New Suicide Care CME Requirement


As a result of legislation passed in 2015 all active Washington state physicians, physician assistants and those physicians and PAs holding a retired active license must complete a one-time six-hour training in suicide assessment, treatment and management. See this model list of training programs that will be accepted. To meet this new requirement, the Washington State Psychiatric Association is offering one-day, six-hour workshops on suicide care training. The next workshop, instructed by WSPA President-Elect Jeffrey Sung, MD, will be June 25 from 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Swedish Medical Center First Hill Campus in Seattle. The workshops will use lecture, video-based educational tools and writing exercises to address approaches, formulation and clinical responses to suicide risk. Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) members receive a discounted registration fee to attend. The training is approved for six CME credit hours. Visit the WSPA website for details and to register. See results of WA-ACEP survey on EM-focused CME to meet the requirement.

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