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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FAQs

Click on each topic below to open a list of curated questions on each topic. Let us know if you still require assistance.

Culinary Medicine FAQ

What is Culinary Medicine and why is it important?

Culinary medicine (CM) is an evidence-based field that brings together nutrition and culinary knowledge and skills to assist patients in maintaining health and preventing and treating food-related disease by choosing high-quality, healthy food in conjunction with appropriate medical care. Diet has been identified as the single most important risk factor for morbidity and mortality in the United States, yet most health care providers spend relatively few hours learning about nutrition during their training. The nutrition education that is offered is often primarily didactic and focused on the biochemistry of nutrients and health consequences of deficiency states. This content is of limited use in a clinical setting where the majority of the population faces overnutrition due to high intake of ultra-processed, calorie-dense foods. CM fills this educational gap by focusing on practical dietary behavior changes, food knowledge, and cooking skills needed to move toward a healthier diet. Considering potential limitations related to time availability, financial resources, and cultural food traditions is an important part of any successful CM program. CM can be thought of as the applied, laboratory portion of a nutrition curriculum for students and trainees. Such training can be provided as part of the 4-year medical school curriculum, incorporated later as continuing medical education, or included in training programs for those in health professional fields.

What is a whole food, plant-based diet?

The curriculum highlights a predominantly whole food, plant-based (WFPB) diet, as recommended by ACLM. The WFPB diet is a dietary pattern centered on whole, plant foods including vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. While a number of dietary patterns have been associated with prevention and treatment of common chronic diseases, the WFPB diet is the only diet shown to reverse coronary artery disease – a leading cause of heart disease that iis responsible for one in every four deaths for those over age 35. Media reports on nutrition research tend to foster confusion about what makes up a healthy diet by focusing on nuances. However, the vast majority of nutrition scientists and public health experts agree on the health benefits of diets rich in whole, plant foods and low in processed foods. Journalist Michael Pollan put it more simply: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Patients encountered in clinical practice will be in different places with regard to level of interest, motivation, and ability to change dietary behaviors. Therefore, the curriculum consists of a predominantly WFPB approach, along with a variety of tools, tips, and techniques that can help patients successfully move along a continuum of increasingly whole, plant foods in their diets.

How can this curriculum be used?

This curriculum was designed to provide detailed guidance on how to organize and execute a flipped classroom CM course for medical and/or health professional students. A flipped classroom model is one in which much of the didactic content and reading materials are viewed online or read ahead of class in order to allow class time to be spent doing interactive activities – in this case, hands-on cooking and interactive dinner discussions. Most sessions recommend 10-30 minutes of video content, plus recipes and other handouts to be watched/read/reviewed prior to each session. The curriculum is intended to provide an open-source template for instructors seeking to start CM courses at their institution. This curriculum was adapted for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine from the successful Teaching Kitchen Elective Course for Medical Students at Stanford University School of Medicine, which was held multiple times as a quarter-long elective course. For patient, public, or undergraduate education, simply omit portions of the curriculum aiming to teach health care providers to assist patients in making dietary changes.

Who might use this curriculum to teach a Culinary Medicine course?

The curriculum was designed to be taught by a professional (or professionals) trained in culinary arts (or very comfortable in the kitchen), nutrition, and the health professional background of the students taking the course.* This can be one person with training in all areas or more than one person. In addition to a primary instructor, it is highly recommended to supplement the primary instructor with practicing physician faculty volunteers (or applicable allied health care professionals) representing different clinical backgrounds. This is particularly useful if holding the CM course for trainees as they may intend to go into different fields and may benefit from learning how course content is applicable to a variety of disciplines.

*Note: if using for patient care, then ideally the instructor would include a member or members of the patient care team with experience in cooking, nutrition, and the medical specialty of the clinic in which the patients are attending.

What do I need to consider before getting started?

Size of the course, available space and resources, access to a teaching kitchen space (pop-up, mixed-use, or permanent), safety measures, shopping, setup and cleanup time, budget and waivers are key course considerations. Please refer to page 37 of the Culinary Medicine Curriculum for a list of course logistics to consider.

Can I share this material?

