Education & Training

About AAAP’s CME Program

Purpose: The mission of the Continuing Medical Education (CME)/Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program of American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) is to advance the competence of physicians, enhance their practice performance and promote patient safety enabling them to offer the highest standards of care to patients who have substance abuse disorders and related conditions. When possible, improved patient outcomes in the population served by the providers educated will be documented and analyzed.

Target Audience: The primary target audience for the CME/CPD Program of AAAP consists of addiction psychiatrists who treat patients with illnesses and disorders related to the abuse and misuse of substances, both licit and illicit and those with mental health disorders. A secondary target audience for the CME/CPD Program consists of physicians and other healthcare professionals who treat such patients.

Content Areas: The contentof AAAP CME/CPD activities consists of the topics from the core competency outline for addiction psychiatry as developed by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and other topics, such as the current epidemiology of substance abuse, as documented by statistical literature and validated as professional learning gaps by the CME/CPD Committee of AAAP.

Types of Activities and Services Provided: The educational design, instructional method and learning format for each CME activity is chosen by AAAP CME/CPD Committee to best serve the educational needs of the audience and learning objectives of the planned educational activity. AAAP will provide live activities such as annual meetings and webinars, and will offer enduring materials in the form of CD-ROMs, printed materials, web-based training and online education. Other types of activities will be considered as needed.

Expected Results of the CME Program:  The direct result of the CME/CPD Program of AAAP will be the advanced competence and enhanced practice performance of learners, defined as increased knowledge and skills, and the application of those knowledge and skills in clinical settings for improved patient outcomes.