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Introduced in House (10/08/2004)


108th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5350


To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize grants for the integration of innovative curricula on nutrition in medical education, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 8, 2004

Mr. Udall of New Mexico introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


A BILL

To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize grants for the integration of innovative curricula on nutrition in medical education, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Enhancing Nutrition in Medical Education Act of 2004”.

SEC. 2. Medical school nutrition programs.

Part E of title VII of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 294n et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“subpart 3Medical school nutrition programs

“SEC. 775. Grants for medical school nutrition programs.

“(a) Authorization.—The Secretary may award grants to accredited schools of medicine to integrate innovative curricula on nutrition into medical education.

“(b) Focus.—The Secretary shall ensure that innovative curricula on nutrition developed and implemented under this section focus on preventive health measures, including the following:

“(1) Education on the causes, treatment, and prevention of obesity.

“(2) Office education and counseling to ensure appropriate diet for mostly healthy people.

“(3) Prevention and treatment of common nutritional deficiencies.

“(4) Appropriate and inappropriate use of herbs and supplements.

“(5) Office recognition and treatment of common eating disorders.

“(6) Identification of special dietary needs, eating disorders, and appropriate routes of referral for medical nutrition therapy.

“(c) Use of funds.—The Secretary may not make a grant under subsection (a) unless the school of medicine involved agrees to expend the grant—

“(1) to develop innovative curricula on nutrition in accordance with subsection (d);

“(2) to integrate such curricula, to the maximum extent possible, into each year of a student’s medical education at the school, including with respect to preclinical and clinical training; and

“(3) to evaluate the results achieved with such curricula.

“(d) Multidisciplinary planning committee.—

“(1) ESTABLISHMENT.—A school of medicine receiving a grant under this section shall establish a multidisciplinary planning committee to develop the innovative curricula on nutrition to be integrated into the school’s medical education.

“(2) MEMBERSHIP.—The members of a multidisciplinary planning committee under this subsection—

“(A) shall include individuals who will be responsible for implementing the proposed curricular changes within the fields and disciplines of the school’s medical education program; and

“(B) should include representatives of fields and disciplines outside of the school’s medical education program, such as nursing, nutrition, and public health.

“(e) Duration.—Each grant under this section shall be for a period of 2 years.

“(f) Maximum amount.—The Secretary may not make a grant to any school under this section in an amount that exceeds—

“(1) $50,000 for any fiscal year; or

“(2) a total of $100,000.

“(g) Application.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—To seek a grant under this section, a school of medicine shall submit an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

“(2) CONTENTS.—At a minimum, an application submitted under paragraph (1) shall include the following:

“(A) A description of the following:

“(i) The expertise in nutrition of the school’s course directors and faculty members.

“(ii) The objectives of the program to be carried out with the grant.

“(iii) The projected impact of the program to be carried out with the grant.

“(iv) Any barriers to development or implementation of innovative curricula on nutrition at the school of medicine.

“(v) Strategies for overcoming each such barrier.

“(vi) The school’s ability to sustain innovative curricula adopted and implemented with the grant beyond the term of the grant.

“(B) A budget proposal for expending funds under the grant.

“(C) Letters of support for the application from the dean, and the associate dean for education, of the school of medicine.

“(h) Report.—Not later than the end of the 2-year period described in subsection (e) for a grant, the school of medicine receiving the grant shall submit a report to the Secretary. Such report shall include a description of the innovative curricula on nutrition developed by the school and the results achieved through the use of such curricula.

“(i) Dissemination.—Not later than 1 year after the end of the 2-year period described in subsection (e) for all grants awarded under this section, the Secretary shall—

“(1) prepare a consolidated report on the innovative curricula on nutrition developed by grantees under this section and the results achieved through the use of such curricula; and

“(2) disseminate such report to schools of medicine.

“(j) Definition.—In this section, the term ‘accredited’ means accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

“(k) Authorization of appropriations.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—To carry out this section, there is authorized to be appropriated $4,500,000 for the period of fiscal years 2005 through 2006.

“(2) ADMINISTRATION.—Of the amounts authorized to be appropriated under this section, the Secretary may use not more than $500,000 for costs associated with administration of this section.”.