This competitive, year-long fellowship is for family medicine faculty who have responsibility for coordinating or teaching the behavioral science/family systems curriculum in their departments or residencies. Preference will be given to applicants with 1 to 5 years of experience as a faculty member.
Download the application for the 2014-2015 fellowship. Applications are due November 15, 2013.
"I have acquired a sense of belonging like I haven’t felt since grad school. I have come away with the satisfaction of a “genuine human encounter,” as Carl Rogers would say. I was in the midst of people who dared to be themselves and who dared to risk being in relationship in spite of differences. I saw differences arise and felt conflicting feelings. I saw differences resolved and felt hopeful. I found myself in sync with others and that consoled me, knowing there are multiple one-person fellowship treks in progress….Like rest stops, my mentors, peers, and many others will refuel me whenever the journey becomes too difficult or too long." —Barbara Ackerman, PhD, Class of 2014
The Behavioral Science/Family Systems Educator Fellowship includes a structured learning curriculum of core content and formalized mentoring that will enable you to:
"Early on in the fellowship activities, I realized that this fellowship had already begun to help me to change my professional identity. I still thought of myself as clinician, rather than an educator. This realization occurred not just once, but several times over the course of the conference. I realized how little I knew about the educational requirements for our residency and how we were meeting them. When I began to think about evaluating our Behavioral Medicine rotation as a scholarly project, I was asked what our learning objectives were. I could not answer quickly and easily. I had not been thinking in this way. I was beginning to accept my role and responsibilities as a 'Behavioral Science/Family Systems Educator' and as a professor of Family Medicine. In the end, this may be the most important benefit of this fellowship for me."—Ted Siedlecki, PhD, Class of 2014
"When I was approached to be an SGM in the Year 3 BFEF Fellowship, I was honored to be considered. I feel like I have gained so much more than I had anticipated, and I believe so much more than I was able to give. Our small group experience was wonderful. The group developed a cohesive dynamic with fellows fully supporting one another. Their individual challenges at their home sites lent opportunities for all to contribute, to support, and seek potential solutions. The monthly conference calls brought us back out of our daily routines and was renewing.
The fellows and my co-mentor were as inspiring to me as they were to one another. It brought me great satisfaction to see where we have come as a discipline compared to the early 1980's when we were struggling to include family concepts of any type in family medicine residencies. As I am leaving family medicine education to enter a new phase of my career, I am left with an overwhelming sense of optimism that the integration of family and behavior will continue, left in very capable hands. I hope the conversation never ends."—Austin Bailey, MD, Small Group Mentor, Classes of 2013 and 2014
The registration fee for the fellowship is $800.This covers the program fee, plus registration fees for one STFM Annual Spring Conference and the Behavioral Science Forum. Participants pay travel expenses.
Deadline to apply is November 15, 2013. Download the application.
Contact Julie Schirmer, LCSW, fellowship director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Behavioral Science/Family Systems Educator Fellowship is sponsored by STFM, in collaboration with the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine, sponsor of The Forum for Behavioral Science.