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The LLL programme in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism is an innovative and effective educational programme for healthcare professionals, including medical doctors, dietitians, nurses, pharmacists etc. The LLL programme offers online training and live courses using a variety of modern training methodologies and ressources. 

The LLL programme in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism is based on an Educational Curriculum offering 120 training modules created and peer reviewed by recognized experts in the field.

The LLL Programme in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism is a global effort of ESPEN to provide post-graduate qualification in Clinical Nutrition and to improve daily practice. It was developed as the project BG-03-B-F-PP-166039 of Leonardo da Vinci Programme by ESPEN and a number of European Universities with the support of European Union. The LLL Programme in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism has been accredited by Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes (UEMS). The Programme is maintained and continuously updated by ESPEN.

Structure of the LLL

The main educational unit of the LLL-Programme is the module. Each module consists of 4 parts; an updated review discussing a specific clinical/biological issue, a clinical case, a self-assessment test and a grading quiz. Modules on related subjects are grouped into topics making it easier for the user to select modules in a particular field of interest. The educational curriculum consists of 40 topics and 120 modules.
When enrolling for a specific topic, participants have free access to the educational content and to the opportunity to receive credits and certificates. The sofware running the LLL programme automatically adds the selected topic to the participant's portfolio which is generated immediately after registration.
The participants are free to select the topics and modules according to their personal interests and educational needs.

Training Approaches and Certification

The LLL programme offers online training and live courses. On-line training and training at live courses awards Credits.
Each topic successfully completed online grants up to 4-6 CME credits. Participation in a live course grants 4 CME credits for each topic after successful test pass. Credit accumulation gives the opportunity to apply for final examination for the ESPEN Diploma in Clinical Nutrition. There are no fees for registration and participation in online activities.

How to learn on-line

The Online Course offers self-training activities. It provides access to module content, clinical cases, self-training tests, and grading quizzes. To earn credits online all these activities should be completed.

How to learn at a live course?

Live courses are a compulsory component of training in the LLL programme. Each topic includes 3-4 modules and has a 4 hours format. Each live course consists of 3 components: lectures, cases and test. Live courses are organized at ESPEN annual congresses and by national PEN societies. The live courses are regularly announced on the LLL (http://lllnutrition.com/mod/resource/) as well as ESPEN website.
Before attending a live course, the participants should be registered on the LLL website, and should study the online modules included in the live course.

ESPEN Diploma in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism

To receive the ESPEN Diploma the participants have to accumulate credits and to pass a final exam. 120 CME credits are necessary to be admitted to the final exam. A minimum of 56 credits from live courses and 64 credits from online courses are requested. When successfully completed, the final exam awards the additional 30 credits. The final exam is organized annually at ESPEN Congress. Registration can be made by sending an e-mail to the LLL board:
Regina Komsa- Penkova: rkomsa@gmail.com
ESPEN Diploma confirms that the recipient has earned at least 150 CME credits in Clinical Nutrition from the educational system of the European Society of Clinical Nutrition (ESPEN). It provides recognition of skills and competences in Clinical Nutrition to the recipient of the Diploma and it has all the prestige of ESPEN. It can be considered as an endorsement by ESPEN, but it is not an equivalent of a formal degree recognized by a Ministry of Education of any country. For professional career development the Diploma has the weight that employers want to give it.
The LLL board wishes you very successful and fruitful educational experience. Feel free to invite your colleagues and peers to the LLL programme!
April 2018,
Alessandro Laviano: alessandro.laviano@uniroma1.it
Remy Meier: meier.remy@outlook.com
Regina Komsa: rkomsa@gmail.com