Electroconvulsive Therapy in the Geriatric Patient


The cost for this online course is $15. The estimated time to complete this course is 50 minutes. Learners will be asked to complete an activity post-assessment with a passing score of 75%.

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Did you know that electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) might be the safest option to offer your geriatric patients struggling with mental illness? You’d be surprised! View this online activity to learn more about diagnostic indications and contraindications, clinical decision-making considerations, treatment guidelines, and more. 

Target Audience

Healthcare professionals.


  • Describe the history of ECT.
  • Discuss the current theories of the mechanism of action of ECT.
  • List medical and psychiatric considerations in choosing appropriate geriatric patients for treatment with ECT.
  • Compare and contrast the differences in the workup of patients for ECT based on age.
  • Describe the risks, benefits, alternatives, and complications of ECT in the geriatric population.


Christopher Stefan, DO
Broadlawns UnityPoint Psychiatry Residency Program


Lori Suvalsky, MD
VA Central Iowa Health Care System


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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 0.75 AOA Category 1­B
  • 0.75 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Accreditation Statements

  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this enduring materials activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this activity for a maximum of 0.75 AOA Category 1-B credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • DPM: Des Moines University (DMU) is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. DMU has approved this activity for a maximum of 0.75 continuing education contact hours.
  • Other Healthcare Professionals: This enduring materials activity is designated for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Educational Grants

No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


The planning committee member(s) and speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. 

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individuals have no financial conflicts with ineligible companies to disclose:

  • Christopher Stefan, DO - Speaker
  • Lori Suvalsky, MD - Speaker


The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 0.75 AOA Category 1­B
  • 0.75 CE Contact Hour(s)


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