IU School of Medicine Student Portal



Obesity is affecting people from all ages and backgrounds in this country and is increasing the cost of health care by been linked directly to multiple illness such as Coronary Artery disease, Diabetes, Hypertension, Obesity, Osteoarthritis, Depression, Reflux, to name a few. It is our responsibility as physicians to guide patients on achieving a healthy lifestyle by proper diet and an exercises routine. This is a 4 week experience in Indianapolis with focus on introducing The American College of Preventive Medicine lifestyle medicine competencies to students and residents which includes: 1)Leadership, 2)Knowledge, 3)Assessment Skills, 4)Management Skills, 5)Use of Office and Community Support. During this course the student will have interaction with Family Medicine providers that interact with patient reaching goals of proper nutrition and physical activity to promote health and wellness, but also interact with nutritionist and fitness instructors to acquire the skills for proper counseling and promotion of health. There is a chance for the student to interact with other learners such as Sport science and nutrition students.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Natalie Rollman, Family Medicine Electives Student Education Coordinator (fammeded@iupui.edu)

Director: Ruben H. Mondragon, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IU/Methodist Family Medicine Center, IU Health Physicians Family Medicine One America Tower, IU Health Methodist hospital, IU Health University Hospital (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Demonstrate appropriate use of the dietary and exercises guidelines as foundation to medical care, disease prevention and health promotion (Dietary Guidelines by US Department of Health and Human Services) (MK7)
  • 2) Apply motivational interview skills that physicians engage with patients and family for positive behaviors changes (ISC2)
  • 3) Perform history and physical examination specific to lifestyle-related health status including lifestyle �vital signs� such as tobacco use, alcohol consumption, diet, physical activity, body mass index, body fat percentage, stress level, sleep and emotional wellbeing (PC1)
  • 4) Construct in collaboration with patients and their families an evidence-based, achievable, specific, written action plan and create a lifestyle prescription (PC4)
  • 5) Employ appropriate use of community resources that support the implementation of healthy lifestyles (SBP5)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Students will be assess by direct observation during the clinical encounters and a final Case presentation on the treatment plan and results for a selected patient trying to achieve healthy lifestyle measured by improvement on their wellness, increase on their activity level or keeping a good dietary plan to achieve healthy weight).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th Year; Must have completed Family Medicine Clerkship.

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 40% Clinical; 40% Lecture/Seminar; 20% Library/Research

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Natalie Rollman, Family Medicine Electives Student Education Coordinator (fammeded@iupui.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH. Students will need to directly contact Course Director Ruben Hernandez (ruhernan@iupui.edu) or Natalie Rollman, Family Medicine Electives Student Education Coordinator (fammeded@iupui.edu) . This course location is Indianapolis only, no housing provided.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: The student will have the opportunity to work with Dietitians, Fitness specialists (Exercises Science).

Service Learning Included: None