MARTINSBURG — Just a few years ago, if you’d have told medical students to put on aprons and chef hats and begin to prepare a meal for a diabetic patient, you might have gotten a funny look in response. Well, if you’re a third-year medical student at West Virginia University, that’s become just part of the Medical Curriculum in Health Exercise and Food Sciences program.Heading toward its sixth year of existence, the MedCHEFS program in the Eastern Division of WVU’s medical school is coming full circle, according to one of the program’s founders. Dr. Rosemarie Cannarella Lorenzetti said that the program, which started as a grant from the school’s dean with the hope of “doing something innovative for medical education,” is on track to paving the way for a culinary tract within the med school as well as a specialization in culinary and lifestyle medicine.

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