Behavioral Scientist Participates in STFM Fellowship

posted Nov 3, 2014, 7:50 AM by Blh Webber   [ updated Nov 3, 2014, 7:52 AM ]
Please find a write up from Behavioral Scientist Marisa Lelia regarding her current STFM Fellowship experience:

    I am currently a Fellow in the 2015 Behavioral Science Family Systems Educator Fellowship (BFEF) through the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. The purpose of the fellowship is to increase my knowledge of behavioral science teaching methods and techniques, as well as learn how to better integrate behavioral science and family systems principles into family medicine practice. I was very interested in this fellowship in order to enhance my skills as an educator to the residents of our program. So far I have had the opportunity to learn from and share ideas with educators from around the country, which has been invaluable. 
    I attended the STFM Annual Spring Conference and the Forum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine, where I learned new ways to teach residents a variety of concepts including family systems, mental health assessments and how to make their own self-care a priority. I am assigned two mentors.  Both are seasoned educators and participate in monthly conference calls with me and three other fellows. With their assistance I have developed a Professional Learning Contract, including a scholarly project on Resident Well-Being. The project will focus on evaluating our “Resident Well-Being Curriculum” from the perspective of the residents and faculty. Our curriculum includes a Resident Well-Being Committee, a monthly support group and individual sessions three times a year with a Behavioral Advisor, amongst other initiatives.