are self-paced, online examinations that allow you to evaluate your mastery of the subject matter as you progress through the companion American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook
The program provides an easy-to-access and individualized opportunity to gain and assess knowledge of psychiatry, ideally to be undertaken by psychiatrists and residents as part of a comprehensive lifelong learning program in psychiatry. It provides a specific educational opportunity for candidates preparing for certification and recertification examinations.
By participating in the Self-Assessment Program, you will have the opportunity to
- Improve knowledge of clinical psychiatry
- Improve clinical decision making and patient care
- Test and assess your knowledge and decision-making skills
- Prepare for board certification and recertification
- Practice answering board-like questions
- Earn up to 22 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for each exam
Participants earn continuing medical education (CME) credits for reviewing the companion The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychiatry, Fifth Edition, assessing their retention of the clinical content of the Textbook by taking the self-assessment exam, and further increasing their clinical knowledge by reviewing the rationale for the correct answers. The Answer Guide references relevant text, tables, and figures (including the page number) in the Textbook to allow quick access to needed information. Each answer is accompanied by a discussion that addresses not only the correct response but also explains why other responses are not correct.
The APA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Psychiatric Association designates this educational activity for a maximum of 22 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This Self-Assessment does NOT meet ABPN criteria for Self-Assessment (Part 2 of the Maintenance of Certification).
Program release date: April 1, 2008
Program end date: April 30, 2014
Questions. The psychiatric interview and mental status examination. Laboratory testing and imaging studies in psychiatry. The role of psychiatric measures in assessment and treatment. Cellular and molecular biology of the neuron. Neuroanatomy for the psychiatrist. Genetics. Normal child and adolescent development. Delirium, dementia and amnestic, and other cognitive disorders. Substance-related disorders. Schizophrenia. Mood disorders. Anxiety disorders. Somatoform disorders. Factitious disorders and malingering. Dissociative disorders. Human sexuality and sexual dysfunctions. Gender identity disorders and paraphilias. Adjustment disorders. Impulse-control disorders not elsewhere classified. Personality disorders. Disorders usually first diagnosed in infancy, childhood, or adolescence. Sleep disorders. Eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and obesity. Psychological factors affecting medical conditions. Pain disorders. Psychopharmacology. Nonpharmacological somatic treatments. Brief psychotherapies. Psychodynamic psychotherapy. Interpersonal psychotherapy. Cognitive therapy. Supportive psychotherapy. Combining psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy. Couple and family therapy. Group therapy. Treatment of children and adolescents. Treatment of seniors. Treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender patients. Treatment of women. Cultural issues. Psychiatry and the law. Ethical aspects of psychiatry. Suicide. Assessment of dangerousness. Answer Guide.
Robert E. Hales, M.D., M.B.A.,
is the Joe P. Tupin Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc., and Medical Director of the Sacramento County Mental Health Service in Sacramento, California.
James A. Bourgeois, O.D., M.D., is Alan Stoudemire Professor of Psychosomatic Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California.
Narriman C. Shahrokh is Chief Administrative Officer in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine in Sacramento, California.