ASLM is proud to announce Board Certification in Lifestyle Medicine is now available in Australasia.
The first cohort (USA) sat the certification exam at the American College of Lifestyle Medicine conference in Tucson Arizona in October 2017. The second cohort (Australasia) sat the same exam in November 2017 in Sydney, followed by the third sitting in Manila in February 2018. Future exams will be held in Edinburgh and Brisbane (August 2018), Indianapolis (Oct 2018) and Lima and Sao Paolo in November 2018.
Now is the time to register for those who plan to sit the exam at Lifestyle Medicine 2018, 17-19 August, Brisbane. Early bird pricing is currently in ‘extra time’ so don’t delay. The more time to study the better.
The deadline for registration for the exam in Brisbane in August is 31 May 2018. After this, registrations will be closed.
Be amongst the first in the world to be certified by the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine (IBLM)! Certification can be undertaken from a clinical or public health perspective. Certification demonstrates your commitment to, and expertise in, Lifestyle Medicine, augmenting your clinical or public health practice with a solid grounding in preventing, managing and reversing chronic and lifestyle-related disease.
Certification also achieves one third of the points (480/1440) required for ASLM Fellowship for those who want to undertake further professional development in Lifestyle Medicine.
Watch the video to better understand some of the reasons for certification and the importance of having an internationally recognised and consistent standard for Lifestyle Medicine professionals. The video features some of the founding members of the American and International Boards of Lifestyle Medicine.
Types of Certification
There are three categories of certification, depending on your field and level of professional education:
Certified by the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine and ASLM
Requirements: 30 hours online CPD, 10 hours in person CPD, case study, 150 item 4 hour exam
Pre-requisites and requirements for Board Certification are:
30 hours of online Lifestyle Medicine specific CME/CPD – see examples below
10 hours of in-person Lifestyle Medicine specific CME/CPD
eg: attendance at Lifestyle Medicine workshops or conferences in USA or Australia
A formal case study of your experience/practice/application of Lifestyle Medicine (submitted one month prior to the exam)
A formal exam (exams are expected to be held annually):
Exam duration and items/questions:
150 items for Lifestyle Medicine physicians (4 hours)
120 items for Lifestyle Medicine professionals/practitioners (3 hours)
Format: In person – invigilated by IBLM
(CPD/CME must not be older than 3 years prior to the exam)
Certification involves a self-directed learning process, however ASLM provides candidates with the assistance of our Education Coordinator and access to a section of the website with educational resources for certification and fellowship candidates.
In most cases, candidates are strongly recommended to undertake the 30 hour online Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies course offered by the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) as this will provide a solid grounding for the exam. There is a separate fee charged by ACPM for this course. There is no special discount for ASLM members unfortunately.
Candidates are also encouraged to undertake the Comprehensive Board Review Course (CBRC) offered by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. This course was developed by lead authors John Kelly, MD, MPH and Jeni Shull, MD, MPH, with active participation from an Editorial Advisory Panel comprised of many of the leading experts in the field of lifestyle medicine. In this case, there is a $100 discount for ASLM members but only when registering for the CBRC via this page.
There are also other highly regarded courses that will assist with exam preparation. The following are recommended by the IBLM:
Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine conferences and workshops (this site)
Candidates will be provided with a comprehensive list of online resources, references, articles and other reading to assist with exam preparation.
Our Education Coordinator will also provide guidance in the preparation of your case study including a template for this.
Frequently asked questions
How much time do I need to prepare and complete the requirements for the exam?
Exam preparation and board certification requirements can be completed in a 2-3 month period, depending on how much time you have to study. However, more time than this would be preferable.
I’m not a medical doctor, can I still register for Board Certification?
There are three types of certification available, based on your education and profession. Essentially you need to be a health practitioner or public health professional with a Masters or PhD level qualification for certification by the IBLM. Degree level health professionals can be certified by ASLM only.
Can you explain more about the other courses I need to complete as part of the certification process?
You are required to complete 30 hours of online Lifestyle Medicine CPD/CME. We strongly recommend you undertake the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies (LMCC) program to achieve your 30 hours. There are alternative courses which have been recommended by the IBLM but the LMCC is seen as the best preparation.
What kind of support will I have to prepare for the exam?
To help support your efforts, we have created an education resources area of the website which is designed to help you with your preparation and direct you toward the right literature to study. Our education coordinator is here to help answer your questions along the way.
There is also a Comprehensive Board Review Course (CBRC) mentioned above, which candidates may choose to undertake. This course is provided by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and is also helpful in providing a structured study format for candidates, so it’s highly recommended.
How can I meet the 10 hour requirement for in-person CME/CPD
The best way to get at least 10 hours of in-person CPD/CME is to attend Lifestyle Medicine 2018 or other workshops developed by ASLM (previous Lifestyle Medicine conferences also qualify for those who attended).