Medical students, health professional students, residents, and fellows make up the ACLM Trainee community. As future health care professionals, Trainees are uniquely positioned to transform the health care system - starting with their own education. In order to advocate for a transformed health care system, students have the opportunity start Lifestyle Medicine Interest Groups (LMIG) and host community events. The establishment of LMIGs cultivates multi-institutional, student-initiated programming that supports healthy habits for students, faculty, as well as the local community. ACLM’s Trainees have started these student-led, faculty-supported groups across the country that have been instrumental in advocating for curriculum reform and contributing to research in the field. ACLM's membership benefits support Trainees in the pursuit of furthering their education in Lifestyle Medicine and working towards certification in the field. 

 

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Over 80% of U. S health care costs can be attributed to the treatment of chronic diseases rooted in unhealthy lifestyle behaviors. However, topics like nutrition, physical activity, or stress management are not typically covered in medical or health professional training. ACLM aims to alter this dynamic by equipping students with the knowledge and clinical skills to prevent, treat and reverse chronic disease through counseling and empowering patients to adopt healthy habits. This webinar reviews the spectrum of Lifestyle Medicine educational opportunities, member benefits, engagement, and advocacy opportunities available to students and trainees through the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Present opportunities of engagement within the Lifestyle Medicine community 
  2. Review the full spectrum of Lifestyle Medicine education opportunities from bachelor degrees through fellowship programs 
  3. Discuss actionable steps that students can take to advocate for the inclusion of Lifestyle Medicine at their academic institution 
  4. Showcase how two trainees successfully pursued a career in Lifestyle Medicine 

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Become an ACLM Trainee member and join the fastest growing medical specialty. As an ACLM member, you will gain access to many member benefits*, including: 

American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine Access

Stay up to date on the latest scientific research in the field. 

Student Scholarships 

ACLM Trainee members receive exclusive access to scholarship opportunities to virtually attend the LM2021 conference. Apply Here!

Taste of Lifestyle Medicine Grant 

Access funding for hosting plant-based events 

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Mentorship and Research 

Join one of ACLM's Member Interest Groups*  for mentorship and collaboration opportunities.
Gain experience by submitting a research poster  to be presented at the annual conference.
View Trainee Mentorship sessions and interviews.  

Leadership and Networking 

Apply for a leadership position on the Trainee Executive Board*. 

Tools and Resources 

Leverage complimentary resources for patient or community education. 
Leverage members-only practice resources such as lifestyle medicine assessments and questionnaires, reimbursement and shared medical appointment roadmaps.*

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Your 2022 ACLM Trainees Executive Board


Executive VP of Communications
Rianna Goetting Capelj

Jadon-Neuendorf
VP of Education
Jadon Neuendorf

Stas-Amato
VP of Research
Stas Amato, MD, MSc

Lora-Stoianova
HEAL Liaison
Lora Stoianova

Justin-Charles
VP of Partnerships
Justin Charles, MD

Abby-Garcia
VP of LMIG Development
Abby Joy Garcia

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Board Bios

Rianna-Goetting-Capelj

Executive VP of Communications, ACLM Trainee Executive Board, Rianna Goetting Capelj

Rianna Goetting Capelj is serving her third year on the ACLM Trainees board as the Executive Vice President of Communications. She is a class of 2020 Oakland University (Rochester Hills, MI) graduate, attending Naturopathic Medical School in 2022. Rianna constantly seeks opportunities to expand Lifestyle Medicine and the power of prevention to her community. Through being a wellness mentor to Pontiac Schools' students, to hosting her own LMIG events, she enjoys bringing people of all backgrounds together to celebrate health and life! Currently, Rianna is working as a research assistant for ACLM’s Type 2 Diabetes Remission Task Force, and has assisted in Lifestyle Medicine research both at her local hospital and her university. She loves volunteering with Plant-based Nutrition Support Group (PBNSG), and working at her current job at an organic garden. During her year off, she is planning on creating a youtube channel where she will share plant-based diet and holistic living tips. Her greatest passions are building relationships, travelling, writing poetry, weight-lifting, hiking, creating art and content, and learning! She is very grateful for all of the inspiring people she's met along her Lifestyle Medicine journey, and is thrilled to see all of the beauty that this year brings.

