Students currently taking F & N 520- Medical Nutrition Therapy are participating in a novel pilot teaching project to increase their knowledge and develop skills in providing optimal patient care related to nutrition.
The laboratory for MNT allows students to perform patient care rounds similar to those conducted at major teaching hospitals. During patient care rounds, students review a medical chart and interview a mock patient to collect and interpret relevant patient information such as food/nutrition history, biochemical data, medical procedures, anthropometry measurements, physical exam findings, and patient history. This information is used to identify nutrition-related problems and their causes as well as identifying a nutrition diagnosis. Once a student determines a nutrition diagnosis, they use critical thinking skills in choosing an appropriate nutrition intervention which may involve decisions in food and/or nutrient delivery, nutrition education, nutrition counseling, and coordination of nutrition care.
After their patient care rounds, the students present their patient’s case to fellow classmates at the Patient Care Grand Rounds. Current students enrolled in FN 520 have commented that the new FN 520 lab has been a challenging but highly rewarding experience and that they feel they will be well prepared for clinical rounds in the future. For more information about FN 520, contact Dr. Stacey Mobley at: firstname.lastname@example.org.