Webinar Series

Join us as we build momentum for lifestyle medicine education and the future of health care through our upcoming webinars. We will focus exclusively on developing and advancing leadership in lifestyle medicine curricular education.

Questions about the Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative’s webinar series? Contact info@lifestylemedicineeducation.org

Current Webinars

Registration for our June 6th webinar is now open. The webinars are free, but registration is required and availability is limited. Each webinar will be 30 minutes in length and archived to allow viewing at a later date.

Walk with a Future Doc
Tuesday, June 6 at 2pm ET
LMEd Host: Dennis Muscato, MS
Presenters: David Sabgir, MD, and Joan Dorn, PhD

Webinar presenters David Sabgir, MD, and Joan Dorn, PhD, will discuss the creation of the Walk with a Future Doc program and the history of a grassroots movement that equips physicians to dispense the miracle drug of walking. In addition, they will share the adaptation they’ve made to incorporate medical students, the practitioners of tomorrow, to invest in healing their communities today.

The Webinar is free and we will have time for Q and A.


About the Presenters
About Dennis Muscato, MS
LMEd Host

Dennis Muscato is senior program manager faculty leading Lifestyle Medicine Strategic Collaborations at Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Lebanon, OR. He led the inception, launch, and initial development of the Lifestyle Medicine Education program.

Dennis Muscato developed Hewlett Packard Global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Stakeholder Relations. As its first program manager, he positioned HP’s CSR global leadership recognition through strategic business process improvements, university and community partnerships, competitive industry benchmarks, new business opportunities, media and public relations, investor relations, sponsorships, and social and environmental reporting.

He led HP charitable giving through multi-million dollar technology grants with community non-profits, agencies, K-12, community colleges, and universities throughout Oregon. Dennis served as a founding board member of U.C. Berkeley Haas Center for Responsible Business. Additionally, he developed global HP partnership projects with international institutions as Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), UN Global Compact (UNGC), Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), and many others.

Joan Dorn, PhD

Dr. Dorn is a Medical Professor and Chair of the Department of Community Health and Social Medicine at the City University of New York (CUNY), School of Medicine. She received her PhD. in Epidemiology and Community Health from the State University of New York, University at Buffalo in 1993. She completed an American Heart Association postdoctoral fellowship and later joined the faculty in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo. Prior to coming to the CUNY School of Medicine, she served as Chief of the Physical Activity and Health Branch in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Dorn’s research focuses on the role of physical activity and other lifestyle behaviors in the primary and secondary prevention of chronic diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and obesity. She has conducted this research in diverse populations, using a variety of epidemiologic study designs and methods including population based case-control and prospective studies, long-term follow up of clinical trials and surveillance at national and state-based levels. As Chief of the Physical Activity and Health Branch, she designed and was the lead scientist on an ancillary study to the CDC funded Community Transformation Grants Program. With an emphasis on health equity, this study examined the role of the macro and micro built environment on physical activity behavior in adult and child dyads living in four communities across the United States. Her current research includes NIH/NCI-funded (Partnership Community Outreach Research Education) community based studies aimed at cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment in minority and immigrant populations living in New York City and the NIH/NIDDK funded New York City Physical Activity and Redesigned Community Spaces (PARCS). The PARCS study is examining the association between parks, as a key attribute of the built environment, and physical activity, park usage, psychosocial and mental health, and community wellbeing. Dr. Dorn currently serves as Co-Chair of the EveryBody Walk National Collaborative to promote walking and walkable communities for all. She also serves on the American College of Sports Medicine Health Equity work group.

David Sabgir, MD

Walk with a Doc was created by Dr. David Sabgir, a board-certified cardiologist who practices with Mount Carmel Clinical Cardiovascular Specialists at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s in Westerville, OH, a suburb of Columbus.

Walk with a Doc is a free, unique, physician-led program that incorporates seven major components of good health. Walk with a Doc began in 2005 at a park in Westerville, OH, and has expanded to more than 302 sites around the US and in nine countries. Walk with a Doc is fortunate that the current US Surgeon General is using Walk with a Doc as the example for preventative health when he is addressing audiences.

David attended the University of Miami for undergrad; Medical College of Ohio for Medical School; and served his internship, residency, and fellowship at The Ohio State University Medical Center (O-H). He practices cardiology full-time for the Mount Carmel Health System and serves as their Medical Director for Cardiac Rehabilitation. He absolutely loves Walk with a Doc and sees it as an important next step in care of our communities.

He lives in New Albany, Ohio with his wife Kirstin and two children, Ally and Charlie.



