Family Medicine Residency Program

Behavioral Science Education

Behavioral Science education at UPMC St. Margaret is interwoven into all three years of our residency curriculum. Our goal is to provide diverse, comprehensive behavioral science learning experiences to advance medical knowledge, inform patient care, develop interpersonal communication skills and encourage collaborative care. 

Major components of our behavioral science experience include:

  • Weekly integrated team (medical/psychiatry) teaching rounds for resident covered inpatient services
  • Dual precepting with family medicine and behavioral science faculty in the out-patient family health centers
  • Integrated behavioral Health services at the family health centers including social work, psychological counseling, pharmacy, psychiatry
  • Weekly Multi-Disciplinary Team meetings at the family health centers to discuss complex and high risk patients
  • Prenatal and post partum family support groups
  • Individualized interview skills training using direct observations, videotape review, patient simulations, and one-on-one precepting experiences
  • Motivational interviewing skills training workshops
  • Behavioral Health elective tailored to the resident’s specific interests
  • Monthly Balint seminars (co-led by medical and behavioral science faculty) for interns and residents
  • Monthly resident support group
  • Monthly integrated behavioral health case conference
  • Comprehensive core behavioral science lectures

Our behavioral science faculty provides a breadth of experience. Patricia McGuire, MD, is the Director of Psychiatric Education.  Dr. McGuire is board certified in general psychiatry as well as child/adolescent psychiatry. Dr. McGuire is the psychiatrist with the Integrated Behavioral Health team at our three family health centers. Andie Karsh, LCSW, is the Director of Out-Patient Behavioral Science. Ms. Karsh is involved in co-precepting in the three Family Health Centers, videotape reviews and perinatal support groups and parent education.