Introduction to Nutrition-Focused Physical Exam

Introduction to Nutrition-Focused Physical Exam

Date: October 15, 2018

Speaker(s): Joanna Cummings, MS, RD, CNSC

Speaker Bio:

Joanna Cummings, MS RD CNSC, is the Country Director and Clinical Nutrition Instructor for the Lao-American Nutrition Institute (LANI) in Vientiane, Lao PDR. She received her Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and is a Registered Dietitian (RD) with advanced certification as a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC). Her clinical and research experience includes pediatric and adult nutrition, inherited metabolic disorders, oncology, and bone marrow transplant. Additionally, she has worked extensively on the development of nutrition education tools as the Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) trainee at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC) at OHSU, Research Dietitian at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Clinical Dietitian in Oncology at the University of Colorado and as an adjunct professor at the University of Northern Colorado.

Learning Objectives

  • Apply the NFPE for the assessment of muscle and fat wasting, micronutrient abnormalities and describe common appearances of deficiencies
  • Select appropriate biochemical laboratory tests for micronutrient abnormalities
  • Identify references and resources to support further learning and refining of techniques in this area

CPE Level: 2

Learning Codes: 5280; 3030; 3060

Performance Indicators:

  • 10.2.1 Identifies and selects valid and reliable tools to conduct a comprehensive nutrition assessment.
  • 10.2.2 Works collaboratively with interdisciplinary team to identify and implement valid and reliable nutrition assessment tools to support access to care.
  • 10.2.3 Analyzes and synthesizes the assessment data to identify nutrition problems following the Standards of Practice in Nutrition Care for RDNs.
  • 10.2.4 Integrates foundational dietetics knowledge with critical appraisal of assessment data to diagnose nutrition problems (using problem solving, etiology, signs and symptoms [PES] statements), which can be resolved or improved through treatment or nutrition intervention.

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Link to Recorded Webinar

Password to access webinar: NFPEintro

Eligible for CPE until October 14, 2021 (three years from date of presentation)


This activity is recorded as described by the Commission of Dietetic Registration in the United States as Activity 175 .

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