Knowledge and skills in behavioral medicine are important to all
physicians, regardless of specialty. Our residency program places
emphasis on the behavioral and psychosocial aspects of medical
care. Understanding the life context of a patient's illness is
critical to providing long-term care and to delivering results.
Helping patients recognize why they feel the way they do is a
keystone to building physician-patient rapport and providing
Residents participate in a behavioral medicine clinic precepted
by a clinical psychologist. This clinical experience focuses on
the constructs of patient behavior-why they do what they do.
Topics in psychiatric disorders and treatment also are covered.
Teaching sessions on the related issues of interviewing skills
and the physician-patient relationship are part of the
Behavioral medicine extends beyond the patient, and teaches
physicians to understand the reasons for their own behavior and
feelings. To facilitate this process, our Director of Behavioral
Science conducts separate support groups for interns and