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Evaluation of the Efficacy and Effectiveness of Metabolic University: A Didactic Training Program for the Metabolic Clinician

Bernstein, Laurie E. MS, RD, FADA; Freehauf, Cynthia L. RN, MS, CGC; Thomas, Janet A. MD; Yannicelli, Steven PhD, RD

Topics in Clinical Nutrition:
doi: 10.1097/TIN.0b013e31821931a3
Education Evaluations
Abstract

Metabolic University is an interactive, didactic program designed to provide training to dietitians and other medical professionals working in the field of inborn errors of metabolism. The training methods developed and employed by Metabolic University were shown to be effective as evidenced by a statistically significant increase of 25% in correct answers from a pretest compared with a posttest of knowledge related to the pathophysiology and nutrition management of inborn errors of metabolism. Participant feedback on faculty presentations and course content was positive. Qualitative and quantitative assessment measures of Metabolic University demonstrate that the program was effective and contributed to the knowledge base among medical professionals who manage patients with inborn errors of metabolism.

Author Information

Inherited Metabolic Diseases Clinic at The Children's Hospital/University of Colorado Denver, Aurora (Mss Bernstein and Freehauf and Dr Thomas); and Nutricia North America, Rockville, Maryland (Dr Yannicelli).

Correspondence: Laurie E. Bernstein, MS, RD, FADA, 13123 E 16th Ave Box 153, Aurora, CO 80045 (Bernstein.laurie@tchden.org).

Metabolic University is an effective novel program to educate inborn errors of metabolism team members evidenced by the statistical increase in posttest scores from pretest scores.

Metabolic University is supported by a grant funded by Nutricia North America. S.Y. is currently employed by Nutricia North America. Authors have received honorariums from Nutricia North America for their teaching during Metabolic University. Nutricia North America and its products are not mentioned in the article nor do the authors, with the exception of S.Y., endorse the company or its products. The content of the article has not been influenced by the sponsor.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.