The Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME will offer its residents a 2-year program focused on preventive care with the aim of controlling health care costs and offering patients an alternative to pills and surgery.
The nonprofit Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine has long supported better and more comprehensive training for medical professionals on nutrition and is backing the practice. “We hope to make the economics case for lifestyle medicine and healthcare costs. We hope to go to employers and say ‘why are you paying all this money to fill people’s prescriptions when we have a program that can save you millions and your employees will be healthier and happier?,’” said Dr. James Loomis, medical director of the all plant-based Barnard Medical Center in Washington DC. Surprisingly, the average doctor receives only 20 hours of nutritional care training during their entire career.
Maine Medical Center’s 2-year program joins 72 nationwide residency programs which offer certification in preventive medicine.
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