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Chelsea N. Carr, PharmD, BCPP
Assistant Director of Pharmacy – Clinical Services
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Spring Grove Hospital Center
Catonsville, MD

For the first time, the annual pre-meeting workshop will be held virtually! We are thrilled to open up this workshop for virtual attendees that may not be able to travel to the Annual Meeting. Join Drs. Sarah Anderson and Joel Marrs on March 1, 2023 for a three-hour, hands-on workshop exploring the relationship between mental illness and cardiovascular disease, a common occurrence that can lead to negative cardiovascular effects.1

Register Today!

Workshop: Hands-on Approach to Cardiovascular Disease Risk Management for People Living with Mental Illness

March 1, 2023 (2:00-5:15 PM Eastern, 1:00-4:15 PM Central, 12:00-3:15 PM Mountain, 11:00 AM-2:15 PM Pacific)

Presented by:

Sarah Anderson, PharmD, BCACP, BCPS, FASHP, FCCP
Scientific Director
Clinical Care Options
Denver, CO
Ambulatory Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator, Billings Clinic; Visiting Clinical Associate Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Billings, MT


For many psychiatric pharmacists, ambulatory evaluation and treatment of comorbid somatic diagnoses is a required part of patient management. Cardiovascular diseases are not only common in patients with mental illness, but mental illness can also lead to negative cardiovascular effects.Likewise, many psychotropic medications can also lead to cardiovascular risk and/or cardiovascular-related adverse effects.2,3 Even if your practice does not require any direct evaluation and management of ambulatory care-related diagnoses, knowing that cardiovascular diseases in patients with mental illness are common and understanding which routine medications may lead to new or further cardiovascular complications is important for providing informed, holistic patient care to potentially predict or identify a problem and make appropriate referrals.

Drs. Anderson and Marrs will use a combination of didactic teaching and case-based discussion to break down guidelines for hypertension, cholesterol, primary prevention, and many others into more digestible pieces so that any psychiatric pharmacist, regardless of ambulatory care experience, will be able to apply this information easily and efficiently to patients. Interactive polling and small group work to review real-world, complex patient cases will round out the workshop.

This workshop was originally offered in-person at the 2022 Annual Meeting, and many people expressed interest in a virtual workshop. Given the incredible feedback from participants, AAPP is pleased to work with Drs. Anderson and Marrs to offer this workshop again March 1, 2023.

Grab the Pre Meeting Bundle (workshop + Annual Meeting registration) before 3/1/23 and save $20!


Participant Feedback:

Drs. Sarah Anderson and Joel Marrs did an amazing job reviewing the connection between mental health disorders and the elevated risk of cardiovascular disease. In addition to addressing the risks of increased weight gain and cardiovascular problems, they presented a thorough review of the standards of practice for both primary and secondary prevention. The cases reviewed were thoughtful and allowed me to return to work ready to incorporate my gained knowledge at the bedside. Additionally, I found their review of chronic kidney disease and mental health disorder very enlightening.

-          Jerry Overman, PharmD, BCPP, Former Annual Meeting Director

The workshop provided a comprehensive update of chronic disease states that often plague our patient population, either due to psychotropic medication use or life’s natural course. Practical application of clinical guidelines and resources through interactive cases allowed me to leave feeling confident in my ability to identify appropriate evidence-based care for these disease states.

- Jordan Cooler Haygood, PharmD, BCPP

I highly recommend this program! It was a very thorough, yet concise, review of the key monitoring parameters and pharmacotherapy of cardiovascular disease in people with mental illness. I am definitely utilizing the skills learned in the program on a daily basis in my practice.

Mary Borovicka, PharmD, BCPP



  1. CDC. Heart Disease and Mental Health Disorders webpage. Last accessed March 11, 2022.
  2. DeJongh BM. Ment Health Clin [Internet]. 2021;11(6):311-9.
  3. Taylor D. Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2008 Dec;118(6):434-42.
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