the association for the behavioral sciences and medical education was founded in 1975 as a professional society dedicated to strengthening behavioral science teaching in medical schools, and in continuing medical education. absame traces its origins to four invitational conferences sponsored by the national institutes of health in 1969 and 1970.
the group of physicians and behavioral scientists who make up this association were originally assembled through a program initiated and funded by the national institute of child health and human development. dr. richard olmsted (then chairman of pediatrics at the university of oregon) was instrumental in planning and organizing the first conference on behavioral sciences and medical education held in the allenberry inn, boiling springs, pa. approximately 20 physicians and 30 behavioral scientists from various disciplines attended. the need to continue was obvious to all. between may 1969 and november 1970, four conferences were held, three of which were supported by the nichd.
the absame mission statement is focused on:
· to promote the application of social and behavioral science knowledge, skill and perspectives in the education and training of physicians, nurses, and other professionals working in the field of health.
· to improve the impact, and quality of health care through the application of social and behavioral science knowledge, and skills.
· to encourage the improvement of educational and training practices in the preparation of other health professionals and nurses.