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International Summit on Medical Nutrition Education and Research 2015

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The inaugural International Summit on Medical Nutrition Education and Research was hosted by the NNEdPro Global Innovation Panel at Wolfson College, at the University of Cambridge at the beginning of August 2015. The summit successfully brought together experts from across the globe to strengthen and promote international initiatives and exchange knowledge on medical nutrition education and research. Speakers came from seven countries, across four continents.

 

The message from all the speakers was clear and consistent – there is woefully little nutrition in medical curricula across the globe. It is therefore no surprise that we hear of people receiving little, if any, nutrition support from doctors; or advice that is based on nutrition myths rather than evidence. Details of each presentation are available below.

 

Following the success of this first Summit, plans are already underway for the 2016 event. This event will be an opportunity to share details of all the exciting developments that are occurring across the globe. Please watch this space as more details on the 2016 Summit become available.

Overview of 2015 Summit

The 2015 International Summit on Medical Nutrition Education had five goals:

 

Share information on the current state of medical nutrition education and associated research in each region

Share examples of learning from each region, including examples of successful and less successful initiatives and actions

Identify common or shared needs across regions

Showcase examples of transferable models of strategies across regions

Identify opportunities for joint strategies in medical nutrition education

Co-facilitators: Dr Lauren Ball and Celia Laur (NNEdPro GIP co-leads)

 

Summit Chair: Dr Sumantra Ray

 

Summit Vice-Chair: Pauline Douglas

 

Opening remarks: The Lord Balfe of Dulwich; BDA Chairman Dr Fiona McCullough and Cambridge University Public Health Director, Dr Steve Gillam

 

Closing remarks: Professor Darwin Deen from New York, Harrison Carter Co-chair of the Medical Students Committee, British Medical Association and key members of the NNEdPro Group.

Medical Nutrition Education

These presentations focused on the quantity and quality of nutrition education provided to medical students within each country. Discussion topics included who provided nutrition education, how nutrition education was structured, delivered and assessed, and why there are still barriers to optimal nutrition education of medical students.

 

UK: Dr Kathy Martyn – University of Brighton and Sussex

Developing Nutrition Education: Implementing the undergraduate nutrition curriculum

 

USA: Prof Lisa Hark – Jefferson Medical College

Medical Nutrition Education: Best practice examples, competencies, and assessment

 

CANADA: Melita Avdagovska – Wellness Rx, University of Alberta

The Evolution of WellnessRx: Initiating a Paradigm Shift from “Illness Care” to “Health Care” Through Nutrition and Physical Activity Education

 

ITALY: Prof Livio Luzi – University of Milan

Medical Nutrition Education in Italy: Changes and Challenges

 

INDIA: Dr Anand Ahankari – University of Nottingham and Halo Medical Foundation, India

Medical Education and Nutrition Training, India

 

AUSTRALIA: Prof Caryl Nowson – Deakin University

Nutrition in Medical Education in Australia

 

NEW ZEALAND: Prof Clare Wall and Jennifer Crowley – University of Auckland

Medical Nutrition Education in New Zealand

Medical Nutrition Research

These presentations focused on the quantity and quality of nutrition education provided to medical students within each country. Discussion topics included who provided nutrition education, how nutrition education was structured, delivered and assessed, and why there are still barriers to optimal nutrition education of medical students.

 

UK: Dr Kathy Martyn – University of Brighton and Sussex

Developing Nutrition Education: Implementing the undergraduate nutrition curriculum

 

USA: Prof Lisa Hark – Jefferson Medical College

Medical Nutrition Education: Best practice examples, competencies, and assessment

 

CANADA: Melita Avdagovska – Wellness Rx, University of Alberta

The Evolution of WellnessRx: Initiating a Paradigm Shift from “Illness Care” to “Health Care” Through Nutrition and Physical Activity Education

 

ITALY: Prof Livio Luzi – University of Milan

Medical Nutrition Education in Italy: Changes and Challenges

 

INDIA: Dr Anand Ahankari – University of Nottingham and Halo Medical Foundation, India

Medical Education and Nutrition Training, India

 

AUSTRALIA: Prof Caryl Nowson – Deakin University

Nutrition in Medical Education in Australia

 

NEW ZEALAND: Prof Clare Wall and Jennifer Crowley – University of Auckland

Medical Nutrition Education in New Zealand

Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions explored ways of developing joint strategies and cross-border solutions to address common gaps. Topics included:

 

As a field, where do you think Medical Nutrition Education should go next?

 

Facilitators: Katherine Jukic, Prof Martin Kohlmeier

 

What type of fundable medical nutrition education initiatives could we do internationally?

 

Facilitators: Prof Caryl Nowson; Prof Martin Kohlmeier

 

With ever changing research findings in nutrition, what is the best way to translate evidence-based nutrition messaging for medical students? Doctors? Other healthcare professionals?

 

Facilitators: Harrison Carter; Clare Wall