Outlook: Newsletter of the Society of Behavorial Medicine

Winter 2019

Career Mentorship at 5G Speed: SBM's Training and Career Development Webinar Series

Jennifer Mandelbaum, MPH; Student SIG Mentorship and Training Coordinator and Amy G. Huebschmann, MD, MS; ETCD Council Chair

Welcome to the “ETCD Council corner” of Outlook! In each issue of Outlook, look to the ETCD Council corner for information related to our mission, which is to provide SBM members with opportunities and support to enhance their training and career development throughout all phases of their careers in behavioral medicine.

In 2018-2019, the Student SIG and ETCD council launched our Training and Career Development webinar series and it has been very well-reviewed and attended by our members. Thus, for the second year in a row, we have developed a series of six career-development webinars in partnership with several special interest groups (SIGs). We could not do this without our participating SIGs, which this year include: Child and Family Health, Physical Activity, Diabetes, Population Health Sciences, Women’s Health, and Health Equity.

The objective of this series is to foster opportunities to discuss and promote effective training, mentorship, and career development for students, postdocs, and early career professionals. We worked with SIGs to design webinars to address topics that our members have identified as high-priority career development areas, such as building collaborations, work-life balance, and navigating promotion and tenure. We asked SIGs to consider targeting members at a specific career stage, and we sought to include an array of topics for a broad range of learners: current graduate students, post-docs, early faculty, and mid-career faculty. Below are the topics and dates. Mark your calendar now, and keep an eye out for upcoming emails regarding registration!

Please note that all webinars are on Thursdays, at 1 p.m. ET/12 p.m. CT/11 a.m. MT/10 a.m. PT. These webinars are part of the ongoing SBM Behavior Change Grand Rounds series—you can view our past webinars as well as the upcoming schedule for other webinars here.

Webinar Date Hosting SIG Topic
11/14/19 Child and Family Health Pilot to RCT
1/16/20 Physical Activity Networking and Building Collaborations
2/13/20 Diabetes Achieving Work-Life Balance
3/12/20 Population Health Sciences Promotion and Tenure
5/14/20 Women's Health TBD
3/21/20 Health Equity TBD

We look forward to the valuable information in these webinars and hope you’ll join us! The ETCD Council plans to continue to collaborate with the Student SIG to offer panel discussions on topics relevant to students at SBM 2020 and in future years. We are excited to partner with the Student SIG to host a number of panels and roundtables at the 2020 Annual Meeting on topics including career paths in industry and academia, grant writing, and mentoring. We encourage students and early career professionals to learn more about these sessions here.

We welcome input from students and other early-career members regarding the types of topics we should address. Please e-mail Andrew Schmidt at aschmidt@sbm.org if you have a suggestion for us.