2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 33 trips to carry that many people.

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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!!! ūüėÄ

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! ūüėČ 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 reelrd2bestl@gmail.com.

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 


Meet Me on Holistic Ebony!

New things are poppin’ off for me! ¬†I’m the latest recruit to Holistic Ebony,¬†a holistic wellness website.

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I’m Featured On Dietitian Ambition!

I’m Featured On Dietitian Ambition

Yesterday, Jasmin the fabulous blogger behind Dietitian Ambition featured my work experience in school food service on her blog.  Jasmin is a 2014-2015 dietetic intern at The Ohio State University.  Jasmin and I have similar goals for our blogs in that we want to help dietetics students excel in the field.  Both of us are starting dietetic internships in roughly a month and we want to share how we got to this point and how to be a on top of things as a dietetic intern.

She started a new feature on her blog to help dietetic students gain insight into the various specialties within the field of dietetics. Please go to her site to learn more and show some love by sharing her post on Facebook and Twitter!

Thank you, Shannon ‚̧

Proud to BE a Billiken!

So as you can tell, the Daily Prompts have appealed to me lately. ¬†I’m having fun with these and building a blogging habit along the way. ¬†Just assume that its another item on my growing Internship Prep List.

I’m calling it internship prep because I plan on blogging my way through my dietetic internship. ¬†My plan with this blog is to provide weekly recaps of my internship rotations and other food and nutrition related things. ¬†So at this point I’m just building my blogging “muscle”. ¬†Similar to exercise I’m trying to make writing an exercise that is performed without effort. ¬†At the very least I want blogging¬†to feel automatic. ¬†I want to feel like if I’m not posting to this blog, I’m missing something. ¬† I don’t want to leave myself or you my readers hanging!

When I saw today’s Daily Prompt, I said to myself, “I got this!” ¬†Today’s Daily Prompt is all about the right to brag. ¬†It asked bloggers to write about, “…¬†something you (or a person close to you) have done recently (or not so recently) that has made you really, unabashedly proud.”

I am unabashedly proud that I matched to a dietetic internship!¬†¬† I’m also proud to complete my dietetic internship at Saint Louis University! ¬†And here’s why.

Why I’m Proud to Be a Billiken

Be a Billiken

Photo:  St. Louis University via Flickr Creative Commons

1. “I’m from the Lou and I’m Proud!” ¬†This is a popular motto sounded off by St. Louis natives. ¬†Given my pen name on this blog, I’m one of the hometown girls reppin’ the Lou in my dietetic internship. ¬†My friend Cynthia is another SLU dietetic intern and St. Louis native!

2. ¬†I’m following in my former academic advisor’s footsteps. ¬†I truly admire my advisor at Fontbonne University. ¬†She completed her graduate studies at St. Louis University where she earned¬†her PhD and completed her dietetic internship.

3.  The dietetic internship at SLU is unique!  The St. Louis University DI offers the following:  34 intern spots, 150 + placement sites, 5 concentrations, MS degree, practices sustainability, service, and has an  excellent staff of registered dietitians.  Also, all of this goes on in a matter of a year!

4.  Less than 50% of dietetic internship applicants receive a match to a DI.  Being chosen to be a Billiken is a great distinction.  I was chosen to be one of 34 in their dietetic internship and one of 6 chosen for the Public Heath concentration.

5. I know I will be supported through this process. ¬†My advisor’s wealth of knowledge and devotion to the field of dietetics is proof. ¬†I know that I am in good hands because my advisor’s dietetic internship director is now my dietetic internship director. ¬†Yep, amazing…right?!

What have you done recently that has made you really, unabashedly proud?