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Course Information

Learn to Diagnose Malnutrition

2020 Dates

September 24
October 29
November 17

For information, please email Nadia Pshonyak at

Why You Should Choose Cleveland Clinic as Your Training Facility

  • Small group training sessions (no more than 5 people per group)
  • Individualized application of Academy/ASPEN adult malnutrition guidelines in a simulated setting with trained actors and observers
  • Practice your skills in our award-winning training/simulation facility
  • Hands-on stations covering comprehensive nutrition assessment:
    • Nutrition focused physical assessment will describe head to toe physical assessment of fat and muscle loss
    • Using edema pads to simulate fluid accumulation assessment and how fluid impacts diagnosis
    • Specialty hands-on stations covering:
      • How to properly use a hand dynamometer for assessment of functional status
      • How to use a stethoscope and percussion to complete abdominal examination and its impact on nutrition plan
      • How to read a CT and use an ultrasound machine to assess muscle and fat.
  • Immediate personalized feedback from renowned Cleveland Clinic Dietitians

Registration Includes:

  • 8.0 CEUs: A half-day of preparatory online didactic modules and a half day of onsite hands-on training
  • Nutrition-Focused Physical Exam Illustrated Handbook, published by ASPEN
  • Light Breakfast
  • Pen light
  • Laminated Reference Pocket Cards
  • Ongoing technical support provided post-course
  • Online modules

Target Audience

The target audience for this Simulation Lab includes dietitians, educators and interns.

Learning Objectives

After completing this educational activity, the participant will be able to do the following:

  1. Review the medical record and conduct an interview including medical/surgical history, diet history, and weight history to obtain evidence related to the etiology, presence, and degree of malnutrition.
  2. Conduct a nutrition-focused physical examination to determine the loss of subcutaneous fat and/or muscle mass and the presence of possible micronutrient deficiencies and fluid accumulation.
  3. Determine the etiology, presence, and degree of malnutrition using the Academy/ASPEN adult malnutrition guidelines.

Speaker and On-site Training Requests

If you are unable to attend a workshop in Cleveland or would like one of our educators to speak with your group, our educators can come to you! We offer a variety of educational options and are always open to new ideas:

  • Half-day workshop
  • Bedside Observation
  • Symposium/Conference
  • Individual
  • Hands-On Training
  • Customize Your Own

Please contact Nadia Pshonyak, Program Coordinator for the Center for Human Nutrition, at 216.491.7764 or to discuss options.