The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) is a dynamic home for medical students who are interested in nutrition and related medical disciplines. ASN has nearly 6,500 members, and provides a variety of programs for its student members – who account for almost 20 percent of total membership. ASN strives to increase the role of nutrition in the practice of medicine, medical research, health promotion, and disease prevention by providing a unique combination of educational experiences to medical students.
Medical Specialties Centered on Nutrition
- Obesity, weight management, bariatric and metabolic surgery
- Cardiology, physical activity, metabolism, exercise and sports medicine
- Endocrinology, gastroenterology, digestive health
- Oncology, diet and cancer
- Geriatrics, pain management, palliative care
- Internal medicine, family practice
- Public and community health, obstetrics and gynecology, international medicine
Two of ASN’s most exciting programs for medical students are the Clinical Nutrition Internships and the Clinical Emerging Leader Awards. The internship program matches medical students with ASN members for eight-week rotations in U.S. medical schools or hospitals. In addition to the exposure to both clinical and academic aspects of nutrition, interns receive a $2,500 stipend. The Clinical Emerging Leaders awards recognize medical students and trainees who have completed substantive research in nutrition; pending external funding, finalists will each receive a modest, monetary travel award and certificate.
An emphasis on medical applications for nutrition research runs throughout ASN’s member communities. The Medical Nutrition Council (MNC) is one of ASN’s three Scientific Councils. The MNC serves as the Society’s primary mechanism for disseminating clinical nutrition knowledge; promoting policies to prevent and treat nutrition-related diseases; training health professionals; and monitoring national dietary and disease trends. MNC members, including medical students, receive an exclusive bi-monthly newsletter tracking clinical nutrition and research news.
Many of ASN’s 16 Research Interest Sections also feature a translational approach that reinforces the work of the MNC. Through Sections such as Aging and Chronic Disease, Obesity, Diet and Cancer and Nutritional Immunology, ASN promotes knowledge exchange and the advancement and application of nutrition science in patient settings.
Medical students especially benefit from involvement in the Councils and Sections by engaging with established professionals about career advancement, emerging research and more.