This Virtual Grand Rounds series examines research and advances across a variety of psychiatric conditions. It addresses many clinical challenges and barriers to treatment. These twenty sessions are ideal education for professionals in psychiatry, primary care, nursing, psychology and family practice.

In fact, you can use this free series to educate your entire staff in a community hospital or practice of any size. Or simply stay up-to-date as an individual clinician. The series provides CME/CE credits for physicians, psychologists, nurses and social workers. Each session includes live Q&A with faculty and is also available on-demand. You can view the entire series or a single session at any time during the year.

Every session is led by clinician-researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry. These are just a few of the topics the series addresses:

  • Evidence-based psychopharmacological strategies for depression, bipolar disorder and schiziophrenia
  • The relationship between psychiatric symptoms and chronic pain
  • Effective screening and treatment strategies for substance use disorders
  • Managing medication side effects and treatment-resistant symptoms

The on-demand version of the webinars will be available starting on the Monday following the broadcast.

Overall Learning Objectives

At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify current and emerging evidence"based psychopharmacological strategies for treating psychiatric illnesses, including major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia.
  • Review contemporary strategies for assessing and managing sleep disorders.
  • Review effective, research"driven strategies for identifying and treating substance use disorders.
  • Recognize the bidirectional relationship between psychiatric symptoms and chronic pain.
  • Describe the role of medical device technologies in the treatment of psychiatric illness.
  • Recognize and manage barriers to effective treatment, such as medication side effects and treatment"resistant symptoms.
  • Review the benefits and limitations of pharmacogenetic testing to guide choice of pharmacotherapy.

Target Audience

This program is intended for:

  • Physicians (including primary care providers, pediatricians and psychiatrists)
  • Clinical and school psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Licensed mental health professionals
  • Clinical nurse practitioners
  • Allied health service providers


All broadcasts promptly start at 11 am Eastern Standard Time*

Launch date




Addressing Difficult to Treat Depression

Andrew A. Nierenberg, MD


New Agents and Novel Mechanisms

Maurizio Fava, MD


Management of the Complex Adult Patient with ADHD

Craig Surman, MD


Treatment of Bipolar Disorder

Masoud Kamali, MD


Management of Difficult to Treat Bipolar Disorder

Andrew A. Nierenberg, MD


Sleep Disorders and Psychiatric Illness

John Winkelman, MD


Pharmacology of Sleep Disorder Management

Matt T. Bianchi, MD


Management of Opioid Dependence

Sarah E. Wakeman, MD, FASAM


Neurobiology of Addiction

Jodi Gilman, PhD


Pharmacological Options for Treating Alcohol and Nicotine Dependence

Nalan Ward, MD


Pharmacogenetics and Medication Response

Roy H. Perlis, MD, MSc


Approaches to Chronic Pain: Assessment and Risk Mitigation with Opioid Therapies

Ronald J. Kulich, PhD


Pain, Disability and Related Psychiatric Comorbidities

Ronald J. Kulich, PhD


First Break Psychosis

John Tyson, MD


Optimal Management of Schizophrenia

Benjamin K. Brent, MD, MS


Weight Management for Schizophrenia Patients

Oliver Freudenreich, MD, FAPM


Increasing Patient Adherence Through Behavioral and Pharmacologic Strategies

Hannah Brown, MD


Deep Brain Stimulation for Depression and OCD

Darin D. Dougherty, MD


Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Joan A. Camprodon, MD, PhD


Deep Brain Stimulation for Neurologic Conditions

Mike Henry, MD

*International participants, please note: This broadcast is taking place in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Massachusetts uses EDT (-4 hours UTC) in the summer months, and EST (-5 hours UTC) in the winter months.

Free CME

We offer free CME on a variety of topics and in a variety of formats. See the full list at the link below.

View our full list of free CME course offerings

CME Information

Release Date: September 14, 2016
Expiration Date: July 5, 2018






AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. McLean Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

McLean Hospital designates this enduring material for a maximum of 20.00AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Psychologists CE Credit

The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This offering meets the criteria for 20.00 continuing education credits for psychologists.


Nursing Contact Hours

Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 13, sections 13, 14, 14A, 15 and 15D and Chapter 112, sections 74 through 81C authorize the Board of Registration in Nursing to regulate nursing practice and education.

This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing at (244 CMR 5.00) for 20.00 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit.

Other Professions

Other Providers can claim a Participation Certificate upon successful completion of this course.

Participation Certificates will specify the title, location, type of activity, date of activity, and number ofAMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTMassociated with the activity. Providers should check with their regulatory agencies to determine ways in whichAMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTMmay or may not fulfill continuing education requirements. Providers should also consider saving copies of brochures, agenda, and other supporting documents.

Policy on Faculty and Provider Disclosure

It is the policy of McLean Hospital that faculty and providers disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity. McLean Hospital has established policies in place that identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity.

Planner Disclosures

The following planners and/or their spouse/partner have reported no relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest:

David Rubin, MD, reviewer

Jane Pimental, MPH

The following planners and/or their spouse/partner have reported a relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest:

Susan E. Sprich, PhD, psychologist reviewer
Royalties:Oxford University Press (for co-authoring treatment manual and client workbook), Springer (for editing book)


This program has received support in the form of educational grants from the following companies:

  • Alkermes
  • Indivior, Inc.
  • Shire
  • Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc and Lundbeck

Hardware/Software Specifications

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using Internet Explorer 8+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari 4+. This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration

Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.1+
Browser: Firefox 3+, Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 4.0+, or Google Chrome 7.0+
Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+
Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements

Windows PC: 500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card at least 16-bit; Macromedia Flash Player 10 or higher, audio playback with speakers for programs with video content; Firefox 1.1+, Internet Explorer 7.0+, Safari 1.0+, Google Chrome, or Opera
Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.3 or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit

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