The American College of Lifestyle Medicine is pleased to offer this curriculum which is based on the foundational work of Michelle Hauser, MD, MS, MPA, FACLM, Chef. The curriculum is available via complimentary download and is intended to be used and implemented in the following settings: medical schools, allied health professional education programs, residency programs, etc.
Dr Hauser created a culinary medicine elective course for medical students at Stanford University School of Medicine in 2017 with assistance from Julia Nordgren, MD, Chef and Stanford colleagues, Maya Adam, MD, Tracy Rydel, MD, Christopher Gardner, PhD, and David Iott, Chef. The course has been extremely well-received. All course students reported improvements in their own diets and their ability to successfully counsel patients on healthy eating, while taking into account culture, time, and resources. At the end of the course, all students understood that a healthy diet can take many forms and should be centered around whole plant foods. The course was consistently oversubscribed, with a waitlist at least equal in number to enrolled students, allowing comparison of outcomes among enrolled students versus waitlisted controls. Students who took the course had highly significant improvements in overall attitudes, knowledge, and behavior around healthy cooking and eating (P value <0.0001) compared with controls.