Introducing Lifestyle Medicine Within the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine in Arizona

Jennifer M. Drost, Pauline H. Lucas, David C. Patchett, Melissa R. Hatley, Daniel C. Johnson, Robert Scales

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Purpose: High-value care is becoming increasingly important as the United States shifts toward a more sustainable health care system. Lifestyle medicine (LM) may be the highest-value model of care. Surprisingly, however, it is taught in a minority of medical schools. In this article, we describe a pilot project of introducing a brief LM course taught within the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine in Arizona. The main purpose of the course was to introduce the students to LM as a specialty practice and to provide students with foundational knowledge of the pillars of LM. Results: Students reported improved personal health habits and increased confidence in LM competencies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)612-618
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Lifestyle Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2021


  • Mayo Medical School
  • exercise
  • health coaching
  • lifestyle medicine
  • medical education
  • mindfulness
  • plant-based nutrition
  • value-based care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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