Behavioral Medicine Fellowship

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Organization Type: 
Educational Institution
Program Type: 
Standing Program
Education Level: 
Postgraduate (e.g., residency, fellowship)
Technical certificate programs or certificate training programs
Educational Elements: 
Experiential not including services to patients
Experiential including clinical contact with patients
Program Description: 

This two-year Behavioral Medicine Fellowship involves a cohort of two fellows who spend time at the University of Minnesota Physicians' Bethesda Clinic in St. Paul and the University of Minnesota Physicians' Smiley's Clinic in Minneapolis. Fellows treat a variety of mental health and psychosocial problems under supervision, provide training in behavioral medicine for resident physicians through precepting, participate in video review/shadowing, co-therapy, consultation, and lecture, and engage in at least one scholarly project.

Upon completion of this program, fellows are able to:

  • Provide evidence-based psychological services in a primary care setting.
  • Competently develop curriculum and provide medical education to medical students and residents, as well as train healthcare professions on behavioral medicine concepts.
  • Effectively collaborate with primary care physicians and other healthcare professionals.
  • Develop new programming and services appropriate for the primary care setting.
  • Create scholarly projects that help answer important clinical, educational, or programmatic questions that come up during the day-to-day practice in a busy family medicine residency program.

Fellows are evaluated at 6, 12, 18, and 24 months, which provides them the opportunity to give and receive feedback regarding their experiences from the fellowship.  Required qualifications include completion of a PhD or PsyD in psychology, eligibility for licensure in the state of Minnesota, and interest/experience with client therapy. Preferred qualifications include a background in behavioral medicine, health psychology, and integrated care.

Targeted Professions
Clinical Health
Self-Reported Competencies
PCPCC’s Education and Training Task Force identified 16 interprofessional training competencies critical for preparing health professionals for practicing in team-based, coordinated care models such as patient-centered medical homes. Listed below are the self-reported competencies that this program has achieved, which have been organized by the five core features of a medical home as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Patient-Centered Care Competencies: 
Cultural sensitivity and competence in culturally appropriate practice
Development of effective, caring relationships with patients
Patient-centered care planning, including collaborative decision-making and patient self-management
Comprehensive Care Competencies: 
Population-based approaches to health care delivery
Coordinated Care Competencies: 
Interprofessionalism & interdisciplinary team collaboration
Quality Care & Safety Competencies: 
Evidence-based practice
Last updated July 21, 2014

* Please note: Information contained in this database is self-reported by representatives from each program. It does not represent an exhaustive list of education and training programs and inclusion does not constitute an endorsement from the PCPCC.


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