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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!



It’s weird to think I only have a few rotations left in the remaining 3 months, mainly in foodservice.  But right now…it’s officially CRUNCHTIME!!!

It seemed as though I was comfortably going through the first few months of the internship without a ton of outside work.  Not going to lie- I thought the entire year would be this busy, so the fact that its busy getting close to the end is OK by me (I don’t mean to whine!) However for the past few weeks I have been very busy working on several homework assignments for my pediatric rotation, a nutrition education research paper for FSNE, an American Dietetic Association FNCE abstract, a Maryland Dietetic Association Annual Meeting abstract, portfolio milestones, my pediatric case study, preparations for another week at FSNE, answering emails from current students applying to the internship, and occasionally scouting for jobs in El Paso (my next destination in July).  I’m managing it all ok, but it feels like I have so many things going on in regards to the internship alone, plus a ton of big changes in my personal life…

My wedding photo

While this is all going on, I (somehow) managed to squeeze in time to get married earlier this month! Once I find any spare time to do the necessary steps, my name will officially be Christina Sielbeck Vimini. The timing wasn’t exactly ideal in the busiest part of the internship, but you gotta do what you gotta do 🙂 In fact, I even had a preceptor who said she had a baby during her internship!

Excited for tomorrow’s class day on job searching and resume building.  Now…back to working on my case study featuring the Ketogenic Diet for management of epilepsy.