Goals and Objectives


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.

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  .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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