Proposal for medical school nutrition education: topics and recommendations

JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2010 Nov-Dec;34(6 Suppl):40S-6S. doi: 10.1177/0148607110376200.


The mission of increasing the number of physician nutrition experts requires focused nutrition education directed at medical students across the 4-year curriculum and into postgraduate training. Courses should be horizontally and vertically integrated, bridging the basic sciences and clinical medicine. It is anticipated that the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and Association of American Medical Colleges will require competency in nutrition with emphasis on preventive and therapeutic applications. Barriers to implementation of nutrition courses can be overcome by using innovative teaching in association with cooperative course directors. Analysis of prior governmental efforts, through the Nutrition Academic Award, provides a basis for targeting fundamental knowledge and creative methods for achieving educational goals. Recommendations for short-term and long-term ideas for increasing the number of adequate physician nutrition experts are offered.

MeSH terms

  • Curriculum / trends
  • Education, Medical / trends*
  • Health Education / trends*
  • Humans
  • Nutritional Sciences / education*
  • Students, Medical