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Program Overview

The goal of the Culinary and Lifestyle Medicine Track program is to increase the number of physicians who have an understanding, appreciation and skill development in nutrition, food science and preparation and lifestyle management issues to be able to education patients in ways to prevent certain chronic medical diseases. The CLM track is an interdisciplinary program with faculty and students from the School of Medicine and the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences.

Certain conditions can be prevented, improved or even reversed by proper lifestyle management. These are the most common in West Virginia:

  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Chronic Renal Failure
  • Hypertension
  • Cancer

What is the deadline to submit my application for the culinary and lifestyle medicine track?

The application deadline for students entering WVU School of Medicine in the Fall 2020 semester is June 15, 2020. Applicants will be notified of acceptance decisions by July 1. 

What is the additional time requirement of the culinary and lifestyle medicine track?

The track's curriculum is incorporated into the traditional medical school curriculum. Our faculty work hard to plan activities around the academic calendar so that studies are not disrupted. However, to sit for the national culinary medicine specialist exam at the end of the 4th year of medical school, students will be required to do extra studying and review on their own time during the medical school years. 

Students will complete online modules and attend periodic food preparation classes. The usual 18-month curriculum required to sit for this exam will be spread out over four years, with adequate time to prepare for the specialty exam prior to graduation.

If I am accepted into the program, am I required to choose Primary Care as my specialty?

No. Students in the program will be exposed to nutrition, food preparation and lifestyle medicine issues (such as stress reduction, exercise and sleep management), and knowledge in these issues will be beneficial to students in both their own lives and the specialty of their choice.

Can I participate in the Culinary and Lifestyle Medicine program on any of the three School of Medicine campuses?


Can I participate in either the Rural Health track or the Global Health track, as well as the Culinary and Lifestyle Medicine track?


How many students are accepted into the program each year?

We are accepting up to eight medical students each academic year.

Do I have to commit to the program for all four years of medical school?

Completion of all four years is required to receive a certificate in Culinary and Lifestyle Medicine at the School of Medicine. Additional completion of the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine course work will need to be accomplished to be able to sit for the Culinary Medicine Specialist Exam in the spring of your senior year at WVU.

Does the program require extra fees?

An additional cost of approximately $1,000-$1,500 will be required to sit for the Culinary Medicine Exam.

Are there scholarships for students in the Culinary and Lifestyle Medicine program?

While we currently do not offer program-specific scholarships, students in the program may qualify for School of Medicine scholarships, and are encouraged to apply for those scholarships.