Nutrition education in medical schools (NEMS) project: Promoting clinical nutrition in medical schools – Perspectives from different actors

C. Cuerda*, M. Muscaritoli, M. Chourdakis, Z. Krznaric, A. Archodoulakis, S. Gürbüz, K. Berk, M. Aapro, C. Farrand, K. Patja, S. Schneider, R. Barazzoni

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Abstract

Background & aims: Nutrition education is not adequately represented in the medical curriculum, and this prompted the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) to launch the Nutrition Education in Medical Schools (NEMS) Project in 2017. The aim of this original paper was to describe the perspectives of different actors in the promotion of nutrition education in medical schools. Methods: On 11 November 2021, an online meeting was held on this topic, where nine representatives from different backgrounds participated in the scientific programme. More than 640 participants registered to this webinar. Results: The different models of Nutrition Education in Medical Schools were introduced by Prof. Cristina Cuerda (Spain) and Prof. Maurizio Muscaritoli (Italy). The students' perspective was given by Ms. Alexandra Archodoulakis (Germany) and Ms. Sila Gürbüz (Turkey), representing the European Medical Students' Association. The dietitian's perspective was given by Dr. Kirsten Berk (The Netherlands), whereas Dr. Matti Aapro (Switzerland) gave the medical doctor (oncology)'s perspective. Ms. Clare Farrand (Australia) gave the WHO perspective and Dr. Kristiina Patja (Finland) explained the healthy lifestyle teaching to medical students. Lastly, Prof. Michael Chourdakis (Greece) and Prof. Zeljko Krznaric (Croatia) hosted the round-table discussion. Conclusions: There was strong agreement among the representatives from different settings joining this ESPEN initiative that increasing nutritional knowledge and skills of young doctors is now possible and will launch a virtuous cycle that will proactively involve all the other healthcare professionals working in the nutritional field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-59
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Nutrition
Volume42
Issue number1
Early online date5 Nov 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023

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