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Clinical Nutrition (Course Code: M-125)

Elective Course Description

This elective provides an opportunity for students to join with attending physicians, fellows, residents, dietitians, nurses and pharmacists in a very active consultative service encompassing various aspects of clinical nutrition, and with emphasis on total parenteral nutrition, tube feeding and problems in malabsorption and malnutrition. A multidisciplinary team approach is utilized within a centralized clinical nutrition team. Approximately 15 new patients per week are seen in consultation with a total daily follow-up of 40 to 50 in all departments. Daily rounds are made with the clinical nutrition team, and there are frequent conferences and a journal club. There is a weekly clinic at which the majority of patients seen have malnutrition and malabsorption and where patients on home TPN are followed.

Learning Objectives

  1. Obtain a complete and reliable nutritional assessment.

  2. Perform a focused and reliable physical examination in patients with nutrition disorders and deficiencies.

  3. Organize and deliver a clear, concise, and thorough oral presentation of a patient’s history and examination.

  4. Develop a treatment plan for patients requiring specialized nutrition support.

For the program calendar, please see the elective module dates section of our website.