Jadon-Neuendorf

VP of Education, ACLM Trainee Executive Board, Jadon Neuendorf

Jadon Neuendorf is a second-year medical student at The California University of Science and Medicine. His passion for Lifestyle Medicine was ignited while living in American Samoa and Samoa where he was impacted by the evident effects of a calorie-rich, nutrient-poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle on the health of a population. Since his time there, he became driven to bring real and lasting change to the standard practice of healthcare by promoting Lifestyle Medicine as a first-treatment approach for addressing the root causes of chronic disease. He established a Lifestyle Medicine interest group at his school and is enthusiastic about furthering the mission of ACLM as a member of the Trainee Executive Board and in his future practice as a physician.

Stas-Amato

VP of Research, ACLM Trainee Executive Board, Stas Amato

Stas Amato, MD, MSc, is a general surgery resident at the University of Vermont Medical Center. Prior to becoming a physician, Stas studied global health and served as a technical officer at the World Health Organization. She is interested in evidence- and science-based health policy. Stas enjoys researching the ecology of our most common diseases and the role of plant-based nutrition on inflammation, wound healing, and diseases that impact surgical patients and outcomes. She is a founding resident advisor of the Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine and is passionate about facilitating the integration of lifestyle medicine into medical education and patient care.

Lora-Stoianova

HEAL Liaison, ACLM Trainee Executive Board, Lora Stoianova

Lora Stoianova is a 4th year medical student at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, New York. She is serving as the Health Equity Achieved through Lifestyle Medicine (HEAL) Liaison.

Justin-Charles

VP of Partnerships, ACLM Trainee Executive Board, Justin Charles, MD

Justin Charles is a 3rd year resident in the Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program. Originally from Long Island, NY, he received his BS in Biology from Cornell University and his MD from Stony Brook University School of Medicine. At Stony Brook, he led and founded an LMIG at Stony Brook and served as a VP of Education on the ACLM Trainees E-board. He also completed a rotation at the McDougall Health and Medical Center. While at Yale, he has been a passionate advocate for all things Lifestyle Medicine. He created and taught a plant-based nutrition curriculum for his fellow residents and PA students, helped implement the introductory version of the LMRC, and led a group effort to pilot a plant-based menu on the inpatient cardiology services. He is in the process of creating a resident Lifestyle Medicine elective and recently founded the Yale Lifestyle Medicine Working Group with the goal of creating a comprehensive Lifestyle Medicine program across the larger health system. Next year, he will be training at the UCSD Preventive Medicine program where he plans to focus on Lifestyle Medicine at the clinical, public health and systems level. He also works as a medical consultant for a start-up called ActualFood, which aims to eliminate systemic barriers to disease-reversing, environmentally restorative plant-based eating. He is looking forward to working as VP of Partnerships to further promote Lifestyle Medicine in the health systems and industry sectors. In his free time, he enjoys plant-based cooking, running, hiking, traveling, comedy, and freestyle rap.

Abby-Garcia

VP of LMIG Development, ACLM Trainee Executive Board, Abby Joy Garcia

Abigail (Abby) Joy Garcia is a second-year osteopathic medical student at the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine (UIWSOM) in San Antonio, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor where she majored in biology and minored in music. Born and raised in Texas, Abby grew up surrounded by barbecue, traditional Mexican food, and Tex-Mex cuisine. Her passion for the impact of nutrition on health began when her father had an acute myocardial infarction. A combination of this and her undergraduate nutrition, sociology, and plant science courses taught her the power of plants on human health and how poor nutrition contributes to health disparities in people of color. At her medical school, she founded Food as Medicine, the UIWSOM LMIG, and is now proud to serve as the ACLM VP of LMIG Development. She is thankful for all her amazing mentors and her parents who have supported her passion for healthy food.

