Bulimia Nervosa

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Course Title: Bulimia Nervosa

Release date: July, 2022

Expiration date: July, 2024

Estimated time to complete activity: .5 hours

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This activity is jointly provided by Medical Education Resources and Symptom Media.




Target Audience

Licensed medical and healthcare professionals, mental healthcare professionals including psychologists, nutritionists, psychiatrists, social workers, and marriage and family therapists. Students and trainees within these disciplines as well as allied health professionals.

Underlying Need for this Course

The purpose of this course is to assist healthcare professionals in identifying and diagnosing BN for the purposes of formulating an appropriate case conceptualization and providing the individual with evidence-based options for treatment.

  • Healthcare workers must possess the knowledge of DSM-5-TR criteria for BN.
  • Healthcare workers need to be competent in assessing and identifying BN symptoms.
  • Healthcare workers need to perform an accurate case conceptualization and provide appropriate treatment referrals for individuals presenting with symptoms of BN.

Individuals with BN may present to a medical setting  with concerns about medical issues associated with the disorder (e.g., gastrointestinal issues, dental issues). If questions pertaining to disordered eating symptoms are not assessed for, these individuals may be sent home without a proper diagnosis, leaving the source of their presenting problem untreated. It is imperative that healthcare workers possess the knowledge and ability to identify and assess for BN symptoms for the purposes of providing appropriate mental health treatment referrals to patient’s with BN.

  • Learners will gain knowledge of DSM-5-TR criteria for BN.
  • Learners will feel competent in their ability to identify and assess for symptoms of BN, as well as differentiate BN symptoms from other symptoms of disordered eating.
  • Learners will show performance improvement in their ability to provide appropriate treatment referrals for BN.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course learners will be able to:

  1. Identify symptom criteria for BN.
  2. Differentiate BN from other disorders with similar features.
  3. Label disorders commonly diagnosed concurrently with BN.
  4. Debunk misconceptions about BN.

Meet your instructor

Brooke Bartlett, Ph.D., Licensed Psychological Associate – Content Expert

Dr. Bartlett earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in clinical psychology from the University of Houston. She also earned a M.A. in psychology from Boston University, and a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Irvine. Her clinical expertise is in the assessment and evidence-based treatment of PTSD and trauma-related pathology, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, and substance use disorders. She is particularly specialized and passionate about working with first responders and military veterans. Dr. Bartlett’s research interests focus on trauma-related pathology, with an emphasis on the examination of risk and resilience processes and behaviors relevant to PTSD. Much of her program of research is focused on first responder and military veteran populations, and she believes it is important to produce research grounded in novel theoretical approaches that can be applied to evidence-based clinical practice. Dr. Bartlett has contributed extensively to the scientific literature of trauma psychology through numerous peer-reviewed journal article publications and presentations at national and local conferences, as well as a co-authored published book chapter. In addition to her clinical and research practice, Dr. Bartlett is a faculty member at multiple academic institutions teaching a broad range of psychology courses.

Course Agenda

The activity is designed to assist healthcare workers in understanding and identifying DSM-5-TR criteria for bulimia nervosa (BN). It will also assist healthcare workers in differentiating BN from mental health disorders that share similar symptoms/features. Learners will gain  knowledge about disorders that are commonly diagnosed comorbidly with BN. Lastly, learners will be able to identify and correct common misconceptions about BN.

Multiple methods of instruction including a series of online course slides that outline learning objectives, and highlight relevant content. The online course slides are meant to prepare learners for a clinical case application. Learners may also  be offered a multiple-choice, subject matter test to assess comprehension of material and/or clinically applicable activities with the primary goal of learners being able to apply the information to a clinical practice setting.

Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Medical Education Resources (MER) and Symptom Media. MER 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



Physician Credit
Medical Education Resources designates this enduring material for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Credit
Medical Education Resources designates this enduring material for a maximum of .5 ANCC nursing contact hours. Nurses will be awarded contact hours upon successful completion of the activity.

Psychologist Credit

Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibility for the content of the programs.


Social Work

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Medical Education Resources is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Symptom Media maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive [number] [type] continuing education credits.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Medical Education Resources ensures balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all our educational programs. In accordance with this policy, MER identifies conflicts of interest with its instructors, content managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of an activity. Conflicts are resolved by MER to ensure that all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in a continuing education activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis. MER is committed to providing its learners with high-quality activities that promote improvements or quality in health care and not the business interest of a commercial interest.

The faculty reported the following financial relationships with commercial interests whose products or services may be mentioned in this activity:

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Method of Participation
There are no fees for participating in and receiving credit for this activity (or insert fee amount if applicable). During the period July, 2022 through July, 2024, participants must 1) read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures, 2) study the educational activity, 3) complete the posttest by recording the best answer to each question, 4) complete the evaluation.

A statement of credit will be issued only upon receipt of a completed activity evaluation form and a completed posttest with a score of 70% or better.


  1. American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, Text Revision. Arlington, VA, American Psychiatric Association, 2022.
  2. Rowe, S. L., Jordan, J., McIntosh, V. V., Carter, F. A., Bulik, C. M., & Joyce, P. R. (2008). Impact of borderline personality disorder on bulimia nervosa. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 42(12), 1021-1029.


The content and views presented in this educational activity are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Medical Education Resources and/or Symptom Media. The authors have disclosed if there is any discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA in their presentations. Before prescribing any medicine, primary references and full prescribing information should be consulted. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management.

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