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June 20, 1977

More on Nutrition in Medical Schools

JAMA. 1977;237(25):2750. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270520060030

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In the November 29 issue of JAMA (236:2534, 1976), an editorial, "Nutrition Instruction in Medical Schools—1976," stated that only 42% of US medical schools offer courses in nutrition. This study was based on the responses from 44 of 60 medical schools surveyed.

In early 1976 a survey of the 114 US medical schools was undertaken by myself to determine the amount of nutrition being taught in the medical school curriculum. From the 102 responses, the following data were obtained: (1) 19% of the medical schools have a required nutrition course; (2) 70% have an elective nutrition course; (3) 95% incorporate nutrition into another course (some schools offer nutrition to the students in two or more of these ways); (4) 28% offer clerkships in nutrition; (5) 80% provide students with opportunities for doing nutrition research; (6) 31% offer postgraduate or continuing education studies in nutrition.

While it is clear that the