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Nutrition knowledge of senior medical students: a collaborative study of southeastern medical schools



Nutrition knowledge of senior medical students: a collaborative study of southeastern medical schools



American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 43(6): 959-968



The Southeastern Regional Medical-Nutrition Education Network (SERMEN) comprises 11 medical schools with varied nutrition training programs. A faculty representative from each school rated 41 topics in nutrition as to their importance for medical practice. From the seven topics unanimously chosen, a 90-item examination was prepared using the University of Alabama School of Medicine's Nutrition Test-Item Bank. Thirteen additional items surveyed student attitudes toward their nutrition training. Twenty-one percent of senior students from 10 SERMEN schools took the examination. Results showed significant variation in knowledge levels among the schools on the overall examination and on the seven topics. Eighty-five percent were dissatisfied with the quantity and 60 per cent with the quality of their medical-nutrition education. Knowledge scores correlated with the students' assessments with r values of 0.28 and 0.35, respectively (p less than 0.001). Findings indicate significant variation in nutrition knowledge of US medical students.(author)

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DOI: 10.1093/ajcn/43.6.959


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