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Intersociety Professional Nutrition Education Consortium (IPNEC) Online Nutrition Curriculum Guide

At a time when there is growing public concern for the health of Americans, nutritionally related chronic diseases are more prevalent than ever. Yet, in spite of scientific data, public interest, U.S. government reports, society studies and congressional mandates, the teaching of nutrition in medical schools and residency programs remains inadequate. Physicians thus remain insufficiently informed about the role of diet in the prevention and treatment of disease. In order to encourage the nutrition societies to unite in addressing these issues, the Intersociety Professional Nutrition Education Consortium (IPNEC) was founded in 1997.

The Dannon Institute has provided a grant to assist IPNEC in funding an online nutrition curriculum guide. This curriculum guide, available at www.ipnec.org, is intended to provide direction in training physician nutrition specialists.

ASN Clinical Internship

In 1995, the American Society for Nutrition in conjunction with the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) established a program of internships in clinical nutrition for medical students. The purpose of this program is to increase the role of nutrition in the practice of medicine, medical research, health promotion and disease prevention by providing a unique combination of educational experiences to medical students. Each intern works under a recognized authority in clinical nutrition in a U.S. medical school or hospital for approximately eight weeks during the summer. The Dannon Institute funded this program annually from 1998 to 2006.

Nutrition in Medicine CD-ROMs

In the years between 1998 and 2000, the Dannon Institute provided funding to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, to support the development of Nutrition in Medicine, a CD-Rom nutrition curriculum. This innovative, case-oriented course was developed by physicians, nutritionists, educators and programmers. It is aimed at healthcare providers who can prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses through better nutrition. It is currently the exclusive nutrition education tool used by over 125 Medical Schools and has been adapted for use by already licensed physicians and other healthcare providers. The Dannon Institute also provided funding for the development of a teacher's guide to accompany this series in an undergraduate setting.