Lifestyle Medicine Interest Groups
According to the AAMC, Lifestyle Medicine is one of the newest medical specialties. Trainees help spread the word about Lifestyle Medicine by starting Lifestyle Medicine Interest Groups (LMIG) and hosting community events. The establishment of an LMIG cultivates multi-institutional, student-initiated programming that supports healthy habits for students, faculty, as well as the local community. ACLM’s Trainees have started student-led, faculty-supported groups across the country and have been instrumental in advocating for curriculum reform. LMIGs are the perfect way to connect, share ideas, collaborate on projects and learn how to practice Lifestyle Medicine.
LIFESTYLE MEDICINE STUDENT INTEREST GROUP MAP
Locations across the United States of campuses that have lifestyle medicine student interest groups. Join this ever-growing network of trainees.
How to get started:
- Identify an advisor. Having trouble? Search our membership directory to see if there are any faculty at your institution who share your passion for Lifestyle Medicine
- Download the LMIG Toolkit & review pages 10-11
- Gather a group of interested peers to serve in leadership positions (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Social Media Manager, etc.)
- Apply for one of our orientation cohorts (July, October, March)
Taste of Lifestyle Medicine Micro-grants
ACLM is excited to offer all students and faculty members on health professional campuses an opportunity to serve plant-based foods at Lifestyle Medicine educational events, study sessions, documentary viewings, and campus gatherings through our Taste of Lifestyle Medicine micro-grants. These $50-250 grants are easy to apply for and can be awarded up to four times per year or up to $1000 of plant-based food.
NOTE: Established LMIGs can apply to receive up to $500 per grant; that’s $2,000 in TOLM funding per year! So get creative, plan your next series of culinary events, and let us pick up the tab!
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