I’ve been conducting a lot of research into the state and history of nutritional education in medical schools, and if you read my earlier post, it’s a pretty bleak situation. I have read in a couple of papers about the Nutrition in Medicine (NIM) Curriculum so I decided to check it out. Apparently this has been around since 1995, and it originally started as a CD-ROM program that featured learning modules and quizzes. In 2005 it got a nice upgrade to a web-based format. An article by Adama et al. describes the program in great detail. The NIM Medical Student Curriculum features a total of 29 units that take 30-60 minutes to complete. It features a variety of presentation formats including case presentation, animations, quizzes, board style questions, etc. Also, students can print out lecture notes and see additional resources relevant to the topic.
Yup, that pretty much sums up how I feel about this… So isn’t this great? Nutrition AND medical education AND technology all wrapped up into one!
Also, for the residents/fellows out there who are interested in learning more about nutrition, the Nutrition Education for Practicing Physicians (NEPP) is a FREE program, and physicians no longer in training can use this resource for CME credit.