Monthly Archives: April 2011

Back on Campus: Spring into Wellness!

I am currently rotating through the University of Maryland College Park Dining Services- mostly at the South Campus Dining Hall.  It’s the place where I ate every day my sophomore and junior year of college, so it’s a little strange to be on the other side of things!  My partner and I are learning about food service and employee wellness.  We’ve spoken to many UMD Dining employees about what they do, and how their job duties play into the bigger picture.  This includes budgeting, employee training and scheduling, management, food safety, and more.

Wellness Wall

Our Wellness Wall, Week #1. "Spring into Wellness"

I have to say, the UMD Dining website is pretty amazing.  Not only does it have nutritional analysis of all the foods it serves, it also has nutrition articles and tips!  Contributing content for the website is one of our duties as interns, as well as maintaining the employee “Wellness Wall” that contains healthy tips in English and Spanish.

It’s nice to be back on campus just as the weather is warming up.  I find myself running into some of my friends that are still on campus; they are slightly confused as to why they see me running around the dining hall after I graduated last spring!  We have one more week left in which we will do a final presentation including cooking up a meal.  Ours includes steak, orzo, peppers, and peanut butter cup cookies!

Long Term Care: Check!

Last week I had the pleasure of being at Riderwood Village.  I worked in the Rehab and Long Term Care (or LTC, nursing home) areas, although Riderwood also has independent and assisted living.  I honestly didn’t think I’d be too crazy about this area of dietetics, however I ended up loving it.  The residents were so sweet and I learned so much from them!  When we’d walk to another building for lunch, I once saw this couple that was sharing a walker and going for a stroll around the Riderwood Campus.  They’d take a break at every bench they saw, and then keep going.  It was the sweetest thing!

Many of the LTC and rehab residents had dementia, Parkinsons, and other debilitating conditions, but others were very…spunky! Like one man in his 90’s that was telling stories and cracking jokes at a mile a minute, and another woman who at a BMI of only 17 was still cracking jokes with her family.  Plus, my preceptor was fantastic- and a former University of Maryland College Park Dietetic Internship graduate!

The one thing I saw most of in these residents was weight loss, dehydration, and stages of dementia.  All three are very strongly linked to nutrition!  Weight loss and dehydration are for obvious reasons, but dementia is because often it comes with eating aversions and difficulties that cause weight loss and dehydration.  I learned how closely LTC dietitians must work with Speech-Language Pathologists and Occupational Therapists.  I LOVED the teamwork environment of LTC!

Now, I am currently at University of Maryland Dining Services for some food service and wellness…updates to come 🙂

Wow, April Already? A Few Updates

children's national medical center dietetic internship preceptors

My partner Ala's preceptor, Ala, Me, and my preceptor Laura (RD, neurology/ketogenic master!)

I finished up my pediatric rotation and Children’s National Medical Center, where I worked with neurology and renal dietitians.  Both had a great mix of outpatient clinics as well as inpatient rounds and consults, and I learned so much.  Pediatrics is definitely a whole new ball game in dietetics- energy and protein needs seem really foreign (for example babies may need 100 kcal/kg when adults need 25-35 kcal/kg!) and assessment is a lot different too.  Plus, you can’t always ask a pediatric patient about their condition, so you must rely on their caretakers.

Children's national medical center christina sielbeck vimini

Ala and I getting ready to present our individual case studies at CNMC

On my last day I presented a case study on the Ketogenic Diet- I’ll attach a link to my report once I post it on my portfolio- and it went very well!  Although I enjoyed working with the kids (some of them were SO cute and cheerful!)  it wasn’t always easy.  It definitely takes a special person to work with this population!

Last week I was back working with FSNE, a part of the University of Maryland Extension responsible for nutrition education to low-income populations.  I traveled to Upper Marlboro (near DC), Clinton (southern MD), and Westminster (Carroll County, MD).  It was interesting getting to so many different areas of the state, and I enjoyed working with some of the same educators as I worked with in December.

Some good news: I wrote an abstract for the Maryland Dietetic Association Annual Meeting about my clinical case study on Crohn’s Disease, and also submitted it to the DC Metro Area Dietetic Association for their annual meeting.  It was accepted both places!  So I will be preparing a poster presentation that I will share at the meetings.

I also wrote an entry for the University of Maryland College Park Dietetic Internship program blog:   Oh the Possibilities…

Tomorrow I start Long Term Care.  It will be interesting having the pediatric and older adult rotations so close together!

Last but not least, I received my new social security card today….I’m officially Christina Sielbeck Vimini!

**Also CONGRATS to those dietetic students who were matched to a dietetic internship last night!! I cannot believe that only a year ago that was ME!