BSEM Online Training - Foundation Course

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 online 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, they gain access to online content for a three month period for each module (i.e. six months in total) and are required to undertake a number of activities to obtain certification. These activities include prescribed reading, writing a case-study and a short online exam at the end.

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. Participants are also invited to join our additional Training Days every 6 months to tailor the online learning to the specifics of our UK practices and patients.

The cost of the course is £1350.  The cost for the practical training days is NOT included in this price.

Topics covered in the two Foundation Level Modules are: 

Module 1

  • Introduction to Nutritional and Environmental Medicine
  • Vitamin C and antioxidants
  • Nutritional biochemistry
  • Gastrointestinal conditions
  • Allergies and the immune system
  • Mental health
  • Metabolic conditions; including diabetes and CVD
  • Modelling a 'low-stress' diet

Module 2

  • Children's health
  • Women’s health
  • Cancer
  • Environmental toxins; heavy metals, mould, electromagnetic fields & electrical hypersensitivity
  • HPA axis dysfunction
  • Epigenetics & nutrigenomics
  • Oral Health
  • The safe integration of NEM into practice

Course Terms and Conditions: You may cancel your registration at any point prior to receiving your online access for a full refund minus an adminstration fee of £50. Once you have received your online access and password there is no refund even if you have not started the online training. If you want to extend your online access for more than 3 months we will provide you with an additional 3 months access for £100 which is non-refundable.

Postal Address: BSEM Administration, c/o BSEM Secretary, Dr F Meuschel, Biolab Medical Unit, 9 Weymouth Street, London, W1W 6DB. Tel: 07864 637723. Email: [email protected] Registered Charity No. 326372.
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