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 4,800 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
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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 Leaders 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; winners are eligible for stipends of $1,250.
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 15 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. Experimental Biology (EB), home to the ASN Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting, is a truly interdisciplinary meeting – a place to collaborate with over 14,000 physicians, scientists and other professionals in the life sciences.
ASN advantages for medical students enable you to:
- Receive 12 months of membership for only $35
- As a medical resident, receive 12 months of membership for only $60
- Apply for awards and travel grants
- Be informed of employment, grant, scholarship and internship opportunities
- Access free online content for our two top-rated nutrition and dietetic journals
- Network with your peers and leaders in the field of nutrition
- Connect with mentors
- Blog for ASN at www.nutrition.org
- Benefit from joint efforts with the American Association of Medical Colleges, American Medical Student Association, and other organizations.