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Welcome to Nutrition

Nutrition is integrated throughout the Family Medicine Residency curriculum.  Nutrition education takes place in freestanding sessions, both clinics and didactic sessions; joint patient visits with the Graduate Nutrition Specialist; MD/RD teams; group medical visits; case studies, conferences, workshops, rounds and consults with the Graduate Nutrition Specialist and with hospital dietitians.
The learning experiences cover the core competencies for Family Medicine residents, nutrition for health and disease prevention throughout the lifespan, as well as medical nutrition therapy.  Knowledge and skills covered by other disciplines including, patient centered care, culturally appropriate interventions, motivational interviewing and counseling are covered within the context of nutrition assessment and therapy. Residents can request a joint visit inpatient or outpatient with the graduate nutrition specialist at any time during the three years and choose to do nutrition elective or nutrition related research project.

FMR1 Rotation
• Two half-day sessions with a registered dietician in the Family Care Center conducting nutritional consults
• Two half-day sessions in the Heart Disease Prevention Clinic
• One half-day participating in diabetes group medical visit
• One half-day didactic session with the graduate nutrition specialist conducting diet evaluation and discussing goal setting and counseling

Rehab/Geriatric Rotation
• Practice nutrition assessment during geriatric home visit
• Didactic session on nutrition considerations and failure to thrive in the aging adult

Community Medicine Rotation
• One half-day didactic session with individually tailored training on culturally and cognitively appropriate patient education materials and counseling

Additionally, there is a Preventive Cardiology and Nutrition elective open to all medical students.  In this four-week elective, students participate in the clinical care of adult and pediatric patients with lipid disorders, obesity, diabetes mellitus, hypertension and coronary heart disease. Students work with members of a health care team that include a physician, a nurse, a nutritionist and an exercise physiologist, in preventive cardiology, cardiac rehab, and diabetes clinics at both Memorial Hospital, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and Rhode Island Hospital. In addition, students attend small group sessions with a nutritionist and family medicine and internal medicine residents. Students are expected to keep a personal food record, analyze this record using a computerized nutrition program, and attempt to make dietary changes during this rotation.

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