First Plant-Based Nutrition Course For Medical Students Completed In The US
The Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit has just held its first whole-food plant-based nutrition course.
300 medical students have now completed the course — which was launched in collaboration with the university’s Plant Based Nutrition Group (PBNG).
Over the course of one month, the first year students were taught the science behind a whole-food vegan diet, and challenged on how to integrate this knowledge into their work.
“The success of PBNG’s Plant-Based Curriculum Enhancement will have national implications for the future of clinical care and medical education” said Lakshman Mulpuri, the president of PBNG.
“Armed with a more comprehensive understanding of plant-based nutrition, these future physicians will be better prepared to combat the devastating effects of chronic disease that millions of Americans face every year.”
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine worked with the university to help create the teaching material for the course.
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During the course, the medical students had the opportunity to meet with real patients who have reversed health conditions by transitioning to a whole-food vegan diet.
The potential to reverse type 2 diabetes with a healthy vegan diet is a concept that has been increasingly embraced by the medical community over the last few years.
“Most deaths in the United States are preventable and are related to nutrition” explained Mulpuri. “Diet is a major cause of death and disability, yet the standard medical education curriculum has little to no emphasis on diet.”
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