GREENVILLE— The GHS Lifestyle Medicine Clinic is the focus of the British Journal of Sports Medicine’s most recent podcast. The innovative clinic is a partnership between the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville and Greenville Health System.
Irfan Asif, MD, GHS’ vice chair of academics and research and sports medicine fellowship director in the Department of Family Medicine, discussed the multidisciplinary clinic, which provides personalized plans, behaviorists, social workers, exercise professionals and physical therapists for patients. The clinic also includes a partnership with the YMCA of Greenville.
“Think big,” said Asif, while offering advice to institutions looking to establish the American College of Sports Medicine’s “Exercise is Medicine” approach. He continued by saying, “We started as a small institution long ago and over several years we’ve been successful.”
The discussion centered on three areas that the medical school and health system uses to promote “Exercise is Medicine,” the clinic, curriculum and community.
Medical students enrolled in “Exercise is Medicine” electives spend time in the clinic and lead community projects. Student-led initiatives have included cooking classes with patients and a running program at a middle school. The running program not only promoted exercise, but it encouraged the development of leadership skills and emotional intelligence.
“Exercise is Medicine” is a global health initiative managed by the American College of Sports Medicine that is focused on encouraging primary care physicians and other health care providers to include physical activity when designing treatment plans for patients and referring their patients to EIM Credentialed Exercise and Exercise Professionals.
British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM) is a multi-media portal that provides original research, reviews and debate relating to clinically-relevant aspects of sport and exercise medicine, including physiotherapy, physical therapy and rehabilitation. Its research and education serves the international community of clinicians who treat active people.