Physician nutrition education

Laszlo N. Kiraly, Stephen A. McClave, Dustin Neel, David C. Evans, Robert G. Martindale, Ryan T. Hurt

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Nutrition education for physicians in the United States is limited in scope, quality, and duration due to a variety of factors. As new data and quality improvement initiatives highlight the importance of nutrition and a generation of nutrition experts retire, there is a need for new physician educators and leaders in clinical nutrition. Traditional nutrition fellowships and increased didactic lecture time in school and postgraduate training are not feasible strategies to develop the next generation of physician nutrition specialists in the current environment. One strategy is the development of short immersion courses for advanced trainees and junior attendings. The most promising courses include a combination of close mentorship and adult learning techniques such as lectures, clinical experiences, literature review, curricular development, research and writing, multidisciplinary interactions, and extensive group discussion. These courses also allow the opportunity for advanced discourse, development of long-term collaborative relationships, and continued longitudinal career development for alumni after the course ends. Despite these curricular developments, ultimately the field of nutrition will not mature until the American Board of Medical Specialties recognizes nutrition medicine with specialty board certification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)332-337
Number of pages6
JournalNutrition in Clinical Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2014


  • certification
  • graduate medical education
  • medical education
  • nutritional support
  • professional education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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