Project Overview

This project focused on developing a strategic roadmap to integrate lifestyle medicine (LM) and preventive medicine (PM) into undergraduate medical education (UME). This critical need arises from lack of skills and knowledge among the physician workforce to effectively counsel patients on lifestyle-related determinants of health such as physical activity, nutrition, smoking cessation, sleep, and stress management which can produce positive health outcomes. Training in lifestyle and preventive medicine contents can provide current and future physicians with the knowledge and skills to better meet social and population health needs. Even though research exist to support the benefits of training physicians in LM and PM interventions, there is insufficient medical education, structure, incentives, and support to enable physicians to effectively address lifestyle-related determinants of health in the clinical setting.  

The outputs from this project include a white paper with detailed findings from the study as well as an infographic showing actionable steps to accelerate the integration of LM and PM content into UME.

 

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Partner Organizations

  • Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

  • American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM)

  • American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)

  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

  • American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM)

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

  • American Medical Association (AMA)

  • American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

  • Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC)

  • Institute of Lifestyle Medicine (ILM)

  • National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)

  • Robert Graham Center 

  • University of Case Western

  • George Washington University (GW) 

  • University of South Carolina 

  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UMPC) Health Plans

  • Wright Medical Center for Graduate Medical Education