Today, I kicked off my summer farewell tour!
It was a bittersweet day as I logged my final hours as a volunteer at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. I’ve volunteered for 2 years in outpatient health with a RD, CDE (Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator). My mentoring dietitian (sitting to the right of me in this picture) has been an amazing confidant while on this roller coaster ride to RD. Obliviously, we’ve shared a lot over the two years and she’s shown a great interest in my professional development. I’ve counted on her for so much in the recent months with several requests for letters of recommendation, co-authors on an abstract & professional poster, and just plain ole navigation of the dietetics world. She’s provided me with several pats on the back too! One of the best things about her is her patience. Really, I’m in awe of her ability to take everything in stride while dealing with a novice like me. Her leadership, positive attitude, caring spirit and use of her dietetics wisdom set a great example of how a RD practitioner should conduct themselves.
I began my final day with celebratory cheese cake set up by the ladies of Diabetes Education that are pictured above. I also received a gift card to the Apple app store. 🙂 Then I ended the day assisting with the weight loss class I contribute to every Tuesday. Volunteering at this institution exceeded my expectations. Barnes-Jewish Hospital really does provide world class care and as a teaching hospital, a world class learning experience.