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TIME: Obesity, Nutrition and Behavior Change

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.

Course Goals

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.

Course Directors

Paul Watkins, MD., Ph.D.

Paul Watkins, MD., Ph.D.
Professor of Neurology
Research Scientist, Kennedy Krieger Institute

Larry Cheskin, M.D.

Larry Cheskin, M.D.
Director, Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center

Time Commitment and Course Length

The course runs for 14 hours over 4 days.
Typical schedule for TIME: Obesity, Nutrition and Behavior Change:

8:30 AM Course Overview:
The Obesity Epidemic; Behavioral, Pharmacologic, and Surgical Management
of Obesity;
Obesity and Quality of Life;
Panel Discussion

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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