Continuing Medical Education2017-03-28T12:18:06-07:00

Course overview 

It is estimated that 85% of veterans receive some form of health care in the community and many of those veterans seek care for mental health issues. As a result, physicians and other healthcare providers working in the civilian sector play an important role in providing care to those who have served. Unfortunately, the majority of community based healthcare providers report that they are not familiar with military and veteran culture and are not well prepared to serve veterans, military members, or their families. To address this gap in knowledge, the federal government and leading nonprofits have developed training to educate community providers about military and veteran culture. This training, however, remains underutilized by mental health clinicians, who report that they rarely even screen their patients for military service. PsychArmor Institute, in cooperation with UCSD, has brought national subject matter experts together to create these current courses, helping to provide vital information for physicians who strive to provide outstanding care to our country’s veterans.

subject areas

  • Military & Veteran Cultural Competence
  • Military & Veteran Best Practices
  • Military & Veteran Healthcare
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Traumatic Brain Injury


Web-Based Training, Self-Study (Online)


14.5 Continuing Medical Education Credits

*Course must be completed to entirety for credit. No partial credit awarded.




PsychArmor Institute Learning Management System – Online


This course is intended for MD/DPs MP/PA/Nurses




Following completion of this educational activity, learners should be able to:

  • Explain the unique challenges veterans and service members face when transitioning from military to civilian life, and how these changes affect mental and physical health
  • Describe the symptoms, diagnostic criteria, co-morbid conditions and treatment considerations for post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and other invisible wounds of war
  • Discuss several important medical issues affecting female veterans, including military sexual trauma and service-related intimacy and relationship factors, that might affect a female veteran’s mental or physical health
  • Critique your intake, evaluation and referral processes to ensure you are asking your patients if they or anyone in their families are military connected, as well as understanding how that affects your care of those patients


  1.  Length of Course: 14.5 Continuing Medical Education Credits/Hours
  2.  Review the materials on accreditation information, target audience, learning objectives and disclosure information
  3. Complete the entire self-study activity
  4. Complete the self-assessment and evaluation/claim form


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and PsychArmor Institute. The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing education medical education for physicians. 

The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 14.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation activity.

Cultural and linguistic competency statement

This activity is in compliance with California Assembly Bill 1195 which requires continuing medical education activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency. Cultural competency is defined as a set of integrated attitudes, knowledge, and skills that enables health care professionals or organizations to care effectively for patients from diverse cultures, groups, and communities. Linguistic competency is defined as the ability of a physician or surgeon to provide patients who do not speak English or who have limited ability to speak English, direct communication in the patient’s primary language. Cultural and linguistic competency was incorporated into the planning of this activity. Additional resources can be found on the UCSD CME website at

statement of participation

A certificate of completion will be awarded to participants and accreditation records will be on file at PsychArmor Institute. In order to receive a certificate of completion from PsychArmor, you must register in PsychArmor’s learning management system, attend 100% of the program and complete the evaluations as directed in PsychArmor’s course. To enquire about CE’s contact and provide your name, email, and license number.

report training 

It is the program participant’s responsibility to ensure that this training is documented in the appropriate location according to his/her locally prescribed process.


Estimated time to complete course is 14.5 hours:


Heidi Kraft, Ph.D.; Clinical Director, PsychArmor Institute

Amy Jak, Ph.D.; Staff Neuropsycholgist & Director, TBI Cognitive Rehabilitation Clinic, VA San Diego Healthcare System

W. Michael Hunt, Ph.D.; Clinical Psychologist, Naval Medical Center San Diego

Sarah Nunnink, Ph.D.; Director, Center for Emotional Change

Carie Rodgers, Ph.D., ABPP; Education Director, PsychArmor Institute

Craig J. Bryan, PsyD, ABPP; Executive Director at the National Center for Veterans Studies, University of Utah

Medium or combination of media used

  • Adobe Flash Player 10.x or higher
  • High speed internet
  • FireFox 17 or higher for PC users
  • Google Chrome for Mac users

disclosure statement

It is the policy of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine to ensure balance, independence ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor. All persons involved in the selection, development and presentation of content are required to disclose any real or apparent conflicts of interest. All conflicts of interest will be resolved prior to an educational activity being delivered to learners through one of the following mechanisms 1) altering the financial relationship with the commercial interest, 2) altering the individual’s control over CME content about the products or services of the commercial interest, and/or 3) validating the activity content through independent peer review. All persons are also required to disclose any discussions of off label/unapproved uses of drugs or devices.   Persons who refuse or fail to disclose are disqualified from participating in the CME activity. Participants will be asked to evaluate whether the speaker’s outside interests reflect a possible bias in the planning or presentation of the activity. This information is used to plan future activities.


The faculty, CME staff, editorial staff, peer reviewer, and CME committee reviewers do not have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. The views and opinions expressed in this activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of California, San Diego.

Off-label Disclosure: This educational activity may contain discussion of unlabeled and/or investigational uses of agents that are not approved by the FDA. Please consult the prescribing information for each product. The views and opinions expressed in this activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of California, San Diego.

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