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The 35th Forum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine

September 18 - 21, 2014

Doubletree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile - Chicago, IL


This year's themes are:

Preparing Trainees to Care for Patients with Psychiatric Disorders
Promoting the Professional Advancement of Behavioral Science Educators


Registration is open. Please click here or

Be sure and use the appropriate coupon code at check-out if you register by August 22, 2014.
(For the entire conference - *$35 discount use coupon code FORUM14 at check-out. * Residents, Fellows, Graduate and Medical Students may receive a $40 discount. Use coupon code FORUM40 at check-out. For daily registration – $20 discount use coupon code FORUM20 at check-out.)


BROCHURE - Program Schedule (click here to view in pdf)

Abstracts - (click here to view in pdf)


Click here for Top Ten Strategies for Becoming a Stress-Resilient Behavioral Science Educator,
by Barbara Ackerman, PhD


Click here for Drs. Olson and Triana's rubric for Behavioral Science competencies and the FM Milestones. The PDF includes information on how the rubric is used for coaching residents and how the skills and abilities are rated.




Plenary Presenters

Benjamin Miller, PsyD
University of Colorado
Be Heard! Leveraging Technology & Social Media to Advance a Cause & Career!
Dr. Miller's plenary address is sponsored by The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
Friday, September 19, 2014

Dr. Miller is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine where he is the Director of the Office of Integrated Healthcare Research and Policy. He received his doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. He completed his predoctoral internship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where he trained in primary care psychology. In addition, Miller worked as a postdoctoral fellow in primary care psychology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.
He is the co-creator of the National Research Network’s Collaborative Care Research Network, and has written and published on enhancing the evidentiary support for integrated care models, increasing the training and education of mental health providers in primary care, and the need to address specific healthcare policy and payment barriers for successful integration. He is the section editor for Health and Policy for Families, Systems and Health and reviews for several academic journals. Dr. Miller is a technical expert panelist on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Innovations Exchange and on the International Advisory Board of the British Journal of General Practice. Miller is the past President of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, a national not-for-profit organization pushing for patient-centered integrated healthcare.

Elizabeth Anderson, BCC, CPS
Calgary Canada
Resiliency is Not an Accident-Caring for the Whole Person with Mental Illness
Saturday, September 20, 2014

Delivering the message of hope that people can recover from mental illness is Elizabeth Anderson’s life work. Since 1995 she has impacted more than 1000 audiences with the story of her journey from illness to recovery to victory.
After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Culture from the University of Calgary in 2010 (post-diagnosis) she decided to follow her dream of being an author. She self-published her book, Being Mentally Healthy (in spite of a mental illness) and continues to be booked as a speaker. In 2012, she launched The Being Mentally Healthy Company and Elizabeth is the 2013 recipient of the “True Grit Award” LT. Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addictions.
Elizabeth, an example of someone living with a diagnosis, is resilient. She knows that being mentally healthy in spite of a mental illness is a journey, a journey she is eager to share with those searching for a new paradigm for mental illness.

Jeffrey Sternlieb, PhD
Lehigh Valley Health Network
Teaching Behavioral Sciences: Working at the Intersection of our Personal and Professional Lives
Sunday, September 21, 2014

Dr. Sternlieb is a licensed psychologist who has taught psychology at the college level, has had a clinical psychology practice, and for the last 12 years, he has combined his own organizational psychology consultation business with a faculty position at the Lehigh Valley Family Practice Residency program in Allentown, PA.  He received his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and doctorate in developmental psychology from The Catholic University of America.  He completed a child clinical internship at the Pittsburgh Child Guidance Center and had additional training in family therapy at the Ackerman Institute in New York City.  Dr. Sternlieb is a past president of the American Balint Society, a member of STFM, APA and PPA and is a member and chair of PPA’s Colleague Assistance Committee and member of the Committee on Multiculturalism.  He has written about psychologist and physician self awareness and self care.  He is also a frequent presenter at the Behavior Sciences Forum as well as participating as a BFEF mentor and faculty. Dr. Sternlieb is active locally, nationally and internationally in teaching and training colleagues in Balint and other reflective processes.  In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoys playing racquetball, as well as perennial, herb, and vegetable gardening, and travel to National Parks, world wide.

About the Forum
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 34 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.

Our themes for 2014: Preparing Trainees to Care for Patients with Psychiatric Disorders & Promoting the Professional Advancement fo Behavioral Science Educators

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

The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 21.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 21.25 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

The Medical College of Wisconsin is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Medical College of Wisconsin maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This activity contains content or processes that may be potentially stressful.

The Medical College of Wisconsin is registered with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation as a Continuing Education Sponsor for social workers (License No. 159-000664).

This Live activity, The 35th Forum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine, with a beginning date of 09/18/2014, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to  21.25 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Hotel Information
DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile
300 East Ohio Street
Chicago IL  60611

Reservations: Toll Free (800)222-8733 and mention you are with "The 35th Forum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine" or group code FBS.    

On Line Reservations:

A block of rooms is reserved for registrants until August 26, 2014 at a special rate of $199 plus tax, per night. NOTE: If conference attendance exceeds expectations, rooms in the conference block may be sold out prior to this date. To receive the special rate reference "The Forum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine" when making your reservations.

2013 Impact Award
Congratulations to the 2013 winners:
Jennifer Ayres, PhD and Joe Grasso, MA - "Teaching Doctor-Patient Communication: A Practical and (fun) Approach"
Jill Schneiderhan, MD and Martha Rumschlag, MD - "It's as Easy as 1-2-3. Teaching a New Approach for Patients with Chronic Pain"


For further information Contact: 
Dennis J. Butler, PhD, Program Chair 
Mary Ellen Radjenovich, Conference Coordinator, 414-955-8189 or email

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.

The FORUM encourages its attendees to visit the websites of:

The Billboard of Continuing Education Opportunities

Association for the Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education - ABSAME 

Collaborative Family Healthcare Association - CFHA 

Society of Teachers in Family Medicine - STFM

American Academy on Communication in Healthcare - AACH

The American Balint Society
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