What are some options for trainings on Lifestyle Medicine?

I am a medical student and would like to obtain more training in nutrition and lifestyle medicine. Are there any residencies for Lifestyle Medicine?  If not, what are some other training opportunities that can I pursue?  


Thank you for sending in this question!  If you are like most US medical students, you got very little education about these topics in med school.

I have several suggestions for you to expand your knowledge. First of all, there is no residency in “Lifestyle Medicine” that I know of.  You might want to check out the requirements for a Preventive Medicine Residency, which includes a degree in public health.

There are several excellent conferences you should consider attending.
1) Plantrician Project Conference in Anaheim, CA, from Sept 21-24 
2) American College of Lifestyle Medicine Conference in Naples, FL, from Oct 23-26.  It offers reduced rates for medical students. Both of these first two options also offer training in the CHIP program for a reduced price.
3) Plant-based Prevention of Disease Conference in Albuquerque, NM, May 18-20, 2017.

Training programs:
1) eCornell certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition, an online course lasting 2 months, 30-36 total hours.
2) CHIP — see above.


Michael Greger M.D., FACLM

Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial.

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  1. I have a question (not related to this article, but I wasn’t sure where to post new questions), I’m very interested to know what Dr Greger thinks of Quorn, it’s a very popular faux meat here in the UK made from Fusarium venenatum fungus, some of their products are now vegan. It’s so meat like that I know meat eaters who buy it regularly (because it’s cheaper than meat). It’s a processed food, so maybe not good, but could it have any mushroom like benefits?
    Thanks for the great videos and keep up the wonderful work! :)

  2. I did not find any info. on lichen sclerosis (genital/anal area) on this site but I’m wondering if there are any specific dietary recommendations Dr. Greger might make for this condition? I’ve had it for 4 years & do not want to use Clobetasol propionate as prescribed by my doctor. I would rather treat homeopathically. I have followed Dr. Fuhrman’s plant-based vegan nutritarian eating plan for 6.5 years. Approx. 6 mths. after menopause, I started getting lichen sclerosis. It got worse for a while before stabilizing. I’m a long distance cyclist and runner who exercises approx. 16-20 hrs. per week. I wonder if beer could be exacerbating my problem. I drink about 6-9 per week. I would love to cure this with nutrition. Any advice? Thank you. Dr. Greger rules! He & Dr. Joel Fuhrman are my superheros.

  3. Hi, I also have a question that doesn’t really relate and I am having trouble finding where to ask it? Have you heard of Pyrroll Disorder? Conventional GP’s don’t seem to recognise it as a condition but integrative GP’s insist its real. I cannot find definitive proof it actually really exists, so I am hoping someone here can shed some light on the issue. As it supposedly causes excess copper load and depletes the body of zinc, a vegan diet is not recommended for people who suffer it. I would prefer to be vegan, and usually am however I have been told I am borderline Pyroll and should eat meat as plant proteins are so high in copper they further exacerbate the wrong ration between copper and zinc. Wishing to feel better and not struggling with my health, I really want to know the answer to my question. Can anybody help me please?

    1. Rachel,

      If you are suffering from Pyrrolle disorder supplementation to properly balance the mineral and vitamin deficiencies will be critical. If you focus on the plant proteins , taking a higher dose of zinc and B vitamins many be all that’s necessary to balance the system. Because the syndrome increases the amount of arachidonic acid levels, a pro inflammation omega 6 oil, it’s to your advantage to go plant based with regular testing to find the best approach to your genetic situation. I would encourage you to seek help from someone familiar with both the oral zinc load testing, as well as cellular testing such, as offered by Spectracell labs, which is a functional test of your cells and will give you a broad spectrum of understanding the potential deficencies. I am not affiliated with this lab, but have used their services for year for my patients.. Dr. Alan Kadish NF Moderator

      1. Thank you so much for getting back to me. I feel i can breath a sigh of relief regarding this diagnosis now. Being an Australian it seems I cannot access Spectracell labs and it can be quite a dance requesting these types of blood tests from GP’s here. I’ll definately find an integrative practitioner who can help me with this.

  4. Hello,
    I will be applying to allopathic medical school in the US this year. I know that medical schools provide infamously little training in nutrition. That being said, are there certain programs/schools that provide more nutrition education than others? While I know that I can obtain more training after becoming an MD, I would love to learn as much lifestyle medicine as possible in medical school.

    1. Emily Folse: One of our medical moderators recently answered this question for another poster. Here was the response: “I would highly recommend the nutrition courses held at Bastyr University (Seattle and San Diego). You would find a science based approach with an emphasis on medical responses. http://bastyr.edu Dr. Alan Kadish moderator for Dr. Greger”
      Does that help?

  5. Check out Loma Linda University School of Health (not School of Medicine, which they have also but it is the conventional M.D. training) in Southern California. This school is the Alma Mater of Dr. Hans Diehl, a Lifestyle Medicine educator himself.
    He was the first Director of Research and Education of the Pritikin Longevity Center. He is now working with Complete Health Improvement Programs (seminars worldwide which advocate a plant based diet) http://www.chiphealth.com/about-chip/history/

  6. The British Institute of Homepathy has an online approx two yr in depth clinical nutrition diploma program (DCN). Would be a great supplement to an MD degree.

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