When she and her dad adopted a plant-based diet, she found that the veggie options tasted better than meat, and she is still having the most fun eating food and discovering new dishes than she ever did before. She is passionate about sharing her positive experiences and helping others discover the adventures of a plant-based diet. She believes that lifestyle changes should instead be seen as lifestyle practices to create space for mistakes, growth, and discovery and to take away the perfectionism associated with traditional dieting, vegetarianism, or veganism. She hopes to one day open her own plant-strong lifestyle medicine clinic, and her hobbies include lap swimming, anything Disney, and exploring world cultures through food.

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Annual Conference 

Attend ACLM's annual conference to learn from leaders in the field of Lifestyle Medicine. 

Online Educational Courses 

Further your knowledge by taking one of our educational courses at a deeply discounted Trainee rate. 

Webinars 

Attend our live webinars and access previous webinar recordings in the member-only webinar archive.*

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Academic Programs 

Find health professional schools that are integrating Lifestyle Medicine. 

Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group (LMIG) 

Join or apply to start an LMIG at your academic institution. 

Lifestyle Medicine 101 Curriculum 

Culinary Medicine Curriculum 

Advocate for the implementation of our curricular offerings. 


Lifestyle Medicine Residency Curriculum 

Bring the LMRC to your residency program to lay a foundation of Lifestyle Medicine for future residents and advance the field. 

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Become Certified in Lifestyle Medicine Practice

 

Treat, Reverse, and Prevent Chronic Disease by addressing the root causes of disease.

Registering for the exam secures your ability to reserve an appointment at a Prometric testing center. Invitations to reserve an appointment at a testing center will be distributed after September 30th. Registration after September 30th will go towards the 2023 exam.

 

Education Mastery
Most physicians and health professionals receive little to no education on nutrition, physical activity, sleep, social connectivity, and the avoidance of risky substance use which are the six pillars of Lifestyle Medicine. 
Certification in Lifestyle Medicine indicates that the individual has mastered the science of  preventing, treating, and reversing chronic disease in an evidence-based manner with official acknowledgement from the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine (for physicians and specialists) or the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (for professionals and practitioners).

Unique Advantage
Lifestyle Medicine Board Certified Physicians, Specialists, Professionals and Practitioners are recognized as subject matter experts in the field, giving them a hiring advantage for Lifestyle Medicine focused organizations and employers. A Lifestyle Medicine approach is enhanced with use of health behavior change coaching skills. Lifestyle Medicine has the power to decrease healthcare spending for both employers and patients, improve overall health outcomes, and activate patient autonomy and motivation for sustainable, lifelong behavior change.

Networking and Recognition 
Certification opens the door for valuable and rewarding networking, working and collaborating with like-minded professionals.
 
Eligibility
To certify as a Lifestyle Medicine Physician, there are 2 potential pathways:

1. Experiential Pathway (for current ABMS certified physicians)
  • You must be board-certified by a medical specialty board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) for US based physicians
  • You must be certified and registered to practice if you are a Canadian physician
  • You must have been primary board certified (USA) and practicing medicine for at least 2 years before being able to register for the ABLM exam

2. Educational Pathway (for residents)
  • You must complete the Lifestyle Medicine Residency Curriculum through a residency site. For a current list of residency sites, please visit lifestylemedicine.org/residency-curriculum
  • Please note that while you can sit for your ABLM exam after your residency, your certification will only be issued after you successfully passed your primary board exam.



Your certification will be issued by the ABLM for US/Canada based physicians, and by the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine (IBLM) for physicians outside North America.

