Clinical nutrition in the hepatogastroenterology curriculum

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  • Chris J J Mulder
  • Geert J A Wanten
  • Carol E Semrad
  • Jeppesen, Palle Bekker
  • Hinke M Kruizenga
  • Nicolette J Wierdsma
  • Matthijs E Grasman
  • Adriaan A van Bodegraven

Gastroenterology (GE) used to be considered a subspecialty of internal medicine. Today, GE is generally recognized as a wide-ranging specialty incorporating capacities, such as hepatology, oncology and interventional endoscopy, necessitating GE-expert differentiation. Although the European Board of Gastroenterology and Hepatology has defined specific expertise areas in Advanced endoscopy, hepatology, digestive oncology and clinical nutrition, training for the latter topic is lacking in the current hepatogastroenterology (HGE) curriculum. Given its relevance for HGE practice, and being at the core of gastrointestinal functioning, there is an obvious need for training in nutrition and related issues including the treatment of disease-related malnutrition and obesity and its associated metabolic derangements. This document aims to be a starting point for the integration of nutritional expertise in the HGE curriculum, allowing a central role in the management of malnutrition and obesity. We suggest minimum endpoints for nutritional knowledge and expertise in the standard curriculum and recommend a focus period of training in nutrition issues in order to produce well-trained HGE specialists. This article provides a road map for the organization of such a training program. We would highly welcome the World Gastroenterology Organisation, the European Board of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the American Gastroenterology Association and other (inter)national Gastroenterology societies support the necessary certifications for this item in the HGE-curriculum.

Original languageEnglish
JournalWorld Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)1729-1735
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2016

    Research areas

  • Certification, Clinical Competence, Curriculum, Education, Medical, Graduate, Gastroenterology, Humans, Internship and Residency, Malnutrition, Nutrition Therapy, Nutritional Physiological Phenomena, Nutritional Sciences, Obesity, Editorial, Review

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