This website was created by the UCLA School of Medicine to further develop nutrition curriculum for educational purposes. Nutritional knowledge, dietary assessment skills, and behavior change strategies are essential competencies for physicians. In 1994, UCLA School of Medicine received a grant from the National Cancer Institute (5-R25 CA60527) to enhance nutrition education among medical students through the development and implementation of curriculum materials for use in multiple courses and clerkships.

CWG Recommended UCLA Medical School Graduate Proficiencies:
[August 7, 1997]

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of nutrition in the life cycle, including growth and development and the nutritional requirements of infancy, childhood, pregnancy, adulthood, and aging.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of basic biochemical concepts related to intestinal absorption, and metabolism of energy, protein, carbohydrates, lipids, vitamins, and minerals.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to obtain the nutritional aspects of patient history assessing nutritional risk factors, including dietary intake and utilization and diseases affecting these processes.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to write a dietary prescription and communicate effectively with a dietitian regarding nutritionally important aspects of a patient's history and physical examination.
  5. Demonstrate ability to apply the principles of nutritional assessment, including dietary intake assessment, measurements of body composition, protein balances, thermogenesis and exercise, and micronutrient assays.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of the physical aspects of starvation and metabolic and nutritional consequences of acute physiologic stress.
  7. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the relation between nutrition and public policy, including dietary guidelines for maintaining health in American society, popular diets, drug-nutrient interactions, and nutritional status of other populations.
  8. Demonstrate knowledge of primary malnutrition, diseases of specific macronutrient and micronutrient deficiencies, nutritional anemia, and chronic alcoholism.
  9. Given a patient, be able to identify secondary malnutrition caused by systemic diseases including intestinal malabsorption syndromes, chronic liver and renal diseases, pancreatic insufficiency, cystic fibrosis, cancer cachexia, and chronic infectious diseases such as AIDS and tuberculosis.
  10. Demonstrate knowledge of the psychosocial and behavioral concepts that related to nutrition. Including psychiatric and compulsive eating disorders.
  11. Identify knowledge of the definition and causes of obesity, the therapeutic aspects of medical treatments, strategies, and outcomes related to obesity.
  12. Demonstrate knowledge of the impact of excess body fat on major chronic diseases including heartdiseases and hyperlipidemia, hypertension, non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, and common forms of cancer.
  13. Demonstrate knowledge of diet-related and metabolic diseases, including hyperlipidemias, atherosclerosis, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, metabolic bone diseases including osteoporosis, and congenital and inborn errors of metabolism requiring specialized dietary therapy.
  14. Demonstrate knowledge of nutritional and metabolic consequences of critical illness, including trauma,burns, and acute sepsis and given a patient, be able to apply principles and techniques of nutritional support as part of treatment.
  15. Given a patient, be able to counsel on the role of nutrition in health promotion and diseases prevention, particularly related to chronic diseases, including Cancer.