For compete details visit ABLM.org or IBLM.co

Prerequisites

  • Current ABMS certification
  • 30 hours of online/non-live CME
  • 10 hours of in-person CME
  • A case study outlining your personal experience with lifestyle medicine (view PDF )

Prerequisites

  • You must be certified as a Lifestyle Medicine physician by ABLM
  • You must submit an application to the board of ABLM, using a template provided by ABLM upon request, evidencing that:
    • within a 7 year period, you have obtained 1200h of combined clinical and scholarly LM activity
    • you have to provide evidence of chronic disease reversal in your patients by submitting 10 separate case studies, with min. 3 contact points over 3 months (four of the 10 case studies must have 3 contacts over 6 months)
  • Please review the certification criteria here: PDF
  • Download the application document here: PDF
  • Pay the non-refundable application fee of $699 HERE

After paying the fee, and for any inquiries, please email your application and all questions to [email protected].

Your application will be reviewed and approved or declined by the ABLM board within 60 days. If successful, you will be issued with a “Certified Lifestyle Medicine Specialist” certification.

Eligibility
To certify as a Lifestyle Medicine Professional, you must hold a Masters or Doctorate degree in a health or allied health discipline such as: 
Credentials

Physician Assistant (PA)

Nurse (MSN, DNP)

Pharmacist (PharmD)

Registered Dietitian (RD, RDN)

Physical Therapist or Physiotherapist (DPT, MPT, MSPT)

Occupational Therapist (MOT, DOT)

Psychologist or Psychotherapist (PsyD, PhD)

Public Health Professional (MPH, DrPH)

Exercise Physiologist (C-EP)

Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)

Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

Chiropractor (DC)

Optometrist (OD)

Podiatrist (DPM)

Dentist (DDS, DMD)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)

Your certification will be issued by the ACLM for US/Canada based health practitioners, and by the IBLM for people outside North America

Prerequisites
  • Documentation of credentials
  • 30 hours of online/non-live CME
  • 10 hours of in-person CME
Eligibility
To certify as a Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner, you must hold a Bachelor degree in a health or allied health discipline such as:
Credentials

Registered Nurse (RN)

Registered Dietitian (RD, RDN)

Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)

Physician Assistant (PA)

Physical Therapist or Physiotherapist (PT)

Occupational Therapist (OT)

Pharmacist (RPh)

Professions listed in italics are grandfathered in by their professional associations and are therefore eligible to be certified as a Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner.

Your certification will be issued by the ACLM for US/Canada. The IBLM does not certify bachelor level health practitioners.

Prerequisites
  • Documentation of credentials
  • 30 hours of online/non-live CME 
  • 10 hours of in-person CME 
Online
In-Person

Rules

  • Virtual CME credits are accepted only from 2020 and 2021 events
  • CMEs must be no older than 36 months from the date of the exam
  • Proof of CMEs, credentials and case study must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the certification exam. CMEs from Lifestyle Medicine conferences immediately preceding an exam are exempt from the above 30-day rule (Please note that exam results will not be communicated until all prerequisites have been submitted and approved.)
Exam Pricing
The cost to certify is a one-time fee, dependent on your registration level and ACLM membership status.
MDs and DOs
  • Non-refundable registration fee $299
  • ACLM member Certification fee $1,349 (Certification issued by ABLM and IBLM)
  • Non-member Certification fee $1,499 (Certification issued by ABLM and IBLM)
  • Optional MOC pathway $100 per year
PhD and Masters Level Health Professionals:
  • Non-refundable registration fee $199
  • ACLM member Certification fee $1,169 (Certification issued by ACLM and IBLM)
  • Non-member Certification fee $1,299 (Certification issued by ACLM and IBLM)
  • Optional MOC pathway $80 per year
Bachelor Level Nurses & Dietitians:
  • Non-refundable member fee $99
  • ACLM member Certification fee $900 (Certification issued by ACLM)
  • Non-member Certification fee $999 (Certification issued by ACLM)
  • Optional MOC pathway $60 per year
Exam Dates
  • 2022 Exam Schedule: November 26th to December 11th at a testing center of your choice. Visit www.ablm.org to register!
  • Future exams will take place annually during the last week of November/first week of December timeframe. Please monitor www.ablm.org for updates!

