The Lifestyle Medicine Residency Curriculum Version 1 and Beta-Version are being implemented into 8 Residency Sites and 11 Programs total. Below is a list of Residency sites currently involved.
New LMRC Version 1.0 Sites (2019-Current)
Baylor Scott & White
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Temple was founded in 1897. From its inception, it has been a place of medical teaching and is home to 31 accredited residency and fellowship programs, including internal medicine, its largest program.
As part of the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Texas, Baylor Scott & White - Temple has nearly 2.5 million patient encounters annually. At this major academic medical center in Central Texas, participants in the residency and fellowship programs have the opportunity not only to learn, but to have a positive impact on patients’ lives.
To enhance the medical education experience and prepare the next generation of medical providers, Baylor Scott & White - Temple has added a lifestyle medicine curriculum to residents’ training. The curriculum addition began with a question: How can we better implement and define lifestyle modification so that it truly affects positive changes in our patients? This question led to resources of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. After a review into the literature and attending the International Conference on Nutrition and Medicine, it became clear this program could have benefits for the residents and patients.
Austin Metting, MD, program director for the internal medicine residency training program, looks forward to introducing the Lifestyle Medicine curriculum to residents. Noah Stratton, DO, associate program director for the internal medicine residency program, will lead the lifestyle medicine residency curriculum. Chief residents also will serve as champions for teaching the lifestyle medicine curriculum and help foster the development of future residents.
The pacific northwest provides ample opportunities for using lifestyle as medicine and the Family Medicine Residency
Spokane (FMRS) program continually attracts faculty and residents with special interests in using food, exercise and
other behavior modification as medicine. Our LMRC is being led by clinical faculty members Dr. Angie Eakin, MD,
and Dr. Barb Brandon, DO.
Dr. Eakin is board certified in lifestyle medicine. She received two degrees in nutrition before her medical training and
helped Dr. Neal Barnard open the country’s first plant-based medical clinic prior to taking her position at the residency
program. Dr. Barb Brandon is the associate program director for the FMRS sports medicine fellowship. She is the
team physician for the Spokane Indians baseball team, Spokane Community Colleges and assists with the team
physician role at Whitworth University. She has additional training in wilderness medicine and is in the process of
becoming certified in lifestyle medicine.
The family medicine residency’s current lifestyle medicine activities include shared medical appointments (group
visits) for type 2 diabetes with a disease reversal approach, monthly Walk with a Doc events, opportunities to work
with nutrition and exercise physiology students and faculty at Washington State University to provide nutrition and
activity prescriptions for community members, and opportunities to participate in community based lifestyle change
programs aimed at smoking cessation, blood pressure control, and prediabetes (certified Diabetes Prevention
Program). The residents receive focused training in motivational interviewing and work closely with the on-site
psychiatry residents to manage substance use disorders and complex mood disorders. Immediate future goals
include instituting culinary medicine experience and food prescription program that are being developed in
conjunction with a local food bank.
The program director is Mary (Molly) Gilbert, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Washington School of
Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. She has over 20 years of experience in diverse clinical settings. Besides
practicing broad spectrum family medicine with obstetrics, she also teaches first-year medical students and is a team
physician for Gonzaga University athletes.
St Luke's University Health Network - Pennsylvania
The Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at St. Luke’s University Health Network has a long history of active engagement in collaborative efforts to improve the health of our population, utilizing lifestyle medicine initiatives as the primary strategy. As part of the Community Health Needs Assessment implementation plan, innovative programs have been developed to promote physical activity, healthy diets, improved diabetes management, smoking cessation, mindfulness/stress reduction, and social connectedness. Medical students, Family Medicine residents and Internal Medicine residents regularly engage in these programs to expand the skill sets of our future providers.
New Family Medicine and Internal Medicine residency programs at St. Luke’s Anderson Campus have a significant lifestyle medicine focus, involving residents in St. Luke’s Fit for Life activities such as Get Your Tail on the Trail, Walk with a Doc, community supported agriculture programs, and the Healthy Kids, Bright Futures program. Residents also benefit from extensive experiential learning opportunities via Kellyn Foundation programs, including the “Healthy Neighborhood Immersion Strategy.” This strategy involves interactive school-based healthy lifestyle education and the “Garden as a Classroom” program which engages students in growing their own food from seed to plate; improving access to nutrient-dense produce via the Eat Real Food Mobile Market and Lehigh Valley Corner Store Initiative; participating in hands-on, plant-based Kellyn Kitchens culinary medicine classes in community settings and involvement with intensive therapeutic lifestyle change interventions for individuals and families. Combined Family Medicine/Internal Medicine nutrition journal clubs, clinical experiences in Community and Lifestyle Medicine, and access to the St. Luke’s Rodale Institute Organic Farm are additional ways that residents will be prepared to prescribe evidence-based lifestyle modification before reaching for a medication prescription pad.
Adjunct faculty members Bonnie Coyle, MD, and Meagan Grega, MD will play an integral role in implementing the Lifestyle Medicine Residency Curriculum for the Family Medicine and Internal Medicine Residencies at St. Luke’s. As members of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and as Lifestyle Medicine board-certified physicians, Dr. Coyle and Dr. Grega enjoy mentoring the new residents on their path to become board-certified in Lifestyle Medicine and preparing them to launch their careers with lifestyle medicine approaches as the foundation of their health care toolkit.
University of California San Diego
Deepa Sannidhi, MD, is a board-certified family medicine physician at UCSD where she cares for patients of all ages in a primary care setting. Trained in preventive medicine, Dr. Sannidhi provides chronic disease management and also helps people prevent and treat disease through lifestyle and integrative medicine. Her expertise includes women’s health, integrative medicine, and lifestyle medicine, which uses evidence-based therapeutic approaches such as nutrition, exercise, stress management, sleep and other non-drug modalities to decrease disease risk and illness.
