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My Learning Center Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I access all the courses within my learning center?

My Learning Center links are located within the Education navigation tab at lifestylemedicine.org.  Hover over the EDUCATION tab and select My Learning Center.

Sign in with your ACLM username and password. Click the green Go to Your Learning Center button to see all courses in which you’ve enrolled.

Can I access the courses on my phone or tablet?

Yes. However, optimal performance is achieved when using a laptop or desktop.

The preferred browser for ACLM’s learning management system is Google Chrome.

Is there messaging within the Learning Center? How do I contact someone for IT support within my course?

ACLM does not utilize the messaging system inside the platform and it is not monitored. If you need assistance please email [email protected].

What can I do if my course will not move forward?

Close to the top of the screen, you will see a file progression line. Click the title of the course just to the right of “Learning>” and it will take you back to the Course Home. This allows you to see an outline of each individual activity and you can go straight to the next activity you need. See screenshot below.

I am unable to successfully launch my eBook or lectures. What do I do?

One or a combination of the following suggestions should resolve the issue for you:
  • Switch to the preferred browser, Google Chrome. Firefox also seems to work well for many people. The eBook will not work on Microsoft Edge.
  • You will indeed need to allow popups on your browser. That is, turn off your popup blocker. 
  • Clearing all browsing history, cookies, and cached items will give the browser a clean start. Often there is a cached item that is throwing a wrench in the works.

The eBook will not work on Microsoft Edge.

Why is my course not showing up as 100% complete? 

Please go to your Course Home where you will find an outline of the course. Every line should have a green check mark next to it, except for the eBook.

Lectures will remain unchecked until you view every slide. Within the lectures, you will need to click through the slides completely. Start at the beginning and click through the slides at your own pace. Please let the last slide run to completion and hit Next.

There is also a note in your course that says that the Postwork Survey must be completed in order to complete the overall course. This survey will automatically pop up when you fully complete the course.  

How can I view my eBook and my course at the same time?

The eBook can be open in one tab while the course can be open in another tab so you can have reference/access to the eBook while completing sections of the course.

Open your Learning Center in two tabs on your browser. In one tab, open the eBook (eBook is a pop-up window but the browser tab is still being used for the eBook). In the second tab, you will be free to move around your Learning Center.

   

How can I get back to my course outline to see my overall progress?

Close to the top of the screen, you will see a file progression line. At anytime, you can click the title of the course just to the right of Learning> and it will take you back to the Course Home. See the screenshot below.


Does the eBook need a green checkmark next to it?

No. On the "Course Home" page, the only item that does not require a checkmark for course completion is the eBook.

I am unable to successfully launch my learning activities. What do I do?

One or a combination of the following suggestions should resolve the issue for you:
  • Switch to the preferred browser, Google Chrome. Firefox also seems to work well for many people. The eBook will not work on Microsoft Edge.
  • You will indeed need to allow popups on your browser. That is, turn off your popup blocker.
  • Clearing all browsing history, cookies, and cached items will give the browser a clean start. Often there is a cached item that is throwing a wrench in the works.

Do pre-tests only allow 1 attempt? What happens if I do not complete the pre-test in one attempt?

If the pre-test attempt is registered but does not mark itself as complete, please move on with your module and upon completion, email [email protected] for assistance with course completion. 

Why is my course not showing up as 100% complete? 

Within the learning activities, you will need to click on the slides that require interaction, such as the learning objectives and other slides that have popups that say to enlarge pictures. When there is a popup that says Zoom in, you will need to click out of the popup and Zoom in (interact with the slide) to fully view it. There may also be learning activities that require typing a response and clicking Submit. Then, at the end of the slides, click Submit on the slide to mark completion. At the end, the last slide may have a Submit button that you would want to click for the system to mark you complete.

How can I get back to my course outline to see my overall progress?

Close to the top of the screen, you will see a file progression line. Click the title of the course just to the right of Learning> and it will take you back to the Course Home. See the screenshot below.