Exam Logistics
  • Exam duration: Maximum 4 hours
  • Exam items/questions: 150 multiple choice questions for Lifestyle Medicine physicians; 120 multiple choice questions for Lifestyle Medicine professionals and Lifestyle Medicine practitioners
  • Format: proctored exam at a Prometric testing center of your choice.
While the ACLM adheres to the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) rule of full recertification after the end of every 10 year period, the ACLM/ABLM has launched an alternative Maintenance of Certification pathway, whereby Diplomates have the choice of a 10 year certification or on-going certification. On-going certification requires a yearly minimum payment, the annual reading of 3 LM related articles and answering a series of questions about these articles, and the submission of 30 LM related CME every 5 years.

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ELIGIBILITY

What kind of health professionals are eligible to become certified as a Lifestyle Medicine Professional?
To certify as a Lifestyle Medicine Professional, you must hold a Masters or Doctorate degree in a health related discipline, such as:

-Physician Assistant (PA)(NCCPA Certified)
-Nurse (MSN, DNP)
-Pharmacist (PharmD)
-Registered Dietitian (RD, RDN)
-Physical Therapist or Physiotherapist (DPT, MPT, MSPT)
-Occupational Therapist (DOT, MOT)
-Psychologist or Psychotherapists (PsyD, PhD)
-Exercise Physiologist (C-EP)
-Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)
-Naturopathic Doctor (ND) (AANMC Certified)
-Chiropractor (DC)
-Optometrist (OD)
-Podiatrist (DPM)
-Dentist (DDS, DMD)
-Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
-Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)
-Public Health Professional (MPH, DrPH)
-Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
-Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)

What kind of health professionals are eligible to become certified as a Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner?
To certify as a Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner, you must hold a Bachelors degree and be credentialed as one of the following health professionals:

-Nurse (RN)
-Registered Dietitian (RD, RDN)
-Physician Assistant (PA)
-Physical Therapist or Physiotherapist (PT)
-Occupational Therapist (OT)
-Pharmacist (RPh)
-Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)

Professions listed in italics are grandfathered in by their professional associations and are therefore eligible to be certified as a Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner.

I have my associates degree. Am I eligible to sit for the ABLM exam?
We do not currently have an associate-level certification tier.

If I am a medical student, am I eligible and what is my path to become certified?
As a medical student, here are some next steps to consider:

- applying for a residency program that has adopted and incorporated the Lifestyle Medicine Residency Curriculum (LMRC) to become eligible for the ABLM exam through the Educational Pathway. List of sites can be found at lifestylemedicine.org/residency-curriculum
OR
- pursuing certification after residency by completing the CME prerequisites through the Experiential Pathway. You can qualify for the certification exam after 2 years experience in your specialty field.
Attend a Lifestyle Medicine conference or register for an online course to start learning today! Note: all CME prerequisites must less than 36 months from the date of the exam.

If I am a resident or just completed residency, what is my path to become certified?
If you are in a residency program without the LMRC as the Educational Pathway to certification, you can become eligible through the Experiential Pathway post residency. Whether you are a resident or recently boarded in a specialty, we recommend that you attend a Lifestyle Medicine conference or register for an online course to start learning today! Note: all CME prerequisites must less than 36 months from the date of the exam.

If I am a physician but did not complete residency training, am I eligible to sit for the exam?
Physicians must be ABMS certified in order to be eligible to sit for the exam and become ABLM certified. However, non-ABMS certified physicians can sit for the IBLM (International) physician exam, visit iblm.co for details.

I am interested in getting certified but am not based or licensed in the US. What are my next steps?
Please visit iblm.co and contact [email protected] for more information.

Is the Lifestyle Medicine Residency Curriculum (LMRC) pathway for certification available for non-physicians?
The LMRC was first launched as a pilot in 2018 and is a 2-3 year curriculum. The LMRC is only available as the Educational Pathway for physician residencies at this time with the potential to create Educational Pathways for non-physicians training programs in the future.

