Author: Laur C, Thompson B, and Ray S Publication Year: 2012
Summary: Medical school curricula are faced with a number of topics which do not fit into individual specialty-based teaching. The aim of this study was to develop an educational intervention framework that was rapid, effective and potentially transferrable to other medical education teaching.
Description: With the vast amount of information that medical schools need to impart to their students, curriculum gaps can exist when addressing clinical and public health topics which straddle several specialities. (Brownell, 2003, Celebi et al., 2009) Nutrition is often under-recognized within medical and healthcare specialties and evidence suggests there are gaps in medical doctors’ knowledge and skills in this area.Following a pilot project in Dundee, ‘Nutrition Education Workshop for Tayside Doctors’ (NEWTayDoc), the Need for Nutrition Education Programme (NNEdPro) was formed as an independent educational innovation and advocacy group, and was incorporated in the Department of Health’s Nutrition Action Plan. This article considers the generic lessons learnt from NNEdPro that may be applied to build a model to rapidly and effectively address core curriculum gaps.

Additional inforamtion about this study
The paper entitled, Planning Nutrition Education Interventions for the Medical Workforce: ‘Nutrition Education Workshop for Tayside Doctors’ (NEWTayDoc) - A pilot project to inform development of the Need for Nutrition Education Programme (NNEdPro), outlines the pilot project used to develop the Need for Nutrition Education Programme. The framework for developing this programme is described in the linking article, Short but effective educational interventions in medicine and healthcare – lessons learnt from the ‘Need for Nutrition Education Programme’. It is useful for these articles to be read together as they each represent different but complementary aspects of NNEdPro work. Further information on NNEdPro can be found at www.nnedpro.org.uk.

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