Behavioral Medicine Curriculum

Behavioral medicine training is a key component of the UTMB Family Medicine Residency training program for all residents. It is also an emphasis/track for those who are particularly interested in the area and would like more concentrated experiences and focus.

Dr. Slater and Dr. Leckie in the BM RotationOur program and faculty:

  • Encourage and practice evidence-based biopsychosocial approach to care
  • Are engaged the the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) which integrates behavioral medicine skills and mental health providers into patient care teams.
  • Have access to mental health/behavioral health providers in all of our clinics
  • Strive to build our residents’ skills and confidence in recognizing and providing care for those with co-morbid mood and anxiety disorders, chronic illnesses, and those who need health behavior change.

  • All residents are exposed to a longitudinal behavioral medicine curriculum, developing their skills through structured workshops, seminars, and rotations, as well as unstructured learning and didactic lectures.

    Year 1:  two of the four-week blocks (Essential Skills and Principles of Family Medicine) include behavioral medicine workshops and training.

    Year 2:  residents complete a  rotation dedicated to behavioral medicine; working very closely with faculty to further develop skills with a focus on using motivational interviewing techniques in resolving ambivalence and facilitating patients to make health behavior changes.

    Year 3:  residents continue to work with faculty in continuity clinics to develop skills and master core competencies.

    Throughout residency training, residents will be coached, observed (directly and through video capture), and supported by both behavioral and medical faculty to develop skills and competencies.

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