Hi! My name is Harley and I am a Sodexo Dietetic Intern in Austin, TX. At the time I am writing this blog, I am going on my 6th month of my internship--time has truly flown by! I started my internship in foodservice, and then I moved to my clinical rotation where I spent 4 months at a medical center. The clinical rotation may seem long and daunting, but I experienced more than I thought possible during this rotation, and I feel very confident in my clinical skills now.
The team of dietitians at this hospital were so encouraging and always wanted me to experience as much as possible. One of the coolest experiences I had during this rotation was the day that I got to see a kidney transplant. Literally, I was in the operating room with the surgeons and all! I was with our transplant dietitian, and after we saw the transplant, we were able to speak with the patients the next day to give both a kidney donor nutrition education, as well as a new kidney recipient nutrition education. I never knew the intricacies of renal nutrition therapy, and it was the coolest thing to see how nutrition plays a role in a full-circle way, both pre- and post-kidney transplant.