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Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents

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Course Description

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common condition in children and adolescents, and is increasingly recognized as persisting into adulthood. In younger children, physicians and parents make treatment decisions, which are imposed upon patients for their benefit. As a patient matures, recognition of the condition increases and collaboration becomes more important in targeting symptoms to be treated. This activity will present a case scenario drawn from a specific patient case and will take the learner through common presenting symptoms, discussion of the diagnosis, medical and behavioral treatment and monitoring of treatment efficacy. Nested case questions will be presented at various intervals to discuss diagnosis and treatment.


In addition, an adolescent patient (the author’s son) currently receiving treatment for ADHD adds his comments regarding how the condition impacts him in his daily life. To our knowledge, this is the first overview of ADHD to incorporate an adolescent patient’s perspective in viewing the condition, its effect on academic and social functioning, and its treatment. Comorbidities, including executive function difficulties, oppositional-defiant disorder, and learning disabilities, will also be addressed.

Original Release: 7/3/2013
Most Recent Update: 7/3/2013
Termination Date: 7/3/2016

NUMBER OF CREDIT HOURS: The Harvard Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This course should take approximately 2 hours to complete.

COST: COST: $50.00

OVERALL LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the key features of ADHD in children and adolescents
  2. Quantify a patient’s level of impairment based on objective data garnered from parent, teacher and patient reports
  3. Initiate treatment for ADHD based on symptoms and lifestyle factors
  4. Determine when to refer patients to subspecialists based on severity of symptoms

METHOD OF PARTICIPATION:

Registrants participate in the learning process by answering interactive multiple choice questions that are dispersed throughout the case presentation. You must answer a question correctly in order to continue through the course. If you answer a question incorrectly, you will be prompted to try again.

In order to earn credit, physicians must complete the entire educational activity before the termination date (see above). Non-physicians may register for the course but are not eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Instead, non-physicians will earn a certificate of participation after successfully completing the course before its termination date.

COMBINATION OF MEDIA USED:

This internet enduring material is a case-based, interactive presentation comprised mainly of text, interactive questions, and images. A variety of media, including video clips, audio clips, and Flash animation, may be presented. Links to any necessary plugins are provided when necessary, but no plugins are required for general use of the CME website, and you may skip the multimedia presentation(s) within the course if you choose.

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Faculty
MARC GRELLA, MD
Course Director
Marc J. Grella, MD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and a member of the Pediatric Group Practice at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He is a graduate of Amherst College, Class of 1989, and New York Medical College, Class of 1993. He completed his pediatric residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Grella has published in the area of pediatric infectious disease. His interests include newborn and adolescent care and AD(H)D. All of Dr. Grella’s clinical time is spent in direct patient care, both inpatient and outpatient.

DISCLOSURE:
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.



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Reviewers
ELLEN BRAATEN, MD
Reviewer
Dr. Ellen Braaten is the Director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Track Director of the Child Psychology Training Program at MGH/Harvard Medical School. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Braaten received her M.A. degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado and her PhD in Psychology at Colorado State University and completed her internship training at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has been affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital since 1998.

Dr. Braaten is widely recognized as an expert in the field of pediatric neuropsychological and psychological assessment, particularly in the areas of assessing learning disabilities and attentional disorders. She has been the recipient of funding to conduct research studies on children with nonverbal learning disabilities and attentional disorders and has published numerous papers, chapters, and reviews on ADHD, learning disabilities, gender and psychopathology, intelligence, and neuropsychological and psychological assessment of children. She is the co-author of Straight Talk about Psychological Testing for Kids, a book that has become a classic for parents and professionals. She has also written The Child Clinician’s Report Writing Handbook, which has been called “the most comprehensive child assessment handbook available.” Her most recent book, entitled Finding the Right Mental Health Care for Your Child, was published by the American Psychological Association in late 2010. She is the co-author of Smart but a Step Behind, a book for parents that will be published in 2012 by Guilford Press.

In addition to being the director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program, Dr. Braaten also is the director of child psychology internship training and is the primary assessment supervisor for child psychology interns and post-doctoral fellows. She routinely teaches and supervises child psychiatry fellows and is actively involved in the School Psychiatry Program at MGH. She is the past recipient of several teaching and mentorship awards from the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School Clinical Psychology Internship Program and was the 2010 recipient of the MGH Psychiatry Department’s award for Exceptional Mentorship of Women Faculty. Dr. Braaten has maintained broad research interests in the field of learning and attentional disorders. She is also frequently asked to write articles for parenting and consumer publications and maintains an active speaking schedule and is a regular contributor to Fox News.

DISCLOSURE:
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.



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Course Planners
SANJIV CHOPRA, MD
Planner
Dr. Sanjiv Chopra is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is also the the James Tullis Firm Chief in the Department of Medicine and a Senior Consultant in Hepatology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston. He served as Faculty Dean for Continuing Education at HMS for 12 years. Dr. Chopra has more than 150 publications and seven books to his credit. Dr. Chopra is Editor-in-Chief of the Hepatology Section of UpToDate, the most widely used electronic textbook in the world subscribed to by more than 850,000 physicians in 149 countries. He is also the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. For a complete bio, click here.

DISCLOSURE:
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.



ANDI LONG, EdM
Planner
Andi Long directs the Department of Continuing Education’s Distance Learning group, which offers a variety of online continuing medical education programs to health care professionals around the world. Andi develops strategies for new pilot programs and systematically rolls out new distance learning initiatives and has a leadership role in IT planning and other online processes for HMS DCE. She oversees the day-to-day operations of each distance learning activity and ensures ACCME compliance across all enduring programs. She has had the privilege of working with hundreds of Harvard Medical School Faculty members to develop high-quality, engaging online programs that physicians in more than 170 countries have taken part in. Andi earned her Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation, and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and graduated from Bridgewater State College with a degree in English. Her professional interests focus on teaching and learning with new technologies and online course development.

DISCLOSURE:
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.



SUSAN O'BRIEN
Planner
Susan O’Brien is an CME Consultant and CME reviewer for HMS DCE. Her role is to review CME proposals for compliance with regulatory requirements.

DISCLOSURE:
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.



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Accreditation

NUMBER OF CREDITS: 2 

The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This course should take approximately 2 hours to complete.

Within 2 weeks of completing the course, you will receive your certificate via email.

Click the image to view a sample of the certificate


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General Information

HARDWARE/SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS

Computers
Any computer running Windows, Mac OS, or Unix machines are supported.


Internet Connection
Your computer should be configured to access the Internet. A high speed internet connection may be required to view some of the large multimedia files.

Browsers
Firefox or Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher are recommended. JavaScript and cookies must be enabled.

Plugins
Some of the multimedia resources in this course require Apple Quicktime, RealMedia, or a Flash player. You will be prompted to download the appropriate plugin when necessary. No plugins are required for general use of the CME website, and you may skip the multimedia presentation(s) within the course if you choose.


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