Nutrition and Metabolic Diseases Fellowship
The Nutrition and Metabolic Diseases Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that accepts one fellow each year. The fellow is assigned to at least 50 percent clinical care duties in nutrition and metabolic disease with an emphasis on outpatient obesity medicine. Trainees use their elective time to gain exposure to bariatric endoscopy, endocrinology, bariatric surgery, sleep medicine, bariatric psychology, lipidology, and exercise physiology. They can focus their education on their areas of interest.
The fellow will be involved in scholarly work such as publishing in a peer-reviewed journal or giving an oral or poster presentation at a sponsored national or regional conference. Along with mandatory attendance at scheduled team meetings, case conferences, journal clubs, and quality meetings, the fellow will be encouraged to give medical and patient talks and participate in advocacy.
What sets this fellowship’s scholarly work apart from others is that each fellow will have an opportunity to join CTSI’s Fellows Research Academy to focus on research or they can choose to work longitudinally with the medical informatics team. All fellows will have the opportunity to do a medical informatics elective to learn how to leverage the electronic medical record to enhance treatment of obesity.
Educational Objectives of Nutrition and Metabolic Diseases Fellowship:
- Acquire practical knowledge in nutrition.
- Develop skills in behavior change counseling.
- Develop skills in prescribing pharmacotherapy for treatment of metabolic diseases, with an emphasis on obesity medicine.
- Gain experience in outpatient treatment of metabolic diseases.
- Develop skills for pre-op and post-op management of bariatric surgery patients.
- Develop confidence in prescribing diabetes medications in patients with metabolic diseases.
- Develop skills in managing weight regain in bariatric surgery patients.
- Gain experience managing metabolic diseases in the pediatric population.
- Gain experience in lifestyle and culinary medicine.
- Develop skills in determining body composition through various methodologies.
- Develop skills in prescribing an individualized exercise prescription.
- Gain experience in metabolic disease-related comorbid conditions.
- Gain experience in treating metabolic diseases in a rural population.
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