Poster Topical Area: Education & Teaching

Location: Auditorium

Poster Board Number: 158

P09-009 - Amount and type of nutrition questions included in the exams of a 4-year post graduate medical course (2013-2016)

Sunday, Jun 10
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Objectives: To assess the nutrition content of the summative exams administered within a 4-yr post graduate entry medical course between 2013 and 2016.

Methods: All the exam questions that contributed to the final assessment of medical students within a post graduate medical course across the 4 years, over the period 2013-2016 were assessed. The number of nutrition-related questions of different types (multiple choice and short answer questions) were identified and were further classified according to the number of marks allocated the proportion of nutrition content, the topic areas and relationship to the nutrition competencies.

Year one and two exams contributed between 63% (2013)-69% (2016) of the summative assessment, whilst in year 3/4 they made up 38% (2013-16). For the pre-clinical years (1&2) in 2013 and 2016 nutrition represented 9% of the total marks an in 2014 and 2015 nutrition represented 7% of total marks. In year three and four the contribution for nutrition to the final marks ranged from 0.7 – 7% with an average of 2%. Nutrition-related to physiology, pathology and disease accounted for approximately 60% of the topic areas with public health accounting for 20%.

The nutrition content of exams was greater than expected. The integration of nutrition within physiology/pathology questions was encouraging. As expected the major topic areas were related to physiology/pathology. The inclusion of nutrition questions in summative exams is essential and can be achieved by a collaborative approach between nutrition experts & medical educators.

Funding Source: Deakin University

CoAuthors: Caryl Nowson, Professor – Deakin University; Janet McCleod – Deakin University; Scott McCoombe – Deakin University; Nicole Stupka – Deakin University; Colin Bell – Deakin University

Caryl Nowson

Professor Caryl Nowson, PhD, Dip Nut & Diet Chair of Nutrition and Ageing Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Deakin University
Waurn Ponds, Victoria, Australia