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Medical School isn’t Teaching Doctors Much About Nutrition, According to Researchers

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Nutrition is a key determinant of health. But American physicians aren’t receiving effective training to counsel patients on the topic, according to a new paper from University of Georgia researchers.

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If one examines just how little nutritional training is given in most medical and nursing schools today, the poor dietary knowledge of many of the doctors and nurses that emerge from them is hardly surprising. An academic survey published in 2010 found that medical students in the United States receive an average of only 19.6 hours of nutritional education throughout four years of training. This effectively corresponds to less than 1 percent of their total estimated lecture hours.

Even more worryingly, of the 109 medical schools that took part in the survey, four offered only optional nutritional instruction; one reported it did not offer any such tuition; and the respondent for one apparently couldn’t supply an answer to the question.

To read more about the lack of nutritional training in medical schools, including how this helps explain why hospital food is generally so bad, see this article on our website.

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