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Lifestyle Medicine Curriculum

The USC School of Medicine Greenville is the first medical school in the country to fully incorporate education in nutrition, physical activity, behavior change, and self-care including resiliency into all four years of its undergraduate medical school curriculum. Through its clinical partnership with Greenville Health System, the school is dedicated to introducing students to the latest in real-world patient care. The purpose of the implementation of lifestyle medicine into the curriculum is two-fold: to promote self-care among the student body as they persevere through school, and for students to impart this knowledge to their future patients.

Adopted and embraced by Greenville Health System, Total Health is the approach to patient care that begins with a health risk assessment to develop a patient-centered prevention and wellness program. Emphasis is on continuity of care before, during and after admissions in order to reduce risk of acute illness, relapse or acute episodes of chronic disease, and hospital admissions while maximizing patient function and well-being. The Lifestyle Medicine curriculum reinforces and builds on this approach to patient care and demonstrates the continuum of education through practice as a hallmark of the partnership between the USC School of Medicine Greenville and Greenville Health System.

Jennifer Trilk, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Physiology and Exercise Science at the USC School of Medicine Greenville, is a national leader for incorporating physical activity, nutrition and student self-care into medical school. Dr. Trilk co-founded the Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative, which focuses on expanding access to lifestyle medicine education in U.S. medical schools. 

USCSOMG Lifestyle Medicine in the News

Exercise: It's what the doctor ordered
CNN - November 8, 2016

ELMO announce the cooperation with LMed
ELMO - October 6, 2016

Doctors not taught to discuss diet, nutrition with patients
Chicago Tribune - August 1, 2016

How to promote Lifestyle Medicine in the Clinic, Curriculum, Community: Assoc Prof Irfan Asif
American Medical Society for Sports Medicine

Medical Schools Recognize Importance of Lifestyle Choices

How Medical Industry Changes Are Shaping Curriculums
US News & World Report - March 24, 2014

GHS and USC Human Performance Lab to measure benefits of exercise for cancer survivors
Greenville Journal - December 12, 2013

A look inside GHS's new human performance lab
WYFF 4 - November 22, 2013

New GHS lab to seek ways to enhance cancer recovery
The Greenville News - November 21, 2013

Lifestyle Medicine
Greenville Journal - September 12, 2013

Making Wellness Work: USC School of Medicine Greenville, Harvard Host Lifestyle Medicine Think Tank
Reuters - September 9, 2013