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December 19, 1990

Medical Students to Receive Food for Thought

JAMA. 1990;264(23):2976. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03450230008003

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STUDENTS at Chicago area medical schools soon will try out a new nutrition curriculum.

Investigators from Rush-Presbyterinan—St Luke's Medical Center in Chicago are in the first year of developing and evaluating the curriculum under a $243 130 grant from the H. J. Heinz Company Foundation. The course will be tested in at least six medical schools during the following year, in part by using diskettes for medical students' personal computers.

Noting the widely held belief that US physicians are poorly trained in human nutrition, with only a few medical schools offering formal nutrition training as part of the required curriculum (please see previous article), the investigators are seeking to develop a program that can be adapted to the individual medical school's faculty and time constraints. James A. Schoenberger, MD, professor and chair of preventive medicine and principal investigator, says today's physician "must understand how human nutrition relates to disease... and