This four-day course occurs after Scientific Foundations ends in December of Year One. The course uses lectures, e-lectures, small-group discussions, clinical skills training in the medical interview and counseling for behavior modification, as well as reflections on a personal attempt for lifestyle change.
By the end of this course, the students will be able to:
- Describe approaches to the prevention and treatment of obesity in adults and children.
- Discuss the biological, ethical, and public health aspects of obesity in adults and children.
- Discuss how normal nutritional needs change over the life cycle from newborn through old age.
- Obtain a thorough nutritional history.
- Describe how nutrition, physical activity and other lifestyle choices affect health risks, lifespan, and quality of life.
- Identify aspects of personal experiences with lifestyle change that can be applied to patient education and management.
- Describe how to conduct a motivational interview to promote weight loss.
Time Commitment and Course Length
The course runs for 14 hours over 4 days.
Typical schedule for TIME: Obesity, Nutrition and Behavior Change:
|Time||Day 1||Day 2||Day 3||Day 4|
|8 a.m.||Lecture: Introduction; Demonstration of Nutrition Assessments||Lecture: Clinical Skills||Small Groups: Obesity Case 2||Lecture: Dietary Guidelines|
|9:30 a.m.||Small Groups: Obesity Case 1||Small Groups: Clinical Skills Roleplay||Students' Self Reflection on their attempts at Lifestyle Changes||Interactive Discussion: Nutrition and Behavior Change in Clinical Practice|
|11 a.m.||Small groups: Normal Nutrition 1||Ethics and Professionalism in Clinical Care||Lecture: Exercise is Medicine|
|12:30 p.m.||Small Groups: Normal Nutrition 2||Small Groups: Obesity Case 3|