How can I pause my course?

To pause a slide, you can click to a different tab in your browser and the video will stop until you click back to that tab.

Is there a way to download the slides?

Yes! One of our newest additions to the LMCC course is a downloadable PDF for each presentation. They can be accessed by clicking the small paperclip next to the course title in your Learning Center. Or within the course there is a Documents tab on the Course Home page.

Still have questions?

email [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected].

What does it mean that the curriculum is evidence based?

The curriculum is based on the national guidelines for each content area. For example, the weight management recommendations reflect the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute recommendations for obesity. 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 course?

This program is designed to provide a sound foundation for lifestyle medicine principles to doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and others involved in providing coordinated patient care. It is intended for those who are new to the field of lifestyle medicine and would like to learn the core competencies as well as the main lifestyle medicine interventions. The modules cover both basic and more advanced concepts, providing a thorough foundation to the underlying elements of both academic and clinical lifestyle medicine. 

What is the format of the content?

The curriculum is entirely online, with the content provided via slides and synchronized lectures by respected physician faculty and other recognized experts.

Is this content accredited for CME?

Yes, each module is accredited, with the full course — 10 modules in all — designated for 32 AMA Category 1 CreditsTM. Additionally, members of select medical specialties, including Preventive Medicine (ACPM), are eligible to receive MOC Part II CME credit.

Will I receive a certificate of completion?

Yes, all participants who complete the full 32 hours of CME and take the post-module evaluations will be eligible to receive an online 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! As of March 15, 2020, those who purchase the FULL Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Bundle may receive CE for completion of the program in its entirety. Details below.

ANCC Credit Designation – Nurses 
The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 32 contact hours. 
Rush University Medical Center designates this knowledge based CPE activity for 32 contact hours for pharmacists. 
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 32 Continuing Education credits. 
The Commission on Dietetic Registration accepts self-study programs approved through the ACCME.

The National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) has approved 32 Continuing Education credits for NBC-HWCs upon successful completion of the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program.

How recent is the content?

The program was just updated and the new version launched in December 2018. The content reflects the recent work in this field, especially from the past 2-3 years. It also describes the foundational studies that showed the evidence base for the preventive and therapeutic outcomes of lifestyle medicine. Faculty will be updating the content on a regular basis, and enrollees have 2-year access to the program.

What organizations are involved in developing this curriculum?

This is a joint effort by two professional non-profit organizations, the American College of Preventive Medicine and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Core competencies were defined by a blue ribbon panel of representatives from: 
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Physicians
  • American College of Preventive Medicine
  • American College of Lifestyle Medicine
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American College of Sports Medicine

May I purchase complete modules separately, or can I only purchase the entire package?

You may purchase the modules separately or as a package. However, Continuing Education (CE) for allied health professionals is ONLY available for the full 32-hour program and is NOT available for individual modules.

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 two years.

 If you're interested in more information about lifestyle medicine or lifestyle medicine training, contact [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected].

What are the credentials of the curriculum authors? 
The authors of the multiple modules are clinical subject matter experts in their fields, including faculty who are board-certified in Preventive, Family,  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 was designed based on 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), American Diabetes Association (ADA) Diabetes Care, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Annals of Internal Medicine, and more.  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 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 background to 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 Credits.TM Additionally, this course also provides maintenance of certification (MOC) for the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine (ABLM) and 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 [email protected]

 

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WHAT IS LIFESTYLE MEDICINE?

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. Board certification is now available through ACLM’s partner, The American Board of Lifestyle Medicine (ABLM).

Learn more about lifestyle medicine via our FREE webinar titled: “What is Lifestyle Medicine?” by ACLM President (2018-2020), Dexter Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH, 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 independent application activities that can be delivered over a 2 to 3-year time frame. The practicum component includes 400 lifestyle medicine related patient encounters, 20 hours of intensive therapeutic lifestyle change (ITLC) program exposure and 20 hours of group facilitation exposure. 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 timeframe feasible as well.

