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Career Development Opportunities Available Year-Round and at 2015 Annual Meeting

Nicole Zarrett, PhD, Education, Training, and Career Development Council chair

The Education, Training, and Career Development (ETCD) Council has been active on a number of fronts to meet the professional development needs of Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) members at all stages of their careers. Below are some details regarding the programs offered to SBM members throughout the year, and a preview of sessions planned for the 2015 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX.

Year-Round Development
SBM offers a year-round, Web-based Expert Consultation Program that is designed to facilitate the exchange of information and resources between SBM members. Prospective consultees can identify expert consultants on the website and can then contact them with specific questions pertaining to scientific topic areas as well as career development issues. Currently, consultants are available from the Spirituality and Health Special Interest Group (SIG), Physical Activity SIG, Cancer SIG, Integrated Primary Care SIG, Obesity and Eating Disorders SIG, and Child and Family Health SIG, and from the ETCD Council.

Resources will expand as we accrue volunteers spanning even more areas of expertise. Whether you are a postdoc looking for advice on negotiating your first job or a full professor delving into a new area of research, your fellow SBM members may be able to provide the knowledge and guidance you need. To access consultants’ contact information, visit www.sbm.org/membership/members/consultation and log in with your SBM member username and password.

Programs Planned for 2015 Annual Meeting
Every year, the ETCD Council organizes sessions for interactions between junior and senior SBM members. These are great opportunities for trainees and junior members of SBM to network with senior members in an informal setting.

The Graduate Research Panel is offered on an annual basis. The panel is a forum in which faculty with experience in mentoring students in research activities, theses, and dissertations provide advice and answer questions on a variety of topics.

The Poster Mentoring Program will continue during the 2015 meeting, and will offer SBM student/trainee members the chance to interact one-on-one with SBM senior members who will provide supportive conversations and guidance. Selected student/trainee members (picked through a random drawing) will be paired with senior members who will attend their poster presentations and talk with them. It is our hope that an engaging conversation will encourage discussion around research topics, presentation tips, career tracks and goals, and anything else that may come up. SBM strives to engender a unique culture of gracious and personal, one-on-one communication in the interest of member development.

For 2015, we are also planning programs focused on social networking techniques, career development, and funding opportunities. Be sure to look for these sessions in your meeting program. By collaborating with SIGs and identifying new areas of need, the council’s members hope that these new initiatives, coupled with longstanding ones, will offer you multiple chances to increase your professional network and identify your place in the future of behavioral medicine.

And, finally, I would like to welcome our newest council members: Zeeshan Butt, PhD, and Jamie Bodenlos, PhD!