Past Webinars

  • Applying and Practicing Lifestyle Medicine in Residency
    Tuesday, April 25 at 2pm ET
    LMEd Host: Eddie Phillips, MD
    Presenters: Brenda Rea, MD, DrPH, PT, RD and Regan Stiegmann, DO, MPH

    Synopsis: Webinar presenters Brenda Rea and Regan Stiegmann shared stories of how Lifestyle Medicine-based practices have been successfully integrated into various residency education programs. In addition, the presenters discussed how they personally apply the concepts of Lifestyle Medicine into their own lives.


  • Teaching Doctors to Practice Value-Based Health Care and Population Health Management: The Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative
    Presenter: Jennifer L.Trilk, PhD
    Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 2pm EDT

    Synopsis: This webinar showcased the overview, mission and vision of the Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative (LMEd), the accomplishments to date, and LMEd’s goals in 2016 to align medical schools to work together to improve the nation’s practice of value-based care by teaching lifestyle and preventative medicine. We are grateful to the Ardmore Foundation, Physician’s Committee on Responsible Medicine, American Council on Exercise, American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and many others for their support and expertise.


  • Medical Students as a Key Partner in the Co-creation of Evidence-Based Lifestyle Medicine Medical School Education
    Presenter: Edward M. Phillips, MD
    Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 2pm EDT

    Synopsis: The second webinar in our series showcased the critical involvement of medical students in Lifestyle Medicine Education. Each year, students have pointed to a lack of lifestyle medicine knowledge due to a gap in the traditional curriculum. Particularly there is a lack of content surrounding topics such as physical activity, nutrition and behavior-change strategies, despite a call by students indicating that the inclusion of this knowledge skills are an important component of medical education. Specifically, this webinar focused on incorporating students at all levels of curriculum integration – from student interest groups to fully incorporated classroom based education. We discussed the need for four essential components necessary to implement a Lifestyle Medicine from a student perspective including: A Champion Mentor, Interested Students, Recognition from the Medical School, and Creating a Lifestyle Medicine Syllabus. We are grateful to the Ardmore Foundation, Physician’s Committee on Responsible Medicine, American Council on Exercise, American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and many others for their support and expertise.


  • Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative Mentoring – Assisting Medical Schools in Lifestyle Medicine Student Education
    Presenter: Dennis Muscato, MS
    Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 2pm ED

    Synopsis: Our third webinar showcased how we assist medical schools in the step-by-step process of adding Lifestyle Medicine Education to the student education and experience.  More than 70 schools have joined LMEd, and they are at varying levels of integration of Lifestyle Medicine across the country and the globe.  We offer phone and virtual coaching sessions, a Dropbox of key resources, and network of medical professionals in lifestyle medicine that support each other collaboratively.  We also have many others already in residency and in medical practice as well from a variety of medical professionals and undergraduate universities.  We are grateful to the Ardmore Foundation, Physician’s Committee on Responsible Medicine, American Council on Exercise, American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and many others for their support and expertise.


  • The Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative Partners with AAMC’s MedEdPORTAL to Provide Evidence-Based Lifestyle Medicine Curricular Resources
    Presenter: Jennifer L.Trilk, PhD
    Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 2pm EDT

    Synposis: In our final webinar, we highlighted LMEd’s partnership with the AAMC’s publishing suite, MedEdPORTAL Publications (www.mededportal.org). MedEdPORTAL maintains a rigorous peer review process based on standards used in the scholarly publishing community. Each submission is scrutinized by editorial staff and independent reviewers using a standardized review instrument grounded in the tenets of scholarship. Published authors receive a formal citation for their accepted publication. MedEdPORTAL publications are considered by many to be scholarly works that may support faculty advancement decisions. The AAMC manages a database of trained, content expert reviewers, puts forth a call for submissions to all medical schools, tracks submissions through the publication process and supports an Associate Editor for the collection. As such, the Lifestyle Medicine Collection curated and housed at MedEdPORTAL will include material vetted by Lifestyle Medicine content-expert reviewers and an Associate Editor that will guarantee the collection to be of the utmost quality of material for educators to use in teaching. Finally, as MedEdPORTAL is an international publication of peer-reviewed curricula and resources, authors who develop evidence-based, Lifestyle Medicine material are encouraged to submit to the collection. In summary, by distributing high-quality curriculum and incentivizing faculty, this collaboration will “raise the bar” of making available, evidence-based LM medical education for medical schools to utilize. We are grateful to the Ardmore Foundation, Physician’s Committee on Responsible Medicine, American Council on Exercise, American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and many others for their support and expertise.


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