Psychiatry Pearls in the Primary Care and Emergency Room Settings

Ames, IA US
February 11, 2015

Mary Greeley Medical Center Grand Rounds is a multi-disciplinary clinical activity which serves to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional performance and relationships that a physician uses to provide services for patients, the public or the profession.  

Target Audience

Physicians, mid-level providers, nurses and healthcare administrators.

Professional Practice Gap

Many physicians are not aware of newer medications to treat psychiatric issues, both in the acute/emergent setting and in the primary or even specialty care settings. As well, in terms of psychiatric issues commonly treated in the primary care setting, there are subtle differences between medication choices that may not be clear to primary care providers. If these are better understood, medication choices can be made in such a way as to minimize negative side effects and also to take advantage of "side effects"-use them as intended effects for some issues.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify appropriate emergency room treatments for acutely agitated patients.
  2. Distinguish psychiatric symptoms from side effects of psychiatric medications.
  3. Understand the decision tree for treating psychiatric patients in the primary care setting vs referring patients for psychiatric care by a psychiatrist.


Lori Suvalsky, MD
Psychiatry, Central Iowa Veteran's Administration Health Care System



  • Dr. Suvalsky has nothing to disclose regarding financial relationships with any commercial entities, commercial companies providing support for this program, or any commercial manufacturers of products and/or the providers of services discussed in this presentation.

CME Committee

  • Dr. Brenda Burrough discloses she is a principal investigator in an Amgen research trial.
  • No member of the Mary Greeley Medical Center CME Committee who planned this activity, including Dr. Burrough, has any financial relationship to disclose relating to the content. 

The content and selection of speaker(s) is the responsibility of the Mary Greeley Medical Center for Continuing Medical Education Committee.

Continuing Education Credit

  • DO: Des Moines University is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and approves this live activity for 1.0 Category 2-A CME credit(s).
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
02/11/2015 - 12:00pm CST
Event ends: 
02/11/2015 - 1:00pm CST
Mary Greeley Medical Center
Bessie Myers Auditorium
1111 Duff Avenue
Ames, IA 50010
United States

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A


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