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Behavioral Science/Family Systems Educator Fellowship

This competitive, yearlong fellowship is for family medicine faculty who have responsibility for coordinating or teaching the behavioral science/family systems curriculum. Preference is given to applicants with 1 to 5 years of experience as a faculty member.

BFEF includes a structured learning curriculum of core content and formalized mentoring that will enable you to:

  • Better understand the medical culture and learn how to increase the value of integrating behavioral science and family systems core principles into the practice of family medicine
  • Actively participate in a professional development plan that builds upon the fundamentals of behavioral science education.
  • Develop a Professional Learning Contract to include a mentored scholarly project
  • Benefit from a strong mentoring relationship with seasoned behavioral science/family systems educators


Fellows attend two events:

  • STFM Annual Spring Conference: BFEF preconference and conference fundamental skills track
  • The Forum on Behavioral Science in Family Medicine Conference: preconference and conference sessions

In addition to attending these two great conferences, the fellowship experience includes: 

  • A mentoring relationship with two seasoned behavioral science educators
  • Participation in a mentored group of 4 fellows, who will meet at designated times during the conferences and by phone monthly through the remainder of the fellowship year
  • A Professional Learning Contract that will include a mentored scholarly project to be completed and presented at the STFM Annual Spring Conference  
  • An opportunity to have your work highlighted in STFM publications and/or website  
  • Support in the write up of your scholarly project for submission to an STFM publication
  • Being honored at the STFM Annual Spring Conference after completion of your fellowship

"I feel honored to have made many rich connections and established relationships through the BFEF fellowship. I plan to stay involved in the fellowship as an alumnus and I would love to be able to be a mentor at some point in the future. I am also thinking more about publications: finally getting my dissertation manuscripts submitted and accepted, trying to publish a brief report of my BFEF scholarly project, and I’ve been invited to co-author a chapter in the new Medical Family Therapy techniques text. I know that I will continue attending meetings of STFM, CFHA, and similar organizations, and I’m looking forward to discovering more ways to stretch my branches and become connected in the field. I’m so thankful for the roots the BFEF has fostered for me and the strong foundation they have created!"

—Grace Wilson, PhD, Class of 2016


The program fee is $1,260 and covers program materials and expenses plus registration fees for one STFM Annual Spring Conference and the Behavioral Science Forum. Participants pay travel expenses.


Application period opens in September. Applications will be due November 16.

For More Information

Contact Kathryn Fraser, PhD, fellowship director.

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.

Copyright 2016 by Society of Teachers of Family Medicine