Laying an Early Foundation: Creating and Empowering Healthcare Change-Agents through Pre-Professional Lifestyle Medicine Education
Just as lifestyle medicine is the necessary foundation for true healthcare reform, so also should lifestyle medicine competencies be the foundation for health education. Although lifestyle medicine education may benefit a health professional at any stage in their education or career, educating undergraduate future health professionals with evidence-based lifestyle medicine shifts their perspective of health. Educating health pre-professionals at the associates, bachelors, masters and other pre-professional healthcare training programs is of equal importance due to the interdisciplinary nature of lifestyle medicine.
Educating physicians and healthcare professionals about the power of healthy habits is of paramount importance. ACLM, Harvard, and LMEd work collaboratively through committees, projects, working groups, and leadership champions of change to accomplish this. The ACLM Pre-Professional Member Interest Group (LMPP) was created in June 2018. It has been working to build a national collaborate effort to amass, create, and distribute resources for educators in this pre-professional arena. Educating college students who are going to become professionals outside the medical sphere like lawyers, business people, artists, and engineers will benefit the field by introducing the power of nutrition, exercise, sleep, social connection and stress resiliency at a young age. Thus, the importance of a college level course
Educating pre-professional students on undergraduate campuses provides an opportunity to experience lifestyle as medicine personally as well as provide them with experiential opportunities enhances the power of lifestyle as medicine for their future patients. Advancing Pre-Professional Lifestyle Medicine Interest Groups (LMIG) also provides students with resources to advance their knowledge in this area.
During this session, LMPP Member Interest Group members will share their work in teaching undergraduate courses in lifestyle medicine, creating majors for lifestyle medicine, and teaching lifestyle medicine related courses to pre-professionals.
Learn how to use up to date teaching principles and technology to offer a highly engaging and informative course on lifestyle medicine. Examples of tools to use are case studies, interactive discussion questions on a learning platform, and live and learn sessions. If you are thinking about teaching a course on lifestyle medicine, this session is for you.
- Learn how to create a syllabus for lifestyle medicine using a template
- Understand how to prepare a semester long course with readings, slides, lectures, quizzes, discussion questions, and semester long projects
- Identify resources available through ACLM and LMEd that will enable a successful launch for a course or Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group
- Incorporate authentic learning techniques and service learning to enhance the education process