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BSEM Training - New Foundation Level Now Live Online!

We are delighted to announce that our new training programme has become available in 2017. BSEM has a long relationship with the Australasian College for Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM); in fact the current president of ACNEM is a longstanding BSEM member!

ACNEM has been offering training in Nutritional and Environmental Medicine since 1982, and the ACNEM training is regarded as unique in the world and is accredited by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners' (RACGP) Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development (QI&CPD) Program. Their learning Modules are strongly referenced and presented by leading clinicians including some BSEM members. Their emphasis is always on ‘putting it into practice’, with guidelines and practical tools to aid implementation right from the beginning, something the BSEM strongly endorses.

Whilst the course can be very useful as a refresher for experienced practitioners of Environmental Medicine, it is designed as an entry level aimed at medical professionals who want to gain a basic understanding of the principles of Ecological/Functional Medicine e.g. GPs, consultants, health care practitioners or students of both disciplines. The lectures vary in their degree of difficulty, some are more basic but others require a sound medical knowledge. We have nevertheless decided to open the training to members of the public as well, as we know that there are lots of patients or carers that over the years have gained enough medical understanding to find this course useful.

The Foundation Level training consists of two Modules, each containing eight video lectures and accompanying slides and reference notes. Lecture length varies, but they generally last from 60 - 90 minutes each. In total the two Modules represent maximum 30 hours of training. The online learning modules allow you to view lectures exactly as they were delivered at a face-to-face course, complete with questions from the floor and panel discussions. It's the closest thing to actually being in the classroom, except that you will be able to do this from the comfort of your own computer, tablet or smartphone.

Participants have to become a member of the BSEM first and once they sign up/commit to the training, have three months to access each module (i.e. six months in total). They are required to undertake a number of activities to obtain a certificate of completion. These activities include prescribed reading, an online reflective journal, writing a case-study and a short online exam.

In collaboration with ACNEM, we will provide support throughout the course and answer any question occurring during the time of training. On successful completion of the training participants will receive a Certificate of Participation from BSEM and ACNEM. This certificate entitles doctors or other eligible practitioners to have their details published on the Find A Practitioner List on the BSEM website and to participate in our peer group activities. Once we have enough participants we aim to provide an additional practice day every 6 months to tailor the online learning to the specifics of our UK practices and patients.

The cost of the course is £1350 however since this is the first time we are offering an online course we would like to offer a £200 discount to the first 10 participants in return for providing feedback and helping to shape the online experience. If you are interested or can think of someone who might be, please get in touch ASAP as those places will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

For more information watch out for our next newsletter or contact our administration team either by phone on 07864 637723 or e-mail

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