An international nutrition student reached out to me on Instagram, and asked me to present a 300 word recap of what I do as an American dietitian. She said that the 300 word summary would go into the Turkish Nutrition and Dietetics journal (only available in Turkish).
My 300 word summary:
The field of dietetics is fast changing; In America consumer’s interest in nutritional science has never been greater. Registered dietitians can direct their career into private practice, writing, speaking, consulting, personal training and even culinary work. Where dietitians were once pigeonholed into focusing on the three rotations of our dietetic internship: food service, clinical and/or community—that expectation is expanding.
Modern registered dietitians have expanded their roles from traditional clinical work into now representing private practice, corporate wellness, diabetes education, and lucrative public media opportunities. In American there’s a three step process involved with becoming a registered dietitian. First, one must complete course work in dietetics (either undergraduate degree or specific course work after one has completed their first degree). Second, one must apply and gain acceptance into an accredited dietetic internship program. Third, after completing coursework, assignments and tests during internship rotations the candidate is eligible to sit in for a national board exam for registration. Eligible candidates must pass the registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) exam to practice as a dietitian (unless they work in a clinical setting and have a superior sign off on their notes until the candidate passes the exam).
I work as an outpatient dietitian for an under-served patient population in the South Bronx, NY. Additionally, I serve as a coach, speaker and consultant. I develop and teach regular lectures for medical students, dental residents, and pediatric residents including developing a curriculum for pediatric residents’ which addresses the nutrition-related American Board Pediatric objectives. I have seen a positive impact of regulating nutrition education; I support increased nutrition education awareness both among the community and within standardized medical practices. I co-created a course to help both national and international nutrition professionals send positive and consistent evidence based messages about nutritional science. The course breaks down strategies and branding specific to Instagram growth– my goal is to help nutrition professionals position themselves as experts in our field.