Is the Lifestyle Medicine Specialist certification available for non-physicians?
The Lifestyle Medicine Specialist certification is currently only available as an option for physicians. For more information visit, ablm.org.

If I become certified as a bachelor-level Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner (bachelor-level) then complete a master degree, would I be eligible to upgrade to a Lifestyle Medicine Professional? If so, how does this work?
If a bachelor-level Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner completes their master degree, they can contact us and simply pay the difference to be transitioned into the Lifestyle Medicine Professional category.

Are Health Coaches eligible for certification? If so, what is the certification path? Does the Lifestyle Medicine for Coaches course serve as a prerequisite for the exam?
Health coaches are not eligible to become certified as a Lifestyle Medicine Professional or Practitioner and the Lifestyle Medicine for Coaches course does not serve as a prerequisite to sit for the ABLM exam. Rather, there is a different path for health coaches to pursue for certification in Lifestyle Medicine. Health coaches that have earned the "National Board Certified - Health and Wellness Coach" (NBC-HWC) designation from NBHWC
OR
are a Certified Wellcoach® through Wellcoaches, may complete the Lifestyle Medicine for Coaches course to earn the "Lifestyle Medicine Coach" (LMC) Certificate upon course completion. The course is available to anyone for a "Certificate of Attendance" following course completion. Visit lifestylemedicine.org/lifestyle-medicine-for-coaches for more information.

PREREQUISITES

What are the approved online 30-CME prerequisites to sit for the ABLM exam?
The approved prerequisites are found at ablm.org/how and are listed below.

The ABLM accepts Online CMEs of the following programs/providers:
• Lifestyle Medicine Board Review Course 2nd Edition & 3rd Edition
• ACLM/ACPM Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies (LMCC)
• Cornell certificate in plant-based nutrition
• Doane University Lifestyle Medicine Professional Certificate Program
• Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar, Certificate in Lifestyle Medicine

Rules:
While the ABLM sets the certification competencies and Lifestyle Medicine standards, it is left up to the participants to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and experience from reputable sources.

CMEs must be no older than 36 months from the date of the exam.

Proof of CMEs, credentials and case study must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the certification exam. (Please note that exam results will not be communicated until all prerequisites have been submitted and approved.)

What are the approved in-person 10-CME prerequisites to sit for the ABLM exam?
The approved prerequisites are found at ablm.org/how and are listed below.

The ABLM accepts In-Person CMEs of the following programs/providers:
• ACLM conferences & workshops (CME)
• Institute of Lifestyle Medicine (Harvard) conferences (CME)
• Food as Medicine conferences (CME)
• International Plant Based Nutrition Healthcare Conferences (CME)
• ACPM conference, lifestyle medicine stream (CME)
• Plant Based Prevention of Disease Conferences
• PCRM International Conferences on Nutrition in Medicine
• Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar, Certificate in Lifestyle Medicine

Rules:
CMEs must be no older than 36 months from the date of the exam.

Proof of CMEs, credentials and case study must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the certification exam. CMEs from Lifestyle Medicine conferences immediately preceding an exam are exempt from the above 30 day rule.

(Please note that exam results will not be communicated until all prerequisites have been submitted and approved.)

Do the prerequisites to sit for the board exam offer CME? CE?
ACLM offers the following CME/CE approved prerequisites to sit for the ABLM exam:

• The Foundations of Lifestyle Medicine Board Review offers 30 CME/CE. For details, visit lifestylemedicine.org/boardreview
• The Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies offers 32 CME/CE. For details, visit lifestylemedicine.org/LMCC

What is the difference between the Lifestyle Medicine Board Review and the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies?
The Foundations of Lifestyle Medicine Board Review (LMBR) offers 30 CME/CE. The course is self-study with 24 hours of CME/CE offered for reading/reviewing the board review manual and answering quiz questions. There are also 6 hours of online high-level overview review lectures. So those who benefit from this learning style may prefer the LMBR. For details, visit
lifestylemedicine.org/boardreview

 The Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies (LMCC) offers 32 CME/CE. There are 32 hours of self-paced voice-over PPT lectures modules, so those who benefit from this style of learning may prefer the LMCC. For details, visit lifestylemedicine.org/LMCC

How long are the CME prerequisites valid?
CMEs must be no older than 36 months from the date of the exam. 

