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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.

The Behavioral Science/Family Systems Educator Fellowship uses a structured learning curriculum of core content and formalized mentoring. The fellowship will help you:

  • Better understand the medical culture
  • Build a personalized professional development plan
  • Integrate behavioral science and family systems core principles into the practice of family medicine
  • Plan, create, and present a scholarly project at a national conference
  • Grow professionally through strong mentoring relationships with seasoned behavioral science/family systems educators and physicians


Fellows attend three events:

  • 2019 and 2020 STFM Annual Spring Conference
  • 2019 Forum on Behavioral Science in Family Medicine Conference

In addition to attending these 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 second STFM Annual Spring Conference
  • An opportunity to have your work highlighted in STFM publications and/or website
  • Being honored at a formal fellowship graduation ceremony at the second STFM Annual Spring Conference



"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 $1,620 and covers program materials and expenses, fellowship reception and registration fees for one STFM Annual Spring Conference and the Forum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine. Participants pay travel expenses.


Application deadline is November 7, 2018. Email your materials to  Melissa Abuel at Download the application (Word).

Note: Applicants must be current STFM members. If you're not a member and you're interested in the fellowship, you can join STFM online.



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