As a clinical instructor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, Dr. Sannidhi teaches residents and medical students at UC San Diego School of Medicine about lifestyle medicine and nutrition, and established a formalized curriculum in lifestyle medicine for the UCSD Preventive Medicine Residency. Her research interests include obesity and behavior change.
Dr. Sannidhi completed her family medicine residency training at Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, N.J. and trained as a resident in the UC San Diego/San Diego State University preventive medicine program, where she also served as chief resident. She earned her medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and is board certified in family medicine and lifestyle medicine. She currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for ACLM.
UC San Diego Preventive Medicine residency has been an advocate of lifestyle in medicine for decades. It is home to the Exercise and Physical Activity Resource Center (EPARC), which serves to help researchers conduct research on physical activity and metabolism, while also serving as a clinical site for the Preventive Medicine Residency. In 2012, researchers at EPARC worked collaboratively with the Preventive Medicine Residency to create a 24-hour Exercise is Medicine curriculum for preventive medicine residents, which was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine in 2015. Residents receive hands-on training on the role of exercise in energetics and energy balance, cardiovascular and metabolic disease prevention and management, bone health and osteoporosis, obesity and sarcopenia prevention and management, balance and fall prevention in geriatric populations, and behavioral strategies and technologies for the patient and public health. They gain valuable training in translating exercise science research into practice.
A HRSA grant funded the residency in 2012 to focus on Integrative Medicine, which was used to also train residents in lifestyle medicine. For the past 2 years, UCSD’s program has established a broader lifestyle medicine curriculum for Preventive Medicine Residents. Residents receive training and lectures in motivational interviewing, lectures and experiential learning in culinary medicine and in nutrition spanning a half day each. They also participate in and help facilitate group-based lifestyle medicine visits at a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides care to a medically under-served, highly diverse population that includes a large number of refugees. As part of a motivational interviewing curriculum, residents receive a lecture from and rotate with a trainer certified by MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network Trainer). They experience doing motivational interviewing with patients at a primary care clinic and get personalized feedback from our trainer, Addiction Psychiatrist Dr. Igor Koutsenok, who trains people around the world in motivational interviewing.
As a president of the ACLM Professionals in Training committee, UCSD’s site director Dr. Deepa Sannidhi conceived the Residency Curriculum Working Group. Under the guidance and mentorship of Dr. Brenda Rea, this evolved into LMRC. Thus, joining LMRC is a natural step for the UC San Diego Preventive Medicine Residency and they are excited to be part of the team that will help move residency education into the 21st century by providing our residents the skills they need most to succeed in caring for their patients.
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Joshua Mann, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine, Director, Office of Well-Being, University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Dr. Mann is a physician with board certification in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine. He has been in academic medicine for over 15 years. From 2002 to 2015, he was a faculty member at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, where he served as Preventive Medicine Residency Director for 10 years. During this time, he participated in the work group that developed milestones for Public Health and General Preventive Medicine, and as PI for a HRSA funded preventive medicine residency training grant. In 2015, he joined the faculty at the University of Mississippi Medical Center as Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Mann is also an active researcher, has served in principal investigator or co-investigator roles on numerous research grants, and has authored or co-authored more than 85 peer-reviewed articles.
One of the department’s primary objectives was to obtain ACGME accreditation for a residency in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine, which was achieved in November of 2017, with accreditation for up to 4 residents per year and institutional funding for two residents per year. The first resident was admitted in July 2018, with three additional residents enrolling in July 2019. In 2018, the program received funding from a training grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, to augment the training program and expand the number of trainees up to 4 residents per year by the 2023 academic year.
The goal of the program is to train physicians who can practice effectively across the broad range of preventive medicine careers, from traditional public health to health administration/population health management to quality improvement to research to clinical prevention. They are well positioned to incorporate this flexibility into training, as they are housed in Mississippi’s only academic medical center, with access to a full range of inpatient and outpatient clinical services with a robust patient safety/quality improvement program and employee well-being efforts, along with research across the full spectrum of translation (from T0 to T4), and strong linkages to the state’s public health system. They also benefit from the creation, in 2016, of the Medical Center’s newest school, the John D. Bower School of Population Health, which is accelerating its growth in both research and education. Their commitment to having a strong lifestyle medicine component in our training program stems from the health needs of the state: Mississippi ranks at or near the top in the United States for burden of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension and is at or near the bottom in life expectancy. A strong focus on lifestyle factors such as physical activity and nutrition is needed to improve the health of the state’s population. In addition, they see lifestyle medicine skills as a key component of the tool kit for preventive medicine physicians going forward, and believe having robust training in lifestyle medicine will set up program graduates for future success in their careers.
The department has a growing lifestyle medicine clinical footprint that will soon include full implementation of the Diabetes Prevention Program in addition to providing care in one-to-one settings for patients with a range of chronic conditions, as well as wellness-prevention visits. In addition to completing the Lifestyle Medicine Residency Curriculum’s didactic components, residents will rotate in the lifestyle medicine clinic on campus in Jackson, MS. And they are laying the groundwork for residents to provide similar services in rural settings, either in person or using the Medical Center’s highly rated telehealth capabilities.
In short, University of Mississippi Medical Center Preventive Medicine Residency sees the LMRC as being a vital component that will provide residents with a cutting edge skill set for promoting health behavior change in patients. They are very excited about implementing the curriculum in their program.