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 independent application activity hours) based on the percent a topic is covered in the ABLM competencies - see ablm.org/how-to-certify.

Do you have any curriculum samples for review, such as example PowerPoint presentations and independent application activities?

Yes, materials available for review and download can be access at lifestylemedicine.org/residency-curriculum.

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

The curriculum is designed to be implemented in ALL primary care specialties and surgical specialties. At present, it is largely focused on adult health considerations, but we hope to expand the curriculum to incorporate more pediatric content in the future. 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-to-certify.

Are all residents required to complete the entire LMRC?

When a site adopts the LMRC, we request 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 independent application activities, 20 hours of intensive therapeutic lifestyle change program exposure and 20 hours of group facilitation exposure. 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 for international implementation at this time. 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.

LMRC IMPLEMENTATION QUESTIONS:

Can you tell us more about the 40 didactic unit presentations, who generally delivers the presentations and what support is needed to prepare for the presentations?

Each didactic unit is 60 minutes in length with approximately 30 minutes of knowledge delivery and 30 minutes of experiential audience engagement opportunities. The presentations have complete speaker notes and references so the presenter can deliver a successful didactic unit in an adult learning format. The didactic units were created so that residents can deliver the presentations to their resident colleagues (although faculty are also welcome to contribute). Resident delivery meets several of the following goals: 1) create resident ownership and expertise, 2) develop peer-to-peer support and buy-in from residents and faculty, and 3) facilitate up-front speakers that can become future leaders in the field of Lifestyle Medicine.

How do we manage missed didactic sessions as this will inherently happen in any residency program?

Some programs video record the presentations and store them on a learning management system where they can be easily accessed by residents for asynchronous completion. Other sites have faculty supervised “make-up” time on a regular basis (monthly or quarterly) for the residents who missed the didactic units. Yet, other sites have a repetitive didactic curriculum of 18 months for a 36-month residency program, making it more likely that residents will catch most, if not all, of the didactic units at some point during training.

Regarding didactic time and material, can lectures be recorded and completed by video? What kind of parameters are there for discussions – like faculty or resident involvement?

Ideally, the curriculum has been set up to be delivered in person, particularly with the “experiential activities” included in each didactic unit. That being said, many sites are recording them so that residents who miss the sessions can “watch” them later as a “make-up” plan. Yet, we know more and more virtual needs are present, so we are starting to problem solve how to make virtual adaptations more widely available. We are open to creative ways for your site to deliver the didactic units while maintaining the spirit of the curriculum to be a flipped classroom, participatory, engaging, and adult learning experience.

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 subdivisions 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 exposure. 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 or ITLC requirements. Options include creation of programs, establishment of relationships with existing programs within your institution/community, development of electives within or without the institution, or purchase of virtual options.

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. Logistics is typically the biggest hurdle for integration across residencies at the same site as didactic education is usually scheduled at different times across programs. 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.

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

This curriculum is designed for adoption by residents and faculty at any level of knowledge or background. Presentations have complete speaker notes and resources for additional learning. 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 can be 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-to-certify.

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, applying to become a site 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 go ahead and fill out the application form so that we have your residency contact and basic information that we will need to follow up and set a time to meet and answer your questions.

LMRC DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS:

How are the 60 hours of independent application activities tracked?

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.

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 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 a mentor site that is specialty specific (when possible) and has been implementing the LMRC for at least 1 year. In addition, you will take part in monthly 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 once a month for about one hour. 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 have a reporting system for each site to discuss what is going well, potential concerns/barriers, and other relevant feedback. In addition, we ask for progress reports on didactic sessions delivered, pre/post didactic unit quiz completion, application activities, ITLC/group options and pre/post curriculum survey completion.

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. Then, the residency program director will attest to LMRC completion for each resident requesting exam eligibility. ABLM exam competencies can be found at ablm.org/how-to-certify.

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.

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 in our bookstore

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.

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:

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