Other Activities

14th International Congress of Behavioural Medicine - Melbourne, Victoria

Congress Workshop: Education and Training in Behavioral Medicine - International Perspectives.

Congress Meeting: ISBM Education and Training Committee Meeting.

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Education and Training-related  activities in the 12th ICBM
August 29th - September 1st 2012, Budapest, Hungary.

Please download here the First Announcement on Early Career Awards on ICBM in Budapest.

Please download here Minutes of the Education and Training Committee Round Table at ICBM 2012 in Budapest on August 31st.


Symposium Spanish-Portugues (Madrid, July 2007)

Targu Mures, Romania, 14-16 October 2005 
REPORT on the Education and Training Workshop at the First Symposium of the Central Eastern European Behavioural Medicine Network (CEEBM-NET). 
The workshop was chaired by Adrienne Stauder (ISBM E&T Committee co-chair, vice-president of the Selye Hungarian Society on Behavioural Medicine) with the precious contribution during planning and preparation of Arja R. Aro (Finland, ISBM E&T Committee Chair), Marc Gellman, Justin Nash, Brian Oldenburg and Edwin Fisher.
The most important issues and conclusions of the workshop were presented to all participants of the Symposium next day, during the plenary session. 
The main topic of the workshop was curriculum development in behavioural sciences. In an introductory presentation we overviewed ISBM constitution and activities,  summarized some important international recommendations (WHO, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies) and proposed a structure for the discussion based on the ISBM E&T survey 2004, with focus on competencies, target groups, curricular content, teaching techniques and assessment methodologies in behavioural medicine.
The 12 participants represented 8 institutions from 4 countries, among them head of department, senior and junior teachers and also undergraduate students. This variety of the background stimulated a very active discussion starting at the definition of the field and the competencies: should a behaviour scientist be the expert of many sciences or the coordinator of interdisciplinary cooperation?

Concerning the curriculum, at several universities of the region courses called BM have been only recently included, or will be included in the close future, in the program, although some topics that make part of the field were part of it. There is little knowledge in one Institute about another’s program even within countries, more communication and cooperation is needed between Institutions and individual professionals.
Concerning teaching techniques and assessment methods, international guidelines would be highly appreciated. The need expressed by the students was to learn practical skills rather than theories. The teachers were concerned, how the knowledge acquired in the first years of study can be maintained until the year of the diploma. Exchange of educational tools, and  teachers / students was planned.

Send your questions or comments to Adrienne Stauder MD, PhD
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Mexico City, Mexico, 13-16 June 2005  
ISBM Education and Training Committee arranged a workshop in Mexico City in the context of Latin American/Caribbean conference on Behavioral Medicine. Representatives of Mexican and Cuban Societies, in addition to US and European representatives, presented their respective curriculum in behavioural medicine, and described the current challenges in development and collaboration. This kind of getting-together is important both for local participants and international ones.
1st. Latin-American and Caribbean Regional Meeting on Behavioral Medicine


E&T Round Table at ICBM Helsinki 31 August 2002

  • Formation of a Special Interest Group and Task force for Education and Training

ICBM Budapest Satellite Meeting August 29-31, 2004 , Budapest , Hungary

  • Workshop on "Education and training in behavioural medicine" chaired by Arja R. Aro (ISBM) and Justin Nash (SBM)
  • Teching seminars: 1) "Using epidemiology and prevention concepts to design, implement and evaluate programs to prevent disease and promote health". (Brian Oldenburg) 2) "How to write and publish a scientific paper." (Povl Munk-Jorgensen)
  • Training for trainers: the "Williams Life Skills Program". (5-day CME course by Virginia Williams)


Cooperation with the Central Eastern European Behavioural Medicine Network.

The aim of the CEEBM-NET is to support international research cooperation, to adapt behavioural interventions to specific regional needs and to organise regional meetings to promote information exchange (


ICBM Mainz 25-28 August 2004

  • Workshop on adherence in collaboration with WHO
  • Lunch seminar / special interest group meeting


International survey on behavioural medicine education and training 2003/2004

  • The survey included questions on the recent education and training in the country/region/society, curricula and degrees available, material developed, needs for education and training, as well as contact persons and addresses.