Nutrition plays a major role in healthcare today. The Nutrition LCT has been integrated into the medical school curriculum to train physicians who can effectively provide nutrition care for the prevention and management of chronic diseases.
- Robert Karch, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP
- Explain nutritional guidelines and recommendations and recognize their limitations.
- Explain steps in converting macronutrients to usable form of energy, ATP, including digestion, absorption and metabolism.
- Recognize that nutrition, physical activity, and health lifestyle behaviors can have direct, substantial, and long-term effects on growth and development, health maintenance, and disease prevention and treatment.
- Conduct an appropriate nutritional assessment on all ambulatory and hospitalized patients, including those with acute or chronic disease as well as healthy individuals of all ages.
- Conduct an appropriate physical examination in a patient of any age, including anthropometrics; select appropriate laboratory tests and procedures to diagnose and treat nutritional conditions such as over- and under-nutrition in hospitalized and ambulatory patients. Identify appropriate nutritional therapies.
- Apply nutrition recommendations specific to disease state when appropriate.
- Recognize common drug nutrient interactions.
- Demonstrate skills to counsel patients to make informed nutritional decisions consistent with adopting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and with establishing appropriate dietary, exercise and behavioral goals.
- Employ effective culturally sensitive counseling techniques matched to the patient’s level of motivation and readiness for change, with appreciation for various behavioral change theories.
- Recognize how personal, environmental, and social factors interact and impact on eating behaviors and overall nutrition.
- Demonstrate sensitivity to biomedical and nutritional changes as well as psychological, life stage related, cultural, religious, social, and ethical issues that affect patient care.
- Recognize the importance of using a multi-disciplinary team approach in nutritional health care.
- Demonstrate thorough understanding of application of evidence based information in addressing nutritionally related questions for health and disease; as well as answering questions related to contemporary trends in food and nutrition.
- Demonstrate a personal commitment to serve as a positive role model for patients by maintaining a healthy personal lifestyle, and by taking responsibility for your own health.
- Recognize role of food in environmental and socially conscious issues.
- Effectively communicate with patients to provide accurate nutritional information and dispel misinformation, including information about dietary supplements, nutraceuticals, functional foods, and fad diets for weight loss, disease prevention and treatment.