Activity ID



May 31, 2023

Format Type


CME Credit




CME Provider: American Psychiatric Association

Description of CME Course

Suicide-related morbidity and mortality among psychiatric patients are ongoing concerns in providing good patient care. The Performance in Practice Physician Practice Assessment Tool for Assessment and Treatment of Adults at Risk for Suicide and Suicide-related Behaviors is designed to facilitate retrospective chart review of the core components of a comprehensive evaluation for risk of suicide and suicide-related behaviors, as a part of psychiatric evaluation for patients with any psychiatric diagnoses. Quality improvement opportunities that arise from using this tool can generally be managed by individual psychiatrists and applied as a part of their routine practice, rather than relying on other health care system resources. The PIP tool has been designed to be relevant across clinical settings (e.g., inpatient and outpatient), is straightforward to complete, and is usable in a pen-and-paper format to aid adoption.

Completion of stages A,B,C in sequence is designated by American Psychiatric Association for up to 20 AMA PRA Category 1 credits The APA`s PIP modules are guided practice improvement programs created for psychiatrists, and are approved by American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology for Part IV MOC clinical modules. Modules follow a three-stage Performance Improvement CME structure that takes place within a 24 month period. Enrollment in Stage A provides subsequent enrollment in STAGES B and C as each stage is completed. Work is done on the printed PDF forms.

In STAGE A – Chart Review; the physician compares his or her current practice (through a review of chart documentation) to guidelines and measures provided for the topic area. No patient/chart data is submitted (5 credits). In STAGE B Improvement; based upon the results of chart review, the physician then selects an area where improvement is needed and documents his or her strategy for improvement. Educational resources are suggested that can assist with the improvement plan (5 credits). In STAGE C Second Chart Review; the physician reassesses his or her performance with review of 5 patient charts, and determines the results of his or her performance improvement effort (10 credits). The complete module, three stages in sequence within 24 months, earns the participant a total of 20 CME credits.

Diplomate Engagement

There is an evaluation for each component. The online course provides a navigation structure to show completion of the elements of the course.

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Educational Objectives

To assess whether their current assessment and treatment is consistent with evidence-based recommendations.
To identify areas of improvement and develop an improvement plan.
To improve assessment and treatment for suicide and suicide-related behaviors in clinical practice.


Suicide Risk Assessment, Performance in Practice, Quality Improvement, Suicide, Suicidal Behavior, Medical Knowledge, Brain Injury Medicine


Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Patient Care & Procedural Skills, Professionalism

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Physician Well-being activity

Efficiencies in Medical Practice

Practice Setting

Academic Medicine, Inpatient, Outpatient, Rural, Urban, VA/Military

National Quality Strategies and/or Quadruple Aim Care Processes

Communication Skills, Patient Safety/Medical Errors, Mental Health, Quality Improvement, Professionalism

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