Continuing medical education mission statement

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Revised July, 2013
The American College of Psychiatrists promotes the art and science and highest standards of professional practice in psychiatry through research, scholarly activities and professional leadership. The College was formed as a learned society to enhance the education of its members by providing a series of educational activities to improve psychiatrists' knowledge of advances in psychiatry.

The purpose of The American College of Psychiatrists' Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program is to improve psychiatrists' knowledge; to introduce psychiatrists to new ideas and techniques, as they become available; to help psychiatrists maintain lifelong habits of study, self education and learning, and receptivity to changing science and evidence-based practices in psychiatry; and to encourage understanding of the ethical and legal issues affecting the practice of psychiatry.


The goals of The College's CME program are to:

  • Provide educational activities designed to increase psychiatrists' knowledge of scientific advances in psychiatry and to increase their ability to apply this information to their clinical practice.

  • Create programs that integrate didactic and problem-based formats to improve competence.

  • Evaluate The College's performance of its educational activities to assure their quality and effectiveness.

Content Areas

The College provides educational activities which reflect state-of-the-art thinking and practice in psychiatry, especially current and evolving concepts in the neurosciences and their applications to patient care. Educational activities promote an awareness of the importance of evidence-based diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of psychiatric conditions, including the value of cultural sensitivity in delivering care to populations of ethnic, gender and socioeconomic diversity.

Target Audience

The College's target audience focuses primarily on College members, i.e., psychiatrists who have made significant contributions to American psychiatry, including administrators, clinicians, physicians in private practice and organized settings, educators and scientists through participation in its annual meeting. Additionally, The College provides a specific learning opportunity for psychiatrists in clinical practice. College policy requires that members demonstrate a commitment to education to maintain their College membership. Specifically, they must attend at least one scientific program every three years to maintain membership in The College.

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