This course material is to be utilized by individuals, institutions and organizations to educate groups and classes of students about the foundations of Culinary Medicine. Downloaded content is not allowed to be distributed or shared with those who have not been granted explicit access to the material. If using individual pages rather than the curriculum as a whole, please include the following:

Copyright © 2019 Michelle Hauser, MD, MS, MPA, FACLM, Chef. All rights reserved.

Published and distributed by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (lifestylemedicine.org). All rights reserved.

Author and/or Publisher will, however, grant a complimentary license to copy, use, perform and display this publication and its contents and to create and distribute derivative works for any reasonable, non-commercial purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship and ownership. Direct permission requests to the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, addressed “Attention: Director of Education,” at the following address:

P.O. Box 6432

Chesterfield, MO 63006
education@lifestylemedicine.org

Lifestyle Medicine 101 FAQ

Who can gain access to this curriculum?

Faculty at academic institutions are able to apply for a grant to pilot the LM 101 curriculum, allowing them to access customizable PowerPoints of all modules. Any person with a healthcare background who is interested in teaching an introductory Lifestyle Medicine Course, educating patients, or giving community lectures should consider becoming a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. All ACLM members can gain access to the curriculum in PDF format. This could include physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, health educators, behavioral health specialists, therapists, registered dietitian nutritionists, dietitian technicians, health and wellness coaches, social workers, EMT responders, psychologists, chiropractors, pharmacists, dentists, public health professionals, preventive medicine providers, patient/health navigation, corporate wellness professionals, Lifestyle Medicine champions or others.

How can I customize this material?

Anyone utilizing these slide decks must acknowledge any slides or content that they have added as it may represent the viewpoint of the presenter and not the viewpoint of ACLM. It is required that additional non-ACLM slides be labeled as such. Any faculty who has been granted access to customizable PowerPoints can utilize individual slides and incorporate them into existing lectures or new lectures as long as they maintain the integrity of the slide and logo exactly as originally created.

Who would benefit from this material?

This material is suitable to be taught in a variety of audiences including academic institutions, the general community, companies, healthcare organizations and workplaces. Therefore, audiences may include college students (associate/bachelor/masters/introductory-level doctoral), community members, healthcare team members, employees and many others.

Where can I purchase The Lifestyle Medicine Handbook: An Introduction to the Power of Healthy Habits that goes with this curriculum?

   Available for purchase at Healthy Learning

Can I share this material?

This course material is to be utilized by individuals, institutions and organizations to educate groups and classes of students about the foundations of lifestyle medicine. Downloaded content is not allowed to be distributed or shared with those who have not been granted explicit access to the material.

Residency Curriculum FAQ

What is Lifestyle Medicine?

Lifestyle Medicine is 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 for treatment and reversal of chronic disease. It is the fastest growing field of medicine globally and holds the promise for true health reform as it addresses the root-cause of chronic illness. Certification is now available through ACLM’s partner, The American Board of Lifestyle Medicine (ABLM).

Learn more about lifestyle medicine via our FREE webinars titled: “The Power of Lifestyle Medicine to Treat Chronic Disease” by ACLM President (2020-2022) Cate Collings, FACC, MD, MS, DipABLM and “What is Lifestyle Medicine?” by ACLM Past President (2018-2020), Dexter Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH, DipABLM, FACLM.

Where does Lifestyle Medicine reside within the field of medicine?

The AAMC featured Lifestyle Medicine as one of the top emerging fields in an article published in July of 2018 titled: Five emerging medical specialties you’ve never heard of — until now.

WHAT IS THE LIFESTYLE MEDICINE RESIDENCY CURRICULUM (LMRC)?

Can you tell us more about the Lifestyle Medicine Residency Curriculum and the time commitment required for its implementation?

The LMRC consists of both Educational and Practicum components. The educational component is 100 hours with 40 hours of didactic units and 60 hours of application activities that can be delivered over a 1 – 3 year time frame. The practicum component includes 400 lifestyle medicine related patient encounters, 20 hours of intensive therapeutic lifestyle change (ITLC) program experience and 20 hours of group facilitation experience. Find out more details via the LMRC Flyer and Webinar recording available at lifestylemedicine.org/residency-curriculum.

