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Castillo, M., Feinstein, R., Tsang, J., Fisher, M. (2016) 'Basic nutrition knowledge of recent medical graduates entering a pediatric residency program ', Int J Adolesc Med Health. 2016 Nov 1;28(4):357-361.

Int J Adolesc Med Health. 2016 Nov 1;28(4):357-361.

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

Marigold Castillo, Ronald Feinstein, James Tsang, Martin Fisher

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.

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