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Int J Adolesc Med Health. 2016 Nov 1;28(4):357-361. doi: 10.1515/ijamh-2015-0019.

Basic nutrition knowledge of recent medical graduates entering a pediatric residency program.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study assesses the basic nutritional knowledge of fourth year medical/osteopathic school graduates entering a pediatric residency program and compares the knowledge of the medical students to that of the patients and parents who completed the same survey previously.

METHODS:

Medical and osteopathic school graduates entering a pediatric residency program completed an 18-question nutrition survey during resident orientation in June of 2011 and 2012.

RESULTS:

The incoming interns averaged answering 52% of the questions correctly. Interns did better than both groups but the only statistically significant difference was between the interns and the non-eating disorder adolescents and their parents (p<0.001).

CONCLUSION:

Incoming residents to a pediatric residency program appear to be deficient in basic nutritional knowledge. With the ever increasing burden of obesity and its associated co-morbidities on society, it is imperative that medical education focuses on preparing physicians to appropriately counsel all populations on proper nutrition.

PMID:
26234947
DOI:
10.1515/ijamh-2015-0019
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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