Natalie Cannon, MS, RD, CNSC, PA-S
Physician Assistant Student
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Natalie Cannon MS, RD, CNSC, PA-S is a Physician Assistant Student at the University of Arkansas for Medial Sciences. Prior to PA school, she worked as a registered pediatric dietitian at both Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Texas Children’s Hospital. While completing her Masters of Science in Clinical Nutrition at UAMS, she had the opportunity to complete the LEND interdisciplinary leadership training and education program. She is passionate about research and plans to utilize her expertise as a registered dietitian to engage in medical nutrition therapy research in her future profession as a physician assistant.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Medical providers demonstrate weight bias (WB) to varying degrees, which negatively impacts quality of care and patient outcomes. WB is defined as the “negative weight-related attitudes, beliefs, assumptions and judgments toward individuals who are overweight and obese.” There are few established WB healthcare training programs. The objective of this study was to provide an interprofessional education (IPE) simulation activity, comparing its impact to a traditional style lecture on students’ weight-related attitudes and perceptions. 44 students from medical, pharmacy, physician assistant (PA…
Background: Medical providers demonstrate weight bias (WB) to varying degrees, which negatively impacts quality of care and patient outcomes. WB is defined as the “negative weight-related attitudes, beliefs, assumptions and judgments toward individuals who are overweight and obese”. WB develops early in medical education, yet there are few established WB healthcare training programs. The objective of this study was to provide an interprofessional education (IPE) simulation activity, comparing its impact to a traditional style lecture on students’ weight-related attitudes and perceptions.  …