Disorders:
The treatment of personality disorders is generally outside of the scope of practice of most primary care physicians/general medical doctors. They are common, however, and recognition and understanding can facilitate the medical care of these patients. The goal of this activity is to describe the characteristics of patients with personality disorders and understand how these conditions may potentially complicate their care. Upon Completion, learners should be better prepared to:

  • Attain a broad, general understanding of how personaliy disorders are acquired;
  • Identify certain personality disorders, how to manage their care, and when to refer.

The Recognition and Management of Depression:
Clinical depression is the most common psychiatric disorder worldwide; in the United States, approximately one in six people will experience clinical depression in their lifetime. Patients with untreated depression have a lower quality of life, higher risk of suicide, and worse physical outcomes when combined with other medical conditions.  Providers may have difficulty identifying the optimal choice of a first-line antidepressant and also longer algorithms for treatment non-responders. Upon Completion, learners should be better prepared to:

  • Optimize the selection of a first-line antidepressant;
  • Extend algorithms for patients who do not respond to first-line treatments.

Inappropriate Use of Psych Meds in 2017-What You Need to Know:
Psychotropic medications are powerful tools in the hands of knowledgeable practitioners. When they are prescribed in a manner unsupported by the scientific literature, they expose the patient to potential harm with a probably reduced potential benefit. The goal of the session is to refine the knowledge of the prescriber with respect to diagnosis and potential side effects of medications as well as drug interactions to maximize benefit to the patient. Upon Completion, learners should be better prepared to:

  • Cite the diagnostic criteria for several of the most common psychiatric diagnoses encountered in the primary care setting;
  • Identify key toxic side effects of selected psychotropics.

Cases in Psychiatry for the Primary Care Clinician
After hearing didactic lectures on personality disorders, depression, and inappropriate use of psych medications, it is the intention of this lecture to guide the learners through actual cases relating to these same topics. Initial history will be shown, and the audience will be asked, in an interactive fashion, to develop a differential diagnosis, diagnostic plan, and therapeutic strategy. This lecture will reinforce material already presented in previous days. Upon completion, learners should be better prepared to:

  • Develop a differential diagnosis for real cases presented related to personality disorders, depression, and impropriate use of psych meds.
  • Develop a diagnostic plan to determine the correct etiology of the disorder illustrated.
  • Develop a therapeutic strategy appropriate for the diagnosis.


Course Information

CME Release Date: December 27th, 2017
Valid for credit through:  December 27th, 2018
Course type:  Video lecture
Sponsored in part by:  SMA Services, Inc.

Credits Available

Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Southern Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of  3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated; learners should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

  • Read the goals and objectives, accreditation information, and author disclosures.
  • Study the educational content and references.
  • Online, choose the best answer to each test question. To receive a certificate, you must receive a passing score of 80%.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and attestation.

Upon completion of the evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed within 2 weeks.  Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you can contact Southern Medical Association for a duplicate copy of your credit.

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