Meet the EIM Leaders
Jim Langland, MD
What is your current work position and title?
Assistant Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine
University of Minnesota – Minneapolis
How and when did you get involved with EIM?
I have been a member of the ACSM since 1992 and regularly attend the Annual Meeting. Through this experience I became aware of the myriad of benefits that exercise can provide in clinical practice as well as the wide variety of medical conditions that can effectively be treated or prevented by proper application of an exercise regimen.
How do you promote EIM through the work that you do?
As a primary care physician, I regularly counsel my patients on the recommendations, benefits, and utility of an exercise regimen. It is my opinion that consistently delivering this message at each clinic encounter is effective in motivating increased physical activity. I also practice what I preach which I also feel makes the message more credible.
How has EIM influenced the work you do professionally and those you work with (your patients/clients/colleagues)?
EIM has been both an effective clinical intervention in my practice and an effective academic interest. I have taught an undergraduate Honors Seminar on EIM and done research projects on fitness assessments and exercise motivation. My advocacy for the benefits of exercise as well as my personal commitment to exercise has allowed me to be a resource on EIM in our clinic and division and an inspiration to my colleagues to exercise
Has EIM impacted you personally? If "yes", how so?
Yes, my exercise regimen is my method of dealing with stress, which tends to accompany the role of primary care physicians.
What are some of the challenges that you have faced in introducing and/or implementing EIM where you work?
The challenge for all primary care physicians is time, especially as medicine becomes more regulated with administrative and insurance company demands and bureaucracy.
What are some of the sucesses that you have seen implementing EIM into your work?
Although I am proud of the many patients who have started or increased their exercise regimens, I think the most satisfying are several individual with central sensitization disorders who have demonstrated significant clinical improvement with exercise after the failure of more traditional medical interventions. I also am proud of the number of our clinic staff I have motivated to do triathlons with me.
What advice do you have for early career professionals wanting to promote and develop careers related to EIM?
Join the ACSM, attend the Annual Meeting, and practice what you preach.