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Joseph Biederman, MD

Speaker Affiliation
Joseph Biederman, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
Massachusetts General Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

: ADHD and Working Memory Deficits
Activity/Course #:
: Free
Release/Start Date:
: Apr 20 2017
Expiration Date:
: Apr 19 2020
: Psychiatry
Target Audience:
: Primary Care Providers
: ADHD Dissemination Webcast
Estimated Time To Complete CME Activity:
: 1.0 Hour
: 1.0 AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)
Hardware/Software Requirements:
In this one-hour presentation, Joseph Biederman, MD describes the symptoms of working memory deficits as one of a set of Executive Function Deficits (EFDs) that can accompany ADHD and in fact have similar neural correlates in the brain. Dr. Biederman describes these phenomena throughout the lifespan, with research data in children, young adults, and adults.

Learning Objectives
After completing this activity, the reader should be better able to:

  1. Describe working memory deficits and distinguish them from ADHD symptoms.
  2. Identify working memory deficits in patients based on a new understanding of prevalence.
  3. Successfully refer ADHD patients with suspected working memory deficits to outside professionals for assessment.
  4. Teach patients and their families about working memory deficits in association with ADHD and raise their awareness and consideration of options.

This webcast was recorded live and is being used with the permission of the presenter.

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  4. A minimum passing score of 60% must be earned on the post-test in order to complete the CME activity.
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National Association for Continuing Education
Accreditation Designation Statement
The National Association for Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The National Association for Continuing Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Faculty Disclosure Policy
Policy on Faculty and Provider Disclosure: It is the policy of the National Association for Continuing Education to ensure fair balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all activities. All faculty participating in CME activities sponsored by the National Association for Continuing Education are required to present evidence-based data, identify and reference off-label product use and disclose all relevant financial relationships. Faculty disclosure is provided below.

Joseph Biederman, MD, Speaker, has the following relationships to disclose: Researcher for AACAP, Alcobra, Department of Defense Food & Drug Administration, Forest Research Institute, IronShore, Lundbeck, Magceutics Inc., Merck, Neurocentria Inc., NIH, PamLab, Pfizer, Shire Pharmaceuticals Inc., SPRITES, Sunovion, and Vaya Pharma/Enzymotec; Paid honoraria from MGH Psychiatry Academy (for tuition-funded CME courses), AACAP, Alcobra; Scientific advisory board for Arbor Pharmaceuticals; Royalties (from copyrighted rating scale used for ADHD diagnoses) Bracket Global, Ingenix, Prophase, Shire, Sunovion, Theravance; a US Patent Application (Provisional Number #61/233,686) through MGH corporate licensing, on a method to prevent stimulant abuse;and a financial interest in Avekshan LLC, A company that develops treatments for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). His interest were reviewer and are managed by Massachusetts General Hospital and Partners HealthCare with their conflict of interest policies.

Harvey C. Parker, Ph.D., Activity Planning Committee, has the following relationships to disclose: co-owner of Specialty Press, Inc. and Health Link Systems, Inc.

Jonathan Marx, Activity Planning Committee, has no relationships to disclose.

Michelle Frisch, MPH, CHCP, Activity Planning Committee, has no relationships to disclose.

Alan Goodstat, LCSW, Activity Planning Committee, has no relationships to disclose.

Cheryl C. Kay, Activity Planning Committee, has no relationships to disclose.
Commercial Support
ADHD in Adults was originally supported by a generous grant from the Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Continued support was provided by an independent medical educational grant from Shire and an educational grant from Arbor Pharmaceuticals.