After I finished my clinical rotation, I went right into my long-term care rotation. Although this rotation was short and sweet, I enjoyed the slower pace of long-term care. It was nice that I could sit and build relationships with residents even in that short amount of time.
Next came my foodservice rotation, which I was fortunate enough to complete before COVID-19 wreaked havoc on the globe. I completed this rotation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in upstate New York. This was by far my favorite rotation, and I am not sure if it’s because I was unable to complete my community and concentration rotations in a more traditional way.
I enjoyed working with the students and putting on different events while being able to show my creative side. I quickly came to learn that a campus dietitian wears many different hats, which I think is great. It allows a lot of diversity within the field and definitely keeps them on their toes.
Unfortunately, due to the circumstances, I am not able to complete my community rotation traditionally. I, like many of my fellow interns, am working diligently on webinars and different assignments to complete my community rotation. I am beyond grateful for the outpouring of support from not only my preceptors, but also all of the directors of the many regions of this internship. Without their continued guidance, this would not be going as smoothly as it is.
On another note, I originally was going to complete my concentration rotation with a Diabetes Outpatient Clinic that was based through Albany Medical Center. This was not able to happen because of the pandemic. However, with the help of my director, I was able to choose a new concentration that I would be able to complete on site. I began my concentration rotation of Senior Living about two weeks ago and could not happier. It was not my first choice, but I have grown to love it.
With that being said, my advice to future interns is to remain open-minded, you have no idea where this journey is going to take you. So, buckle up, and trust that everything is going to be just fine.