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The “Food as Medicine” selection is another component of this grant. This is a short version of some of the things students would learn in the longer medical nutrition degree program.

“Doctors, through the Flinn Foundation, said they wanted to support this because they didn’t know much about nutrition, and when patients asked about it, they didn’t know. how to respond,” Johnston said.

This course gives future doctors new knowledge and practical tools in nutrition.

Mira Shoukry, another of the medical students participating in the program, said this type of nutrition training was exactly what she was looking for.

“A lot of times for patients with chronic conditions we can say something like ‘You need to eat a high fiber diet’ or ‘Reduce carbs’, but we really don’t know how to explain in reasonable terms how to do it” , Shoukry said, “This selection helps us do that.”

Jess Qu, who teamed up with Shoukry to cook an Indian-inspired meal that included roasted curried cauliflower, vegetable khichdi and pickled mangoes, said she’s been looking forward to this selection since she started. had heard of during an interview for medical school.

Qu plans to focus on lifestyle medicine, and learning to recommend healthy foods would be beneficial.

“(Lifestyle medicine) is very much about using food to prevent and manage chronic disease,” Qu said. “I think it’s important that future providers learn to cook and also be able to explain things to our patients. It’s especially important to be able to explain things in a way that makes sense to fit into their way of life.

The week in the kitchen was also enjoyable, Qu said.

“I think it’s cool for us to learn different recipes and expand our arsenal of what we can cook,” she said. “I feel like I’m on a cooking competition show.”

Shoukry added that beyond the potential benefits to future patients from the week’s worth of lectures and demonstrations, there was a more immediate bonus: learning to cook healthy, tasty meals for themselves.

“At the end of the day, we are also students with poor diets,” Shoukry said.

Top photo: Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine students Ramiro Lopez, James Kim, Demian Herrera and Jaxson Jeffery (from right) learned about nutrition during the College of Health’s “Food as Medicine” screening ASU solutions. Photo by Weldon B. Johnson/ASU