Can you share more information about the Case Study required for physicians? Is this required before taking the exam? Is there a template? Where is it found?
The case study is an exam prerequisite and an opportunity to provide information on a Lifestyle Medicine intervention that took place either in your own life or in the life of one of your patients. The case study will include items such as diagnosis, LM modalities prescribed, pre/post intervention biometrics, medications, and more. There is a template for the case study available for download and use at
 ablm.org/how.

GENERAL INQUIRIES

Do I need to become an ACLM member to become certified?
While you do not need to become an ACLM member to become certified, we recommend you join today in order to connect with other like-minded colleagues and to also benefit from special ACLM member-pricing on prerequisites and on the certification exam itself.

Does the ABLM offer membership and is this required to become certified?
Similar to other medical specialties, membership is not available through the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine, but rather, through the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

What is the deadline to sign up for the 2021 Board Certification Exam?
The deadline to register for the 2021 ABLM exam is September 30th.

What is the average amount of time you'd recommend devoting to study for the boards?
This depends on your incoming foundation of Lifestyle Medicine knowledge and background. The 30 hour online-course prerequisite is required and the Foundations of Lifestyle Medicine Board Review is recommended for preparation for the exam. Depending on incoming knowledge, background, and availability to study, we recommend anywhere from 3-12 months to prepare.

Is there a way to connect with others who are studying?
The ABLM does not connect registrants with each other, however, within ACLM membership, there are various ways to connect with colleagues who are also going through certification through participation and networking within Member Interest Groups. There are also various social media study groups that have formed through the initiative of registrants.

Can you provide day of exam logistics?
Exams are taken at a Prometric testing center during the last week of November/first week of December.

Exam duration: Maximum 4 hours

Exam items/questions: 150 multiple choice questions for Lifestyle Medicine physicians; 120 multiple choice questions for Lifestyle Medicine professionals and Lifestyle Medicine practitioners

Format: proctored exam, at Prometric testing center of your choice. Exam registrants will receive instructions of how to secure a seat at a Prometric testing center after exam registration.

MAINTENANCE OF CERTIFICATION

How long does the certification last and what does the maintenance of certification (MOC) pathway include?
While the ABLM/ACLM adhere to the ABMS rule of full recertification after the end of every 10 year period, the ABLM/ACLM are offering an alternative Maintenance of Certification pathway, whereby Diplomates have the choice of a 10 year certification period or on-going maintenance of certification. On-going certification requires a yearly minimal payment, the annual reading of 3 LM related articles and answering a series of questions about these articles as well as the submission of 30 LM related CME every 5 years. This MOC pathway prevents individuals from having to retake and pay for the ABLM exam every 10 years.

Enrollment for the MOC happens during the first quarter of each year for diplomates from the previous year. There is no option to “buy-in” later.

Do the MOC provided in the pathway offer AMA PRA Category 1 CMEs?
The MOC pathway includes access to the 3 Lifestyle Medicine related articles and quizzes which are not currently CME accredited.

If I do not choose to sign up for the MOC program, what is the path for maintaining certification?
If an individual decides to forgo the maintenance of certification (MOC) pathway, they must take and pass the ABLM/ACLM exam again within 10 years to maintain certification.

Why is the IBLM administering the MOC process? Will I maintain my certification with ABLM or ACLM?
The IBLM as the global peak certification body administers the MOC on behalf of all global LM boards and societies. While the IBLM manages the process, your certification is maintained with the ABLM or ACLM.

Visit our diplomate page to see a list of individuals who are certified.

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