Military Cultural Awareness

Military Cultural Awareness



TIME: 3 Hours

SERIES: 3 Course Series

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Military Culture Awareness is designed to provide physicians with an overview of some of the most critical items to know when potentially treating a Veteran.  This 3-CME hour course covers general military culture information, military-specific suicide risk factor and prevention training, and an introduction to connecting with the VA for providers. Specifically, physicians will learn five questions they should always ask a veteran, one question they should never ask a veteran, and 15 facts about veterans and their families that are guaranteed to increase culturally competence with this patient population.  Physicians will be provided with an overview of military suicide statistics and correlations that lead to an increase in military suicide.  Symptoms, adaptive traits, and treatment modalities related to suicidal behavior will be discussed.   Finally, physicians will learn about different types of Veteran Administration programs, how to assess if someone qualifies for VA services, and how to refer or enroll someone in the VA. The goal is introduce the Veterans Administration and assist physicians in interacting with the agency as a provider.


  • Military culture
  • Military suicide
  • Veterans Administration


Web-Based Training, Self-Study (Online)


3 Hours


3 hours of Continuing Medical Education Credits

*Course must be completed in entirety for credit. No partial credit awarded.




This course is intended for MD/DPs MP/PA/Nurses




  • List five questions you should ask a veteran to learn more about his or her experience in the military
  • Recognize the one question you should never ask a veteran
  • Discuss why it is important for clinicians to ask what job a person did in the military
  • Describe the four domains associated with the suicidal mode
  • Discuss how deployments and experiences affect suicide rates within the military population
  • Describe the three types of Veteran Administrations programs and their purpose
  • Assess if someone qualifies for VA services and how to refer or enroll someone in the VA
  • Recognize and list the three regions identified by Tricare as approved contractors


  1.  Length of Course: 3 Continuing Medical Education Credits/Hours
  2.  Review the materials on accreditation information, target audience, learning objectives and disclosure information
  3. Complete the entire self-study activity
  4. Complete the self-assessment and evaluation/claim form


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and PsychArmor Institute. The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing education medical education for physicians. 

The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation activity.


This activity is in compliance with California Assembly Bill 1195 which requires continuing medical education activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency. Cultural competency is defined as a set of integrated attitudes, knowledge, and skills that enables health care professionals or organizations to care effectively for patients from diverse cultures, groups, and communities. Linguistic competency is defined as the ability of a physician or surgeon to provide patients who do not speak English or who have limited ability to speak English, direct communication in the patient’s primary language. Cultural and linguistic competency was incorporated into the planning of this activity. Additional resources can be found on the UCSD CME website at


A certificate of completion will be awarded to participants and accreditation records will be on file at PsychArmor Institute. In order to receive a certificate of completion from PsychArmor, you must register in PsychArmor's learning management system, attend 100% of the program and complete the evaluations as directed in PsychArmor's course. To enquire about CE's contact and provide your name, email, and license number.


It is the program participant's responsibility to ensure that this training is documented in the appropriate location according to his/her locally prescribed process.


  • Fifteen Things Veterans Want You to Know – 60 min
  • Suicide in the Military – 60 min
  • Connecting with the VA – 60 min

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It is the policy of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine to ensure balance, independence ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor. All persons involved in the selection, development and presentation of content are required to disclose any real or apparent conflicts of interest. All conflicts of interest will be resolved prior to an educational activity being delivered to learners through one of the following mechanisms 1) altering the financial relationship with the commercial interest, 2) altering the individual’s control over CME content about the products or services of the commercial interest, and/or 3) validating the activity content through independent peer review. All persons are also required to disclose any discussions of off label/unapproved uses of drugs or devices.   Persons who refuse or fail to disclose are disqualified from participating in the CME activity. Participants will be asked to evaluate whether the speaker's outside interests reflect a possible bias in the planning or presentation of the activity. This information is used to plan future activities.


The faculty, CME staff, editorial staff, peer reviewer, and CME committee reviewers do not have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. The views and opinions expressed in this activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of California, San Diego.

Off-label Disclosure: This educational activity may contain discussion of unlabeled and/or investigational uses of agents that are not approved by the FDA. Please consult the prescribing information for each product. The views and opinions expressed in this activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of California, San Diego.

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