Lecture Discussion 307
Lindsay Fazio, PhD, Limor Gildenblatt, PhD, LCSW, Adrienne Williams, PhD, Mary Talen, PhD
A career in academic family medicine for non-physicians can be both rewarding and strenuous. Behavioral Science faculty are often the sole non-physician professional in a sea of medical colleagues. Faculty may struggle with feeling isolated and marginalized; consequently, this position presents unique professional development challenges and stressors. In an age of professional burnout and focus on well-being, meaning and a sense of community are two key factors which contribute to professional satisfaction and increased well-being. The Chicago Behavioral Science Consortium was developed to help improve professional satisfaction and well-being through building relationships across family medicine residencies in a geographic region. This unique consortium has implemented strategies to create connections, communication and a sense of community with fellow behavioral science colleagues over the past 10 years. This presentation will explain how a group of behavioral science faculty have been able to establish, structure and maintain connections in this consortium that includes faculty from 8 different residencies. Attendees will also gain tools and structure to build their professional communities locally, regionally, and nationally.