Department of Medicine

Behavioral and Preventive Medicine

Medical Residents and Subspecialty Fellows

Primary Care Noon Conference

Division faculty provide a series of lectures to General Medicine residents in the Primary Care Noon Conference weekly meetings.  Lectures provided by Division faculty include:

  • Frameworks for Health Behavior Change Counseling
  • Evidence-based Practice in Behavioral Weight Management
  • Cardiovascular and Diabetic Nutrition
  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: For Your Patients and Yourself

Division faculty providing these lectures include: Drs. Jamie Bodenlos, Sherry Pagoto, Milagros Rosal, and Saki Santorelli, and Ms. Barbara Olendzki,


Division faculty serve as advisors and mentors to medical residents and medical subspecialty fellows in the conduct and completion of required research projects.  For example, Dr. Janet Hardy provides core didactic lectures and advises and mentors PGY2 and PGY3 ObGyn residents on their required research project.  With mentor guidance, PGY2 residents present their individual proposals to the faculty in a fall series of seminars, submit IRB applications and budgets for approval, conduct the research, and present their findings during a formal departmental research day at the end of the PGY3 year.  Projects typically involve a primary mentor and an inter-departmental team of investigators.  In addition faculty have mentored residents in the Departments of Medicine and Family Medicine (Dr. Jim Carmody), and fellows in UroGynecology (Dr. Janet Hardy) and Preventive Medicine (Dr. Stephenie Lemon), and Fellows in Medicine (Dr. George Reed). 

Primary Care Ambulatory “Dream Team” Resident Rotations

Residents are invited to take part in primary care ambulatory rotations offered through clinical sub-specialties, known as the “Dream Team”, called such because residents spend time with a variety of specialists who are well known for their expertise in their chosen specialty.  One of these rotations is in cardiovascular outpatient nutrition with Ms. Barbara Olendzki and other nutritionists in the division.

Preventive Medicine Residency Program

Division faculty and staff are involved in the Preventive Medicine Residency Program.  The program, based in the Department of Family and Community Medicine is designed to provide physicians with skills in epidemiology, disease prevention, and health promotion in both clinical and community settings.  Residents have the opportunity to be mentored by faculty members in the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, including Drs. Jim Carmody, Janet Hardy, Jenny Kelsey, and Stephenie Lemon, and Ms. Barbara Olendzki in cancer control, cardiovascular and nutritional epidemiology and in a wide range of approaches to individual and community-based behavior modification.

PreMed Students

Division faculty have been serving as advisors to WPI pre-med students on their major qualifying projects.  An example of a project mentored by division faculty include: “C-Reactive Protein and Traditional Cardiac Risk Factors”, with a resulting abstract published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 2005 and “Dietary Quality and CHD Risk Factors” (Dr. Yunsheng Ma).