Microaggressions and Strategies to Overcome Prejudice
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Expires on Nov 01, 2024
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 COP Credit

The presenters begin with the historical origins of microaggressions as well as current definitions such as microassault, microinsult and microinvalidation. There will be a discussion of studies demonstrating the mental and physical health consequences of a lifetime burden of these experiences. The presentation concludes with individual and institutional strategies to overcome prejudice. Throughout the presentation, there will be personal stories and examples in everyday life and healthcare.


Recorded webinar, non-interactive, self-paced distance learning activity.

This presentation was recorded on September 24, 2021.

Learning Objectives

  • Define microaggressions and identify its various forms.

  • Recognize health and mental health consequences of microaggressions.

  • Utilize individual and institutional strategies to address microaggressions and create an inclusive environment.

Target Audience

Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Physician (non-psychiatrist), Physician Assistant, Medical students and other mental health professionals 

Instructional Level


Estimate Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1.5 hour
Program Start Date: November 1, 2021 
Program End Date: November 1, 2024

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or a certificate of participation may do so by viewing the live presentation and completing the evaluation. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (other disciplines) showing the event date and hours earned. 

Continuing Education Credit


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this live event for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.     

Faculty and Planner Disclosures


  • Ranna Parekh, MD, MPH joined the American College of Cardiology in July, 2019 as the inaugural Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Previously, Dr. Parekh was at the American Psychiatric Association for almost five years as a Deputy Medical Director and the Director of the Division of Diversity and Health Equity. In this latter role, she was also Director of the American Psychiatric Association/ American Psychiatric Association Foundation’s (APA/APAF) 8 fellowship programs and 5 medical student grants including the Minority Fellowship Program. Dr. Parekh is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. Previous to joining APA, she practiced at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and McLean Hospital/ Harvard Medical School and was the inaugural Director of the MGH Department of Psychiatry’s Center for Diversity.

  • Ed W. Childs, MD, is Professor and Chairman of Surgery at Morehouse School of Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and board certified in General Surgery and Critical Care. He received his bachelor's degree in molecular and cellular biology, f om the University of Texas at Dallas in 1985 and his M.D. degree from Texas A&M College of Medicine in 1989. I-le completed a general surgery internship from 1989 to 1990 and his residency from 1990 to 1994, both at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. Dr. Childs then completed a trauma/critical care surgery fellowship at the University of California-Davis from 1994 to 1995. Following his fellowship he joined the faculty at the University of Kansas as Chief of the Division of Trauma and Critical Care..


  • Nitin Gogtay, M.D., APA Chief of Research, Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

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