a special program of the National Emergency Medicine Association (NEMA)

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Week: 582.4 

Guest: Dr. Sharon Akabas, coordinator, Masters in Nutrition pgm, Columbia Medical School, NYC 

Topic: Doctors don' know nutrition 

Host/Producer: Steve Girard 

NEMA: Doctors don't know nutrition...coming up... 

SPOT: For 15 years, the National Emergency Medicine Association has worked against stroke, heart disease and trauma. Join the effort, call 800-332-6362. 

NEMA: They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away...I wonder if he knows that? Just kidding. With the swell of nutrition research and information all around us...the medical training community has been caught unawares...most schools don't mandate nutrition courses...  

AKABAS: It is somewhere on the order of 1 in 5, or 1 in 6 medical schools...it's offered in many places as an elective course. But only 6% of the medical students took advantage.  

NEMA: Dr. Sharon Akabas of the Columbia School of Medicine in New York...where a special masters in nutrition program has been established for physicians and other health professionals to get up to speed...  

AKABAS: It simply can't be ignored...how important nutrition is, especially with respect to chronic diseases in developed countries - heart disease, cancer, strokes, diabetes and atherosclerosis - clearly related to nutrition. 

NEMA: The program provides physicians with knowledge to answer a patient's questions, or to refer a nutritionist or literature on a condition or disease. I'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.