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.
- Obtain a complete and reliable nutritional assessment.
- Perform a focused and reliable physical examination in patients with nutrition disorders and deficiencies.
- Organize and deliver a clear, concise, and thorough oral presentation of a patient’s history and examination.
- Develop a treatment plan for patients requiring specialized nutrition support.