R3 Talks: Mental Health in Primary Care

June 7, 2019

Swedish First Hill 
Glaser Auditorium
747 Broadway
Seattle, Washington

Mental health disorders are among the most common diagnoses seen in the primary care office, with a prevalence across all populations of at least 20%. Family physicians must be able to screen for, recognize, and manage or co-manage a wide variety of mental health diagnoses across the age spectrum. Treatment guidelines and management options continue to evolve, and recognition of the unique mental health needs of specific patient populations is growing. This course has been designed to cover a broad spectrum of the mental health conditions seen in the primary care office, presenting evidence-based updates on treatment strategies at the clinic and community level.

This course is intended for primary-care physicians, PAs, FNPs, RNs, residents, medical school students and other health-care providers in Washington interested in the topics that will be presented.

Online Registration is closed. Walk-ins are welcome.


While mental health complaints or disorders are among the most common problems that primary care providers see on a daily basis, continuing education opportunities focusing on mental health topics are quite limited, particularly those designed for the primary care provider. Staying updated on changing diagnostic criteria, newly recognized syndromes and evolving treatment guidelines can be challenging. Options to refer patients on to specialty psychiatric care can be quite limited, particularly for uninsured or underinsured patients. Primary care providers are increasingly called on to provide care for individuals with complex mental health care needs.



At the conclusion of this course, the participant will provide better patient care through an increased ability to:

  • Understand the framework for a Housing First treatment model in people experiencing homelessness
  • Identify common herbs and dietary supplements that have been studied for use in depression
  • Understand how Washington State’s effort to integrate behavioral health and primary care will influence their future practice
  •  Recognize mental health disparities that affect gender minority patients and understand how gender affirming surgeries impacts mental health outcomes
  • Develop a broad differential diagnosis for acute psychosis, narrow it based on clinical presentation, and initiate a safe treatment plan
  • Use a semi-structured interview to help with the diagnosis of adult ADHD, and recognize specific manifestations and treatment considerations in adult patients
  • Recognize the role of inattention and distractibility in interfering with learning satisfaction and efficiency in children and adolescent
  • Respond appropriately to the behavioral patterns of patients with BPD
  • Understand and debunk the model minority myth and its impact on mental health in Asian populations
  • Diagnose and treat PTSD in refugee populations
  • Identify when pharmacotherapy is appropriate in the treatment of eating disorders
  • Identify new as well as previously diagnosed depression during the antenatal period, and offer evidence-based treatment of depression to pregnant and breastfeeding patients
  • Understand current evidence surrounding long term health impacts of youth football and counsel young athletes and their families on the risks and benefits of participation
  • Review the indications for and the evidence behind trans cranial magnetic stimulation and ketamine for treatment-resistant depression


Accreditation with Commendation

Swedish Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
Swedish Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

For Nurses
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are accepted for Washington State RN Continuing Education requirements as well as for application and renewal of specialty and advance practice certification through both ANCC and AANP (1 CNE hour is equivalent to 1 CME hour).

AAFP Prescribed Credits

This Live activity, R3 Talks 2019: Mental Health in Primary Care, with a beginning date of 06/07/2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 6.75 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Swedish Family Medicine Third-Year Resident           

Laura Colman, M.D.
Erica Foste, M.D.
Suzanne Giunta, M.D.
Nathan Guimont, M.D.
Anja Jokela, M.D.
Harrison Kalodimos, M.D.
Peter Kuhn, M.D.
Andrew Wei, M.D.                                             

Swedish Family Medicine Faculty

Maureen O. Brown, M.D.
Ben Davis, M.D.
Laura Diamond, M.D.
Mark Johnson, M.D.
Howard Uman, M.D.                                  

Swedish CME maintains full control of the context of every course we provide. It is our policy to identify and resolve all speaker and planner conflicts of interest. Each speaker is required to give a balanced, evidence-based presentation that is free of commercial bias. 


Maureen Brown, M.D., Course Chair
Belinda Fu, M.D.
Susanne Giunta, M.D. 
Giselle Mitchell, ME Coordinator
Caye Boosalis, CME Manager


MD/DO   $75
Allied Health  $50
Medical Student*  $0
Swedish Resident
or Fellow*
Other Resident
or Fellow*

*Residents/Fellows/Medical Students please email Swedish CME to register.

Registration Information

Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Participants who register by Monday, May 27, 2019, will receive a confirmation postcard. Registrations will only be processed when accompanied by full payment.

To receive a refund, notice of cancellation must be received no later than Friday, May 31, 2019.
Please note: No registrations are accepted by phone or e-mail.

Special Needs
If you have special needs, please contact the CME office at 206-386-2755.

Registration Fees
The fee for this course includes catering, all instruction and hands-on learning materials, online syllabus access and a certificate of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.