This four-day course occurs after Scientific Foundations ends in December of Year One. Using obesity as a focus for study, the course uses mini-lectures, small-group discussions, clinical skills training in the medical interview and in counseling for behavior modification, and reflections on a personal attempt for lifestyle change.
By the end of this course, the students will be able to:
- Describe how nutrition, physical activity and other lifestyle choices affect lifespan and quality of life.
- Discuss the biological, ethical and public health aspects of obesity in adults and children.
- Describe approaches to the prevention and treatment of obesity in adults and children.
- Describe how to obtain a thorough nutritional history.
- Discuss how to conduct a motivational interview.
- Identify aspects of their personal experiences that can be applied to patient education and management.
Paul Watkins, MD., Ph.D.
Larry Cheskin, M.D.
Time Commitment and Course Length
The course runs for 14 hours over 4 days.
Typical schedule for TIME: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention:
|TIME||DAY 1||DAY 2||DAY 3||DAY 4|
|8:30 AM||Course Overview:
The Obesity Epidemic; Behavioral, Pharmacologic, and Surgical Management
Obesity and Quality of Life;
|Mini-Lectures and Panels:
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention;
Strategies to Control the Obesity Epidemic;
Ethics, Economics and Health Policy
|Ethics and Professionalism in Clinical Care;
Physician's Role in Facilitating Lifestyle Change;
Fundamentals of Taking a Nutritional History;
Introduction to Motivational Counseling
|Feedback from Personal Dietary Assessments|
|9:00 AM||Small Group: Student Reflection on Personal Lifestyle Change|
|10:00AM||Journal Club: Comparison of Popular Weight Control Diets||Clinical Skills Practice with College Faculty||College Advising|
|11:00 AM||Small Group: Cultural Competence Case Discussion|
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