Massachusetts Medical Society: Episode 2: Let's Get Physical

Episode 2: Let's Get Physical

Let's Get Physical

Course Overview

In this episode, Dr. Curious meets physiatrist and lifestyle medicine guru Eddie Phillips, MD. Marie describes the draining of cognitive, emotional, and physical energy engendered by rapid multitasking and juggling in the clinic. In response, Dr. Phillips emphasizes the importance of physician self-care to counteract energy depletion. Health professionals should practice what they preach when it comes to a healthy lifestyle, stress management, nutrition, physical activity, and substance use. He then offers multiple tips on how to incorporate good lifestyle practices into one’s daily life. Marie is encouraged both to exercise while interacting with her young children, and to derive joy and pleasure from these healthy interactions. Another way to counter energy depletion is to focus on the joy one derives from helping patients. Finally, Dr. Phillips advises Marie to improve her lifestyle practices by making small changes, building and growing incrementally. Drs. Schwab and Phillips inspire Dr. Curious to test out a lifestyle improvement before the next episode.

Learning Objectives

  • Emphasize the importance of self-care and the application of self-care practices to mitigate the cognitive, emotional, and physician energy depletion experienced in the course of everyday clinical practice.
  • Outline beneficial lifestyle practices that clinicians may integrate into their everyday lives, including regular, positive and meaningful interactions with family, patients and staff. 


Eddie Phillips, MD
I’m the chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services at the VA Boston Healthcare System and a faculty member of Harvard Medical School.  I’m also the founder and director of the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine (ILM), and a Fellow of American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM), where I helped to develop and lead ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine™ global initiative.

I am the co-author of ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine,™ A Clinician’s Guide to Exercise Prescription (Wolters-Kluwer, 2009).  I am the co-founder and co-director of the Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative (LMEd) which is working to include lifestyle medicine in medical school curricula.

I am an active clinician and researcher, and I speak and consult nationally.  My mission is to guide a broad-based effort to reduce lifestyle-related death, disease, and costs through clinician-directed interventions with patients. The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition has recognized me and the ILM with its Community Leadership Award.  From time to time I appear on national media, including Good Morning America, ESPN radio, and in Time magazine. 

Course Fees

Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Member: Free       
Non-MMS Member: Free       
Allied Health Professionals: Free



CME Credit

1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Massachusetts Medical Society and Physician Health Services, Inc. The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
Physician Assistants may claim a maximum of 1.00 Category 1 credit for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

Exam/Assessment: Please respond to the reflective statement at the end of the course to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

MOC Approval Statement
Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory , this activity has met the requirements as an MOC Part II CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) for the following ABMS Member Boards:

Allergy and Immunology
Family Medicine
Medical Genetics and Genomics
Nuclear Medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Plastic Surgery
Preventive Medicine
Psychiatry & Neurology
Thoracic Surgery

Activity Term

Original Release Date: January 24, 2019        
Review Date: January 24, 2021           
Termination Date: January 24, 2022

System Requirements

Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8  
Mac OSX 10.6 higher

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Flash player is required for some Online CME courses.
iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, iPad and iTouch devices)  
Android devices including tablets and phones.  
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported. 


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