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President’s Address (M10)

Jan 22 | 4:30PM - 5:45PM

Nutrition Support–Integrating Technology and Clinical Expertise

President’s Address (M10)

Molly McMahon Join ASPEN’s 42nd president, M. Molly McMahon, MD, as  she kicks off the ASPEN 2018 Nutrition Science and Practice  Conference. Dr. McMahon is the Medical Director of Nutrition,  Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, and Nutrition at  the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She also serves as the Medical  Director of the clinical dietitians and as Medical Director of the hospital nutrition support  services. Dr. McMahon is co-director for the Mayo Clinic annual CME course entitled  Nutrition and Wellness in Health and Disease. She shares responsibility for nutrition  practice at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, the campus wellness facility. Dr.  McMahon was elected as President of the Mayo Clinic Officers and Councilors,  the Mayo Clinic physician staff.   

Dr. McMahon received her B.A. from Cornell and MD degree from the University of  Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She completed residency training  in Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and fellowship training in  Endocrinology at the Mayo Clinic. She received one year of further training in hospital  nutrition at Harvard Medical School as a Mayo Foundation Scholar. Dr. McMahon  received the Joseph B. Goldberger Award in Clinical Nutrition from the American  Medical Association for outstanding contributions in clinical nutrition. 

In her address, Dr. McMahon will highlight the use of technology by many disciplines  at a large academic medical center. High quality nutrition support requires that  clinicians focus on the patient’s medical and surgical history, physical exam, lab data,  and daily course in addition to specialized nutrition and medical knowledge. The Mayo  Clinic nutrition group wanted an approach that allowed them to focus more on patient  care and less on gathering large amounts of data. Therefore, they created a Rules and  Web-based program called ‘Feeding Effectively Using Electronic Data’ (FEED) to  standardize nutrition care using evidence-based guidelines, focus on quality and  safety, and increase rounding efficiency and clinician satisfaction. The system  also allows them to maintain workload metrics, analyze nutrition support use, and  facilitate research. The program integrates pulled demographic and anthropometric  information, prescribed nutrition programs (including all parenteral nutrition  admixture content), metabolic and laboratory test results, and selected imaging  studies and operative reports into one report. It also incorporates evidence-based  nutrition guidelines to allow the program to test prescribed nutrition programs with  estimated nutrition needs. Patient names were flagged on the report if biochemical  tests results were out of a normal range; medications with the potential for metabolic  or drug-nutrient interactions were displayed; and a calculator computes specific nutrition  formulas provided clinicians have clarified nutrition and volume goals. The Mayo team is building  many of these features into a new Electronic Medical Record system. While this  technology helps guide their daily practice, clinician expertise is critical.  You will not want to miss this opportunity to learn more about the integration of  clinical expertise and technology in the healthcare setting.


M. Molly McMahon, MD

LEARNING LEVEL: Intermediate
UAN: J0002345-0000-18-006-L04-P
CE CREDIT: 1 hour