• Behavioral Science

  • Psychosocial Training To Aid Your Practice

    Our residency program has a long history of excellence in behavioral science training for family physicians. We believe that our curriculum enables the family practitioner to effectively respond to the frequent psychosocial matters that present in primary care. Our training is longitudinal; making use of clinical encounters throughout the three years of residency, providing the basis for experientially based learning, while other content is provided in structured learning venues.

    An introduction to behavioral science is presented through regular didactic seminars. We provide an intern support group to allow people to work with this time of significant personal and professional growth. Beginning in the first year and continuing throughout residency are formal lectures on critical behavioral science topics, twice yearly videotaping and review by the behavioral scientist and a family physician faculty, along with active/ongoing consultation and collaboration on clinic cases. During the second and third years, residents begin regular meetings with the behavioral scientist in what we call Longitudinal Counseling Supervision (LCS), which provides for consultation/ supervision on a variety of behavioral science topics as they relate to clinical encounters; highlighting the importance of such matters as psycho diagnostics, primary care management of psychiatric disorders, emotional aspects of non-psychiatric disorders, primary care counseling, the physician/patient relationship and professional development.

    Behavioral science is supportive of the educational value, and encourages residents participation throughout residency in our multiple programs promoting the social welfare of our patients, through our efforts to address the unmet social and medication needs of an underserved population.

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