A story from WBEZ Chicago, Cooking up change in American medical schools, explores just how much nutrition education med school students actually receive.
The answer? A shockingly paltry amount:
The knowledge gap is wide, but people are working on solutions. Some institutions are offering culinary medicine classes designed to better prepare future doctors to counsel patients on diet and nutrition. Others are advocating for nutrition knowledge as an amendment to the current required curriculum. In the meantime, health professionals such as dietitians, certified diabetes educators, and nurses or nurse practitioners remain a vital source of nutrition guidance for patients.