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Culinary & Lifestyle Medicine Experimental Elective

LOCATION: WVU Department of Family Medicine, Eastern Campus
PRECEPTOR(S): Drs. Rosemarie Lorenzetti, Madison Humerick, Melody Phillips & Joshua Cusick-Lewis
DURATION: 2 weeks 
OFFERED: Continuously
STATUS: Elective 

This is a required 2 week elective for all Culinary and Lifestyle Medicine Track students during their 4th year of school. It is the opportunity to demonstrate to faculty that the student has acquired and can perform the skills learned during the culinary and lifestyle medicine track activities in years 1, 2, and 3 at WVU School of Medicine. Time also can be used to learn and familiarize the students with community resources and complementary health maintenance providers.


Patient Care:

  • Obtain an accurate and complete lifestyle history from a patient and assess BMI.
  • Recognize and learn strategies to reduce obesity bias.
  • Utilize the skill of motivational interviewing to assist a patient in making behavioral change.
  • Develop and carry out patient management plans relatable to improving lifestyle.
  • Provide care aimed at preventing health problems or maintaining health.
  • Assist patients in prioritizing their personal goals for wellness.
  • Teach patients mindfulness techniques as a way to develop better eating habits.
  • Work with other health care professionals to provide patient-focused care.
  • Communicate effectively while demonstrating compassion and respect.
  • Perform basic appropriate clinical procedures.

Medical Knowledge:

  • Share with patients the latest recommended guidelines for physical activity
  • Advise patients specifically about healthy fats vs less health fats and health carbs vs less healthy ones
  • Identify for patients the importance of a good nights's sleep
  • Understand the concepts of Cognitive Behavioral therapy and be able to explain to a patient
  • Demonstrate an investigatory and analytic thinking approach
  • Know and apply the basic and clinically supportive sciences
  • Interpret the results of patient history and physical examination
  • Reason deductively to prioritize and solve clinical problems in setting of complexity
  • Retrieve, manage and critically appraise sources of medical information and research for lifelong learning
  • Be an "active" learner by identifying and sharing knowledge that benefits patients and the team of health care providers

Practice-Based Learning:

  • Demonstrate to patients various information technology programs or applications that can assist in monitoring lifestyle changes (such a nutrition apps to track intake like my fitness pal or nutritionix).
  • Locate, appraise and assimilate evidence from scientific studies dealing with lifestyle management issues.
  • Obtain and use information about one’s own patients as well as the larger population from which patients come.
  • Research various questions brought up by patients dealing with health maintenance issues, nutritional concerns, or tips for improved physical activity or sleep.
  • Analyze practice experience and improve practice using a systematic methodology.

Communication Skills:

  • Counsel and educate patients and their families about healthy lifestyle habits.
  • Work with other health care professionals, e.g. such as dieticians, exercise physiologists, and counselors, to provide patient-focused health maintenance care.
  • Teach a patient how to read a food label and demonstrate meal planning techniques.
  • Collaborate with patients and their families to find the best solutions to their nutrition questions.
  • Deliver a food demonstration to patients or community members in a group setting.
  • Create and sustain a therapeutic and ethically sound relationship with patients.
  • Use effective listening skills and effectively elicit and use information.
  • Communicate and work effectively with all members of healthcare team.
  • Write legible notes about patient’s visits.
  • Respect the expertise of others and collaborate effectively with all members of the healthcare team.


  • Serve as role model for healthy lifestyles and good health practices.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to ethical principles, including provision or withholding of care, confidentiality, informed consent, and business practices.
  • Show sensitivity and responsiveness to patients’ culture, age, gender, race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation and disabilities.
  • Demonstrate a continuing commitment to excellence and life-long learning.
  • Advocate for best practices among colleagues, other health professionals and for the profession of medicine.

Systems-Based Practice:

  • Share with patients the local accessible resources for mental health needs.
  • Visit a sleep center and learn which patients benefit from a referral.
  • Identify sources of nutritional support and food availability in the community where you are working for those that need it.


On-site teaching for patient specific concerns with dedicated time for questions and discussion of patient care; review of the nutritional online modules pertinent to patients seen; finish all required readings presented by faculty.


Direct observation and direct feedback as well as a written clinical performance evaluation.