Orientation in Orlando was one of my favorite parts of the Sodexo Dietetic Internship. In person orientation gave the opportunity to meet fellow interns as well as the directors. Orientation gave the opportunity to build relationships with other interns that have been there for support during my rotations. I highly recommend getting to know others and building friendships during orientation week!
My food service management and clinical rotations were in the same hospital. My food service management rotation was first, and it helped me during my clinical rotation. I had built a rapport with the food service staff and felt comfortable when dealing with questions about patient’s meals and available supplements. My clinical rotation was focused in the areas of cardiology, nephrology and the critically ill. I was able to spend time with professionals such as the SLPs and wound care nurses. Clinical was the opportunity to put into practice what was learned in college.
My community rotation was with the American Dairy Association Indiana. Because of also having a degree in communication, I used my knowledge of communication and food and nutrition to develop online informational modules. These modules will be used for college classrooms, Indiana Dairy interns, physicians, and the public. I was also lucky enough to be at the Indiana State Fair where I worked in the Dairy Bar and applied my food service knowledge.
I chose diabetes as my concentration. I am currently with a Diabetes Educator who also does insulin pump and CGM trainings. I am looking forward to gaining more knowledge during my concentration hours.
Dietetics is a small world, and I believe in making personal connections; I have met so many people during my internship that I have built relationships with. Building relationships has helped me feel less overwhelmed with the internship hours, rotation locations and assignment activities.