Do Doctors Make the Grade?

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Doctors and other health professionals were put to the test for their nutrition knowledge regarding diet and heart disease.

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For me, the most disturbing finding in the latest update last year on the status of nutrition education in U.S. medical schools was that compared to the last survey in 2004, the percentage of medical school instructors who think more nutrition education was even necessary dropped, from about nine out of ten, down to about eight out of ten.

Is it possible that doctors think they know more than they do? Doctors may think they know enough about nutrition, but do they?

Doctors were asked a list of simple questions about diet and cardiovascular disease; some simpler than others. True or false: does walking and gardening increase physical activity levels? 95% got that right. Good.

On the other hand, 71% of health professionals and final year medical students incorrectly thought avocados had cholesterol in them.

But, how did they do overall?

What was the average test score of doctors on questions relating to diet and cardiovascular disease? Did they get an A+; 97-100% correct? If so, maybe they don’t need any more nutrition training. Or did they just get an A, A-, B, C, D or an F even; less than 65% correct?

What do you think?

They didn’t get an A, B, or C. Nor even a D.

64% correct.

They failed.

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Below is an approximation of this video’s audio content. To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video.

For me, the most disturbing finding in the latest update last year on the status of nutrition education in U.S. medical schools was that compared to the last survey in 2004, the percentage of medical school instructors who think more nutrition education was even necessary dropped, from about nine out of ten, down to about eight out of ten.

Is it possible that doctors think they know more than they do? Doctors may think they know enough about nutrition, but do they?

Doctors were asked a list of simple questions about diet and cardiovascular disease; some simpler than others. True or false: does walking and gardening increase physical activity levels? 95% got that right. Good.

On the other hand, 71% of health professionals and final year medical students incorrectly thought avocados had cholesterol in them.

But, how did they do overall?

What was the average test score of doctors on questions relating to diet and cardiovascular disease? Did they get an A+; 97-100% correct? If so, maybe they don’t need any more nutrition training. Or did they just get an A, A-, B, C, D or an F even; less than 65% correct?

What do you think?

They didn’t get an A, B, or C. Nor even a D.

64% correct.

They failed.

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

Nota del Doctor

For more on doctors’ nutritional education, check out these videos:

Anyone have any stories of doctors failing to understand basic nutrition? I’m almost afraid to ask. Be sure to check out my previous video: Doctors’ Nutritional Ignorance.

For some context, also check out my associated blog posts: Physician-assisted suicide? When doctors give nutrition adviceNutrition Education in Medicine: a Doctor a Day Keeps the Apples AwayHealth Food Store Advice: Often Worthless or WorstStool Size and Breast Cancer Risk; and Treating Breast Pain with Flax Seeds.

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