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Taught Nutrition in Med School?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by moto_za, May 1, 2007.

  1. moto_za

    moto_za Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 16, 2006
    Do med schools generally teach about diets and nutrition? Just wondering...
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  3. lilnoelle

    lilnoelle Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2006
    My school does as a part of a GI/Nutrition block.
    We probably spent about a week on Nutrition/complications of obesity.

    It wasn't real comprehensive, maybe only one or two lectures about different types of diets. I'm sure nutritionists know a whole lot more about the topic than physicians (at least based on my current education, perhaps we'll cover it again later).
  4. LizzyM

    LizzyM the evil queen of numbers Faculty SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Mar 7, 2005
    In all likelihood, you'll be taught something but not much.

    Nutrition education in U.S. medical schools — An instructor-based Analysis URL

    Survey of Nutrition Education in U.S. Medical Schools – An Instructor-Based Analysis
    Frank M. Torti, Jr.*, et al. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Design: Between July 1999 and May 2000, we surveyed 122 U.S. medical and osteopathic schools.
    The survey was mailed to the nutrition educator at each institution; recipients could return the survey
    via mail, fax, or the web.
    Results: The majority of the 98 medical schools responding to the survey provided nutrition education.
    In 90% of responding U.S. medical and osteopathic schools (representing 88 of 98 schools and over
    65% of all institutions), all students were guaranteed exposure to nutrition. An average of 18 ± 12
    hours of nutrition was required, including material integrated into other types of courses.
  5. firebird69guy

    firebird69guy 5+ Year Member

    Apr 19, 2004
    Sacramento, CA
    Yep, we went over nutrition quite a bit here at UC Davis.

    You also get a lot of it in Anorexia Nervosa, Diabetes, Obesity, Dyslipidemia, Hypercholesterolemia etc...

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