Advancing Nutrition Education, Training, and Research for Medical Students, Residents, Fellows, Attending Physicians, and Other Clinicians: Building Competencies and Interdisciplinary Coordination

Linda Van Horn, Carine M Lenders, Charlotte A Pratt, Bettina Beech, Patricia A Carney, William Dietz, Rose Dimaria-ghalili, Timothy Harlan, Robert Hash, Martin Kohlmeier, Kathryn Kolasa, Nancy F Krebs, Robert F Kushner, Mary Lieh-lai, Janet Lindsley, Susan Meacham, Holly Nicastro, Caryl Nowson, Carole Palmer, Miguel PaniaguaEdward Philips, Sumantra Ray, Suzanne Rose, Marcel Salive, Marsha Schofield, Kathryn Thompson, Jennifer L Trilk, Gwen Twillman, Jeffrey D White, Giovanna Zappalà, Ashley Vargas, Christopher Lynch

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Nutrition plays an important role in health promotion and disease prevention and treatment across the lifespan. Physicians and other healthcare professionals are expected to counsel patients about nutrition, but recent surveys report minimal to no improvements in medical nutrition education in US medical schools. A workshop sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute addressed this gap in knowledge by convening experts in clinical and academic health professional schools. Representatives from the National Board of Medical Examiners, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, and the American Society for Nutrition provided relevant presentations. Reported is an overview of lessons learned from nutrition education efforts in medical schools and health professional schools including interprofessional domains and competency-based nutrition education. Proposed is a framework for coordinating activities of various entities using a public–private partnership platform. Recommendations for nutrition research and accreditation are provided.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1181-1200
JournalAdvances in Nutrition
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2019



  • medical nutrition education
  • nutrition competencies
  • integrative nutrition
  • culinary medicine
  • medical board nutrition questions
  • nutrition coordinating center
  • academic nutrition medicine

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