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Medical Education

The Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine provides medical education through the following courses and activities:

  • Health Issues in Medicine (Course Director: Dr. Les Beitsch): A year-long course for second year medical school students on the foundations of health care policy and health care services with an emphasis on prevention, public health, and community-based care. It also introduces the students to biostatistics, epidemiology and evidence-based medicine. Additional faculty from Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine serve as course instructors for Health Issues in Medicine.
  • Faculty from The Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine serve as course instructors for the following courses at the College of Medicine:
    • Doctoring 1
    • Doctoring 3
    • Honors Medical Seminar Course
  • The Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program provides training to FSU clinical faculty throughout the state on the clinical practice guidelines and how to intervene effectively with their patients who smoke.
  • Dr. Les Beitsch is a lecturer on community health for Tallahassee Memorial Family Medicine Residency.

The Departmental Behavioral Science Team

Robert Glueckauf, PhD   Rob Glueckauf, PhD
   Leader
   Clinical Psychologist

 

 

 

 

In alphabetical order by last name:


Teaching

 The Department is a leader in the college in the development of service learning. BSSM faculty direct service learning electives, serve as advisors to medical student service organizations and serve as Learning Community (LC) advisors where they mentor service learning projects.

BSSM faculty teach throughout the four year medical education curriculum in the following courses:

  • Doctoring I, II, III
  • Medicine & Behavior I & II
  • Medical Spanish
  • Cross Cultural Medicine

 

   Mary Gerend, PhD 
   Co-Course Director for Medicine and Behavior I and II

 

 

 

 

Medicine & Behavior I

Medicine and Behavior I addresses the psychological and social basis of patient and physician behavior and the influence of these factors on health, illness, and the practice of medicine. The emphasis of the course is on better understanding of the psychological and social context of patients’ lives. Medicine and Behavior I includes basic behavioral science content as it relates to the individual, family, and community. The goal of this course is to have students apply these fundamental behavioral science principles to clinical situations to provide more effective and patient-centered health care. A variety of instructional methods are used to achieve these goals, including large group presentations, small group activities and discussions, videos, and expert panels.

Medicine & Behavior II

Medicine and Behavior II addresses the psychological and social basis of patient and physician behavior and the interrelationship among these factors and health, illness and the practice of medicine. The emphasis of the course is on the application of behavioral principles introduced in Medicine & Behavior I to major health issues (e.g., obesity, substance abuse, infertility and unplanned pregnancy, and unhealthy life styles), chronic illnesses (e.g., diabetes, renal failure, hypertension, dementia), and psychiatric disorders (e.g., anxiety, depression, psychotic disorder). Ethical dilemmas and challenges in treating patients for the conditions listed above are discussed. Topics related to medical informatics and evidenced based medicine are included as appropriate in addressing patient care topics covered in this course. Finally, physician’s behavior is addressed as it pertains to coping with uncertainty, dealing with medical errors, and maintaining one’s own health and wellness. 

 


 

4th year medical student electives offered by faculty in the department include:

Special Topics in Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine

  • Advanced Medical Spanish
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Bioethics on Film
  • Clinical Ethics in Practice
  • Latino Health
  • Literature in Medicine
    • Themes
      • Balancing medical practice and family life
      • Caring for special populations
      • Cross-Cultural themes
      • Domestic violence
      • End of life themes
      • HIV/AIDS
      • Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD)/Psychiatry
      • Professionalism
  • Pediatric Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Research Ethics
  • Research Methods in the History of Medicine
  • Special Topics in Humanities:
    • The Physician As Writer
    • Science Fiction and Medicine
    • Mysteries, Medicine, and the Doctor as Detective
    • The Benefits and Practice of Meditation
    • How Doctors and Patients Can Learn from Pain, Suffering and the Dying Process
  • Topics in the History of Medicine
  • Women's Health

 

Undergraduate Courses Instructor
BMS 4901 Directed Individual Study - Special Topics
Care/Chronic Illness Glueckauf
Pediatric Psychology Driscoll
Medical History Gabriel
Women's Health Gerend
Public Health Bernat
BMS 4XXX
Cross Cultural Healthcare & Health Disparities Driscoll; Brummel-Smith, K
Graduate Courses Instructor
IHS 5905 Directed Individual - Study Special Topics
Caregiving / Chronic Illness Glueckauf
Pediatric Psychology Driscoll
Medical History Gabriel
Public Health Bernat
BMS 5XXX
Cross Cultural Healthcare & Health Disparities Driscoll; Brummel-Smith, K
HIS 6934
Culture Medicine, and Society in America Gabriel
REL5906
Religion and Medicine Gabriel

The Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine  has a commitment to the school's mission to recruit a diverse medical student body. Teaching efforts for the College of Medicine Outreach Programs include lecturing in the Medical Scholar Honors Seminar, participation in the Sumer Institute for high school students, and serving as research mentors for the Bridge to Medicine Masters A program.