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Course Description:

Nutrition in Primary Care: Evidence and Controversies is designed to enhance primary care providers’ knowledge of applied nutritional biochemistry and the associated research literature pertaining to several conditions commonly encountered in clinical practice. Various levels of evidence will be presented for evaluation and discussion, in order to facilitate improved communication with patients about health promotion, disease prevention and preferences for treatment. This program is intended for: Family physicians, psychiatrists, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other primary care professionals.

This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 5.5 Mainpro+ credits.

Scholarships are available to undergraduate and graduate students of medical, pharmacy, and nursing programs <APPLICATION FORM>

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate current evidence for nutritional support in several conditions commonly encountered in primary care, including: generalized fatigue, sleep disturbances and menopause.
  • Communicate more knowledgeably with patients about their preferences for treatment, including the use of specific diets and nutritional supplements
  • Evaluate claims for potential health benefits or adverse effects resulting from popular diets and nutritional supplement use.
  • Identify specific drug-induced nutrient depletions, which may impact medication compliance and apply nutritional support strategies for their correction

Aileen Burford-Mason, PhD, is an immunologist, cell biologist and orthomolecular nutritionist with a deep interest in the scientific evidence for nutrition and health. She regularly gives seminars for both professional and lay audiences, and has become known for her ability to take complex nutritional research and translate it into concise, evidence-based guidelines for the safe, effective use of nutritional supplements. She is formerly Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, and Director of a cancer research laboratory at The Toronto General Hospital. Dr. Burford-Mason is the author of the best-selling book Eat Well, Age Better. Her new book The Healthy Brain will be published by HarperCollins Canada in the Fall of 2017.

CME Planning Committee:

Rose Bilotta, MD, MPH

Mel Borins, MD

Aileen Burford-Mason, PhD

Paul Demeda, CNP

Rishi Verma, MD