CME Outfitters Announces neuroscienceCME Live and On Demand: 'Schizophrenia: Treating a Chronic Disease with a Focus on Early Intervention, Adherence, and Recovery'

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Offered as a simultaneous satellite broadcast, webcast, and telephone audioconference premiering Wednesday, August 12, 2009, from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. ET, the continuing education activity will identify and utilize evidence-based management strategies to improve outcomes for patients with schizophrenia

CME Outfitters, LLC, (CMEO) an accredited provider of multidisciplinary continuing education (CE), in co-sponsorship with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, an ACCME-accredited provider of continuing medical education (CME), is pleased to announce an upcoming interactive, evidence-based neuroscienceCME Live and On Demand continuing education activity titled "Schizophrenia: Treating a Chronic Disease with a Focus on Early Intervention, Adherence, and Recovery."

Offered as a simultaneous satellite broadcast, webcast, and telephone audioconference premiering Wednesday, August 12, 2009, from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. ET, the activity will identify and utilize evidence-based management strategies to improve outcomes for patients with schizophrenia. This activity also includes a special "After the Show" segment from 1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. ET during which the faculty answers additional audience questions in an informal Q&A session. The recorded webcast will re-air from 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. ET on August 12, and will be repeated at noon ET on September 9 and October 7, 2009. This CE activity will also be available on demand as a webcast, podcast, and telephone audioconference shortly after the broadcast premiere.

There is no fee to participate or receive CE credit for this activity; however, registration is required. Three forms of registration are accepted:
Online: Visit the activity details page at and click the Register for Live Webcast icon.
Phone: Call 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767).
Fax: Visit the activity details page at, print and complete the activity details form, and fax to 240.243.1033.

Statement of Need:

Schizophrenia is notable for its substantial impact on everyday functioning, being one of the top five causes of disability in individuals under the age of 25. In most cases, individuals who develop schizophrenia manifest behavioral changes prior to the formal diagnosis of the condition. These changes, referred to as the "prodrome," are variable across individuals who may eventually develop schizophrenia. Proactive risk assessment in other chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, and cancer has brought about advances in early detection and intervention leading to substantial reductions in morbidity, mortality, and improved quality of life. It is imperative that this type of proactive intervention becomes part of timely diagnosis and better outcomes for patients with schizophrenia.

Clinicians face challenges designing treatment plans for patients with schizophrenia that will maximize adherence and reduce side effects. Relapse rates tend to be quite predictable, can be affected by adherence, and have multiple adverse consequences. Minimizing relapse requires a coordinated effort between the patient, provider, family, and multidisciplinary treatment team. In this interactive neuroscienceCME activity, faculty will focus on the impact of treatment selection, phase of illness, medication adherence, and side effect burden on the journey toward remission and recovery in schizophrenia.


John W. Newcomer, MD
Gregory B. Couch Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Medicine
Director, Clinical Trials Unit, Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS)
Director, Regulatory Support Center, ICTS
Medical Director, Center for Clinical Studies
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO


Diana O. Perkins, MD, MPH
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Medical Director, Outreach and Support Intervention Services (OASIS)
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC

Alexander S. Young, MD, MSHS
Professor, UCLA Department of Psychiatry
Director, Health Services
VA Desert Pacific Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center
Los Angeles, CA

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this CE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Utilize available tools and evidence base to improve early recognition of schizophrenia.
  • Identify the key considerations that may impact adherence and outcomes when creating a treatment plan.
  • Create a treatment plan that includes patients, families, and the treatment team and utilizes the Competency Assessment Instrument to focus on recovery.

Target Audience:

Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, psychologists, social workers, certified case managers, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals with an interest in mental health.

Financial Support:

This CME/CE-certified activity is funded by CME Outfitters, LLC, and supported by educational grants from Lilly USA, LLC, and Pfizer Inc.

This continuing education activity is co-sponsored by The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and CME Outfitters, LLC.

This activity offers CE credit for:

  • Physicians (ACCME/AMA PRA Category 1)
  • Nurses (CNE)
  • Pharmacists (ACPE)
  • Psychologists (APA)
  • Social Workers (NASW)
  • Certified Case Managers (CCMC)

All other clinicians will either receive a CME Attendance Certificate or may choose any of the types of CE credit being offered.
Credit Expiration Date: Thursday, August 12, 2010

Post-tests, credit request forms, and activity evaluations can be completed online at (click on the Testing/Certification link under the Activities tab--requires free account activation), and participants can print their certificate or statement of credit immediately (70% pass rate required). Otherwise, participants should fully complete and return both the credit request form and activity evaluation located within the course guide for this activity. A certificate or statement of credit will be mailed within 4-6 weeks to all who successfully complete these requirements.

About CME Outfitters:

CME Outfitters develops and distributes live, recorded, print, and web-based educational activities to thousands of clinicians each year and offers expert accreditation services for non-accredited organizations. For a complete catalog of certified activities, please visit,, or call 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767).

About neuroscienceCME: is the award-winning web portal serving clinicians, educators, and researchers in the neurosciences. Launched in October 2006, was custom designed to fill an identified gap in online resources for professionals around the world who are practicing in areas related to psychiatry, sleep disorders, addiction and substance abuse, ADHD, and other areas related to brain function. The site's primary mission is to be the professional's central forum for accessing, debating, synthesizing, and implementing the latest findings and best practices in the neurosciences. Clinical Compass™, a bi-weekly e-newsletter published by CME Outfitters, is a convenient way to stay informed of all neuroscienceCME news and information. To subscribe, visit and click on "Subscribe to Clinical Compass™."

About neuroscienceCME Live and On Demand:

neuroscienceCME Live and On Demand is a one-hour, live, interactive CE activity offering cutting-edge insights from national experts and clinicians to physicians and healthcare providers in their home, office, or healthcare setting. Utilizing multiple levels of technology (webcast, satellite, and telephone), the panel discussion encourages interaction, reviews real-world scenarios, and shares best practices to improve patient care. An extended 30-minute "After the Show" segment has the faculty remain on the set to answer additional participant questions, address challenging cases, and focus on providing tools for clinicians to improve their practice. Live web-based instant polling allows participants an additional opportunity to provide real-time feedback regarding issues clinicians face in practice. CE certificates are available to participants at upon completion of each activity. Special Archive Drive dates following the premiere date target registrants who were unable to attend. On demand webcasts and podcasts are available at for one year after the premiere date. Podcasts are also available in the Science & Medicine directory of iTunes.


Jessica Primanzon
CME Outfitters, LLC


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