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
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].