Psychiatric Polypharmacy in the Elderly


The cost for this online course is $20. The estimated time to complete this course is 60 minutes. Learners will be asked to complete an activity post-assessment with a passing score of 75%.

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Once you register for the course, you will have 30 days from the date of enrollment to complete the course. The date your access expires will be indicated in the Course Summary box on this webpage.

Target Audience

Healthcare professionals.


  • List three dangers of polypharmacy and/or prescribing inappropriate medication to elderly patients with psychiatric concerns.
  • Identify three common ways in which inappropriate prescribing of medication may occur.
  • Apply prescribing best practices to patient cases.
  • Identify two potentially poor outcomes for each patient case and possible steps to improve the outcome.


Rebecca Lundquist, MD
Director, Broadlawns UnityPoint Psychiatry Residency Program


  • Specialty: Mental Health
  • Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio
  • Residency: Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Program, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Fellowship: Faulkner Hospital - Boston, Massachusetts (Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy)
  • Board Certifications: Psychiatry - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Ryan Lee, DO
Second Year Resident, Broadlawns UnityPoint Psychiatry Residency Program


  • Medical School: A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, Missouri

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Recording date: November 4, 2022
Date of original release: November 15, 2022
Most recent review/update: November 15, 2022
Termination date: November 14, 2025

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­B
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 IBON
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 1.0 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 1.0 AOA Category 2-B credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.​
  • Other Healthcare Professionals: This enduring materials activity is designated for a maximum of 1.0 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). The 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 individual(s) have no conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

  • Ryan Lee, DO - Speaker
  • Rebecca Lundquist, MD - Speaker


The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only. It 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

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­B
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 IBON


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