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 


The Nester!

The urge to “nest” has taken over!  I know this word choice is typically associated with pregnancy, but it resonates with my current state of mind now that my summer is coming to an end.  I’m one week out from the start of my dietetic internship and I have the urge to get organized.  This urge to establish order is surfacing out of anxiety!

My anxiety mostly pertains to maintaining the life that I’ve become accustomed to now that I’ve been out of school for roughy 8 months.  Up until now, I’ve pretty much just doing my own thing.   I’ve just been working here and there and moving to the beat of my own drum.  I’m excited and ready to start this new chapter in my life, but worry about time to cook, getting enough sleep, and my professional wardrobe once things get rollin’.  Notice, nothing about rotations, graduate school or homework is phasing me right now.  Although I’m sure that waves of emotions pertaining to those internship elements are on the horizon.  I suppose I’m concerned about throwing things in the mix that I have not had to juggle in a while?

So, what have I been doing to prepare?  Pinterest!

But, seriously though…yes Pinterest!

Its not the authority on everything, but its good for inspiration.  And that’s what I needed!  I took to Pinterest because I set goals for myself going into my internship with the hope of having a better work-life balance.  Specifically,  I would like to start laying out and accessorizing my clothing the night before or days in advance and I would like to meal plan and batch cook so that I can have a tasty lunch to-go!

Lately,  I’ve been in full swing, finding my style, scouring though my closet with Pinterest at hand.  I discovered I have things that are appropriate to wear in a business casual to business professional environment.  I also added a few pieces to bridge the gaps in my wardrobe.

For lunch preparation I’ve been doing the same.  Checking out recipes that can keep in the refrigerator or freezer for a while.  I bought some new food containers with compartments with the hope of helping with portion control and lightening my load.  I’m fairly satisfied with my choice, but why is it so hard to find the right food container/lunch bag combination?  They never fit together properly!  Is it just me?

Despite (these oh so minor) worries,  I’m really excited to get started!  T-minus 1 week folks! Errr, 5 days?!  This sat around as a draft way too long!  LEH-GO! 😛


Are you antsy about anything related to your dietetic internship or school semester as our summers come to a close? 


On The Reel: Choosing a Dietetic Internship


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On the Reel is back!  I wasn’t feeling the draft I had in the works for this series, so I had to re-evaluate what I wanted to discuss in this installment.  In lieu of the promised post on volunteering, I want to dive right into the meat of the matter, the Dietetic Internship and the selection criteria that you will want to consider.

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Sometimes (most of the time) writing and talking about how one becomes an RD is a difficult matter.  Even though Dietetics educational plans boil down to completing an accredited Dietetic Internship and passing the credentialing exam, there are still options on the road-to-RD.  First and most important is to go to the Eatright website of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to find an approved/accredited program.  Of course there’s more to it than that, but I’ll let these ladies (RD & RD2BE duo), Wendy & Jess of Food Heaven Made Easy break it down for you.  Trust me, this is much better than me boring you with a 2,000 plus word post, but please feel free to contact me through email with questions.  I’d be happy to try to clarify anything you’re uncertain about the path to becoming an RD.

Oh!  And can you believe that its t-minus 20 days until the start of my dietetic internship?!  Yikes! 😮

Last, to my RD2BE and RD readers: What has been unique about your road-to-RD? 


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