How many months will we need for the LMRC implementation?

We encourage a 2-year (24-month) or a 3-year (36-month) implementation time frame based on your residency program needs. If your site can ensure all program requirements are met within a 12 or 18-month time frame, we can work with you to make this time frame feasible as well.

What is the cost for the LMRC?

The cost for each residency site is $5,000 for the initial year of implementation ($3,500 for implementation and start-up costs; and $1,500 for curriculum access, hosting and support). Each renewal year is billed at $1,500. *Please note that all pricing and offerings are subject to change as new LMRC Versions are made available and the LMRC program site adoption expands.

Can you outline a typical 24 or 36-month LMRC implementation plan for the 40 didactic units?

Can you explain how the 10 modules are covered in the 40 hours of required didactic time? How are the independent application hours allocated?

10 Modules are split over 100 hours (40 hours of didactic units + 60 hours of application activity hours) based on the percent a topic is covered in the ABLM competencies – see ablm.org/how.

 

Is the LMRC specifically designed for certain types of medical specialties?

The curriculum is designed to be implemented in ALL specialties. At present, it is largely focused on adult health considerations, however, unique content is in development to meet other specialty and sub-specialty educational needs. We are open to considering all specialty site applications.

Does the curriculum include other aspects of medicine, say from Integrative Medicine, Functional Medicine, and others?

The LMRC has been designed to address the competencies of the ABLM certification exam found at ablm.org/how.

Are all residents required to complete the entire LMRC?

When a site adopts the LMRC, we hope that all residents complete the 40 didactic units for the Educational requirements and the 400 lifestyle medicine patient encounters for the Practicum requirements. Then, residents who desire to qualify for the ABLM certification exam by completing ALL of the LMRC requirements can opt in to complete the following remaining requirements: 60 hours of application activities, 20 hours of intensive therapeutic lifestyle change program experience and 20 hours of group facilitation experience. A site may choose to implement a unique Lifestyle Medicine track that residency can opt into as a special point of interest in order to complete the full LMRC. The goal is for each LMRC site to require all incoming residents to complete the full LMRC within 3-5 years of site adoption.

We have several interested residency specialties and/or geographical sites all within the same institution. Does each specialty or site need to apply separately?

If the interested residency specialties or sites have the same Designated Institutional Officer and are interested in working together in a coordinated effort, we will work with your site to create an infrastructure that allows for all residencies to appropriately implement the LMRC together under one contract. As such, we would appreciate inclusion of all possible residency specialties and sites on the application so we are aware of residency leadership, support and infrastructure in place for each specialty/site. On the other hand, if multiple residencies/sites under the same DIO will be implementing the LMRC separate from each other, without collaborative efforts, individual applications and contracts will need to be completed.

What residency sites and programs are currently implementing the LMRC?

Current LMRC sites and programs are listed on our website, lifestylemedicine.org/residency-curriculum.

Can International Medical Graduate (IMG) physicians participate in the LMRC?

The LMRC is not available internationally outside of North America. The Lifestyle Medicine Global Alliance (LMGA) will be working with each national society/organization to consider when infrastructure is in place to support adaptations and implementation globally. For further details and global developments, please reach out to info@lifestylemedicineglobal.org.

LMRC IMPLEMENTATION QUESTIONS:

Can you tell us more about the 40 didactic units and how they are completed?

A virtual delivery of the didactic units will launch in the 2022 academic year. Each didactic unit is approximately 60 minutes in length and can be completed asynchronously by each resident. We encourage residency programs to provide dedicated didactic time for completion of these units.

400 Lifestyle Medicine patient encounters seems impossible given our clinical opportunities. How is this typically met and what exactly counts as a LM visit?

