Nov 7 2017: 7:30am–8:30am

ADHD: A Guide to Psychopharmacology in Primary Care

Medical Education, Mental Health and Behavioral Health, Pediatric Medicine

ADHD is a common condition, diagnosed in today’s youth with a prevalence rate in the United States from 4 to 12 percent. In diagnosed children, 70 percent continue to have some symptoms in mid-adolescence, while 40 percent have symptoms continuing into adulthood. Untreated ADHD poses a significant risk, including global impact on academic performance, self-esteem, and interpersonal relationships; it has also been linked to a greater risk of injuries, being in a car accident, abusing substances, and teen pregnancy.

This focuses on pharmacotherapy for ADHD, a central component in most treatment plans for children and teens with ADHD, to help primary care providers develop comfort and a knowledge base in their treatment of youth. A simplified schema will be presented to understand the current available medications and how they relate, to demystify ADHD treatment.

Pediatricians, family practitioners and nurse practitioners who are registered with PediPRN are welcome. 


Justin Schliefer, MD
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Outpatient Services and CRAFT Program, Bradley Hospital
Assistant Professor (Clinical) of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  • describe the current evidence base for pharmacologic management of ADHD in the pediatric population
  • recognize the current classes of medications used to treat ADHD and their relative strengths/weaknesses
  • discuss detailed stimulant prescribing schedules to optimize efficacy and tolerability

Registration Information

This event is free but registration is required. Register online now. Online registration closes Monday, November 6. To register by phone, call the department of behavioral education at 401-432-1087. 

To request reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the Rhode Island Hospital Continuing Medical Education office at 401-444-4260.

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Continuing Medical Education Credits

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation criteria and policies of the Rhode Island Medical Society (RIMS) through the joint providership of Rhode Island Hospital and Bradley Hospital. Rhode Island Hospital is accredited by the Rhode Island Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Rhode Island Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.