Hello everyone! I’m Emily Tenaglia, and I am a region 3 intern in Queens, NY. I am currently in my clinical rotation starting intermediate. Although I only started my first rotation, I have learned so much already. My basic rotation flew by so fast and I am so excited to dig deeper into MNT as I start intermediate. My internship journey has been amazing since I started, and I can’t wait to see what happens next!
I have experienced so many amazing things in basic clinical, and I have learned a lot about myself. Going into clinical as my first rotation was very overwhelming but I feel so comfortable here with my preceptors. They have pushed me to be confident and strong and that allowed me to go outside my comfort zone. I love being in the clinical setting and this allowed me to learn new traits for my future rotations. I’ve been taking all the feedback that I can from my preceptors. However, it can be challenging to work with a variety of different preceptors who have different preferences. I did not let this discourage me and I took all the feedback and combined it into making my own style.
So far, my favorite part about my clinical rotation is interacting with patients and performing assessments. This is something I was most nervous about because it was hard for me to use clinical judgment without having any experience. However, after a few weeks I understood what it meant when they said use your clinical judgment. I started to gain confidence when talking to patients and it’s something that I look forward to. I am so happy I got out of my comfort zone and adapted to this new environment.
After I complete my internship and take the RD exam, I want to become a clinical dietitian. I am very interested in working in the clinical setting. My assignments and the guidance from my preceptors and advisors have really kept me on top of my internship. Advice I would give is to make sure you soak up all the information you can get because every bit counts. I would also say to start assignments early because they go hand in hand during the rotations. Enjoy your time as an intern!