Now is the time for patients and clinicians to re-evaluate their priorities, especially with regard to nutrition. That’s because smarter self-care is a win-win for clinicians — and their patients. Through a range of new podcasts covering food insecurity, nutritional counseling, and the health benefits of nuts, clinicians can learn how to improve the role of nutrition and lifestyle in medicine.
AMA member Stephen Davies, a preventive cardiologist and executive director of the nonprofit Gables Teaching Institute in Chicago, said the goal of the podcast series — dubbed “Medicine With a Fork” — “is to highlight nutrition topics of particular value in clinical medicine that can For clinicians to use immediately in their practice…All episodes are carefully designed to be fast-paced, well-referenced, and actionable.”
“Looking forward, we hope these short podcasts will spark a desire to learn more about nutrition with our comprehensive—but quick—online CME course,” Nutrition Science for Health and Longevity: All said Dr. Davers. “We have found that clinicians who take the course are in a better position to appreciate the effect as well as the pleasure of making nutrition a greater part of medical practice.
“Most clinicians have received very little formal nutritional education and survey data confirm that the vast majority of clinicians do not feel sufficiently prepared to talk to their patients about nutrition,” he said. The Gables Institute developed these resources to bridge a long-standing gap in nutritional knowledge among health professionals.
“This course has already been taken by more than 2,000 physicians and is now required in the curricula of many leading medical schools,” said Dr. Davies. “After completing the course, 97% of physicians stated that they would change their practices.”
Here are three new podcasts.
- “Food insecurity — meaning uncertain access to adequate nutritious food — is a sad reality for many Americans, made worse by the pandemic,” Dr. Davies said. “In this 10-minute podcast, we describe the scope of the problem, which extends far beyond what many imagine, and the important role clinicians can play in identifying food insecure patients.
- “We also describe a well-validated two-question tool that clinicians can use to detect food insecurity – a tool that can be life-saving and takes less than a minute to perform,” he added.
- “Often, with the best of intentions, clinicians simply advise their patients to reduce their intake of unhealthy food choices,” Dr. Davies said. While this is certainly an important message, there is another aspect of the conversation that is often overlooked, and can lead to unintended consequences.
- He added, “In this podcast, we discuss this often missing piece of the nutritional guidance puzzle, and the history of harm caused by not including both parts of the message.” We also cover how to fold Both Portions of the message in an effective nutrition counseling conversation.
- “In this podcast, we discuss the impressive health benefits related to nuts and review the underlying science that supports these benefits,” said Dr. Davies. “It’s a very practical cycle, as most people like to snack, so why not point patients — and their doctors — into satisfying options that can also improve health at the same time?
- He added, “Carrying nuts as a snack, for both busy patients and doctors, is our version of a ‘pill in the pocket.'”
The latest update of the CME course, “Dietology for Health and Longevity: What Every Doctor Needs to Know”, is permanent material intended for a maximum of 4 months AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, It helps clinicians start an effective nutrition conversation with patients. The four-hour, self-paced course was developed and hosted by the Gables Institute for Integrative Cardiology, a nonprofit organization focused on enhancing the role of nutrition and lifestyle in health care.
This course includes four modules distributed in collaboration with the AMA Ed Hub™, an online platform with high-quality CME/MOC from many trusted sources to support lifelong learning for clinicians and other medical professionals. With topics relevant to you—including several CME modules on physician burnout—the AMA Ed Hub also provides an easy, streamlined way to find, take, and track educational activities in one place, with automatic CME/MOC credit reporting for some state and specialty boards. AMA members are eligible for a 20% discount. Call (800) 262-3211 or email [email protected] To get a discount code.
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