Nov 14, 2019  
Catalog 2018-2019 
Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ELECT EMEDL - Lifestyle Medicine Outpatient Rotation

ELECTIVE DIRECTOR(S): Jennifer Singh, M.D.
LOCATION OF ELECTIVE: LSUHSC Partners in Wellness Clinic; Feist Weiller Cancer Center
ADMINISTRATIVE CONTACT: M’Liss Sella, PHONE:318-675-5915, Room 6-328

4 credits

Prerequisite:  none


Primary Goals of Selective:

To provide a comprehensive experience in applying nutrition and lifestyle interventions to treat and reverse disease in the outpatient setting.


Specific Objectives:

  1. Students will attend clinic one half day weekly in Dr. Singh’s private faculty Lifestyle Medicine clinic.
  2. Students will read about the conditions pertaining to patients and present to the attending physician the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and nutrition and lifestyle treatment plans.
  3. Students will attend conferences, both at LSUHealth and online as available and at Dr. Singh’s discretion, covering topics pertinent to further learn the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies; will attend Internal Medicine Grand Rounds and MedPeds Grand Rounds.
  4. When not attending clinical services or conferences, students will pursue a course of study outlined by Dr. Singh to gain knowledge and skill in the Core Competencies of Lifestyle Medicine.



Students must be present every weekday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.  Students are allowed two excused absences during the four week rotation for interviews.  This excused absence must be approved by the attending physician.  Any additional absences must be approved by the attending physician and course director and must be made up before the semester is completed.  Documentation of such interviews must be provided to the course director.  Students will receive an incomplete until such absences have been made up.  Make-up days are at the discretion of the course director.


Resources for Learning:


The student is expected to use general reference material such as Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine and specialty texts to achieve a basic understanding of their patients’ diseases and their practical management. The resources of the fellows, residents, attending physician and consulting physicians should be used routinely to supplement the student’s reading, as well as recourse to journal articles and internet resources as needed.


Participating Faculty:  Course Director, Jennifer Singh, M.D.; other faculty TBA

Texts:      How Not To Die, Michael Greger, M.D.

                Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine

Hands-on Experience:  Cooperative evaluation and management of patients in Dr. Singh’s private clinic applying nutrition and lifestyle interventions to manage and reverse disease; cooperative evaluation and management of patients in other clinics where application of nutrition and lifestyle interventions are being used; experiences in other disciplines critical to the Lifestyle Medicine model - occupational therapy, physical therapy, mental health conferences, health coaching, dietician / nutrition and culinary medicine.

Self-Directed Learning:  Focused review of topics directly related to the management of patients seen using the library and online resources as directed by Dr. Singh.




Students will receive an informal formative evaluation from the attending physician at the end of the first two weeks of the rotation.  Students will receive a summative evaluation in MyEvaluations by the attending physician.