MS-1: Behavioral Medicine

January 5, 2022-May 11, 2022
16 sessions

Course Director
Marta Peciña, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry


Course Director
Gina Perez, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry

Course Description

Course Goals:

  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)

Educational Methods

  • Lectures
  • Small group sessions
  • Standardized patient practice
  • Presentations
  • Quizzes
  • Learning Assignments


Evaluation for this course is based on attendance and participation in small-group sessions; completion, submission, and presentation of 2 independent projects; and three quizzes.

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

Faculty Note

Course Director Jason Rosenstock, MD, is a recipient of the Kenneth E. Schuit Master Educator Award, the Sheldon Adler Award for Innovation in Medical Education, and the Excellence in Education Award for Course Director. Diemthuy Bui, MD is also a recipient of the Kenneth E. Schuit Award. Jody Glance, MD received the Clinical Educator of the Year Award. Dr. Rosenstock; Robert Arnold, MD; Antoine Douaihy, MD; Diemthuy Bui, MD; and Giselle Hamad, MD, are members of the UPSOM Academy of Master Educators.  Neeta  Shenai, MD is a recipient of the Early Career Educator Award.