The purpose of this online course is to provide an outline of a holistic approach to evaluate and manage common Psychiatric and Addictive disorders seen in the primary care practice. The course will discuss recommendations on management by general practitioners, based on current guidelines and evidence-based medicine. We will use an active learning approach through live interactive sessions, assignments, and discussions. Faculty includes experts from the US, UK, Australia and Pakistan. This program will complement basic training and short courses offered in Pakistan for general practitioners to bridge the gap of specialty care, especially for those who are serving in underserved areas.


At the end of this enduring material, participants should be better able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to holistically evaluate a patient for Psychiatric and Addiction use disorders by taking an age-appropriate history and performing a relevant mental status examination for common psychiatric and addiction use disorders
  2. Synthesize an appropriate diagnosis and management plan for common Psychiatric and addiction use disorder conditions in primary care settings.
  3. Recognize his or her own practice limitations and seek consultation with other healthcare providers and resources when necessary to provide optimal patient care.


This enduring material is intended for a broad audience including general physicians, primary care providers, specialty physicians, physicians in training (residents and fellows), and medical students. 

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction: Program Overview

  • 2

    Module 1- Consultation Liaison Psychiatry, an interface of Medicine and Psychiatry

    • Module 1 - Objectives

    • Module 1 Faculty

    • Presentation: Consultation Liaison Psychiatry, an interface of Medicine and Psychiatry

    • Live Session: Consultation Liaison Psychiatry, an interface of Medicine and Psychiatry

    • Exit Ticket Module 1 (required)

    • Assignment - Write MCQ Module 1

    • Required Reading - Discussion

    • One Minute Paper - Required Assignment

  • 3

    Module 2- Mood disorders- What to do as a GP

  • 4

    Module 3- Anxiety Disorders

  • 5

    Module 4 - Psychotic Disorders - How Fantasies become Reality

  • 6

    Module 5 - Substance Use Disorder

  • 7

    Module 6 - Somatoform Disorders

  • 8

    Module 7 - Suicide Risk Assessment and Prevention in Primary Care

  • 9

    Module 8 - Child and Adolescent Disorders

    • Module 8 - Objectives

    • Module 8 Faculty

    • Presentation: Child and Adolescent Disorders

    • Live Session: Child and Adolescent Disorders

    • Exit Ticket Module 8 (required)

    • Assignment: Write MCQ Module 8

    • Required Reading - Discussion

    • Optional Reading: Media and Young Minds

    • Optional Reading: 2019 Advocacy Abstract_Impact of Violence in Media on Young Minds

    • Optional Reading: GME Research Day 2019 Poster _Media Violence and Young Minds _ edited MG.

    • One Minute Paper - required assignment

  • 10

    Course Completion

    • Survey

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Course Faculty

Course Director

Nauman Ashraf, MD

Program Director, Psychiatry Residency Program, KCU-GME Consortium/Ozark Center Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry KCUMB (Adjunct) Medical Director, Addiction Services, Ozark Center

Course Co-lead

Prof. Dr. Ali Madeeh Hashmi

Tenured Professor of Psychiatry, King Edward Medical University, Lahore Chapter Chief Punjab Pakistan Psychiatric Society

Course Co-lead

Dr. Hisham Haq

GP Partner MRCGP DRCOG DOccHealth CertMedEdu APPNE social and corporate secretary

Course Co-lead

Dr. Raja Adnan Ahmed

Consultant Psychiatrist, UK,

Course Co-lead

Dr. Zia ul Hassan

HOD Family medicine department, FMH college of medicine and dentistry Lahore