LM patient encounters can be accomplished in both the inpatient or outpatient settings, although it is more common to complete them in the outpatient setting. Our hope is that LM will be another lens that each resident will use to assess and treat every patient they interact with in a clinical environment, when appropriate. Within the 400 encounters, there are subdivisions for the various LM pillars that also need to be met in order to provide broad base competency in all LM pillars. These subdivisions include: 1) nutrition, 2)physical activity, 3) emotional and mental wellbeing, sleep, and connectedness, and 4) tobacco and toxic substances. The great news is that many of these requirements can be met simultaneously with the same patient encounter. For example, if a resident sees a patient with diabetes, we hope the resident will address all the usual diabetes visit expectations and also have their LM lens on to address physical activity, nutrition, sleep and/or connectedness. If the resident takes a motivational interviewing or coach approach to counseling based on the stage of change in any of the 4 subdivisions, the resident can count the encounter as one of the 400 LM encounters and obtain credit for the specific subdivision(s)covered as well. Thus, one encounter can meet multiple requirements for patient encounters. At this time, we do not have a hard and fast rule about what does and does not count as a qualifying LM visit, however, our general rule of thumb is the visit will count if the patient walks out of the room having been counseled and/or having set a SMART goal based on appropriate interventions for stages of change.

I see a requirement for 20 hours of an ITLC program experience and 20 hours of group facilitation experience. What if our residency does not have ITLC and/or group opportunities for residents?

The LMRC team will work independently with your site to problem solve how to meet the needed group and/or ITLC requirements. Possible options for ITLC implementation at your site may include: 1) creation of programs, 2) establishment of relationships with existing programs within your institution/ community such as cardiopulmonary rehabilitation or the Diabetes Prevention Program, 3) development of electives within or outside the institution, 4) access to free virtual options such as Diabetes Undone, or 5) purchase of virtual options such as the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) for a discounted price.

When we start implementing the LMRC, how do we manage the variety of PGY level residents the first 1-2 years?

Depending on whether your site has a 24 or 36-month implementation plan, we can support highly engaged faculty and residents to “make-up” (at most) a year of the LMRC. For instance, a Family Medicine program that has decided on a 24-month implementation plan can, in theory, assist incoming PGY3s that are highly motivated to complete the curriculum in 12-months if they have oversight by highly engaged faculty dedicated to creating alternative methods for information delivery and completion.

We think that some residents and fellows outside our core residency program will want to participate in the LMRC. What allowances are there to involve other GME programs within our system? What obstacles arise in scaling and expanding LMRC implementation across programs?

We would love to include as many residents/fellows as possible at your site. It is often easiest to start with one program and then scale to other programs, but we are open to multiple programs starting at the same site in the same year. Scheduling logistics is typically the biggest hurdle for integration across residencies at the same site, however the virtual didactic delivery format will make integration easier. In addition, a formal commitment of the programs, specialties, and selection of residents is required before each academic year begins. The LMRC team is unable to process rolling enrollment throughout the year, rather will have select enrollment periods for each site.

We are concerned that we do not have the Lifestyle Medicine skills and education as faculty to teach Lifestyle Medicine to our residents.

Although LM board certified faculty at LMRC sites are highly encouraged, we still consider sites who have strong faculty leadership in the field of LM who express interest in LM certification. In addition, our site contracts are designed to financially incentivize faculty to obtain certification within the first few years of the LMRC site implementation. Core residency faculty are eligible for the certification exam by completing either the Educational Pathway through the LMRC along with residents or through the Experiential Pathway. Find out more about how to certify at ablm.org/how.

We are concerned our residency program does not have enough time to integrate the LMRC into our already existent program. How have other residency programs navigated meeting the requirements?

We understand that there are many competing priorities within residency programming. We have an administrative LMRC team available to assist with identifying barriers and finding solutions to implementation. Additionally, current LMRC sites have valuable insight into the adjustments and adaptations that made the LMRC adoption possible at each site. We are happy to connect you with the LMRC site leads for more information.

Our site currently implements several Lifestyle Medicine initiatives that overlap with the LMRC. Can we skip those modules within the LMRC?

In order to adequately meet the ABLM requirements, all units and modules within the LMRC are required and may not be excluded from the program. We encourage your site to evaluate the current Lifestyle Medicine initiatives you are offering and replace them with the LMRC materials if you feel there is duplication. This allows for more availability to complete the LMRC on time and also allows your site to receive full credit for the LMRC.

I have questions about implementing the LMRC at our site and would like to speak to someone before applying.

