Courses and Lectures Offered

Active Lives: Transforming Ourselves and Our Patients
November 9-10, 2012
The Conference Center at Waltham Woods, Waltham, MA

Course Directors: Edward M. Phillips, MD and Elizabeth P. Frates, MD

According to a recent study by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), over 40% of physicians talk to their patients about the importance of exercise but don't offer suggestions on the best ways to be physically active. "Active Lives: Transforming Ourselves and Our Patients" is designed to provide health care professionals with the necessary tools, strategies, techniques, and systems to ensure that their patients understand the importance of physical activity and are prescribed exercise based on their individual health needs. Faculty from Harvard Medical School and guest faculty, along with fitness instructors, will present the state of the science of physical activity/exercise, the exercise prescription, and behavioral counseling. Attendees will participate in exercise sessions for themselves and will learn how to do office based fitness assessments for and to show exercises to their patients.
This two-day, highly interactive, exercise-centered activity will ultimately help attendees become positive, lifelong participants in their own health and in the health of their patients.

Achieving Healthcare Leadership & Outcomes through Writing & Publishing
March 14-16, 2013
Boston Marriott Cambridge, Cambridge, MA

Course Director: Julie Silver, MD

This course provides the tools medical professionals need to publish health-related content beyond the scope of traditional medical journals. Much of the health information that is available to the public is written by journalists who are not healthcare professionals. Teaching physicians and other healthcare professionals about how to write and publish for consumers helps to fulfill an important gap when it comes to public health information and education. Course lectures and workshops as well as one-to-one discussions with publishing professionals provide terrific opportunities to improve writing and communication skills. Past course attendees have gone on to publish academic and trade books, magazine and newspaper articles, blogs, office kiosk information, patient brochures and newsletters, and mobile apps.

Teaching doctors about narrative writing is an important component of this course. Studies have shown that “Narrative Medicine" fortifies clinical practice. This course will help medical professionals improve effectiveness of care by developing the capacity for attention, reflection, representation and affiliation with patients and colleagues.


Lifestyle Medicine: Tools for Promoting Healthy Change
June 21-22, 2013
Simches Auditorium at MGH, Boston, MA

Course Directors: Edward M. Phillips, MD and Elizabeth P. Frates, MD

Details are forthcoming.

The following are the online CME courses that are directed by PM&R faculty:

Lifestyle Medicine: Prescribing Exercise (Edward M. Phillips, MD)
Lifestyle Medicine: Nutrition (Elizabeth P. Frates, MD and Tom Rifai, MD)
Lifestyle Medicine: Osteoporosis (Edward M. Phillips, MD)
Lifestyle Medicine: Stress Management (Edward M. Phillips, MD)
Lifestyle Medicine: Weight Management (Edward M. Phillips, MD)
Lifestyle Medicine: Acute Low Back Pain (James Rainville, MD and Elizabeth P. Frates, MD)
Cancer Survivorship (Julie Silver, MD)

These can be accessed here.

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