Purpose: The mission of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program of American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) is to advance the competence of physicians and other healthcare professionals, 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 CPD Program of AAAP consists of psychiatrists who treat patients with illnesses and disorders related to the use of addictive substances, both licit and illicit, and co-occurring psychiatric disorders. A secondary target audience for the CPD Program consists of other physicians and healthcare professionals who treat such patients.

Content Areas: The content of AAAP CPD activities consists of the topics from the core competency outline for psychiatrists who treat patients with illnesses and disorders related to the use of addictive substances, as documented by scientific literature and validated as professional learning gaps by entities (such as government agencies) and reviewed by the 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 CPD Committee to best serve the educational needs of the audience and learning objectives of the planned educational activity. AAAP will provide live courses such as annual meetings and internet live courses such as webinars, and will offer enduring materials in the form of Performance Improvement, Enduring Material, Internet Activity Enduring Materials, test-item writing activities, thumb drives, printed materials, web-based training and other forms of online education. Other types of activities areas as needed.

Expected Results of the CME Program: The direct result of the 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.