We understand you have questions and may not feel completely ready to apply. However, completing the interest form ensures that you are logged into our system and notifies our LMRC team to contact you. Even if you still have questions, we encourage you to fill out the interest form so we have your residency contact and basic information needed in order to answer questions and provide follow up support.

LMRC DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS:

How are the 60 hours of application activities tracked and how are the hours divided?

We have an excel spreadsheet that sites can utilize for tracking purposes, if helpful. Usually, residents manage this with faculty oversight and check points. In addition, some academic sites have used learning management platforms such as Blackboard or Canvas to create assignments, due dates, and tracking of activity completion. Additional virtual solutions may be available in the future. For the 60 hours of application activities, at least 20 hours are encouraged to be completed in a group environment whereas 40 hours are designed to be completed independently, however, it is possible for sites to complete all 60 hours independently if absolutely necessary.

How are the practicum requirements including patient encounters, ITLC hours, and group program hours tracked?

Most residency sites have a learning management system such as MedHub or New Innovations where patient procedures, etc… are tracked. These sites simply add tracking options for the LM patient encounters, ITLC hours, and group hours to the system that is already in place. For those who don’t have a system in place, the LMRC team will work with your site to create a reasonable solution.

LMRC SUPPORT:

What support will we receive from the LMRC team to help us implement the curriculum at our site?

You will be connected with an LMRC online community for ongoing support, resources and answers to common implementation questions. In addition, you will take part in frequent support group meetings to help navigate through the LMRC implementation process.

Can you clarify what the LMRC support group meetings entail – who attends, how long they are, and what is on a typical agenda?

The support group meetings are held virtually for about one hour, generally, every 1-2 months at first and then quarterly as the sites become confident with implementation plans. We ask that at least one faculty leader from each site attend. The meetings are set up to group together all sites starting implementation the same academic year. Some sites have 2-3 people who rotate attending meetings based on availability and then keep each other updated between meetings. During the meetings, we discuss general updates, what is going well, potential concerns/barriers, and other relevant feedback.

AMERICAN BOARD OF LIFESTYLE MEDICINE CERTIFICATION:

Once the residents complete the LMRC, what certification body issues course competency?

The LMRC support team will work with your residency team and the ABLM to determine compliance of requirements and eligibility for the certification exam. The residency program director will submit an attestation letter of LMRC completion to each resident for submission to ABLM when registering for the exam. Residents will have 3 years of eligibility for the certification exam.

Is the LM Board Review Manual part of the certification process for residents?

Upon completion of the LMRC, residents and core faculty are eligible to sit for the ABLM exam. The LMRC is designed to prepare the resident and core faculty to sit for the exam without purchasing or participating in any other courses. Some residents and faculty still opt to complete the Foundations of Lifestyle Medicine Board Review. More information about the course is available at lifestylemedicine.org/boardreview.

Well-Being Course FAQ

Who will benefit from this 5-hour course?

This program is designed to provide education on positive psychology and lifestyle medicine for physicians and health professionals. This course is applicable to physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, registered dietitians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, health care executives, students, trainees and other health care professionals. It is intended for those who want to learn more about the implementation of positive psychology and lifestyle medicine for personal well-being.

What is the format of the content?

The course is composed of four lectures and is five hours in length in total. The course is completed online via the ACLM Learning Management System. Users are able to click through the voice-over module slides at their own pace and complete corresponding quizzes. Interactive scenarios, images and case studies have been added to enhance the experience.

Is this content accredited for CME?

Yes, this 5-hour course is accredited to provide 5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Additionally, this course also provides Maintenance of Certification (MOC) for the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine (ABLM) and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) certification.

Will I receive a certificate of completion?

Yes, all participants who complete the full 5-hour course and pass the post-module quizzes will be eligible to receive an online CME/CE certificate of completion.

I’m a registered nurse, registered dietitian, physician assistant, physical therapist, occupational therapist, respiratory therapist, social worker, speech therapist or audiologist; may I receive credit for this content?

Yes! See details below, under the “Accreditation” dropdown tab. 

How recent is the content?

The program was just developed and launched September 2020. The content reflects the recent work in this field. Faculty will be updating the content on a regular basis, and enrollees have 1-year access to the program.

Will updates to this content be available soon?

