Medical Student Education

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T2 Electives


Culinary Medicine in the Clinical Practice


Course Overview

The T1/T2 course will teach fundamental dietary and nutrition knowledge with basic culinary skills through hands-on cooking classes. There are a total of seven (7) 4-hour cooking classes, which are integrated into community cooking classes.  Lessons will be keyed to the basic science curriculum (biochemistry, physiology, etc.) while linking concepts learned to the practical clinical skills needed for the patient-physician discussion about the importance of dietary and lifestyle change. Students will be expected to watch a 15-20 minute presentation and take a short quiz prior to scheduled class time. Step preparation is tied into the course, and students get to eat what is cooked!  Most time in the classroom is spent in a fun, interactive environment in the kitchen.

Since this elective is integrated with community members, students will get a true opportunity to develop relationships with community members and practice nutrition and counseling skills. Students will be guided to lead small group discussions covering the daily culinary medicine topics with community members during each class.

By signing up for this elective, students are committing to at least 6 of the 7 classes and doing all coursework. All classes will be offered in the evenings and weekends, ongoing throughout the year.

BONUS: In addition to the elective, students will receive up to 18 hours of service learning credit for participating in these classes!

Contact Information

Course Directors: Leah Sarris ( and Kerri Dotson, RDN (
Phone:  (504) 988-9108
Registration: Please email Leah Sarris ( to register for this elective

Grading Policy: Students will receive either pass or fail.

Time of course: Evenings and Weekends (one time per week throughout the elective)


1430 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112