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Treating the Whole Patient: Addressing the Physical Health Needs of Individuals with SMI (Spring 2020)

Activity Type:

  • On Demand Plus

Release Date: 3/16/2020

Expiration Date: 6/28/2020

  • AMA PRA Category 1: 12
  • Participation: 12



To enroll, enter group code "WholePatient2" on the purchase step. Space is limted. 

This 12-week learning collaborative will help participants to gain knowledge of evidence-based models of care, and receive support and feedback on how to implement those models to effectively improve physical outcomes in patients with Serious Mental Illnesses (SMI). 

Program Schedule

The facilitated 12-week syllabus will be held from March 23, 2020 to June 14, 2020.

(Biweekly video conferences are scheduled on Tuesday from 2:00-2:30pm ET)


FREE - $0

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by Grant No. 1H79SM080818-01 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. 

Learning Objectives

  • Develop knowledge and skills in taking a population-based, whole-person approach to addressing the physical needs of individuals with SMI
  • Develop knowledge and skills in addressing adverse health behaviors in individuals with SMI
  • Develop knowledge and skills in screening for medical problems in individuals with SMI and ensuring that these patients receive timely and effective medical care

Target Audience

Psychiatrist; Physician (non-psychiatrist)

Instructional Level

Introductory; Intermediate

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 12 weeks; 12 hours
Program Begin Date: March 23, 2020
Program End Date: June 14, 2020
Credit Claim End Date: June 28, 2020

This course has a 12-week syllabus and is a collaborative learning experience, not independent study. 

Note: This course has a 12-week syllabus. Credit must be claimed within 30 days of the end of the last session. 

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 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 12.0 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

Instructor and Planner

  • Ben Druss, MD, MPH, Emory University. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.   


  • Tristan Gorrindo, MD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.   
  • Teri Brister, PHD, LPC, National Alliance for Mental Illness. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.   

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

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Hardware/Software Requirements

This course utilizes a variety of online resources and file types for its assignments. Please check that your device and network is compatible with the minimum requirements:

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