Methodist Behavioral Medicine Curriculum

Behavioral medicine is integrated longitudinally into the resident experience, including:

  • Diagnosing and treating mental illness
  • Honing communication skills and interviewing techniques
  • Developing self-awareness and mutual support among residents and faculty



  • Provides psychotherapy for patients
  • Supervises social work students
  • Coordinates and leads resident video reviews
  • Presents noon conferences
  • Shadows first-year residents in the clinic and hospital
  • Spends time in the preceptor room, helping with psychosocial concerns


  • Residents participate in his practice on their psychiatry rotation
  • Presents noon conferences
  • Available to precept psychiatric care in clinic and arranges for "co-visits"
  • Second- and third-year residents have co-visits with the psychiatrist evaluating continuity patients in clinic

Communication skills

  • Resident-patient interactions are directly observed by faculty and reflected on through video recording
  • Noon didactic presentations cover interviewing techniques, end-of-life issues, adolescent health, and family life cycles
  • Faculty observe history and physical exams on patients admitted to the hospital
  • Reflection groups provide an opportunity to discuss difficult patients

Support and reflection groups

  • First-year residents meet twice monthly with behaviorist and family physicians to discuss stress management and professional formation
  • Residents participate in three reflection meetings per year to address issues of meaning and offer opportunities to discuss difficult patients (facilitated by faculty)
  • Annual retreats provide guidance for the upcoming year
  • Faculty advisors meet quarterly with residents to review academic progress and assess well-being
  • The hospital offers Schwartz Center Rounds, a multidisciplinary forum to discuss social and emotional issues that arise caring for patients