Certification in Lifestyle Medicine (Board Certification) is now available in the UK.
The next certification exam will be held at Twickenham Stadium in London at 1pm on Friday, June 26th 2020. Due to the current situation with COVID-19 we are also organising a second exam date in Edinburgh on October 24th 2020. Venue tbc.
BSLM is now offering members the opportunity to obtain certification from 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.
Watch the videos below to better understand the reasons for certification and the importance of having an internationally-recognised and consistent standard for Lifestyle Medicine professionals.
About the BSLM Diplomate
BSLM chairman Rob Lawson explains how you can obtain Lifestyle Medicine Certification through the BSLM and what’s involved.
What the Students Say
BSLM diplomate students reflect on their experience of working towards Lifestyle Medicine Certification.
Eligibility- Full member of BSLM - Clinician, public health professional, or health practitioner
Requirements: Certified Physician, Certified Professional, Certified PractitionerWhat's involved ...
- 30 hours of self-directed online Lifestyle Medicine specific CPD – see examples below
- 10 hours of in-person Lifestyle Medicine specific CPD eg: attendance at Lifestyle Medicine conferences including the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine's planned virtual conference in 2020.
- A formal case study of your experience/practice/application of Lifestyle Medicine (submitted no later than one month before the exam)
A formal exam (exams are expected to be held annually): - Exam duration and items/questions:
- 150 multiple choice questions for Lifestyle Medicine physicians (four hours)
- 120 multiple choice questions for Lifestyle Medicine professionals/practitioners (three hours)
- Format: In person – invigilated by IBLM. Next exam dates (may be subject to change) June 26th 2020, London; October 24th, Edinburgh.
(CPD must not be older than three years prior to the exam)
Self-Directed Online Learning
Certification involves a self-directed learning process, however, BSLM provides candidates with the assistance of our Education Coordinators and access to a section of the website with educational resources for certification. (more information is available after registering for the exam).
Candidates are strongly recommended to undertake the Lifestyle Medicine Board Review Course (LMBRC) offered by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. This course which provides 30 hours of learning 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.
Candidates are also encouraged to undertake the 30 hour online Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies course offered by the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) as this will also provide a solid grounding for the exam. There is a separate fee charged by ACPM for this course. There is no special discount for BSLM members unfortunately.
There are also other highly regarded courses that will assist with exam preparation. The following are recommended by the IBLM:
Institute of Lifestyle Medicine (Harvard) online courses
Cornell certificate in plant-based nutrition.
In-Person LearningBritish Society of Lifestyle Medicine conferences and workshops. Please note attendance at our planned virtual conference this year will count as 'in person' learning allowing you to obtain the required 10 hours of CPD.
ACLM conferences & workshops.
Institute of Lifestyle Medicine (Harvard) conferences.
Food as Medicine conferences.
International Plant Based Nutrition Healthcare Conferences
Candidates will have access to a list of online resources, references, articles and other reading to assist with exam preparation.
Our Education Coordinators will also provide guidance in the preparation of your case study.
Frequently Asked QuestionsI’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 physician, public health professional with a Masters or PhD level qualification certified by both the IBLM & BSLM, or a health practitioner at degree level certified by the the BSLM.
CAN YOU EXPLAIN MORE ABOUT THE OTHER COURSES I NEED TO COMPLETE AS PART OF THE CERTIFICATION PROCESS?
We strongly recommend you to undertake the Lifestyle Medicine Board Review Course (LMBRC) course offered by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). There are alternative courses which have been recommended by the IBLM but the LMBRC is seen as the best preparation.
WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT WILL I HAVE TO PREPARE FOR THE EXAM?
The education resources area of the BSLM website will support you with exam preparation - directing you towards the right literature to study. Your education coordinator will also support you and answer your questions along the way. There is also a Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies (LMCC) course mentioned above, which candidates may choose to undertake. This course is provided by the American College of Preventative Medicine and is also seen as ideal exam preparation, 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 the BSLM Lifestyle Medicine Virtual Conference between 24-26 June 2020. (The 2018 & 2019 conferences also qualify for those who have attended). The events page on our website provides alternative options though please note many of these maybe subject to cancellation or change due to the COVID-19 crisis.
If you have any further questions about Lifestyle Medicine Certification please email firstname.lastname@example.org and book a personal call in with one of our Education Coordinators.
From The International Board of Lifestyle Medicine
Why should you get certified in Lifestyle Medicine? Watch this video from the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine to find out.
Registration & Pricing:
**Including Registration fee £200 which is non-refundable
***Including Registration fee £134 which is non-refundable