Yes, updates to the training program will be made on an ongoing basis.

How long do I have access to the content?

Course purchasers will have access to the online course for one year.

If you’re interested in more information about lifestyle medicine or lifestyle medicine training, contact education@lifestylemedicine.org.
Reversing Type 2 Diabetes FAQ

What are the credentials of the curriculum authors? 

The authors are clinical subject matter experts in their fields, including faculty who are board-certified in Preventive Medicine, Family Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine and more. They have achieved professional clinical degrees and have substantially contributed to the research and advancement of the lifestyle medicine profession.

What does it mean that the curriculum is evidence based? 

The curriculum is a collection of the national guidelines for each content area. For example, the course reviews the work of those who have received the highest scientific achievement by the American Diabetes Association – the Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement. Course scientific evidence comes from journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Diabetes Care, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Annals of Internal Medicine, and more. Additionally, the recommendations of national professional societies are incorporated, as well as the core peer-reviewed journal articles that contribute to the evidence base in this field.

Who will benefit from this 18-hour course? 

This program is designed to provide in-depth education on the use of lifestyle medicine for type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance reversal and is applicable to physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, registered dietitians, certified diabetes educators, and others involved in providing coordinated care for patients with type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. It is intended for those who are familiar with the field of lifestyle medicine and would like to learn specific lifestyle medicine interventions for those with type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. The modules cover both basic and more advanced concepts, providing a thorough foundation of the underlying elements of both academic and clinical lifestyle medicine.

What is the format of the content? 

The course is composed of 20 lectures within 17 modules and is 18 hours in length. The course is completed online via the ACLM Learning Management System. Users are able to click through the voice-over module slides at their own pace and complete a corresponding quiz. Interactive scenarios, images and case studies have been added to enhance the experience.

Is this content accredited for CME? 

Yes, this 18-hour course is accredited to provide 18 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Additionally, this course also provides Maintenance of Certification (MOC) for the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine (ABLM) and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) certification.

Will I receive a certificate of completion? 

Yes, all participants who complete the full 18-hour course and pass the post-module evaluation will be eligible to receive an online CME/CE certificate of completion.

I’m a registered nurse, registered dietitian, physician assistant, physical therapist, occupational therapist, respiratory therapist, social worker, speech therapist or audiologist; may I receive credit for this content?

Yes! See details below:  

Accreditation Statement 
In support of patient care, Rush University Medical Center is jointly accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. 

Designation Statement 
Rush University Medical Center designates this enduring learning activity for a maximum of 18.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

This activity is being presented without bias and without commercial support. 
ANCC Credit Designation – Nurses 
The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 18.00 contact hours. 

Rush University is an approved provider for physical therapy (216.000272), occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, social work (159.001203), nutrition, speech-audiology, and psychology by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. Rush University designates this live activity for 18.00 Continuing Education credit(s). 

Rush University Medical Center designates this knowledge-based CPE activity for 18.00 contact hours for pharmacists. 

The Commission on Dietetic Registration accepts self-study programs approved through the ACCME. 

The AAFP has reviewed Reversing Type 2 Diabetes and Insulin Resistance with Lifestyle Medicine and deemed it acceptable for up to 18.00 Enduring Materials, Self-Study AAFP Prescribed credit. Term of Approval is from 09/14/2020 to 09/14/2021. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) has approved 18 continuing education credits for NBC-HWCs upon successful completion of the Reversing Type 2 Diabetes and Insulin Resistance with Lifestyle Medicine course.

How recent is the content?

The program was just developed and launched September 2020. The content reflects the recent work in this field. It also describes the foundational studies that showed the evidence base for the treatment and reversal of type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. Faculty will be updating the content on a regular basis, and enrollees have 1-year access to the program.

Will additional CME content, or updates to this content, be available soon? 

Yes, updates to the training program will be made on an ongoing basis.

How long do I have access to the content? 

Course purchasers will have access to the online course for one year.

If you’re interested in more information about Lifestyle Medicine or Lifestyle Medicine training, contact education@lifestylemedicine.org

Board Review Course FAQ

What are the credentials of the curriculum authors? 

