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    2023 AAMC Mental and Behavioral Health Training Awards

    The AAMC is proud to announce the recipients of the inaugural AAMC Mental and Behavioral Health Training Awards.

    The awards recognize the excellence and innovation of current integrated behavioral health care (IBH) programs at AAMC-member teaching hospitals, health systems, and medical schools. The following programs demonstrate excellence and commitment to multidisciplinary training, the expansion of integrated behavioral health, and accessible and equitable care. For more information, please contact mentalhealth@aamc.org.

    Program Summaries

    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center — IBH Training Program in Pediatric Primary Care (CCHMC IBHP)

    The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center IBH program trains multidisciplinary, interprofessional care teams in behavioral health for effective collaboration and coordination. This team includes primary care physicians, medical residents, psychology residents and fellows, IBH psychologists, medical staff (e.g., nurses, medical assistants, nurse care managers, lactation consultants), and other allied health professionals (e.g., social workers, psychiatrists, front desk staff). This program has many innovative training opportunities including a behavioral escalation response team approach to managing behavioral dysregulation and procedural anxiety of children and their caregivers and trauma-informed interactive learning sessions. The training program utilizes adult learning theory to develop behavioral health skills through structured shadowing, modeling, and coaching.

    Georgetown University Medical Center — A Faculty Train-the-Trainer Program in Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care

    A Faculty Train-the-Trainer Program in Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care at the MedStar Health/Georgetown-Washington Hospital Center Family Medicine Residency Program is a well-developed program in IBH team-based training and has successfully engaged in the implementation of IBH care models in residency education since 2016. This program now plans to further develop to achieve a higher level of integration by addressing identified faculty and community preceptor gaps in knowledge, attitudes, and skills in IBH and provide training to effectively engage residents, patients, and staff. This will include a train-the-trainer model for IBH faculty champions and all those teaching and supervising residents in primary care practices.

    Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine Department of Primary Care and Rural Medicine — Integrated Behavioral Health Training Program (IBH TP)

    The Integrated Behavioral Health Training Program (IBH TP) at the Texas A&M Health Family Care Clinic, part of the Texas A&M Family Medicine Residency Program, is an innovative IBH model of care where family medicine and psychiatry resident physicians, medical students, social work master’s-level trainees, and psychology doctoral-level trainees cross-train in IBH to treat patients across the lifespan from a holistic, biopsychosocial perspective. The primary mission of the IBH TP is to prepare family medicine resident physicians to collaborate with behavioral health providers within their primary care clinics, when available, and provide behavioral health services when behavioral health provider services are limited or not available in rural and underserved communities.

    University of California, Davis, School of Medicine — Expanding Behavioral Health Integration Training Across Medical Disciplines and Health Professions Through Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS)

    UC Davis Health has prioritized the evidence-based treatment of mental health conditions as a core mission, and this led to the development of the UCD Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) program. The UC Davis Department of Psychiatry partners closely with the primary care network to integrate behavioral health services across the 14-clinic primary care network at UC Davis Health and the student-run clinics. Within all integrated settings, trainees also learn core skills relevant to integrated behavioral health models of care. This program is one of the few in the country with two combined psychiatry training programs, Internal Medicine and Psychiatry and Family Medicine and Psychiatry. This fosters a unique culture of shared vision across departmental training missions.