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Lifestyle Medicine Track

Lifestyle Medicine Logo The Lifestyle Medicine Longitudinal Track will provide osteopathic medical students with a comprehensive and in-depth overview of Lifestyle Medicine and its supporting science with a focus on results-based wellness and chronic disease intervention. Reversal tools for type 2 diabetes, cardiac rehabilitation protocols, heart disease prevention, and weight loss/maintenance strategies for obese patients will be taught.

 

Medical students will gain the insights and tools necessary to succeed in the new paradigm of clinical practice focused on primary care, disease prevention and health promotion. Through a combination of e-learning, lectures and experiential activities, the curriculum will apply evidence-based practices to train medical students in behavior modification that prevents, halts, and reverses disease while promoting overall health and healthy aging. Students will learn the importance of being healthy-lifestyle role models to patients in their communities, including rural, diverse, underserved, and global populations.

 

LM Track Objectives, students participating in the track will learn to:

  • Identify ways that health care providers can help patients prevent, manage, and reverse chronic diseases
  • Use nutrition, exercise and lifestyle medicine to guide patients to reach desired health outcomes
  • Apply basic culinary techniques and principles that providers can utilize themselves and introduce to patients and community members
  • Teach nutrition and culinary medicine in a community setting
  • Learn how to practice and apply mind body (stress management) medicine
  • Understand the role of sleep in health & chronic disease prevention
  • Develop and apply skills for effective patient-centered counseling and motivational interviewing in order to increase the likelihood that a patient will consider making appropriate health behavior changes

 

LMT curriculum years 1-4 chart

 

National Leadership in Lifestyle Medicine Medical School Curriculum

Lifestyle Medicine LogoOur major 2015 COMP Curriculum priorities to further our national leadership include focus on:
Longitudinal Tracks, Lifestyle Medicine, Inter-professional Education and Leadership Training.
We are on the core leadership team of the LMEd national lifestyle medicine medical school curriculum consortium for all MD and DO medical schools. We are advancing lifestyle medicine curriculum nationally along with many leading partners. This is quite exciting to collaboratively advance health care. Learn more about LMEd at www.lifestylemedicineeducation.com


Meet some of our Lifestyle Medicine Track Students

 

lifestyle medicine students gaining skills in kitchen for special diet preparation

“The Lifestyle Medicine Track has been an amazing experience for me. In addition to having lectures from some of the most knowledgeable doctors and professors out there, the Lifestyle Medicine Track gave us an opportunity to get some hands on experience in the kitchen, learning valuable skills that we can eventually teach to our patients. I feel more empathetic about what a patient has to go through when trying to find the “perfect” diet, and now feel more comfortable giving advice about what are the best lifestyle practices for my future patients. A healthy lifestyle really is the core of excellent healthcare.”
-Samantha Rhoads DO2018


“The Lifestyle Medicine Track provides medical students the opportunity to explore how nutrition, exercise, and stress contribute to one’s overall health and how doctors can educate their patients about lifestyle modification as part of disease management and treatment. It is disheartening that the traditional medical school curriculum does not thoroughly address the importance of diet, exercise and other lifestyle factors that greatly influence health. I am grateful to have the opportunity to participate in the Lifestyle Medicine Track and I hope that other institutions implement similar programs. Over the past year, we have gained hands-on experience such as learning how to cook healthy meals alongside professional chefs and nutritionists. This program directly applies to our own lives; as we gain more information about healthy living, we are encouraged to modify our own lifestyle. In this manner, we learn how to best care for our own health, before we begin to care for others.”
-Awbrey Gilliam DO2018

 

“The crucial role nutrition plays in the health of a community became undeniably evident to me while interning for two months at Centro de Salud Wanchaq, a local health clinic in Cusco, Peru. While living and working in Cusco, I observed significant differences between Peruvian and North American diets, specifically with regards to the freshness of food. The general lack of access to processed foods coupled with consuming only fresh produce, grains and meats, made my body feel cleaner, healthier and more energized than normal. I also noticed through working in the health clinic that the main health issues and concerns for the local population were not metabolic in nature, as is the case in a large percentage of the population in the United States. After witnessing and experiencing, first hand, the positive and negative role nutrition plays in the health of a population, I pursued a Masters in Nutrition at Columbia University’s Institute of Human Nutrition. This Masters program reinforced my belief that lifestyle behaviors influence the health status of individuals and communities, prompted my adoption of a whole food, plant-based diet. With the goal of positioning nutrition education at the forefront of my medical practice I applied to be a member of the LM tract at Western University – COMP. The opportunities the LM tract has provided me, including special lectures with Dr. Nieman and hand on culinary experience have greatly facilitated me reaching my goal. I look forward to the future opportunities the LM tact will bring to increase my medical nutrition knowledge.” -Stephanie C. Clark DO2018

two lifestyle medicine students show dishes which they have prepared
Student William Chen stands in front of building with bicycle

“Lifestyle Medicine to me represents an overlooked aspect of healthcare that has the potential to have one of the biggest impacts on health. Poor habits in nutrition, diet, exercise, stress, and mental well-being are not easy to change, but overcoming these challenges can result in incredible outcomes that drive my interests in Lifestyle Medicine.”
-William Chen DO2018

Student Bernard Roscoe lifting weights

“I chose to apply to the Lifestyle medicine track as it felt like an excellent fit with my own background in personal training and nutrition counseling. Lifestyle medicine is found in the heart of Osteopathic medicine and represents the paradigm in which health care should be based. I am proud and excited to be a part of this cutting edge program. I look forward to being able to apply the information provided in this track to my future patients.”
-Bernard Roscoe DO2018


 

Student Ian Lentz prepares a meal

 

“I feel privileged to be part of the Lifestyle Medicine Track. Lifestyle choices are crucial to an individual’s health and it’s part of our duty as future healthcare providers to encourage healthy ones. This curriculum is so important that I feel it should be taught not just to the track students, but to all Western University osteopathic medical students and medical schools across the nation.”
-Ian Lentz DO2018

Six lifestyle medicine stand on a foot bridge, one student holds a small child

COMP-NW Lifestyle Medicine Students on a hike at McDowell Creek


Lifestyle Medicine Faculty

Portrait of Louise Muscato, Ph.D.
Louise Muscato, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Medical Education
COMP – Northwest
lmuscato@westernu.edu

Portrait of Marcel P. Fraix, DO
Marcel P. Fraix, DO
Chair, Clinical Sciences Department
COMP-Pomona
Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona, CA, 2003
mfraix@westernu.edu

Portrait of Robert B Ellis, DO, PhD, FACP
Robert B Ellis, DO, PhD, FACP
Assistant Professor
Lifestyle Medicine, Culinary Medicine
COMP-Northwest
ellisr@westernu.edu

Portrait of Charles Ross, DO
Charles Ross, DO
Assistant Professor
Lifestyle Medicine, CHIP Facilitator
COMP-Northwest
cross@westernu.edu

Portrait of David Nieman, DrPH
David Nieman, DrPH
Lifestyle Medicine and Exercise as Medicine
COMP-Northwest

Portrait of Kimberly Paulien, MS, RD
Kimberly Paulien, MS, RD
Culinary Medicine
COMP-Northwest

Portrait of Sara O'Leary, MS, RD
Sara O’Leary, MS, RD
Culinary Medicine
COMP-Northwest

Portrait of Douglas Brenneman, MS, CPT
Douglas Brenneman, MS, CPT
Organizational Performance and Motivational Interviewing Trainer
COMP-Northwest