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Primary Care and Allied Health Perspectives in Mental Health

  • Authors: Robert McCarron, DO; Hilja Ruegg, MD; Larry Culpepper, MD
  • CME / ABIM MOC / CE Released: 7/27/2021
  • Valid for credit through: 7/27/2022, 11:59 PM EST
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Target Audience and Goal Statement

This activity is intended for primary care physicians (PCPs), psychiatrists, pediatricians, nurse practitioners (NPs), and physician assistants (PAs) involved in the care of patients with psychiatric disorders.

The goal of this activity is to improve clinicians' awareness of primary care and allied health perspectives in mental health.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will:

  • Have increased knowledge regarding the
    • Roles and responsibilities of the medical team as it relates to the care of patients with mental health disorders
    • The role of primary care in the assessment and treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, major depressive disorder, and anxiety


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  • Robert McCarron, DO

    Professor and Vice-Chair
    Train New Trainers Primary Care Psychiatry Fellowship
    Department of Psychiatry  
    University of California Irvine, School of Medicine
    Irvine, California


    Disclosure: Robert McCarron, DO, has no relevant financial relationships.

  • Hilja Ruegg, MD

    Medical Director of Integrated Mental Health Care
    Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine
    University of Cincinnati
    Cincinnati, Ohio


    Disclosure: Hilja Ruegg, MD, has no relevant financial relationships. 

  • Larry Culpepper, MD

    Department of Family Medicine
    Boston University School of Medicine
    Boston, Massachusetts


    Disclosure: Larry Culpepper, MD, has the following relevant financial relationships:
    Advisor or consultant for: AbbVie Inc.; ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc.; Allergan, Inc.; Eisai Inc.; Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Takeda Pharmaceuticals


  • Clinton W. Wright, PharmD, BCPP

    Medical Education Director, Medscape, LLC


    Disclosure: Clinton W. Wright, PharmD, BCPP, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

CME, CE Reviewer/Nurse Planner

  • Stephanie Corder, ND, RN, CHCP

    Associate Director, Accreditation and Compliance, Medscape, LLC


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Primary Care and Allied Health Perspectives in Mental Health

Authors: Robert McCarron, DO; Hilja Ruegg, MD; Larry Culpepper, MDFaculty and Disclosures

CME / ABIM MOC / CE Released: 7/27/2021

Valid for credit through: 7/27/2022, 11:59 PM EST


Contents of This CME Activity

All sections of this activity are required for credit.

Conversation Starters in Psychiatric Disorders: Approaches to Doing a Primary Care Psychiatric Assessment

Dr McCarron provides an overview of approaches to psychiatric assessment in primary care.
Robert M. McCarron, DO

A Review of Common Psychiatric Conditions in Primary Care: ADHD, Anxiety, and MDD

Dr Ruegg discusses ADHD, Anxiety, and MDD in primary care.
Hilja Ruegg, MD

Defining the Role of Primary Care in the Management Psychiatric Illness: Case Conversations in ADHD, Anxiety, and MDD

Dr Culpepper provides a case-based discussion on ADHD, Anxiety, and MDD.
Larry Culpepper, MD

Team Approaches in Psychiatric Disease: Roles and Responsibilities

Dr Ruegg discusses key features of effective team-based care and describes the rationale for team-based approach for psychiatric illness in the primary care setting.
Hilja Ruegg, MD
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