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CME Courses – for Health Professionals

Thanks to a generous donation, ALL RLMI CME Courses are now FREE to qualified medical professionals.

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Note: Members of the general public who wish to sign up for a Jumpstart, please go here.


Jumpstarting Health: Foundations

Clinicians receive up to 14 credits. Wide ranging topics include lectures on the history and rationale behind eating a WFPB diet, behavior change, deprescribing, and critiques of the health care system. Does not include participation in the 15-Day WFPB Jumpstart.


Jumpstarting Health: Live Participation

Clinicians receive up to 10 credits for participating alongside patients and other clinicians in a live 15-Day WFPB Jumpstart.
Enrollment in as many Jumpstarts as needed to reach 10 hours of live participation is included in the price of the course.


Jumpstarting Health: Comprehensive Course

Clinicians receive up to 24 credits. This course is a combination of the "Foundations" course and the "Live Participation" course. Enrollment in as many Jumpstarts as needed to reach 10 hours of live participation is included in the price of the course.


Jumpstarting Health is a CME-accredited course in plant-based nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine. The “Live Participation” is an experiential component—taking Jumpstart, an intensive lifestyle change program —and the “Foundations” is a self-paced didactic component on the empirical basis for a plant-based diet. While clinicians are encouraged to take both components, each is available to be taken separately and in any sequence.

Jumpstarting Health is specially designed to teach clinicians the skills to empower patients to take charge of their own health. By helping patients help themselves, practitioners will experience a renewed “Joy of Practice” while earning up to 24 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

In “Live Participation” you will:

  • Experience the benefits of Jumpstart
  • Witness the progress of participants and the ways in which the program supports them
  • Interact with other clinicians

In “Foundations” you will learn:

  • The science and politics behind a whole-food plant-based diet
  • How Lifestyle Medicine can prevent, arrest, and reverse chronic disease
  • How to guide and support behavioral changes in your patients

“The Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute has created an educational program founded on evidence based science proven to prevent and reverse chronic disease.  The Rochester team, known for its success rate, is now able to offer their skill and knowledge base beyond Rochester nationally and internationally in a format with dignity and simplicity.” – Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D.

Jumpstarting Health “Live Participation” is Centered Around the 15-Day Jumpstart

The program provides the information and support for positive health results and reducing or reversing chronic disease, all from the comfort of home.

Jumpstart takes place over four 2-hour small group Zoom meetings. Two additional check-ins are optional but encouraged to build community and ask questions.

The Jumpstart program is virtual using interactive small group discussions on Zoom, affording providers a unique opportunity to have their patients experience true health instead of waging a losing battle against chronic disease.

Participants may have substantial changes in blood sugar and/or blood pressure. We strongly recommend that they consult with their physician as adjustments to medications may be advised.



The results are indisputable. As documented in a recent article by RLMI published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, the average Jumpstart participant reported the following changes after two weeks:


“First the Docs, Then the Patients” teaches clinicians the rationale for whole-food plant-based eating and gives them the experience of participating in Jumpstart. This motivates them to refer patients to Jumpstart, starting a positive cycle


  • Learn the medical and nutritional science behind a whole-food plant-based diet
  • Acquire the coaching and behavioral support skills to help patients take control of their health
  • Gain firsthand experience of Jumpstart to be persuasive when recommending the program to patients
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NOTE: After registering for this CME course, you must separately register for a Live Participation 15-Day Jumpstart Program, which will constitute the live-patient segment of the program. You must attend 10 hours including Days 1, 2, 8 and 15 of any program. Midweek check-in days may be used to complete the 10 hours. You may attend more than one 15-Day Jumpstart Program if needed to complete the required hours of live-patient programming. Day 1, 2, 8 or 15 may be repeated to complete your hours.

Accreditation Statement


Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Medical Society of New York (MSSNY) through the joint providership of the Rochester Academy of Medicine and Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute. The Rochester Academy of Medicine is accredited by the Medical Society of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Statement

The Rochester Academy of Medicine designates this activity for a maximum of 24 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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