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Adv Med Educ Pract. 2017 Jun 27;8:413-418. doi: 10.2147/AMEP.S138278. eCollection 2017.

Online nutrition and T2DM continuing medical education course launched on state-level medical association.

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Texas A&M University, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, College Station, TX, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this research study was to determine whether a 1-hour online continuing medical education (CME) course focused on nutrition for type 2 diabetes would result in a gain in nutrition knowledge by practicing physicians.

METHODS:

A practicing physician and dietitian collaborated to develop an online CME course (both webinar and self-study versions) on type 2 diabetes. This 1-hour accredited course was launched through the state-level medical association's education library, available to all physicians.

RESULTS:

Physicians (n=43) registered for the course, and of those, 31 completed the course in its entirety. A gain in knowledge was found when comparing pre- versus post-test scores related to the online nutrition CME (P<0.0001).

CONCLUSIONS:

Online CME courses launched via state-level medical associations offer convenient continuing education to assist practicing physicians in addressing patient nutrition and lifestyle concerns related to chronic disease. The present diabetes CME one-credit course allowed physicians to develop basic nutrition care concepts on this topic to assist patients in a better way.

KEYWORDS:

CME; continuing medical education; nutrition education; online/computer-based education; preventive nutrition and chronic disease; type 2 diabetes

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