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RD Internship Orientation and Beyond…Getting Started.

Travel | February 20, 2016 | By

I have some exciting news to share; starting March 1st I am entering into my dietetic internship and beginning a year immersed in nutrition with new people, places, skills, services, deadlines, and assignments.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this process…In order to become a Registered Dietitian or RD or RDN (a licensed expert in the field of nutrition) you must first complete an approved educational program in dietetics. Secondly you must also compete for and earn and spend the next 6 months to a year in an unpaid (often you pay) residency like internship. Internships can be full-time or part-time and are designed to provide hands on experience in community, clinical and food service nutrition rotations.  

My internship is part time so I can continue to work and participate in my internship. I must say that this sounded like a good idea, but I may need to be reminded of that later-when I am crazy busy over the next year! I will have rotations in government nutrition programs, community nutrition programs, school food service, hospital food service, skilled nursing facilities, sub-acute care/rehab in hospital, acute care in hospital, research and dialysis clinic. Additionally, I will have some community choice hours, where I can gain exposure in environments that I am interested in…Perhaps food, local food, restaurant nutrition, employee wellness…just some thoughts for now.  In addition to my rotations I will have ongoing coursework and case studies to complete and will be attending professional meetings and conferences. Needless to say it is going to be a busy, exciting and productive year and I will log 1260 hours for my rotations alone. I am just preparing to start and have developed a really unnatural relationship with my calendar and email!!

At the end of the year I will study for my RD exam and when I pass it I will earn my little letters…RD to go with my other little letters MS (Not Ms-although I am single-I also have my master’s in nutrition)…

Don’t worry you can call me Sydney MS RD;)

Here is a shout out to my best girlfriend Lisa who accompanied me down to San Diego for my internship orientation.  There I met the fabulous group of women who are my internship family, had my first experience with large scale food production in a prison- which was amazing and happen to fit in a little fun as well.  Thank you Lisa you are the best!!

SD Lisa Beach


Lisa and I in Del Mar enjoying some amazing weather…in the 80’s!! It was shocking we had to borrow tank tops.







SD Sunset

There are amazing sunsets in San Diego and Taco Tuesday!!!


SD Lisa and SydSD PotterySD Chips






A visit to SD is not complete without a visit to old town…oh yes with chips, salsa, guac and cold beverages!!



SD airplane


Ok we are so ready to be back home now.







Good Eats SD:
North end:
Pacifica Breeze Café-Del Mar-Great view and  fish tacos!
Agave Del Mar-Taco Tuesday and an amazing view.
Davanti Enoteca-Tasty little pizzas, great girls nigh location with small shareable dishes-delicious! 
Old Town:
Casa de Reyes:  For the right in the middle of everything tropical outdoor atmosphere, live music, tasty margaritas and guacamole.



Thanks friends for pardoning the dirty little iPhone pics!