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Fast Forward 6 years

Apart from the occasional emails I’d get about this blog I must admit I largely forgot about it over the last few years. I never took it down because I still get a lot of hits on my post about studying for the RD exam, although I took it so long ago I’m not sure how helpful it still is.

Since working in the clinical area in El Paso, Texas, I had a brief stint in Oklahoma and have lived in Hawaii for the past 3 years. (I LOVE IT HERE SO MUCH.) I enjoyed working as a clinical dietitian before, but it was until I fell into an outpatient position that I truly felt I found my calling.

Initially, I found a job working as a call-in/relief dietitian for a few inpatient facilities on Oahu. It was great – I only worked a few days a week and went hiking and surfing the other days, but it was hard to feel like a true part of the team when you work inconsistently. Then about 2 years ago, there was an opening for the full time RD position at the hospitals outpatient diabetes center that I was going to help fill in for until they hired someone…and I ended up staying there!

Outpatient counseling has been such a rewarding experience. I have grown, professionally, SO much, and have completely fallen in love with diabetes education and all my wonderful patients. (I should write a post on that.) I recently obtained my CDE Certified Diabetes Educator credential. (Also a post for a different day – I remember desperately searching for info on how to study for the CDE exam!)

Personally, I also have become completely obsessed with yoga and went mostly plant-based – poultry, beef, and pork free, gradually reducing fish, eggs, and dairy. (Another post idea…) I live with my amazing husband and our little dog, Ziggy. If you follow me on Twitter you can see how much I love being active outside here in paradise!

Anywho, a couple of my patients commented that they googled my name and read up on my blog, which had become kind of ancient and outdated, so I figured it was worth a little update. Perhaps I will start writing more regularly in 2018…stay tuned!





RD Web Presence – A Valuable Thing

I have always had a passion for social media and information technology, which is no surprise if you have followed my blog or know my background!  Communicating with the public online is something I really enjoy.

Having a website, blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc can be a lot of work to maintain (especially when you have a full-time job, too!)  however it can really pay off.  For example, I was contacted by a company called AD Medical, or America’s Dietitians, which is in Chicago.  One of their employees in the communications department stumbled upon my website and blog, and took the time to contact me directly.  He asked if I would be interested in writing a guest blog for his company’s brand new website.

Just some background – AD Medical works primarily with those on Medicare and with diabetes.  Their new website provides information for both clients and health care providers.  Their new blog, BlogAbetic, offers a more interactive feature for clients to learn tips on healthy living.

I was really excited to be featured as the first blogger featured on BlogAbetic after they debuted their brand-new website.  I definitely hope to work with them more in the future!

Check out my entry – Color Your Plate, Improve Your Health!

Having a website, blog, and various social media platforms have given me many other opportunities as well, such as career advice, notification of available jobs/volunteer work, and even an offer for free RD exam study materials!  Plus, when you apply to a job, all you have to do is refer them to your portfolio to find all the information they’d ever want.

It may seem like a lot of work to maintain a web presence, but don’t give up.  For example, my blog had very few views when I first started, but now I get more than I ever initially expected!

How has social media and web presence helped you in your career/education?

Blogging with the Experts- IFIC

Downtown DC

In the heart of Washington, DC

Now that I’m back from break, I’ve launched into a new, three-week rotation.  It’s with the International Food Information Council (IFIC), located in downtown Washington, DC.  The 16 metro stops I must endure on the orange line during rush hour are a little much, but it’s definitely cool to be here!

My past experience working for the Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) is coming in handy with several of the things they do here.  Also, I’m sure if you’ve read my blog before that I have a personal interest in social media (Twitter, Linked In) and writing (hello, Mission: Dietitian).  IFIC incorporates a lot of that with their own articles, publications, social media, and blog entries at their website, Food Insight.  IFIC communicates the latest information about nutrition and food safety not only to consumers in the general public, but also stakeholders, professionals, educators, and more.

So far my partner and I have written a short article and a blog entry about ways to keep your New Years resolutions (I’ll be posting the link when it goes up).  This was a particularly meeting-heavy week, so we’ve had the opportunity to sit in on several that discussed their plans for the upcoming year.  We were also fortunate to learn more about the issue of food colors and hyperactivity–IFIC has a great Q&A on this controversial topic.

This is a great example of a rotation that sets the University of Maryland College Park Dietetic Internship apart from other internship programs, and I’m glad I can take advantage of it!