Forum for Behavioral Science in Family MedicineForum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine

First held in 1980, The Forum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine has served to stimulate the advancement of behavioral science in family medicine for 36 consecutive years. At the core of The Forum’s success are three objectives: promote professional networking, provide high quality professional development opportunities, and advance the integration of behavioral science in family medicine training.

The Department of Family Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin has sponsored The Forum since 1999, and The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine has recognized and endorsed the conference since 1981.

Target Audience
Physicians, behavioral scientists/coordinators and allied health professionals in family medical education.

The 37th Forum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine

September 21– 24, 2016

Doubletree by Hilton Chicago – Magnificent Mile – Chicago, IL
This year’s theme: Overcoming Healthcare Disparities and Promoting Multi-Cultural Practice

Call for Proposals

Submission Opens: Monday, January 11, 2016

Submission Deadline: Sunday, March 6, 2016

To submit your proposal please visit the 37th Forum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine Call for Proposals site. (Please note that this is a new website and that you will need to create a new account for yourself when submitting your proposal.)

For technical submission questions, email Help@ConferenceAbstracts.com or call (410) 638-9239; Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time. For further information contact Mary Ellen Radjenovich, Conference Coordinator, (414) 955-8189 or meradjen@mcw.edu.

The Forum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine’s program committee will consider proposals relevant to any of the following core content areas:

  • The physician-patient relationship and interpersonal-communication skills
  • Resident development and well-being
  • Family systems and family-oriented care
  • Faculty development for behavioral science educators
  • Psychosocial practice and office-based counseling
  • Collaborative and integrated care models and practices
  • Behavioral Health and Health Behavior Change
  • Community medicine and multi-cultural care
  • Psychiatric disorders and psychopharmacology in primary care
  • Leadership and administrative responsibilities

View Call for Proposals Detailed Information here (PDF)

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  Hotel Information

DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile – Chicago, IL
300 E. Ohio St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 787-6100

A block of rooms is reserved for registrants until August 31, 2016, at a special rate of $199 plus tax, per night. If conference attendance exceeds expectations, rooms in the conference block may be sold out prior to this date. Please make your reservations early.

Online Reservations

Call-in Reservations
You may call the hotel directly from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mon-Fri at (312) 787-6100 to make reservations, or call central reservations, 24 hours, 7 days a week, at 1 (800) 222-8733. Please mention either the group code, or group name below in order to receive our rate.

Group Code: FBS
Group Name:The 37th Forum of Behavioral Science in Family Medicine

  Example of an abstract that meets the recommended guidelines

Primary care providers (PCP’s) are increasingly responsible for providing mental health care, but time constraints make a full, culturally-sensitive psychiatric interview difficult in daily practice. Physicians-in-training require a tool for a rapid, culturally-responsive psychiatric assessment that will quickly identify pertinent symptom clusters and distinguish between major psychological disorders. We will outline the important characteristics of such a tool, present an educational method for assisting residents in the development of their own tool for routine use, and outline the principles involved in incorporating a cultural assessment into the interview process. We will also discuss the ways in which Behavioral Scientists are uniquely equipped to teach residents this competency.

  Example of a session description that meets the guidelines for a lecture discussion

Primary care providers (PCP’s) are increasingly responsible for providing mental health care; over half of patients treated for a mental disorder receive some treatment for it in primary care (Russell, 2010), and the PCP is most commonly the sole provider of treatment (Wang, et al., 2006). However, the time constraints present in most primary care settings make a full psychiatric interview difficult in daily practice. Residents and physicians in practice also tend to struggle with incorporating patients’ unique psychosocial/cultural standpoint into their case conceptualization (Weissman et al., 2005). When these constraints are present, decision making can become hurried and failure to account for individual needs increases (Fiscella & Epstein, 2008). Physicians-in-training require a tool for a rapid, culturally-responsive psychiatric assessment that will quickly identify pertinent symptom clusters and distinguish between major psychological disorders. After introductions and rationale (10 min), presenters from two residency sites will discuss the important characteristics that such a tool should include, and provide some sample items that meet these criteria (10 min). Through role-playing we will demonstrate a process of helping residents identify the proper items for detecting and distinguishing psychological symptoms (10 min). We will also outline the principles involved in incorporating a cultural assessment into the interview process (10 min). Finally, we will discuss the ways in which Behavioral Scientists are uniquely equipped to teach residents this competency, an exercise designed to help with professional advancement and development (10 min). Time will be allowed for questions (10 min). Participants will leave with a framework and sample items for a rapid psychiatric assessment tool, an understanding of how to help residents develop their own personalized, culturally-sensitive tool for daily use, and confidence in their unique qualifications for this task involved in incorporating a cultural assessment into the interview process (10 min). Finally, we will discuss the ways in which Behavioral Scientists are uniquely equipped to teach residents this competency, an exercise designed to help with professional advancement and development (10 min). Time will be allowed

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Contact Us

Dennis J. Butler, PhD, Program Chair, dbutler@mcw.edu

Mary Ellen Radjenovich, Conference Coordinator, (414) 955-8189 or meradjen@mcw.edu

The FORUM is sponsored by The Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Family and Community Medicine in association with The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

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