Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program

The Lifestyle Medicine Core Competency Online Program is an evidence-based program designed to provide a comprehensive foundation for doctors as well as nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dietitians, health coaches, and other allied health professionals with an interest in learning the basic foundational principles of lifestyle medicine. Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is available for select medical specialties.

What is Lifestyle Medicine?

Lifestyle medicine is the evidence-based therapeutic approach to prevent, treat and reverse lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Comprehensive lifestyle interventions (including nutrition, physical activity, stress management, sleep, social support and environmental exposures) address underlying disease risks, thereby decreasing illness burden and improving clinical outcomes within value-based medicine. Lifestyle medicine should be seen as a core competency for preventive and primary care medicine.

Important examples of where these competencies have already been employed include:

Three Reasons Why This Program Is Needed

  • Current medical education includes inadequate lifestyle medicine training
  • Doctors cited inadequate confidence and lack of knowledge and skill as major barriers to counseling patients about lifestyle interventions (JAMA. 2010;304(2):202-203 )
  • Engaging patients to take responsibility for their care via an effective physician-patient collaboration can have a substantial impact on health outcomes

This online program addresses these issues and more!

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Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program

Why Recommend Lifestyle Medicine to Other Physicians

What This New Program Provides

This new program follows the recommended foundational approach identified in JAMA to preventing and treating the majority of chronic diseases affecting Americans—diseases that are caused or exacerbated by today’s unhealthy lifestyle choices.

The nine modules comprising the 30-hour program cover basic and advanced information on:

  • Core Competencies of Lifestyle Medicine
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Coaching Behavior Change
  • Sleep Health
  • Tobacco Cessation
  • Alcohol Use Risk Reduction
  • Emotional Wellness/Stress Reduction
  • Electives (choose 3 hours from 5 options)

At the conclusion, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the fifteen core competencies of lifestyle medicine as identified in "Physician Competencies for Prescribing Lifestyle Medicine" (JAMA. 2010;304(2):202-203)
  • Incorporate competencies into clinical practice
  • Enhance efficacy in lifestyle assessments and evidence-based lifestyle prescriptions
  • Leverage community and team-based resources to support lifestyle change
Course Design

Accreditation Statements

The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Continuing Medical Education: ACPM designates this internet-enduring educational activity for a maximum of 30 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. ACPM is not accredited to offer credit to non-physicians, however, many allied health professional specialties do accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. To determine if activities designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are acceptable for your licensing or certification needs, please contact your credentialing body directly.

Maintenance of Certification: This curriculum is applicable for Maintenance of Certification Credit (MOC) by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

American Academy of Family Physicians: This Enduring Material activity, Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program, has been reviewed and is acceptable for credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Term of approval begins 06/21/2017. Term of approval is for one year from this date. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This curriculum is also applicable for Maintenance of Certification Credit (MOC) by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

Additional medical specialty boards are reviewing this new program for MOC credit, and ACPM will be contacting the professional societies for NP’s PA’s and other allied health professionals.Pricing & Fees

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the credentials of the curriculum authors?
The authors of the multiple modules are clinical subject matter experts in their fields, including preventive and lifestyle medicine. They have achieved professional clinical degrees and have substantially contributed to the research and advancement of the lifestyle medicine profession. Faculty Biographies

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 weight management recommendations reflect the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute recommendations for obesity. 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 these 30 hours?
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 and would like to learn the core elements of the competencies as well as the main lifestyle medicine interventions. The modules cover both basic and more advanced concepts, providing a thorough background to the underlying elements of both academic and clinical lifestyle medicine. Course Design

What is the format of the content?
The curriculum is entirely online, with the content provided via both 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—nine modules in all—designated for 30 AMA Category 1 Credits.TM Additionally, members of select medical specialties, including Preventive Medicine (ACPM) and Family Medicine (AAFP) are eligible to receive MOC Part II CME credit. Fees & Pricing

Will I receive a certificate of completion?
Yes, all participants who complete the full 30 hours of CME and take the post-module evaluations will be eligible to receive an online certificate of completion.

I'm a physician assistant; may I receive credit for this content?
Yes, as a PA you are eligible to receive CME credits for your completion of the LMCC.

I'm a registered nurse; may I receive credit for this content?
Yes, as an RN you are eligible to receive CME credits for your completion of the LMCC.

How recent is the content?
The content reflects the recent work in this field, especially work 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 members who enroll during 2016 will have 3-year access to the program so they may continue to benefit from updates with no added fees. Curriculum Development

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?
Yes, you may purchase modules separately, which affords you a 5% discount off the individual course price. There is a 20% discount—worth up to $250—when the entire nine-module program is purchased which, when completed, will provide the certification of completion. Fees & Pricing

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 original program until November 15, 2019 11:59 PM Eastern time (USA). An updated version of the program with a new presentation format will be availalbe in early fall of 2018 (exact date TBD). Purchasers of the original program will be upgraded to the new version of the Lifestyle Medicine program at no cost upon its launch; details will be sent once the new version is available.

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