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The benefits of lifestyle medicine certification include:

Learning how to prevent, arrest and reverse chronic disease using scientific, evidence-based treatment modalities

Being recognized by your peers, patients and employers as having obtained specialized knowledge and skills

Receiving the official seal of approval from the American and International Boards of Lifestyle Medicine

Joining a community of well-respected and trusted professionals who serve as diplomates of the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine

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Pathways for Lifestyle Medicine Certification for Physicians


for certified physicians

Must be certified by a medical specialty board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) for U.S.-based physicians.
Canadian physicians must be certified and registered to practice.
Primary board certification and two years of practice is required before registering for an ABLM exam.


for residents

Lifestyle Medicine Residency Curriculum must be completed through a residency site. Visit for a current list of residency sites.
Certification will only be issued after successfully passing a primary board exam, though the ABLM exam can be taken after your residency.


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Registration Process

Includes details

Eligibility + Schedule

Includes details on eligibility, prerequisites, CMEs, costs and pricing, exam schedule, and maintenance

Competencies + Weighting

Includes details on logistics, content, competencies, and weighting

Core Competencies

Includes a complete list of competencies, some of which may be outside the scope of practice of non-provider health care practitioners