CME Information

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Program Overview:

Gender-specific medicine is the study of the differences in the normal function of women and men and in their experience of the same diseases. Women and men experience stress as a consequence of quite different events and circumstances. Their neurobiological substrate for processing and reacting to stress is in many respects sex specific as is their response to intervention. The CME courses available explore these sex- and gender-specific phenomena.

Educational Objectives:

  • Examine the evidence-based differences in women and men's experience of stress, with special emphasis on the gender-specific features of its causes, symptoms, coping mechanisms, and response to intervention.
  • Affirm the critical role of healthcare professionals in recognizing the signs and symptoms of acute and chronic stress in women and men, and distinguishing the experience of stress from depression and/or anxiety states.
  • Provide evidence-based guidelines for effective ways of assessing, preventing and/or alleviating stress for women and men, including the use of complementary modalities.
  • Address the causative role of unmanaged chronic stress in producing significant medical disease.


  • Sex, Stress and the Brain: Actions Above the Hypothalamus by Novel Mechanisms, Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D.
  • Estrogen's Impact on the Neural Circuitry of the Hippocampus, Catherine Woolley, Ph.D.
  • Perspectives on Stress and Medical Illness, Philip R. Muskin, M.D.
  • Panel Discussion: Moderator: Alice D. Domar, Ph.D., Pamela Dalton, Ph.D., M.P.H., Richard L. Doty, Ph.D., Serge Marchand, Ph.D. and Jamie L. Rhudy, Ph.D.
  • Stress, Gender and the Cardiovascular System, Marianne J. Legato, M.D., F.A.C.P.
  • The Impact of Stress on New Neuron Formation, Elizabeth Gould, Ph.D.


  • Course Director, Marianne J. Legato, M.D., F.A.C.P., Professor of Clinical Medicine; Founder and Director, Partnership for Gender-Specific Medicine at Columbia University; Founder and Director, The Foundation for Gender-Specific Medicine, Inc., Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, New York
  • Pamela Dalton, Ph.D., M.P.H., Member, Monell Chemical Senses Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Alice D. Domar, Ph.D., Executive Director, Domar Center for Mind/Body Health, Waltham, Massachusetts; Director of Mind/Body Services at Boston IVF; Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Richard L. Doty, Ph.D., Professor of Otorhinolaryngology, Director of The Smell and Taste Center, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • Elizabeth Gould, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
  • Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D., Alfred E. Mirsky Professor, Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology, The Rockefeller University, New York, New York
  • Serge Marchand, Ph.D., Director of the Centre de recherche clinique Etienne-Le Bel; Full Professor, Universite de Sherbrooke, Faculty of Medicine, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
  • Philip R. Muskin, M.D., Professor of Clinical Psychiatry; Chief of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, New York
  • Jamie L. Rhudy, Ph.D., Associate Professor; Director, Psychophysiology Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience, The University of Tulsa, Department of Psychology, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Catherine Woolley, Ph.D., Professor of Neurobiology and Physiology, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

Disclosure of Financial Interest:

As an accredited sponsor, the College of Physicians & Surgeons must ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in its educational activities. All faculty participating in this activity are required to disclose to the audience any significant financial interest and/or relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) and/or provider(s) of commercial services discussed in his/her presentation and/or the commercial contributor(s) of this activity.

Detailed Faculty Disclosures:

Pamela Dalton, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Disclosure: Consultant: Johnson & Johnson, Other Financial Support: Johnson & Johnson

Alice D. Domar, Ph.D.

Disclosure: None

Richard L. Doty, Ph.D.

Disclosure: Shareholder: Sensonics, Inc.

Elizabeth Gould, Ph.D.

Disclosure: None

Marianne J. Legato, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Disclosure: None

Serge Marchand, Ph.D.

Disclosure: Research Support: Pfizer, Inc. & Servier; Consultant: Pfizer

Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D.

Disclosure: Research Support & Consultant: Johnson & Johnson

Philip R. Muskin, M.D. *

Disclosure: None

Jamie L. Rhudy, P.h.D.

Disclosure: None

Catherine Woolley, Ph.D.

Disclosure: None

*indicates that the speaker intends to discuss unlabeled uses of a commercial product, or an investigational use of a product not yet approved for this purpose. The speaker discloses this information during his/her presentation.

Registration Information:

Registration is open to the public and is required in order to complete the CME courses and to receive the appropriate credit. Participants are required to choose a password and provide name, contact information, and job role. Job role is required to ensure the correct certificate type is delivered upon course completion.

Intended Audience:

These courses are intended for healthcare professionals—both generalists and those who specialize in the treatment of individuals who are experiencing stress—including family practitioners, internists, OB/GYNs, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and fellows and residents.

Accreditation Statement:

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons designates this educational activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accept AMA/PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accepts AMA/PRA Category 1 CreditTM toward recertification requirements.