Physicians’ ability to provide true value-based care will be greatly strengthened by this new curriculum for residents.
ST. LOUIS (PRWEB) February 19, 2020
The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) has announced the availability of and application deadline for its new Lifestyle Medicine Residency Curriculum (LMRC). The curriculum is the first comprehensive, applicable and flexible Lifestyle Medicine curriculum designed for integrated implementation into medical residency programs. Driven by resident involvement, the curriculum has included residents in every aspect of its creation and has been tested in eight residency sites and 11 total programs since 2018. The curriculum is designed to be deliverable by residents to their peers, who then become a local resource for Lifestyle Medicine information.
Deadline for application to the program is March 15. To apply, go to http://bit.ly/38Giv4z.
Lifestyle Medicine treats, often reverses and prevents the chronic disease that represents 80 percent of health care costs today through the combined use of evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic approaches, such as a predominantly whole food, plant-based diet, regular physical activity, adequate sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances and positive social connection. ACLM works to fill the gaping void in medical education for Lifestyle Medicine training on these key topics, with a variety of curricula designed for pre-professional and graduate education to residency curriculum and continuing medical education for physicians and other health professionals already in practice.
The LMRC educational component includes 40 hours of in-person didactic material along with 60 hours of asynchronous application activities designed to be completed over a two-year time period. The practicum component enables residents to clearly demonstrate ongoing exposure to and use of the principles of Lifestyle Medicine in the clinical setting with patients. Upon completion of both the educational and practicum components of the curriculum, residents will be qualified to sit for the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine certification exam.
LMRC Executive Director Brenda Rea, MD, DrPH, PT, RD, DipABLM, says the new curriculum completes the ACLM continuum for Lifestyle Medicine training across the medical education spectrum and will play a critical role for future practicing physicians.
“Residency is where a new physician really puts his or her education to work, so this is vital to providing evidence-based Lifestyle Medicine on the ground, in action for patients," Rea said. "This program will help ACLM and all of us in Lifestyle Medicine make healthful living a reality for patients by treating the root cause of so many chronic diseases.”
“Lifestyle Medicine treats and reverses chronic disease, and really holds the key to the transformation of our health care system,” said ACLM President Dexter Shurney. “Physicians’ ability to provide true value-based care—improving health outcomes and lowering costs—will be greatly strengthened by this new curriculum for residents.”
Residency sites and programs that are implementing the curriculum include: Baylor Scott & White Internal Medicine Residency in Temple, TX; Providence Family Medicine Residency in Spokane, WA; St Luke's University Health Network - Anderson Campus Family Medicine Residency and Internal Medicine Residency in Easton, PA; University of California San Diego Preventive Medicine Residency in San Diego, CA; University of Mississippi Preventive Medicine Residency in Jackson, MS; Florida State University College of Medicine Family Medicine Residency at Lee Health in Fort Myers, FL; Loma Linda University Family Medicine Residency and Preventive Medicine Residency in Loma Linda, CA; and Prisma Health-Upstate/University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville Family Medicine Residency and Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship in Greenville, SC.
For more information, contact: LMRC@lifestylemedicine.org.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF LIFESTYLE MEDICINE: ACLM is the medical professional association for those dedicated to the advancement and clinical practice of Lifestyle Medicine as the foundation of a transformed and sustainable health care system. Lifestyle Medicine involves the use of the use of a whole food, plant-predominant dietary lifestyle, regular physical activity, restorative sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances and positive social connection as a primary therapeutic modality to prevent, treat, and, oftentimes, reverse the lifestyle-related, chronic disease that's all too prevalent. ACLM addresses the need for quality education and certification, supporting its members in their individual practices and in their collective desire to domestically and globally promote Lifestyle Medicine as the first treatment option, as opposed to a first option of treating symptoms and consequences with expensive, ever-increasing quantities of pills and procedures. Join today at http://www.LifestyleMedicine.org.