Priorities for nutrition content in a medical school curriculum: A national consensus of medical educators

R. L. Weinsier, J. R. Boker, C. M. Brooks, R. F. Kushner, W. J. Visek, D. A. Mark, S. A. Lopez, M. S. Anderson, K. Block

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The ASCN Committee on Medical/Dental School and Residency Nutrition Education conducted a series of activities to establish guidelines for nutrition core content in a medical school curriculum. These activities included mail surveys of medical-nutrition educators and a representative group of medical school curriculum administrators and a national consensus workshop of nutrition educators. Results indicated close agreement between the nutrition educators and curriculum administrators (r = 0.89, p < 0.0001) on the importance ratings of 41 nutrition topics and on the number of hours of nutrition course work that medical schools should provide (44 vs. 37 h, respectively, p = 0.14). There was consensus among the nutrition educators that 26 topics should be given priority ratings as essential for inclusion in medical course work. Further prioritization of these topics resulted in a listing of core content topics and subtopics to serve as a guide to administrators and educators for planning nutrition course work in a medical school curriculum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)707-712
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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