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Physician

Physician members shall be doctors of medicine or osteopathy and hold a valid license in a relevant field as may be required by law. Physician members shall be eligible to vote, be directors and may hold office.  Annual dues for Physician Members are to be set by the Board of Directors.

Physician members practicing in countries other than the United States and Canada must be certified by the medical specialty board or other certifying agency recognized in their country.  International Physician members shall vote but shall not be eligible to be directors, officers or hold office. 

Those whose physician level training occurred in a country other than the United States or Canada, and whose equivalency in educational requirements cannot be adequately verified, are not eligible to be Physician members.  

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Doctoral

Doctoral members shall hold clinical or academic doctoral degrees and be engaged in the practice, teaching and/or research relevant to lifestyle medicine. Doctorates may include PhD, PharmD, PsychD, DC, ND, DNP, DPT, or other clinically appropriate doctorates approved on a case-by-case basis by the Board of Directors.  Doctoral members shall hold a valid clinical license in a relevant field as required by law. The degree must be from an institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the Association of Accrediting Agencies of Canada.   Those with Doctoral Membership shall be eligible to vote and be Directors but not hold office.  Annual dues for Doctoral Members are to be set by the Board of Directors.

Doctoral members employed in countries other than the United States and Canada must be certified by the appropriate certifying agency recognized in their country.  International Doctoral members shall not be eligible to vote, be directors or hold office.

Those whose doctoral level training occurred in a country other than the United States or Canada, and whose equivalency in educational requirements cannot be adequately verified, are not eligible to be Doctoral members.

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Healthcare Executive

Healthcare Executive members shall hold a masters level degree or higher in Administration (such as MBA, MHA) and have a minimum of five (5) years’ experience in an executive level position (VP or above) in a healthcare system, independent hospital, or other healthcare-related organization, which may include healthcare benefits consultancy or health plan.

Healthcare Executive members are expected to be individuals who understand the efficacy of lifestyle when used as a therapeutic intervention to prevent and treat disease and are committed to advancing its cause in the healthcare industry and society in general. Healthcare Executive Members shall be eligible to vote.  Healthcare Executive members may be elected as members of the Board of Directors, although ineligible to hold office. 

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Professional Team Member

Non-physician team members shall be those who are part of, or are interested in becoming part of, the Lifestyle Medicine practice team.  They may be certified healthcare professionals who have completed an accredited healthcare training program leading to a nationally recognized healthcare bachelors, associate, or masters, or non-clinical doctorates in the United States or Canada, and hold a valid clinical license in their lifestyle medicine relevant field where required by law. The degree must be from an institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the Association of Accrediting Agencies of Canada. 

Professional Team Members include, but are not limited to: registered dietitians, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, kinesiotherapists, behavioral psychologists, occupational therapists, ethicists, etc. Professional Team Members shall vote and serve on committees (as assigned) but may not be eligible to be directors or hold office.

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Affiliate

Affiliate Members include Medical Assistants, patient advocates, life coaches, health educators, public relations, marketing, and other interested parties who would like to be part of the Lifestyle Medicine Movement.  Affiliate members may neither vote nor hold office.  Affiliate members are to be encouraged to support the business of the ACLM and may be involved in planning and implementation of official business (Committees and other) as assigned by the President, Executive Committee, and/or Board of Directors. 

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Retired

Retired members shall no longer be engaged in gainful professional employment and do not qualify for any other classification of membership. Retired members shall pay reduced dues but shall not vote and are not eligible to hold office.  Physician or Doctoral retired members may serve on the Board of Directors.

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Student / Trainee

Members in training shall be in a post-secondary training program (minimum 1/2 FTE) leading to a nationally recognized healthcare degree from an educational institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the Association of Accrediting Agencies of Canada., with an interest in Lifestyle Medicine, and who do not qualify for any other classification of membership. Training members shall pay reduced dues but shall not vote and are not eligible to hold office as an Officer of Director but are eligible to vote and hold office within ACLM’s Professionals in Training Executive Board. Training membership may be offered jointly with other organizations.  One duly elected Training level member shall have a seat on the Board of Directors.

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AMERICAN COLLEGE OF LIFESTYLE MEDICINE

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) is the world's flagship professional medical association for physicians, clinicians and allied health professionals, as well as those in professions devoted to advancing the mission of lifestyle medicine.

       

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