Lifestyle Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville: A Classroom-Clinical-Community Model
The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville (UofSC Medical School Greenville) is the first medical school in the country to fully incorporate and require all matriculating medical students to become educated in over 80 hours of Lifestyle Medicine (LM) training, called the “Core Program,” with a graduating Program-Level goal to, “Deliver total health care using Lifestyle Medicine to prevent and treat morbidity and mortality related to chronic diseases.” Through its clinical partnership with Prisma Health–Upstate, the school is dedicated to introducing students to the latest in real-world patient care. The purpose of the implementation of Lifestyle Medicine into the curriculum is two-fold: to promote self-care among the student body as they persevere through school, and for students to impart this knowledge to their future patients. Adopted and embraced by Prisma Health–Upstate, Total Health is the approach to patient care that begins with a health risk assessment to develop a patient-centered prevention and wellness program. Emphasis is on continuity of care before, during and after admissions in order to reduce risk of acute illness, relapse or acute episodes of chronic disease, and hospital admissions while maximizing patient function and well-being. The Lifestyle Medicine curriculum reinforces and builds on this approach to patient care and demonstrates the continuum of education through practice as a hallmark of the partnership between the UofSC School of Medicine Greenville and Prisma Health–Upstate. The UofSC Medical School Greenville also offers the Lifestyle Medicine Distinction Track (LMDT). Competitive students who enter the LMDT, train beyond the core program to become LM frontline advocates for healthy lifestyle behaviors in their patients and communities through the effective application of Lifestyle Medicine principles. Students also perform scholarly work and learn how to effectively use evidence-based Lifestyle Medicine to prevent and treat chronic diseases that include obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and various forms of cancer. Learn more about the Lifestyle Medicine program at UofSC Medical School Greenville in this session.
- Review the process for implementation and ongoing delivery of education programs.
- Discuss ways to educate students on the prevention and treatment of lifestyle-related noncommunicable chronic diseases (NCDs).
- Outline the process for strategic alignment of the Lifestyle medicine longitudinal curriculum with the core curricular experiences in the clinical training years.
- Describe how programs like “Exercise is Medicine Greenville” is used in the clinical and community setting to improve patients’ lifestyles.
CME/CNE/CE: 1.0 | CPE: 0.0