Continuing Professional Development
USF Health Professions Conferencing Corporation (USF HPCC)


Best Practices: Diagnosis Pathological Gambling

Problem & Compulsive Gambling Training for Medical & Addictions Professionals

Jointly Provided by

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Duration: 1 Hour

Release Date:December, 2014
Date of Expiration: December, 2016




Everyday compulsive gamblers and those they adversely affect present in doctors' offices, emergency rooms and elsewhere with symptoms never attributed to gambling. Despite research associating pathological gambling with alcoholism and substance abuse, as well as with other health conditions, rarely is the association between poor health and pathological gambling made. Chronic stress, a sedentary lifestyle and heavy exposure to secondhand smoke are also contributing factors to illness within the pathological gambling population. This program features important information by field experts and is designed for the physician and other healthcare providers to recognize and effectively treat patients with pathologic gambling disorder.


Course Description


The program is intended for physicians, physician assistants, and other healthcare providers.






After completing the activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe ways problem gambling presents as a public health issue.

  • Describe appropriate ways to treat those seeking help with problem gambling.

  • Assess ways patients present in doctors’ offices, emergency rooms, urgent care centers, and elsewhere with symptoms associated with Gambling Disorder.

  • Integrate appropriate screening and treatment practices into current approach to enhance patients’ physical and emotional well-being.

  • Generate appropriate referral and medication prescription based on presenting conditions.



Learning Objectives


Windows 98 or Higher
Internet Access
Email Address


Please note that once your information is entered into the registration system it may take up to 48 business hours for your registration to be processed. Please be sure to enter a valid email address as the primary method of communication in this course is through email.



You will then receive an email from the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling with your login information and a link to the website, where you will be prompted for a user id and password. Please note that these will be provided in the email you receive after registration. After logging in, you will see available course content. Click View and complete the module.




Course Description


  1. Review the required information:  target audience, learning objectives, and disclosure information
  2. Complete the entire self-study activity by viewing the video presentation which is hosted on a private online server. Because the video is presented as a stream from Vimeo, either Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Firefox may be used. The video will play directly in the presentation window.
  3. Successfully pass the posttest with a minimum score of 80% and review any missed questions.
  4. Submit the evaluation/claim form via internet and select the appropriate certificate link.     



This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of USF Health and The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling. USF Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

USF Health designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  


Physician Assistants:
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.  Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.0 hour of Category 1 credit for completing this program.


Other Healthcare Providers:
Non-physicians may register for the course but are not eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Instead, non-physicians will earn a certificate of participation after successfully completing the course before its termination date.





Theodore J. Machler, MD
Medical Director, Addictions and Dual-Diagnosis
Windmoor Healthcare, Clearwater, FL






USF Health endorses the standards of the ACCME, ANCC, and ACPE that requires everyone in a position to control the content of a CME/CE activity to disclose all financial relationships with commercial interests that are related to the content of the CME/CE activity. CME/CE activities must be balanced, independent of commercial bias and promote improvements or quality in healthcare. All recommendations involving clinical medicine must be based on evidence accepted within the medical profession.

A conflict of interest is created when individuals in a position to control the content of CME/CE have a relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest which therefore may bias his/her opinion and teaching. This may include receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, stocks or other financial benefits.

USF Health will identify, review and resolve all conflicts of interest that speakers, authors or planners disclose prior to an educational activity being delivered to learners. Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any presentation but is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation. USF Health does not endorse any products or services.


Relevant financial relationships exist between the following individuals and commercial interests:





Theodore Machler, MD

Nothing to Disclose


Daniel Kaufmann, LMHC, NCGC-II 

Nothing to Disclose


Disclosures were obtained from the planning committee members, content validation/peer reviewer, and the OCPD staff and are on file in the University of South Florida, Office of Continuing Professional Development for review.


There is no commercial support for this program.  This program is supported solely by the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling and is available at no cost to registrants.








The USF Health Office of Continuing Professional Development (OCPD) reserves the right to cancel this activity due to unforeseen circumstances.



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