Community Culinary Workshops as a Nutrition Curriculum in a Preventive Medicine Residency Program

Ryan D. Lang, Mary Carol Jennings, Clarence Lam, Hsin Chieh Yeh, Colin Zhu, Tina Kumra

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Introduction: Obesity and diabetes are common diagnoses in the primary care population, especially in urban settings. Physicians providing preventive culinary and nutrition education to patients may be able to uniquely address these medical issues; however, culinary and nutrition education among medical residency programs is insufficient. Methods: We describe a pilot of a novel interactive approach to culinary and nutrition education focused on preventive medicine residents who were trained to provide culinary and nutrition skills to community members in three separate workshops. We developed and implemented a series of three culinary education workshops with 11, eight, and nine preventive medicine residents in each respective workshop. A total of 16 residents were invited to participate. A physician-chef facilitated each workshop with the residents within a community church kitchen and meeting area. We evaluated self-reported data on confidence level with culinary education and resident attitudes toward effects of culinary education on patient behaviors, as well as frequency of home-cooked meals and personal cooking competency, as indicators of resident proficiency. Results: A significant increase was noted in self-reported cooking competency after culinary workshops when evaluating change from the first workshop to the final workshop ( p = .038). Increases in home-cooking frequency and belief that lifestyle medicine impacts patient behavior were also observed but did not achieve statistical significance. Discussion: Culinary workshops are a useful tool to enhance nutrition education in a residency curriculum and may be an effective way to improve resident perceptions regarding the impact of nutrition education in the community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10859
Number of pages1
JournalMedEdPORTAL : the journal of teaching and learning resources
StatePublished - Dec 13 2019


  • Community-Based Medicine
  • Community-Based Participation
  • Culinary Medicine
  • Nutrition
  • Preventive Medicine


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