The Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative (LMEd) offers leadership, guidance and resources to advance the adoption and implementation of lifestyle medicine curricula throughout medical education.
Currently, LMEd is focused on expanding access to lifestyle medicine education in U.S. medical schools with a concentration on subjects specifically tailored for medical students. These subjects include:
Launched in February, our site offers access to a collection of resources that will continue to develop and grow over the coming months.
Faculty and administrators are invited to serve as lifestyle medicine liaisons or champions at their institutions. A support community for students is also under development.
Why Lifestyle Medicine?
By 2020, the World Health Organization predicts that two-thirds of all disease worldwide will be the result of lifestyle choices. Currently, 50 percent of Americans live with one or more chronic illness such as diabetes and hypertension, conditions in which diet and exercise play a key role. Healthcare professionals are uniquely positioned to stem the tide of chronic disease through patient education.
However, in order to provide truly beneficial patient education, our nation’s physicians must understand the vital roles exercise, nutrition and other lifestyle interventions play in preventing, treating and managing disease. This can be a challenge as today’s medical school curriculum rarely includes exercise and nutrition education or lifestyle medicine education.
The Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaboration — LMEd — has a vision for the future of medical education in which U.S. medical schools teach lifestyle medicine as an integral component of their curricula. Medical schools will provide an array of evidence-based curricular resources for prevention and treatment of lifestyle-related diseases throughout medical education including core curricula, lifestyle medicine competencies woven into existing curricula, additional electives, rotations, and scholarly concentrations.
To make this vision a reality, LMEd offers leadership, guidance, and resources to advance the adoption and implementation of lifestyle medicine curricula in U.S. medical schools.
Our vision is to integrate lifestyle medicine into medical education. Lifestyle factors including nutrition, physical activity, and stress are critical determinants of health, causing a pandemic of chronic disease and unsustainable health care costs. We will provide an array of evidence-based curricular resources for prevention and treatment of lifestyle related diseases throughout medical education.
On September 9 and 10, 2013, the USC School of Medicine Greenville and the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine at Harvard Medical School hosted the first national invitational Lifestyle Medicine Think Tank supported by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. Leaders in medical education and lifestyle medicine gathered in Greenville, S.C., to explore the idea of making lifestyle medicine a formal part of medical school curricula.
Since the first meeting, LMEd’s national planning team has conducted meetings in Boston, M.A., and Washington, D.C., with support from the Ardmore Institute of Health (www.fullplateliving.org).
Organizations represented at the January 2015 planning meeting:
- American Association of Medical Colleges
- American College of Lifestyle Medicine
- American College of Sports Medicine/ Exercise is Medicine
- American College of Preventive Medicine
- American Council on Exercise
- American Medical Student Association
- Bipartisan Policy Center
- Liaison Committee on Medical Education
- National Board of Medical Examiners
- National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity
Medical schools represented:
- Harvard Medical School
- University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville
- Western University of Health Sciences – College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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