William A. Anderson, PhD

William A. Anderson, PhD, is Professor Emeritus within the Office of Medical Education Research and Development (OMERAD), College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University. He has been a faculty member in OMERAD since 1976. Dr. Anderson is best known for creating the Primary Care Faculty Development Fellowship Program, the nation’s oldest, largest, first true primary care faculty development fellowship program. His research interests are medical faculty career development and vitality and substance use by college athletes. He is author or more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, presentations and workshops. In his faculty role, Dr. Anderson teaches medical students and residents and conducts faculty development programs for medical school faculty and residents.

Strategies for increasing work-life balance

Work-life balance is defined simply as "being satisfied with one’s entire life — personal and professional." While the definition is simple, the variables involved and the process of achieving work-life balance are not so simple. Each individual has a personal vision of their ideal work-life balance and that vision is influenced by gender, generation, family status and profession. Due to the multiple demands placed on professionals, many struggle to achieve personal and professional balance.

At the end of this professional development byte, you will be able to:

  • Explain the essential concepts of work-life balance
  • Assess your personal work-life balance strengths and challenges
  • Identify strategies to improve your work-life balance

Watch this professional development byte:


  1. Kurt Sandholtz, Brooklyn Derr. Beyond Juggling - Rebalancing Your Busy Life. Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Dr. Anderson has disclosed he has no relevant financial relationships.