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Impact of Microaggression on Mental Health Outcomes

Activity Type:

  • Question-Based Learning

Release Date: 5/1/2018

Expiration Date: 5/1/2021

  • AMA PRA Category 1: 0.5
  • Participation: 0.5



This activity focuses on microaggression and their relationship to mental health and physical illness. Using a pulsed learning format via email, you are provided with a series of 10 multiple-choice questions to be completed over time. Questions are emailed to users at pre-set intervals and quantities. By tackling only a few questions at a time, the pulsed learning format eliminates brain strain and re-focuses attention on the subject matter to improve knowledge retention.



Learning Objectives

  • Define the term microaggression and explain the origin of the concept
  • Identify different types of microaggressions and differentiate microaggressions from implicit bias and racism
  • Discuss the difference between a microaggression and countertransference
  • Identify potential adverse physical mental health outcomes of microaggressions

Target Audience


Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 30 minutes
Release Date: May 1, 2018
End Date: May 1, 2021

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. A passing score of 100% must be achieved on the exam. Re-takes of missed questions are available. Course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the date of completion 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 enduring CME activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

Faculty and Planners

  • Constance Dunlap, MD, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, The George Washington University. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 
  • Ranna Parekh, MD, Director of Division Diversity and Health Equity, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 
  • Sejal Patel, Senior Program Manager, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Madeline Teisberg, MD, PGY4 Chief Resident, National Capital Consortium, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 
  • Vabren Watts, PhD, Deputy Director of Division Diversity and Health Equity, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Hardware/Software Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using Internet Explorer 8+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari 4+. This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration:

  • Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.3+ 
  • Browser: Firefox (latest version), Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 7.0+, Microsoft Edge (latest version) or Google Chrome (latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+ 
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: 500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Macromedia Flash Player 10.3 or higher; Sound Card at least 16-bit; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh:Mac OS X 10.4+ or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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