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Subscribe to Clinical Compass™ VOLUME 2, ISSUE 2 - January 16, 2007
Multidisciplinary CE Credits Offered!

Weight Gain with the Atypicals:
How to Screen, Monitor, and Intervene
Charles B. Nemeroff, MD, PhD
Additional faculty TBA

Live Videoconference
March 21, 2007
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Multidisciplinary CE Credits Offered!

Treatment Convergence: Management of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder with Atypical Antipsychotics
John Kane, MD
Paul E. Keck, Jr., MD

Archived Audioconference
Released Nov. 16, 2006
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Depression with Atypical Features Part II: Evidence for New Treatment Options in a Clinical Case Series
Charles B. Nemeroff, MD, PhD
Michael E. Thase, MD

Archived Audioconference
Released Nov. 1, 2006
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Recovery vs. Recurrence: Optimizing Maintenance Therapy for Patients with Bipolar Disorder
Paul E. Keck, Jr., MD
Roger McIntyre, MD, FRCPC

Printed Monograph
Released Sept. 6, 2006
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Dosing and Receptors: Lessons Learned from CATIE
Jeffrey A. Lieberman, MD
John W. Newcomer, MD

Printed Monograph
Released Sept. 5, 2006
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Exploring the Neurocircuitry of the Brain and Its Impact on Treatment Selections in ADHD
Peter S. Jensen, MD
Stephen M. Stahl, MD, PhD

Archived Videoconference
Released Mar. 1, 2006
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CMEO to Present at National Accreditation Annual Conference
This Week
CME Outfitters is an engaged member of the accreditation community and will put that claim into practice this week. CMEO staff will headline a featured presentation at the Alliance for CME (www.acme-assn.org) 32nd Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, on January 20. CMEO is proud of its affiliation with the Alliance, which is a leading advocacy organization for CME professionals. Presenting "Identifying and Utilizing Educational Strategies that Promote Knowledge Retention and Influence Practice Change" will be CMEO Managing Partner Sharon Tordoff, CMEO Director of Accreditation Richard Vanderpool, and CMEO Medical Writer Jill Shuman.

ADHD Needs Assessment Survey Extended
ADHD is an important and emerging topic that requires ongoing educational interventions. Our goal at neuroscienceCME.com is to develop a comprehensive educational and informational curriculum on this topic for clinicians in 2007. You can play a vital role in this development process by completing our ADHD Needs Assessment Survey. We have extended the deadline date to January 22, 2007 and look forward to receiving your feedback.

To participate, download needs assessment survey here (PDF format)

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"Weight Gain with the Atypicals: How to Screen, Monitor, and Intervene" premieres March 21

Obesity as a Mental Health Issue


NEWS: CMEO to Present at National Accreditation Annual Conference This Week 

NEWS: ADHD Needs Assessment Survey Extended 

Weight Gain with the Atypicals: How to Screen, Monitor, and Intervene
Satellite Television Broadcast, Webcast, Telephone Simulcast
Premiere Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Live Broadcast: 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET
Taped Re-Air: 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET

Charles Nemeroff, MD, PhD
Reunette W. Harris Professor and Chairman
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA

Additional faculty TBA

At the end of this CE activity, participants should be able to:
Apply recent guidelines to improve clinical skills in screening, monitoring, and intervention in patients with risk for metabolic disorders per APA, IPAP, and NASMHPD guidelines
Employ proper technique for measuring waist circumference and translating the measurement into cardiovascular risk
Distinguish initiation, choice of agent, duration of trial, and pharmacokinetic issues (metabolites, bioavailability) of antipsychotic agents to minimize risk from weight gain

This activity offers CE credit for:
• Physicians (CME)
• Nurses (CNE)
• Psychologists (CEP)
• Social Workers (NASW)
• Case Managers (CCMC)
• Pharmacists (CPE)

There is no fee to participate or to receive CE credit for this certified one-hour educational activity (registration required).

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Obesity as a Mental Health Issue
Overweight is a particular risk factor for patients with psychiatric disorders, as this population has an increased rate of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality compared to the general population. Healthy Weight Week, taking place the week of January 18-25, 2007, is an annual, national observance that focuses attention on the importance of staying at a healthy weight.

Data suggest that that patients receiving conventional and/or atypical antipsychotics are at risk for developing diabetes; some atypical antipsychotics are also associated with an increased risk of metabolic disturbances. Therefore, clinicians should provide baseline and ongoing monitoring of clinical and laboratory parameters in patients who are being treated for psychiatric disorders with these agents...

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Your response to this issue's Compass Question™ will be added to an ongoing needs assessment for educational programming in this important area. Responses to this issue's question will be reported in an upcoming issue.

Question #1: According to guidelines published by the American Diabetes Association/American Psychiatric Association, the protocol for patients who take atypical antipsychotics should include monitoring of (choose all that are appropriate):
Waist circumference
Blood pressure
Personal/family history

Question #2: I currently record baseline metabolic parameters for my patients who take atypical antipsychotics:
Once per year
Every visit
Every other visit

Responses from our last Compass Question™
In the 12.19.06 issue of Clinical Compass, we posed the question: "What do you think is an effective 'first-step' treatment plan in the management of patients with alcohol dependence?" and the neuroscienceCME learning community responded:
62% - Psychosocial therapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy and 12-step programs
0% - Oral agent
0% - Long-acting injectable agent
22% - Combination oral agents and psychosocial therapy
16% - Combination long-acting agents and psychosocial therapy

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