CME Outfitters Announces New neuroscienceCME Live and On Demand Broadcast: 'Bipolar Mania: Improving Recognition, Diagnostic Accuracy, and Evidence-Based Treatment'

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Offered as a simultaneous satellite broadcast, webcast, and telephone audioconference premiering Wednesday, October 28, 2009, from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. ET, the continuing education activity will enable participants to improve competencies of clinicians managing patients with bipolar mania through better assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of the disorder.

CME Outfitters, LLC, (CMEO) an award-winning accredited provider of multidisciplinary continuing education (CE), in co-sponsorship with Indiana University School of Medicine, 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 "Bipolar Mania: Improving Recognition, Diagnostic Accuracy, and Evidence-Based Treatment."

Offered as a simultaneous satellite broadcast, webcast, and telephone audioconference premiering Wednesday, October 28, 2009, from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. ET, the activity will enable participants to identify and accurately diagnose sleep-wake disorders and improve the continuum of care between primary care and sleep specialists. 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. 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:
A cardinal feature of bipolar disorder is the irregular recurrence of alternating abnormal mood states including depression, mania, and mixed states. Mania is frequently revealed retrospectively; patients are often not accurate in their recall of the severity and duration of symptoms, which can add further complexity to diagnosis. Symptoms of mania can include racing thoughts, pressured speech, irritability, lack of sleep, sexual preoccupation, excessive energy, and expansive mood, all of which can lead to problems at home, work, or school. Symptoms vary across individuals and disease course, and are often accompanied by comorbidities, all of which can pose diagnostic challenges. Delayed treatment has been shown to be associated in some cases with increased hospitalizations, greater risk of suicide, emergence of comorbid conditions, and global impairment. Once stabilized, maintenance treatment--pharmacotherapy, patient and family education, and psychosocial support--must be considered to prevent relapse, achieve better stability of mood, and improve function. In this interactive and evidence-based neuroscienceCME Live and On Demand activity, the expert faculty will translate the evidence to improve outcomes in patients through better recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of bipolar mania.

Roger S. McIntyre, MD
Head, Mood Disorders Psychopharmacology Unit
University Health Network
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON

Paul E. Keck, Jr., MD
President-CEO, Lindner Center of HOPE
Lindner Professor of Psychiatry & Neuroscience
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Cincinnati, OH

Gary Sachs, MD
Co-Director, Bipolar Clinic and Research Program
Massachusetts General Hospital
Founder, Concordant Rater Systems
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

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

  • Integrate expert consensus, evidence base, structured interview, and assessment tools to accurately diagnose bipolar mania.
  • Compare and contrast available agents for the acute management of bipolar mania in terms of efficacy and tolerability.
  • Utilize guideline-based recommendations to develop individualized, multimodal treatment plans for the long-term management of patients with bipolar mania.

Target Audience:
Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, psychologists, social workers, certified case managers, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals interested in mental health.

Financial Support:
Indiana University School of Medicine and CME Outfitters, LLC, gratefully acknowledge an educational grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc., in support of this CE activity.

Credit Information:
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, October 28, 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.

Contact: Jessica Primanzon
CME Outfitters, LLC
240.243.1308 direct
240.243.1033 fax


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