Consultation on Nutrition in UG Medical Education

The 2020 Global Nutrition Report makes the statement that ‘collectively, malnutrition is responsible for more ill health than any other cause – good health is not possible without good nutrition’. The crucial role of nutrition in health, means that it is essential that medical doctors should develop at least a basic understanding of nutrition during their training, so as to be able to truly support individuals in achieving, or maintaining, good health.

The original UK Undergraduate Curriculum in nutrition for medical students was developed by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) Inter-Collegiate Group on Nutrition (ICGN) and an implementation group representing UK medical schools. It described expected nutrition content of undergraduate medical training to meet ‘Outcomes for Graduates (Tomorrow’s doctors)’ published by the General Medical Council (GMC).

The AoMRC transferred responsibility for the UK Undergraduate Curriculum in Nutrition for newly qualified doctors to the Association for Nutrition (AfN). With the support of both the AoMRC and GMC, the AfN is leading on the review and implementation of nutrition into the undergraduate curriculum of medical students, so as to develop nutrition capacity to meet the needs of newly qualified medical doctors and the achievement of the GMC Outcomes for Graduates.

The AfN thank all those who have contributed to the AfN Inter-professional Working Group for Medical Education. This has enabled a review of the previous AoMRC-ICGN curriculum to be undertaken and for this revised draft curriculum to be produced.

To ensure this curriculum meets the needs of future undergraduates and is implementable by medical schools, a consultation is being held for 8 weeks to obtain feedback from stakeholders prior to the final curriculum being published.

Submit consultation responses here

Consultation Closes: 2359h on 30 November 2020
(Please note: this has been extended due to the COVID-19 impact on both health professionals and education provisions)

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