How does your garden grow?

How does your garden grow?


This has been the question of the week!  We kicked off the spring semester of dietetic internship with Nutrition Education week.  Nutrition Education week is meant to give us interns a chunk of time to craft lesson plans about gardening.

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Reel Life Intern: Weeks 3 & 4 Congregate Feeding

Hello All!

I finally hit publish on my post Reel Life Intern: Weeks 1 & 2 Diabetes and would now like to talk a bit about my Congregate Feeding rotation.

Congregate Feeding at SLAAA 

I completed my Congregate Feeding rotation at St. Louis Area Agency on Aging (SLAAA), which provides social services to the senior population here in St. Louis City.  They disperse and coordinate many services for seniors that allow older adults to age in place and remain active members of the community.  Even though my time at SLAAA was focused on the Elderly Nutrition Program, I learned that there are many free and very low cost services available to older adults that can help them to continue to live independently such as transportation, medical care, minor home repair, assistance with chores, and socialization activities.

The PowerPoint presentation from my post management.

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Wait! What? Semester 1 is Over?!

Yep folks semester one is done!  As of today I’m on break for 2-weeks.  Can you tell by all those question marks and exclamation points that I’m in disbelief?   I have accomplished a LOT!  In what, 16 weeks?!  And although I have failed to share the play-by-play in real time, I now have time to recap.  So let’s start with my top 5  dietetic internship moments thus far.

Top 5 Dietetic Internship Moments Fall Edition 

1.  Meeting the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics President-Elect (incoming president), Dr. Evelyn Crayton, PhD, RD, LD

2.  Observing several GI procedures including about 3 Endoscopies and 1 Colonoscopy (Sounds gross…I know, but they were truly amazing)

3.  Attending the Food and Nutrition Expo and Conference (FNCE) in Atlanta, Georgia

4.  Preparing an Artisan menu for Food Day 2014, which took place in the Saint Louis University  Department of Nutrition and Dietetics garden.

5.  Gardening days in the department garden.

Still, I cannot believe that I’m half way through! O_o

If you’re a dietetic intern, let’s chat!  Share your top 5 dietetic internship moments thus far in the comments.

Reel Life Intern: Weeks 1-2 Diabetes

September 18th marked my one month anniversary of being a Dietetic Intern, Wooooo!

Last time I posted here I was in the midst of my Diabetes rotation and had brought you up-to-date with orientation happenings. Well, I am happy and shocked to say that my Diabetes rotation is over! It was a great experience, but went fast as lightening! However, I think that this will be the case with my internship overall due to the way that it is set up. So, before I talk about my Diabetes rotation, let me give you some background information about how rotations flow in general with this dietetic internship.

My rotation work week takes place Tuesday through Friday.  Mondays are Seminar days, which are spent on campus. Typically on this day we have presentations from healthcare professionals, SLU Nutrition & Dietetics instructors, meetings with faculty advisors, and receive clearance to our next rotation through checkmarks of module assignments that focus on material for the upcoming rotation that starts on Tuesday. Uh, that last statement was a mouthful and I’m not even sure if it made sense? But basically we are at our rotation sites for 2-weeks and have assignments to prep us for the upcoming experience. With that said, you can see why this experience feels like it will be here today, gone tomorrow!  In fact, I just completed my first week at my second rotation, which is in Congregate Feeding.  So, I just have one more week there and I will be whisked away to another site.  It keeps me on my toes, and I love it!  So check back for details on that rotation.

Now, that I broke down the Hustle & Flow of my dietetic internship, let me tell you about my first rotation in Diabetes. This marked my first true inpatient clinical experience. This rotation taught me a lot about the nutritional risk protocol of an institution, the charting methods/generation software available, and how to prioritize nutritional concerns in an inpatient setting.  Also, I’ve honed my counseling skills.  Motivational interviewing and active listening techniques essential in this setting. The best thing about this rotation was that is was my FIRST dietetic internship rotation! It was my first time experiencing the feeling of having “ownership” of a patient and playing a role in an individual’s care. My next two rotations are food service related and then I’m back to clinical for Cardiovascular disease, so I’m looking forward to this rotation so that I can assess how my little bit of inpatient experience has impacted my current skill set.

By the way, I’m now onto my 4th rotation! 😉 So sorry for my blogging hiatus…that is if anyone is even reading this anymore? Ha! Anyway I’ll leave you with a picture of my awesome Diabetes Rotation crew, the SLU ladies of the Public Health and Culinary Entrepreneurship dietetic internship tracks.

DM rotation crew

 Related Post by a REEL-Life RD2BE: 

Dietetic Internship: Week 1 and 2 by Dietitian Ambition, Jasmin Foster 

Oh Snap! My First Rotation + Orientation

Today, I was a REEL-life intern! Hurrah!

Oh and shout out to my fellow dietetic intern and blog reader, Lizzie!!! 😀

Ha, can you tell I’m excited!

I’m two weeks into my dietetic internship and I’m finally here to give y’all the run down on what me and my new nutrition BFF’s have been up to.  Mostly we’ve been playing the memory game because there’s 34 of us, which is a lot for a Dietetic Internship that is not a distance program.  Anyway, today the fun started!  We kicked the week off with the start of our first rotation in diabetes!

Since it was my first day in the hospital, I don’t have much to recap about this rotation just yet.  However, I plan to give y’all the low down on what I did (with adherence to HIPPA), what I thought (the highs and lows), and maybe what I’m looking forward to or suggest to make your rotation more productive than mine?  Oh and I may or may not have already gotten lost today?!  Those hallways in the hospital look the same!  And that’s the first low point I have to share…its minor, but a mini struggle nonetheless.

Shall we talk about the details of the past two weeks?

What is the internship like? 

  • 34 Interns, there’s only one boy, but we have a Canadian!!!!
  • 5 Concentration Tracks: Nutrition Therapy, Pediatrics, Nutrition & Physical Performance, Public Health, Culinary Entrepreneurship
  • We earn a MS in Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Become certified gardeners
  • We are required to blog
  • Dedicated to sustainability

Ok, so what have we been up to? 

  • Learning about the internship’s and the university’s policies and procedures
  • Learning the goals and mission of the internship and university
  • We were assigned to cooking demo dates and partners
  • Performing a 24-hour recall with another intern that was video taped and reviewed by our internship director and co-director
  • HIPPA, OSHA, and other computer-based trainings
  • Countless “boot camp” nutrition reviews
  • Learning how to read our rotation schedule
  • Learning names
  • Professional photographs for the university website
  • Writing newsletter articles
  • Hospital tours
  • PPD screenings
  • Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork
  • Attended a faculty tea
  • Garden tour
  • Nomination for the ALS ice bucket challenge!

YES, do not adjust your laptop!  You read that last one correctly.  The life of a dietetic intern involves so many things!  We will complete this massive bucket challenge September 11th.  Yep, 34 people will be getting iced at one time!  So, I hope to be able to direct you to the departments Facebook page or something?  I’m sure they’re going to feature that!

Well, that’s what I’ve been up to as of late.  There’s definitely more to come.  Maybe even a couple of guest posts from some of my fellow DI folks?  Oh Lizzie, I’m talkin’ to you! 😉 This was for sure an impromptu post after my long hiatus, but I hope to have a structure for my posts going forward.  If there’s something that you’d like for me to answer in my forthcoming dietetic internship related posts, email me at

As always, I promise to keep it reel with you!

For those of you that have been in action as a Dietetic Intern for more than a month now, are you now feeling like a Reel-RD or RD2BE? 

Related Post by a REEL-life RD2BE: 

Dietitian Ambition: Dietetic Internship Orientation by Jasmin Foster