Taking part in this program has been a greatly rewarding experience and an opportunity for personal growth. It has allowed me to be around supportive directors, dietetic interns experiencing the same learning curve as I am, and preceptors sharing their knowledge of the field.
What attracted me to this program was its innovative approach to learning that allows interns the flexibility to explore their interests. The flexibility of this program has allowed me to spend more time on my interests and learning needs.
I am fortunate enough to complete my food service and clinical rotations and concentration at SUNY Downstate. One of my areas of interest is medical nutrition therapy for transplants. During my clinical rotation, I was able to experience how nutrition plays a role in transplant patients. I was given the opportunity to participate in nutrition therapy for transplant candidate selection and post-operation surgery and see long-term transplant patients.
I know a lot is going on in the world right now; we are at a turning point in healthcare. This last year has made me understand the importance of public health. This internship has allowed me to serve my home, New York City, discover another part of the city and myself, and understand my purpose here. It has made me realize the importance of nutrition and the responsibilities we, as future registered dietitians, have in our community.