The authors of this course are clinical subject matter experts in their fields, including faculty who are board-certified in lifestyle medicine, internal medicine, preventive medicine, family medicine, obesity medicine, psychiatry, sleep medicine, sports medicine, health and wellness coaching. They have achieved professional clinical degrees and have substantially contributed to the research and advancement of the lifestyle medicine profession.

What does it mean that the curriculum is evidence based? 

The curriculum was designed based on a collection of the national guidelines as well as foundational and updated research for each content area. In addition, the recommendations of national professional societies are incorporated, as well as the core peer-reviewed journal articles that contribute to the evidence base in this field.

Who will benefit from this course?

The Foundations of Lifestyle Medicine Board Review course is designed to provide a review and prepare candidates to sit for and successfully pass the lifestyle medicine board certification exam. It is applicable to physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, registered dietitians, and others seeking to become certified in lifestyle medicine.

What is the format of the content? 

This self-study review course consists of a Lifestyle Medicine Board Review Manual (available in print form and accessible online in the online course). The manual includes 10 sections that align with the ABLM competencies, and includes an index, key lifestyle medicine research summaries, detailed graphics, tables and figures, more than 120 review questions and covers the information from which questions are written for the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine Certification Exam. This course also includes 10 section lectures. The course is completed online via the ACLM learning management system. Users are able to go through the voice-over presentations and complete corresponding quizzes at their own pace.

Is this content accredited for CME? 

This course is available as a non-CME/CE accredited course and as a CME/CE accredited course.

*Please Note: The Foundations of Lifestyle Medicine: Lifestyle Medicine Board Review Course, 3rd Edition (with 30 CM/CE credits) is approved by the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine (ABLM) in order to fulfill the 30 hour online CME prerequisite. The non-CME accredited course does not serve as a prerequisite for the ABLM exam. For more questions about ABLM prerequisites, please visit ablm.co or contact info@ablm.co

Will I receive a certificate of completion? 

All participants who complete the 30-hour CME/CE accredited course and pass the post-module evaluations will be eligible to receive an online CME/CE certificate of completion.

I’m a registered nurse, registered dietitian, physician assistant, physical therapist, occupational therapist, respiratory therapist, social worker, speech therapist or audiologist; may I receive credit for this content?

Yes! See details below:  

Accreditation Statement
In support of patient care, Rush University Medical Center is jointly accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Designation Statement  
Rush University Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 30 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 
This activity is being presented without bias and without commercial support. 
ANCC Credit Designation – Nurses 
The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 30 contact hours
Rush University is an approved provider for physical therapy (216.000272), occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, social work (159.001203), nutrition, speech-audiology, and psychology by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.  
Rush University designates this live activity for 30 Continuing Education credits
Rush University Medical Center designates this knowledge based CPE activity for 30 contact hours for pharmacists

Rush University designates this internet enduring material for 30 CE credits in psychology

The Commission on Dietetic Registration accepts self-study programs approved through ACCME. 

The ABLM and IBLM has reviewed and approved the Foundations of Lifestyle Medicine Board Review Course as a qualifying prerequisite to sit for the ABLM exam. 

The AAFP has reviewed the Foundations of Lifestyle Medicine Board Review Course and deemed it acceptable for up to 30.00 Enduring Materials, Self-Study AAFP Prescribed credit. Term of Approval is from 04/01/2021 to 04/01/2022. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 30 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participation completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit. 

The National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) has approved 30 continuing education credits for NBC-HWCs upon successful completion of the Foundations of Lifestyle Medicine Board Review course. 

How recent is the content? 

The program was developed and launched April 6, 2021. The content reflects the recent work in this field.

How long do I have access to the content? 

Course purchasers will have access to online material is granted through the term of approval which ends April 6, 2023.

If you’re interested in more information about lifestyle medicine or lifestyle medicine training, contact education@lifestylemedicine.org.

As an international (non-US) exam taker, which course should I take—the 30 CME/CE version or the no CME/CE version?

The No CME version is sufficient for international (non-US/Canada) exam takers to fulfill the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine (IBLM) 30 online CME prerequisite to sit for the IBLM exam. All that is required is the certificate of completion.

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