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CIA and Albany Medical College Partner to Teach Future Doctors Healthy Cooking

Hyde Park, NY – Fifteen medical students from Albany Medical College came to The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY on April 5 and 6 for a two-day intensive healthy cooking course. This pilot program, developed in collaboration by CIA Consulting and Albany Medical College, was designed to teach participants how to choose, prepare, and enjoy a variety of health-promoting foods.

“These future doctors gained an understanding of the fundamentals of delicious, healthy meals so that they, in turn, can better counsel and care for their patients,” says CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan. “They can use their new nutritional knowledge and culinary literacy to help improve patients’ mindful eating and lifestyle choices.”

The students took part in a three-hour interactive lecture about the physiology of taste and the CIA’s Menus of Change principles, followed by a full-day hands-on fundamental cooking course. Among the topics covered were healthy ingredient swaps and substitutions; macronutrients; healthy meals on a budget; and basic skills, including knife skills, quick and easy meals at home, and healthy methods of braising, sautéing, roasting, and grilling.

“Our students’ visit to The Culinary Institute of America armed them with a wealth of information about healthy meal planning and cooking techniques,” says Henry Pohl, MD, vice dean for academic administration at Albany Medical College. “These valuable tools will undoubtedly benefit our students personally as well as while working with underserved and impoverished populations to improve their dietary choices. We are grateful to the CIA for this opportunity.”

Albany Medical College hopes to incorporate the training into a healthy living curriculum module to benefit patients as part of the college’s service learning program.

While on campus, the students were treated to a healthy dinner at the CIA’s student dining venue, The Egg. In addition to the in-person education, the CIA provided the med school students with a subscription to its educational video series—more than 160 videos they can access to continue to hone their skills for the real world.

CIA Consulting is the industry complement to the college’s degree programs. Leveraging the expertise and diversity of the entire college faculty, it provides training, professional development, and customized business solutions for food manufacturers, restaurants, retail, and non-commercial operators.

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Top Photo: Dr. Henry Pohl, MD, vice dean for academic administration at Albany Medical College (right) and fourth-year medical student Michael Chung work together on preparing a healthy dish during a hands-on class at The Culinary Institute of America on April 6, 2019. (Photo credit: Sara Roger)
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Photo 2: Students from Albany Medical College practice healthy cooking techniques at The Culinary Institute of America on April 6, 2019. The class was part of a new partnership between the CIA and the medical school. (Photo credit: Sara Roger)
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Photo 3: CIA Professor Paul DelleRose demonstrates healthy cooking techniques during a two-day intensive course with students from Albany Medical College at The Culinary Institute of America on April 5 & 6, 2019. (Photo credit: Sara Roger)
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Jeff Levine
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About The Culinary Institute of America:

Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking & pastry arts, food business management, hospitality management, culinary science, and applied food studies. The college also offers executive education, certificate programs, and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences, leadership initiatives, and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of more than 50,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food world. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

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