University of Pittsburgh
Patient, Physician & Society

Behavioral Medicine

January 4, 2012 – May 9, 2012
19 sessions

Jason B. Rosenstock, MDCourse Director
Jason B. Rosenstock, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry

Course Description

The goals of the course are:

  1. to understand how behavior can affect one’s own health and can affect one’s ability to be an effective, caring physician.
  2. to understand the pervasive role of human behavior in the etiology of disease.
  3. to gain an appreciation of the importance of motivational skills and approaches in the counseling and treatment of patients.
  4. to understand how challenging it is to alter entrenched behaviors, even if there is a clear connection to improved health (for both patients and physicians)

The 20 faculty are from 7 departments: Anesthesiology; Cell Biology and Physiology; Emergency Medicine; Family Medicine (Department Chair); Gynecology, Obstetrics and Reproductive Sciences; Medicine; and Psychiatry.

Educational Methods


Lectures Team-based learning session        
Small-group sessions Presentations Independent projects    



Evaluation for this course is based on attendance and participation in small-group sessions; completion, submission, and presentation of 2 independent projects; and an open book, final examination.

Grading: This course comprises 100% of the Patient, Physician and Society Block, Section 2. Grading for the block section is Honors, Satisfactory, Unsatisfactory.

Faculty Note

Course Director Jason Rosenstock, MD, is a recipient of Kenneth E. Schuit Master Educator Award and the Sheldon Adler Award for Innovation in Medical Education. Robert Arnold, MD, is a recipient of the William I. Cohen Award for Excellence in Clinical Skills Instruction and the Provost’s Innovation in Education Award. Antoine Douaihy, MD, is a recipient of the Clerkship Preceptor of the Year Award. Daniel Edelstone, MD, is a recipient of the Kenneth E. Schuit Master Educator Award.  Andrea Fox, MD, is a recipient of multiple Excellence in Education Awards for Mentor. William McIvor, MD, is a recipient of the Clerkship Preceptor of the Year Award and the Golden Apple Award. Gary Tabas, MD, is a recipient multiple times of The Provost’s Innovation in Education Award. In addition, Dr. Rosenstock, Dr. Arnold, Dr. Douaihy, Dr. Edelstone, Dr. Fox, Dr. McIvor, and Dr. Tabas are members of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Academy of Master Educators.