Annual Meeting & Scientific Session

The Annual Meeting was held fully online, Friday, October 1 to Sunday, October 3 and offered up to 13.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

Although the meeting is over, attendees will have access to the virtual event portal, PheedLoop, to re-watch lectures at their convenience. We hope you will take full advantage of our extensive schedule, networking opportunities, exhibit hall, and more! 

Visit the Virtual Event Portal

How do I receive credit for CME?

In order to claim CME credit, you must log into each session at the scheduled time during the weekend of the meeting. For CME purposes, we must keep record of who logged into each session at some point during the scheduled time. However, if you must step away from the computer for a brief moment, you will still receive credit. If you plan on viewing the meeting with another registered attendee, be sure to email [email protected] to let us know which session(s) you watched and who was present. We will be sure those names are counted on the attendance log. Please note: Each person claiming CME must individually register for the meeting.

Want to know more about the virtual program format? View our FAQs. This is not your average Zoom meeting!

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and North Carolina Psychiatric Association. The APA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

The APA designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


CME Information

We hope you enjoy this year's NCPA Virtual Annual Meeting! At the conclusion of the conference, physician participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and receive an official CME certificate by completing the online CME conference evaluation.  Non-physician participants will be able to claim a certificate of participation.

  1. Go to

  2. Log in with your APA username and password or create a new account

  3. Enter the Access code: D8543A5ECF and click "Redeem"

  4. Click "Access". The activity evaluation will open in a new window.

  5. Complete the evaluation and click "Submit Response".

  6. On the next page, click "Claim Credits". Select the number of credits from the drop-down menu and click "Claim".

  7. Click "Home" to close the course window. From your dashboard, click "My Courses", then select the "My Completed Activities" tab in the middle of the screen. Beneath "2021 Virtual Annual Meeting", click "Certificate". Your certificate will open in a new tab. A link to your certificate will also be sent via email.

Click here for step by step instructions, plus what to do if you need help!

You must claim your CME credit within 60 days of the conference. Certificates will not be issued after November 30, 2021.

Questions? Contact us!

Still need your 2020 Annual Meeting CME Certificate? Email us for help. If you need to print a certificate you've already claimed login to your APA profile at, click “My Portfolio” and select the “Certificates” tab.


Keynote Speakers:

Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.
Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, Author, Editor
Clinical Professor Psychiatry; Baylor College of Medicine
Patrice A. Harris, M.D.
American Medical Association Immediate Past President


 Featured Speakers:

Charles Scott, M.D.
Chief, Division of Psychiatry and the Law, Forensic Psychiatry Training Director, and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of California, Davis Medical Center; President of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL)
Hilary Blumberg, M.D.
The John and Hope Furth Professor of Psychiatric Neuroscience, Professor of Psychiatry, Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, and in the Child Study Center, Director, Mood Disorders Research Program, Yale School of Medicine
Ruth Benca, M.D., Ph.D.
Enterprise Academic Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Wake Forest School of Medicine; Professor, Kate Mills Snider Geropsychiatry Outreach Program
John Torous, M.D. 
Director, Digital Psychiatry Division in the Department of Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Robyn Jordan, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UNC School of Medicine

Chris Aiken, M.D.
Director, Mood Treatment Center, Winston-Salem; Editor-in-Chief, The Carlat Psychiatry Report

Colin Smith, M.D.
Duke University School of Medicine
Paul Riordan, M.D.
Assistant Consulting Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine; Consulting Associate, School of Nursing, Duke University School of Medicine
Justin Johnson, M.D. 
Director of Veteran Services, HopeWay
Dhipthi Brundage, M.D. 
Assistant Consulting Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine
Harold Kudler, M.D.
Assistant Consulting Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine
Ish Bhalla, M.D.
Associate Medical Director of Behavioral Health Value Transformation, Blue Cross NC
Freida Saylor, M.S.W., L.C.S.W. 
Clinical Director of Behavioral Health Services, Cherokee Indian Hospital
Lisa Fortuna, M.D., M.P.H., Mdiv 
Chief of Psychiatry and Vice Chair, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, UCSF
Erikka Dzirasa, M.D.
Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist, Catalyst Therapeutic Services