CME Providers

Requirements for Educational Institutions
Equivalency pathways for educational programs
Basic Premise
The ABLM desires a pathway so that graduating resident physicians and/or other health professionals can meet the education and experiential requirements of the ABLM for admittance to the certifying exam in lifestyle medicine during their postgraduate medical training.
Graduates of educational programs certified by the ABLM would not be required to submit currently required continuing medical education hours and case studies. Instead, the educational program would be able to document that its’ trainees are fully equipped with both:
1) Lifestyle Medicine knowledge AND
2) Lifestyle Medicine practical experiences.

Caveats
Eligible programs for physician training include any accredited graduate medical education program (i.e. Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education approved). Eligible programs for non-physicians include any post-graduate training program after a terminal degree (i.e.,PhD, DNP, etc.)
If a program is only an educational program, and does not have significant practicum experiences, it may be eligible for the educational waiver, but not the case study practical waiver. Likewise, if the program is purely a rotational or experiential program, it would need to show clearly how the trainee acquires Lifestyle Medicine knowledge above and beyond their practical experience.

Program Approval
Educational programs that wish to be approved for ABLM education requirement and/or case study equivalency must submit documentation of how all graduates meet all required criteria in the educational and/or practicum components. The ABLM will review the documentation. Additional interviews and/or site visits may be required. Upon full board approval, a formal certificate of qualification will be provided to the program. Approval will occur in 4 year increments.
 

Educational Criteria
The ABLM expects all diplomats to be fully trained in all components of Lifestyle Medicine. This includes the following:

Eligible programs must submit a summary of the lectures, labs, or other experiences that specifically impart knowledge in each of these areas. Documentation of a detailed curriculum that achieves the required hours of training in each area is expected if graduates are going to be eligible to waive the educational or CME requirement for ABLM certification.
Practicum Criteria
Practical experience must be documented that clearly demonstrates ongoing exposure and use of the four key Lifestyle Medicine foundations: nutrition, physical activity, sleep/stress management/emotional resilience, and connectedness. Exposure to Intensive Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (ITLC), Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC) and group coaching approaches must be included. In order to meet full practicum equivalency criteria, programs must also show that they interact with multiple community agencies around Lifestyle Medicine. They must show that they require trainees to learn about Lifestyle Medicine related interpersonal and communication skills, practice-based learning and improvement and systems-based practice.

A summary of the practicum equivalency criteria is outlined in the table below:

* ITLC and TLC activities must address prevention, treatment and reversal of chronic disease processes

Educational Criteria
The ABLM expects all diplomats to be fully trained in all components of Lifestyle Medicine. This includes the following:

Eligible programs must submit a summary of the lectures, labs, or other experiences that specifically impart knowledge in each of these areas. Documentation of a detailed curriculum that achieves the required hours of training in each area is expected if graduates are going to be eligible to waive the educational or CME requirement for ABLM certification.
Proposal expectations
The ABLM will review annually any compliant submissions at their October board meeting. Submissions, addressing the key criteria, must be received in electronic format by the end of August each year, for review during the October meeting. Submissions can be sent to stephan.herzog@ablm.co