The 40th Forum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine

Chicago, IL US
September 18, 2019 to September 21, 2019

The 40th Forum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine

September 18-21, 2019 (Wednesday through Saturday)

DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago-Magnificent Mile - Chicago, IL

This year's theme is: The Evidence, the Art, the Outcomes

View Programming with room assignments, abstracts and brochure at the bottom of the page under additional information. 

Published articles from The 39th Forum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine in The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine (view at the following link - Only available until September 30, 2019. 

About The Forum
​​​​​​First held in 1980, The Forum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine has served to stimulate the advancement of behavioral science in family medicine for 39 consecutive years. At the core of The Forum’s success are three objectives: promote professional networking, provide high quality professional development opportunities, and advance the integration of behavioral science in family medicine training.

The Department of Family Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin has sponsored The Forum since 1999, and The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine has recognized and endorsed the conference since 1981.

For further information contact:
Julie Rickert, PsyD, Program Chair 
Mary Ellen Radjenovich, Conference Coordinator, 414-955-8189 or email

The Forum is sponsored by The Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Family and Community Medicine in association with The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

Target Audience

Physicians, behavioral scientists/coordinators and allied health professionals in medical education.

Learning Objectives

  • After attending sessions and workshops which describe effective teaching strategies and educational interventions, attendees will be able to plan, provide and/or evaluate effective educational interventions for behavioral science training in graduate medical education settings and for clinical practice for primary care settings
  • By attending clinical practice updates and other sessions focused on common psychiatric and health problems seen in primary care, attendee will be able to apply up to date evidence-based research to support clinical interventions in their clinical settings.
  • After attending sessions focused on research, attendees will be able to identify opportunities to improve the utilization of available research evidence and opportunities to generate good quality, ethical research to support the activities of family physicians and family medicine educators.
Additional information


Mary Ellen Radjenovich
Phone Number: 
+1 (414) 955-8189
Course summary
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
09/18/2019 - 3:30pm CDT
Event ends: 
09/21/2019 - 11:30am CDT
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago - Magnificent Mile
300 E. Ohio Street
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

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A block of rooms is reserved for registrants until August 23, 2019, at a special rate of $209 plus tax, per night. If conference attendance exceeds expectations, rooms in the conference block may be sold out prior to this date. Please make your reservations early.

Call-in Reservations
You may call the hotel directly from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mon-Fri at (312) 787-6100 to make reservations, or call central reservations, 24 hours, 7 days a week, at 1 (800) 222-8733. Please mention either the group code, or group name below in order to receive our rate.

Group Code: FBS
Group Name: The 40th Forum of Behavioral Science in Family Medicine


Planning Committee
Julie Rickert, PsyD, Chair;  Molly Clark, PhD, ABPP; Scott Fields, PhD; Dominique Fons, MD;  John Freedy, MD, PhD;  Aaron Grace, PsyD; Michelle Kane, PsyD; David Nelson, PhD; Allison Seavey, LCSW

Plenary Speakers
Sandra Burge, PhD
Professor Emeritus in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio

Act Scholarly!  Embrace Your Inner Behavioral Scientist
Sandra K. Burge PhD, a graduate of Purdue University, is a social scientist and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Now retired, Dr. Burge was Director of Behavioral Science curricula for the family medicine residency program for 30 years. Her teaching focus was doctor-patient communication skills and health behavior change. Over time, she assumed leadership for residents’ research curriculum as well.  
As a researcher, she examined alcohol misuse and interpersonal violence in patients in primary care settings. She teamed up with David Katerndahl and others to complete several studies using complexity science to document patterns of violent behaviors in couples.
As part of a national effort to build research capacity in Family Medicine, Dr. Burge initiated a practice-based research network of 12 residency programs across Texas. Over 20 years, the Residency Research Network of Texas (RRNeT) completed 20 studies with help from medical students enrolled in a research elective. The network published 20 journal articles, received 18 research honors, and presented more than 80 papers at professional conferences – half of these were student posters. Two RRNeT students are now on the faculty at UT Health San Antonio.
Dr. Burge has provided research mentorship to medical students, family medicine residents, junior faculty, faculty development fellows, and STFM behavioral science fellows. Last fall, she received the Distinguished Mentor Award from NAPCRG – the North America Primary Care Research Group.

Dennis J. Butler, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin
Forty Years: The Changing Psychology of Being a Behavioral Science Educator
Dr. Butler taught behavioral science to family medicine residents from 1980 to 2018.  Dr. Butler earned his doctorate in Psychology at Marquette University and completed a fellowship at the Victor Gollancz Foundation in the Federal Republic of Germany.  He served as Program Chair for The Forum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine for 14 years and was a steering committee member for the STFM Behavioral Science-Family Systems Fellowship.  His research interests include the impact of traumatic health events, resident well-being, educational methods including video-recording in training and the integration of mental health services in health care. He received an Alumni Achievement Award from Marquette University in 2010. 

Colleen Fogarty, MD, MSc
University of Rochester Medical Center
Connecting is Job Number One: Using Kindness, Compassion, and Connection to Help Healers Learn
Dr. Fogarty is a Family Physician who practices full spectrum care for children and adults at Highland Family Medicine in Rochester NY. A community health center "lifer", she enjoys the diversity of the patients and families she sees at the health center and plays an active role in teaching Family Medicine residents training there.
When not seeing patients, Dr. Fogarty works with fellows and residents at the University of Rochester/Highland Hospital Department of Family Medicine, where she serves as the Associate Chair and Medical Director of Highland Family Medicine.
Dr. Fogarty earned her medical degree at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and completed residency in Family Medicine at the University of Rochester. She has additional training in Family Systems from the University of Rochester and a Master of Science in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the Boston University School of Public Health.
Her special clinical interests include working with patients coping with post-trauma symptoms, women's health, and caring for young children.


All persons in control of content have No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

AMA Credit Designation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 22.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Hours of Participation for Allied Health Care Professionals:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 22.00 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

Psychology CE Credit Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Medical College of Wisconsin maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This activity contains content or processes that may be potentially stressful.

Illinois Social Worker Accreditation:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is registered with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation as a Continuing Education Sponsor for social workers (License No. 159-000664).

Family Practice Physicians:
This Live activity, The 40th Forum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine, with a beginning date of 09/18/2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 22.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 



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Physician, Psychologist, Social Worker, Allied Health Care Professional:
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