Hey guys! My name is Regina Smalls, a region 5 dietetic intern and URI student in Washington, DC! I have completed my Foodservice rotations and I am now about halfway through my clinical rotations.
My internship experience has challenged me in the best way possible. I am getting a chance to learn a variety of management and leadership styles through working with different preceptors, and they have welcomed me like family. My first rotation was foodservice management, and the first week I was put on the production line. I was so worn out by the end of the week; I slept the entire day the following Saturday! However, I learned so much and got to build relationships with the food service staff, which has helped me as I address patients’ needs going through my clinical rotations. Through my foodservice systems analysis project, I have been able to make recommendations that improved food safety. My implementations are still being used long after my rotation has ended and it really makes me feel like I am making a difference and leaving a mark as I continue my learning experience.
My clinical preceptors have been intentional in providing cases that will strengthen my knowledge and skill as I begin my career as a dietitian! My URI experience has been a great supplement to my learning and flows seamlessly into my rotation schedule. Time management is key! And the professors are always willing to help when you need it which is very encouraging and takes some of the pressure off.
I am about half way through my dietetic internship and have already learned so much! I am excited for what is in store the next couple of months and am grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow!