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April 25, 1977

Nutrition Instruction in Medical Schools

JAMA. 1977;237(17):1827. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270440017012

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To the Editor.—  We read with interest the editorial by Dr Nelson on nutrition instruction in medical schools (236:2534, 1976). We were not surprised by the results. In fact, because we were so concerned that the teaching of nutrition, not only in medical schools but in other health professional schools, was so deficient, we contracted with the University of North Carolina to develop an educational program in the area of nutrition for health science students. Recognizing that curricula in medical schools and other similar institutions are already overcrowded, we elected to have much of the course materials developed in self-instructional format.We expect the results of this work to be completed by June 1977. We would be pleased to share the results with any interested parties, simply on request.