Nutrition integration into MBBS programme: A pilot project

Schoendorfer, N., Schafer, J., Vitetta, L. and Davies, P. S. W. (2011). Nutrition integration into MBBS programme: A pilot project. In: International Conference on the Science of Nutrition in Medicine and Healthcare, Sydney, Australia, (105-105). 13-15 May 2011.

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Author Schoendorfer, N.
Schafer, J.
Vitetta, L.
Davies, P. S. W.
Title of paper Nutrition integration into MBBS programme: A pilot project
Conference name International Conference on the Science of Nutrition in Medicine and Healthcare
Conference location Sydney, Australia
Conference dates 13-15 May 2011
Convener The Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM) Inc, the Food and Nutritional Sciences Division of the CSIRO and the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) are proud to co‐convene this inaugural
Place of Publication Sydney, Australia
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Published abstract
Start page 105
End page 105
Total pages 1
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Increasing nutrition education in medical schools may enhance physician knowledge and subsequently lead to improvements in patient care, through an understanding of the importance of nutrition in health. Studies identify shortfalls in knowledge resulting from inadequate emphasis in medical school curricula (1) (2).

Nutrition integration has been implemented within a first year module, in conjunction with academic staff involved with course delivery, to ensure a coherent flow of information as opposed to being standalone classes. Innovative teaching and evaluation tools have been added to monitor and enhance studentlearning experiences. These include case‐based scenario role‐plays to develop nutrition counselling skills in a general practice context. Data relating to attitudes and perceived nutrition knowledge have been collected from the current cohort (n=386) via use of student response system technology (clickers), minutepapers and a previously validated survey. ‘Clickers’ revealed 91% felt nutrition important to health care,
while 81% felt it important in general practice. The longer survey was also administered to all medical students (n=1037) and is intended to be utilised in subsequent years to monitor impact as nutrition education increases. Remaining data are currently being evaluated and will be presented at the meeting.

Nutrition is underutilised in medical practice despite becoming recognised as increasingly vital (3). In 1996 more than half of the 10 leading causes of death were associated with poor dietary intake (4). General practitioners are positioned and should be able to adequately address patient’s needs and concerns, including that of nutrition.

Nutrition integration should enhance physician’s recognition of nutrition as cornerstone to both preventative health and development of various disease states, particularly chronic pathologies. Increasing this awareness, may assist in expanding treatment plans and subsequently benefit the burden of rising health care costs as morbidity, prospective drug prescriptions and their potential side‐effect
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