Welcome to the “Education, Training, and Career Development (ETCD) Council corner!” In each issue of Outlook, the ETCD provides SBM members with opportunities and support to enhance their training and career development in behavioral medicine. In this issue, we highlight a new training opportunity for early-career members: the SBM Diversity Institute for Emerging Leaders will equip participants to incorporate principles of diversity and inclusion into the development of strong leadership skills. The leadership development of early-career professionals and the principles of diversity and inclusion are priorities for the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM). Therefore, SBM is launching the first annual Diversity Institute for Emerging Leaders during the 2020 SBM Annual Meeting.
The purpose of the SBM Diversity Institute for Emerging Leaders is to help early-career SBM members develop into effective, thoughtful leaders by fostering leadership skills and a deep understanding of the principles of diversity and inclusion. At the conclusion of the year-long institute, participants will be able to identify their leadership strengths and areas for improvement; recognize their “blind spots” related to diversity and inclusion; respond to challenges related to diversity and inclusion, and use their leadership skills to implement and/or advocate for inclusive practices or policies within their sphere of influence (e.g., lab, department). Throughout the year participants will continually assess their leadership development and deepen their understanding of diversity and inclusion through quarterly learning opportunities and regular small group sessions with peers and mentors who are passionate about health equity in behavioral medicine.
The ETCD council is very proud to have co-developed this Institute with members of the SBM Diversity Leadership Working Group, and the leadership of the Health Equity SIG. Lastly, we would like to thank the leadership of the SBM Mid-career Leadership Institute for guiding the development of this Institute, including Dr. Marian Fitzgibbon, and SBM administrative staff.