Kailey McNamara - Region 1
Hi everyone! My name is Kailey, and I am a dietetic intern for region 1 based in Central Massachusetts. I started my clinical rotation back in October and I only have 3 weeks left. Time has flown by and I have learned so much. It has been very fulfilling to apply all that I learned from my DPD program towards my clinical experience.
So far, I have completed basic, intermediate, and advance clinical, now I am heading into staff relief feeling confident. During these past few months, I have attended rounds on several floors (Surgical/Pediatric/ICU/etc.) and I’ve become more comfortable with the interpersonal teams. In the beginning, I was very hesitant to speak during rounds, but now I am more comfortable asking and answering questions. Also, seeing patients and educating them has been one of my favorite parts of this rotation. Many patients are thankful and eager to make diet changes to better their health. I love that every day is different in the clinical setting. The types of patients I see changes every day and it has allowed me to become a more well-rounded nutrition educator.
My preceptors have helped me along the way, and I can’t thank them enough. They’ve supported me throughout this entire rotation. It has been so great knowing I am not alone, especially since preceptors were once interns too. My advice for interns is to never be afraid to ask questions. You are here to learn, and your preceptors want you to do well. Asking questions shows that you are thinking and want to succeed!
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