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Dietetic Internship Graduation

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It’s official: I have graduated from my internship!  I apologize that it’s taken some time to update my blog, but I have good reason for the delay!  Right after graduation I had to tie up a bunch of loose ends, pack up all my possessions, and drive across the country from Annapolis, MD to El Paso, TX.

Now that I am getting all settled in my new home, I am prepping for potential interviews and beginning to study for the RD exam.  Any advice from RDs who recently took the exam is much appreciated!

All in all this internship was a great experience to enhance me personally and professionally.  It exposed me to all different areas in dietetics.  Although my short term goals might be more traditional (most likely a clinical inpatient or outpatient position), I plan to use my IT skills gained in my internship to maintain a website and social media platforms.  Some of my long term goals include going back to school, community work, writing, and ideally some involvement in policy and legislation.  Without the exposure from this particular internship, I am not sure I would be aware of all of my options!

Thank you for following my blog- although the internship is over, I will continue to provide updates until I am finally a Registered Dietitian!

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!

I’m Published!

I am still at my IFIC rotation (International Food Information Council) in DC, but on Monday the University of Maryland College Park Dietetic Internship hosted a joint class day for DC-Maryland area internships.  The subject?  Nutrition communication.  Because really, what good is having information on a subject if you’re not able to reach anyone with it?

Take a look at a blog entry I wrote with my partner Ala for the IFIC Foundation’s Food Insight Blog:

Dietetic Interns at the Forefront of Nutrition Communications

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!

School Lunchin

Hello!  Last Friday I finished up my week-long rotation with Montgomery County Public Schools.  It was a lot of fun (although that beltway traffic is not!).  I had very little prior knowledge about the role of dietitians in public schools, but last week taught me a lot!  I think Montgomery County, MD is really innovative in their involvement of dietitians on their staff and having so many on board.  My partner and I were able to tour the warehouse, watch the lunch lines at a primary and secondary school, taste whole wheat chocolate chip cookies (YUM!), and got involved in designing flyers advertising for a new healthier pizza (whole wheat crust with a low-fat blend of cheeses that still managed to pass several taste tests) and a weeklong effort to try a different color of fruit/vegetable each day.

Handing out Banana-bran muffins

Having middle schoolers taste-test healthy muffins

One day we went to a middle school to hand out banana-bran muffins along with surveys to get feedback.  It was a lot of fun and the muffins were a big hit.

Also, since it was a short rotation, several of the staff sat us down and briefed us on what they do for the school system: day-care food reimbursement, free and reduced lunch administration, budgeting, and more.  I learned a lot in a few days, and it has opened my eyes to a new area of dietetics I didn’t know about before!

Website-in-the-making

Hello readers- thought I’d share my website that is in development with you! It’s a little amateur premature (as in, not nearly finished) but I thought I’d keep you all in the loop so you can see the different changes I make. And of course, if you have any feedback, that would be much appreciated 🙂

I am using Dreamweaver to make the website completely from scratch, including the development of my very own template. Also, it is the first time I am attempting such a thing. That said, it’s not super-fancy, but I’m amazed that I was able to get this far. Who knew I would learn web-design as a dietitian?

So far I have pages that include graphics, PDF attachments, and information on my rotations thus far.

Here it is –> http://terpconnect.umd.edu/~csielb

**Props to my wonderful sister, Kim Sielbeck, for helping design the graphics. If you can’t tell, she also made my blog header!