What Nutrition-Related Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes Should Medical Students Develop?
Nutrition is a significant determinant in the leading causes of death in the USA, and yet recent studies have shown that most American medical schools provide insufficient nutrition education. To address this deficiency, a concise and updated set of nutrition learning objectives was created from the 2002 Nutrition Curricular Guide for Training Physicians. A panel of 66 experts provided feedback to revise the initial objectives. The resulting objectives are presented here, as well as one recommended overarching goal to help match the needs of patients with the skills of future physicians.
KeywordsNutrition Medical education Learning objectives Nutrition education Curriculum Clinical competence Medical students
Nutrition Academic Award
International Association of Medical Science Educators
Institutional Review Board
Body Mass Index
Dietary Reference Intake
Recommended Dietary Allowance
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Women, Infants, and Children
Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program
Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program
The authors would like to thank Martin Kohlmeier, MD, PhD, for sharing the survey link with his network of nutrition educators.
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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