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Female Psychiatrist Well-Being: Establishing Work-Life Balance and Preventing Burnout

Activity Type:

  • On Demand

Release Date: 8/31/2018

Expiration Date: 8/31/2021

  • AMA PRA Category 1: 1
  • Participation: 1



Understanding the unique challenges that female psychiatrists encounter is a critical component of maintaining a healthy work-life balance in this special population. Women in psychiatry must identify maladaptive habits early, as this can prevent burnout, maximize personal and professional development, and allow women to feel successful while balancing many important roles. Participation in this activity will help female psychiatrists with the above endeavors while providing resources and strategies for maintaining a healthy work-life balance and preventing/treating burnout.


  • General Member - $20.00
  • Resident-Fellow Member - $10.00
  • Medical Student Member - $20.00
  • Non-Member - $40.00

Educational Objectives

  • Explain the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance
  • Describe the unique challenges that concern female psychiatrists
  • Identify maladaptive habits early to prevent burnout
  • Utilize resources and strategies for burnout prevention and/or treatment

Target Audience

Psychiatrists; Residents/Fellows

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1 hour
Program Start Date: August 31, 2018 
Program End Date: August 31, 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. A multiple choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 75% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. 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 (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 1.0 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


  • Misty Richards, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, UCLA; Associate Medical Director, UCLA Perinatal Program; Associate Training Director, UCLA Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 
  • Lavanya Wusirika, M.D., Inpatient Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Attending, Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 
  • Cassidy Zanko, M.D., Director of Physician Wellness, WLA VA Healthcare System; Attending Psychiatrist, WLA VA Women’s Health Clinic and Veteran Family Wellness Center; Max Gray Fellow, UCLA Child & Adolescent Mood Disorders Clinic. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 
  • Gail Erlick Robinson, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics/Gynaecology, University of Toronto;  Women’s Mood and Anxiety Program: Reproductive Transitions, Dept of Psychiatry, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.  Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.  


  • Ranna Parekh, MD, Director, 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.

*The faculty would like to thank the APA Workgroup on Burnout and Wellness for their feedback and suggestions regarding the course material. 

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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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