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Nutrition education in medical school: a time of opportunity.

May 01, 2014

Nutrition education in medical school: a time of opportunity. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. May 2014; Epub 2014 Mar 19. Kushner RF1, Van Horn L, Rock CL, Edwards MS, Bales CW, Kohlmeier M, Akabas SR.

1Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL (RFK); the Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL (LVH); the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA (CLR); the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Texas Medical School, Houston, TX (MSE); the Durham VA Medical Center and Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC (CWB); the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (MK); and the Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University, New York, NY (SRA).

Abstract

Undergraduate medical education has undergone significant changes in development of new curricula, new pedagogies, and new forms of assessment since the Nutrition Academic Award was launched more than a decade ago. With an emphasis on a competency-based curriculum, integrated learning, longitudinal clinical experiences, and implementation of new technology, nutrition educators have an opportunity to introduce nutrition and diet behavior-related learning experiences across the continuum of medical education. Innovative learning opportunities include bridging personal health and nutrition to community, public, and global health concerns; integrating nutrition into lifestyle medicine training; and using nutrition as a model for teaching the continuum of care and promoting interprofessional team-based care. Faculty development and identification of leaders to serve as champions for nutrition education continue to be a challenge.

PMID: 24646826 [PubMed – in process] PMCID: PMC3985218  [Available on 2015/5/1]

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