The study of medicine can be overwhelming. We’ve simply discovered too much for one person to master completely. This is the challenge medical educators are tasked with – what’s so important that it must be allotted time in the brief 2 years of dedicated book learning doctors-to-be receive?
Students face a similar time-management challenge – first, we must decide what’s important enough to focus on, but the real question I think we wind up asking ourselves is this: is it worth it to study this if no one will test me on it? We quickly learn that things not emphasized in a particular course are typically not represented on the exams administered (at least not in a way that can hurt us).
Nutrition is, and will continue to be, a controversial and evolving aspect of medicine – but I also consider it to be one of the most fundamental. So, why then, don’t doctors know about nutrition? Because no one is teaching us. The approximate time devoted to nutrition science over the first two years of my medical education is a measly 6 hours – that’s only two hours more than an average day of lectures at my institution.