BSEM Training Overview
BSEM has been training doctors and other health care practitioners in the application of nutritional and environmental medicine since 1990; after a break we were pleased to be able to resume training in a new improved format. Over recent years BSEM has built strong relationships with affiliated organisations. This enables our relatively small society to be able to offer access to some of the best training programmes available worldwide. Since 2017 our members have had access the Foundation Level Course of the Australasian College for Nutritional Medicine (ACNEM). We are also contributors to the Scopro curriculum - a clinical environmental medicine learning tool embraced by the European Academy for Environmental Medicine (EUROPAEM) and the German Association of Environmental Physicians (DBU). The programme has been available in Germany since 2015 and the English version is planned to go live in 2021!
As a small charity we do not see our offerings in competition with any of the institutions above. Quite the contrary our work is carried out in the spirit of collaboration and with the aim of bringing our specific area of expertise to the many doctors and healthcare practitioners who are becoming aware of the benefits of our approach to health. In fact what has kept this charity together over the last 5 years despite the many constraints was the close knit connection both within the BSEM membership and the ever-expanding ecological medicine community. We are proud to be able to offer online courses as well as practical training days, peer group supervision and facilities to sit in with experienced members some of whom have been practicing in the field for over 20 years. It is the personal relationships and networking opportunities that have made BSEM special to us over the years, which is why we make sure to keep the numbers small at our meetings and make sure members get the feel of being part of a welcoming community.
BSEM Training Options - Online Training
For more information on our online training courses please see here.
Practical Training Days
The society is holding a minimum of two practical training days per year, in May and November. Each day is focused on one topic e.g. the gut, allergies and intolerances, the cardiovascular system, autoimmunity etc.. The morning session usually consists of lectures on the practical application of ecological principles to the common conditions related to the day's topic! The main aim of the morning is to put the theoretical knowledge gained from the online training into practice. This includes the very basics such as history taking and full patient assessment, dietary recommendations both specific and general, investigative tools available and their relative usefulness and limitations, what supplements to consider and where to source and how to administer them. The afternoon is dedicated to discussing specific cases in form of a 'Masterclass' where more experienced members/the speakers of the day will form the panel. Trainees are encouraged to submit questions and bring along cases; there will be ample opportunity to discuss them. The days usually end with a final lecture on the topic on a more advanced level from one of our special guests! And please keep the evening free; there is often a spontaneous gathering for dinner afterwards! For the next upcoming training days please see here.
BSEM Peer Group Supervision
We currently have 4 active groups running in the UK, two more in the planning. The groups meet usually every 6 to 8 weeks for 2-3 hours to discuss cases and exchange audit outcomes and clinical experiences. For more information about those groups e.g. where they meet and who to contact, please go to the members section. (For members only, password required. The passwords will be send out to existing members in the next few weeks.)
BSEM Mentorship programme
We have a number of experienced BSEM doctors and practitioners who offer sitting-in during their clinics. Our online trainees have priorities and usually we allocate at least 8 days over the course of 3 months. For more information about the doctors and how to get access to their clinics, please go to the members section. (For members only, password required.)