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EXERCISE IS MEDICINETM: Partnering With Physicians

Phillips, Edward M. M.D.; Roy, Brad A. Ph.D., FACSM, FACHE

doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e3181bcd74f

LEARNING OBJECTIVE • This interview provides the reader with information regarding physician participation in assessing and prescribing exercise and how health/fitness professionals can interact with physicians to help fill a patient's "exercise prescription."

In a question and answer format, Brad A. Roy, Ph.D., FACSM, discusses with Edward M. Phillips, M.D., the role of the physician in physical activity assessment and prescription and how exercise professionals can interact with and support physician efforts.

Edward M. Phillips, M.D., serves as the director of Outpatient Medical Services, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School, and serves as the director of the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine. He is a task force member of ACSM's Exercise is Medicine TM and a coauthor with Steven Jonas, M.D., of ACSM's Exercise is Medicine TM: A Clinician's Guide to Exercise Prescription.

Brad A. Roy, Ph.D., FACSM, FACHE, is an administrator/vice president at Kalispell Regional Medical Center and oversees The Summit Medical Fitness Center, a 114,800 sq ft medical fitness center located in Kalispell, MT. He is the editor of the Medical Fitness Association's Standards and Guidelines for Medical Fitness Center Facilities and current board chairman for the Medical Fitness Association.

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