Is Your Practice Safe?


Multiple times a year we hear the tragic stories of patient-on-physician violence.   Workplace safety tools such as panic alarms are often available in inpatient settings, but where are the resources for medical professionals in outpatient and community-based settings? What should physicians know to consider safety concerns for their staff, patients, and themselves?  What is a practice’s liability when it comes to discharging a threatening patient?

These are all questions that led North Carolina Psychiatric Association (NCPA) to organize a training opportunity specifically for physicians and healthcare professionals around these issues.  NCPA will host “Workplace Safety: Empowering Physicians and Supporting Healthcare Professionals,” Thursday, September 28 as a Pre-Conference to its 2023 Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions in Myrtle Beach.  Sessions during this day-long Pre-Conference will work to destigmatize mental health and violence in healthcare, encourage advocacy for the safety of physicians, mental health professionals, and other healthcare workers, and explore liability as it relates to discharging a patient due to safety concerns. Up to 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ will be made for those attending the Pre-Conference and up to 17 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ will be made available for those attending the Pre-Conference and the Annual Meeting.

Special guests include Ryan Wagoner, MD, MBA, CPE, DFAPA, Vice Chair for Clinical Services in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at the University of South Florida; Donna Vanderpool, MBA, JD, Director of Risk Management at Professional Risk Management Services; and Carrie Brown, MD, MPH, DFAPA, Chief Psychiatrist, Deputy Chief Medical Officer with NC Department of Health and Human Services, among others.

To view the training agenda and to register for “Workplace Safety: Empowering Physicians and Supporting Healthcare Professionals” visit For additional information, you can email [email protected]

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by American Psychiatric Association (APA) and North Carolina Psychiatric Association. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) designates this live activity for a maximum of 17.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ . Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.