Behavior Change Counseling (Nutrition in Medicine)

This online interactive ‘Behavior Change Counseling’ module from the ‘Nutrition in Medicine’ curriculum is geared to teaching medical students and introduces the theories of behavioral stages of change and motivational interviewing (MI) techniques with applications to obesity; diet; and exercise throughout. Communication skills and tools used in MI are described and slide 14 has patient vignettes and questions with helpful detailed examples of implementing these tools. There is a quiz with 2 MCQs that are case vignettes with multiple detailed responses to select from; answer explanations and results can be saved, printed and reviewed by the learner. There are printable ‘pocket notes’ at the end summarizing the main takeaways. This online module takes about 30 minutes to complete, is very interactive and consequently easy to complete. This material could be easily integrated as preparatory coursework for practicing primary care prevention counseling techniques or supplementing curricula in lifestyle medicine or a nutrition curriculum for students early in their pre-clinical years. The Nutrition in Medicine (NIM) medical student curriculum in an evidence-based resource with a comprehensive; interactive online curriculum, each is meant to be brief and narrow in focus and additional material can be found in other modules. The NIM modules are all available at no cost however, you must create a login as detailed below: Follow these steps to access: 1. Click on the button ‘Continue to Courses’ 2. The click on the link ‘register’ at bottom in the center. 3. Once logged, in click on the link ‘view course listings’. 4. Then select the courses listed below and click start course. — Ashti Doobay-Persaud, MD, NCEAS


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Where Was the Curriculum Implemented?

Chapel Hill, NC

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Level of Learner Assessment:

Knowledge Acquisition (MCQ, IRAT, GRAT)