CME Course

Peeling Back the Scabs of Socioeconomic Inequity and the Mental Health Impacts of a Pandemic

This discussion explores common causes for the rise of mental health issues during a pandemic environment, avenues for seeking treatment, how to address and improve the disparity of socioeconomic inequities facing the most vulnerable communities to COVID-19, and what is being done to identify and mitigate increased stress and higher levels of anxiety to workers in the healthcare field.

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References and Resources

    1. Pfefferbaum B, North CS. Mental health, and the Covid-19 pandemic. New England Journal of Medicine. 2020 Apr 13;
    2. Wang C, Pan R, Wan X, Tan Y, Xu L, Ho CS, et al. Immediate psychological responses, and associated factors during the initial stage of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic among the general population in  https://www.physiciansupportline.com/. Int J Environ Res Public Health 2020; 17:1729;
    3. Physician support line website: https://www.physiciansupportline.com/.

Target Audience

All healthcare providers.

Goals and Objectives

The exacerbated impact of a pandemic on mental health is widely uncovered. We as a society must understand how prevalent mental illness is, how it is further impacted by a pandemic crisis, and realize that it is time to stop stigmatizing mental health and treat it in the same light as physical well being. This discussion explores common causes for the rise of mental health issues during a pandemic environment, avenues for seeking treatment, how the perception of telehealth has changed since the pandemic began, how to address and improve the disparity of socioeconomic inequities facing the most vulnerable communities to COVID-19, and what is being done to identify and mitigate increased stress and higher levels of anxiety to workers in the healthcare field.

Course Information

CME Release Date: July 19, 2020
Valid for credit through: July 19, 2021
Course type: Audio Podcast
Estimated time of completion: 1 hour

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 Internet Activity (Enduring Material) for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

AANPCP: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Healthcare Professionals
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 course description, accreditation information, and disclosure information.
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  • Complete the activity evaluation and attestation.

Upon successful completion of the test, evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed from customerservice@sma.org within approximately 1 hour. Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you may login to your account to print a duplicate copy of your certificate.

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

The content of the CME certified activity does not relate to products or services of an ACCME defined commercial interest. Therefore, there are no relevant financial relationships to identify and no conflicts of interest to identify or resolve.

Special Guest:
Anandhi Narasimhan, MD, is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist practicing in Los Angeles. She is an independent contractor for a non-profit organization called Masada Homes, and has a private practice. She is also contracted with Teladoc. Dr. Narasimhan is an asylum evaluator for Physicians for Human rights and has had numerous media appearances including CNN, CNN International, Fox News, USA Today, and the Tavis Smiley Show.

Moderator:
Fred Newmark has seventeen years of experience in healthcare consulting, recruiting, medical staff planning and development.  His diverse background includes recruiting oversight of 24 hospitals within a large healthcare system, Vice-President of Recruitment for a national Emergency Medicine/Hospitalist Medicine company and Operations Manager for a large national recruiting agency.  Fred also created a Residency Outreach Education program to assist Residents with their post training job search process.  Talks included CV preparation, effective interviewing techniques, how to select and work with recruiters, understanding compensation models, leveraging value and contract negotiation.  Fred now consults as co-founder and Managing Partner of  Newmark Healthcare Services, working with physicians, hospitals and group practices.  He also has a video series called Behind the Curtain of Healthcare that can be found on YouTube.

Course Materials

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