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FNCE 2018

383. Going the Distance: Benefits, Barriers and Current Opportunities of Distance Dietetic Internships

Monday, October 22
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
CE: 1.5

Session Level 1 - Basic

Distance internship programs have quickly become standard in dietetics; approximately two of every five dietetic interns participate in distance programs. As distance programs become as competitive as standard programs, a strong application is critical to acceptance. This session will outline the structure of distance dietetic internship programs, noting similarities to standard programs while highlighting the unique requirements of distance programs, such as securing a preceptor and scheduling rotations prior to submission. The session will provide strategies to fulfill these requirements and help interns craft unique applications to set themselves apart from the competition.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 1010 - Career planning, Standards of Practice, Standards of Professional Practice, Scope of Practice
  • 1070 - Leadership, critical and strategic thinking
  • 6070 - Interviewing and listening skills

Nikki Kendrick, MDA, RDN, CNSC

Nikki Kendrick has worked as a registered dietitian nutritionist since 2010. After completing her dietetic internship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, she worked as a clinical dietitian specializing in critical care and nutrition support. Nikki has been a member of the UAND Board serving as the state Reimbursement Representative from 2014-2018 and now as the Consumer Protection Coordinator. She is passionate about helping dietitians learn how they can advocate for the profession in their workplace and in their everyday conversation. In 2015 Nikki joined the faculty of the Utah State University Dietetic Internship where she works with dietetic interns to achieve their dreams of becoming registered dietitians.

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Lacie Peterson, MS, RDN, CDE

Lacie Peterson, MS, RD, CDE is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Educator with a Master’s Degree in Nutrition from the University of Utah. Lacie spends her professional time both in higher education and the clinical environment. Lacie holds a faculty position as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Utah State University in the Dietetic Internship Program. She is also a PhD student in Nutrition and Integrative Physiology at the University of Utah.

In working with both students and clients, Lacie’s focus is very goal driven. Helping people to identify their desired goals and then to individualize plans based on preferences, lifestyles and abilities has proven to be successful. Working in an online distance internship allows for flexibility to meet student’s needs. Lacie loves working with her students in various geographic location and the diversity they bring to the profession.

Lacie has presented lectures and research at both local and national conferences and appeared on radio and TV segments. Lacie is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Utah Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Weight Management Dietetics Practice Group, Quality Diabetes Care and Education Practice Group and the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

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Nicole Withrow, PhD, MS, RD

Nicole Withrow received a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics along with a Ph.D. from Colorado State University in Nutritional Sciences. Nicole was a nutrition Fellow for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) training program through JFK Partners at the University of Colorado School of Medicine for three and half years. Currently, Nicole is an assistant professor and the Dietetic Internship Director at the University of Northern Colorado. She is an affiliate faculty member at Colorado State University and remains a PRN Pediatric RDN at the Colorado Children’s Hospital where she specializes in working with children with special needs and their families. Nicole’s research interests are in dietary habits, food selectivity, nutritional risk, weight status, specialized dietary interventions, and GI issues in children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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Lacie Peterson, MS, RDN, CDE

Lacie Peterson, MS, RD, CDE is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Educator with a Master’s Degree in Nutrition from the University of Utah. Lacie spends her professional time both in higher education and the clinical environment. Lacie holds a faculty position as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Utah State University in the Dietetic Internship Program. She is also a PhD student in Nutrition and Integrative Physiology at the University of Utah.

In working with both students and clients, Lacie’s focus is very goal driven. Helping people to identify their desired goals and then to individualize plans based on preferences, lifestyles and abilities has proven to be successful. Working in an online distance internship allows for flexibility to meet student’s needs. Lacie loves working with her students in various geographic location and the diversity they bring to the profession.

Lacie has presented lectures and research at both local and national conferences and appeared on radio and TV segments. Lacie is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Utah Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Weight Management Dietetics Practice Group, Quality Diabetes Care and Education Practice Group and the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Presentation(s):

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Jennifer Tate, MDA, RD, SNS

Jennifer Tate completed a Bachelors of Science in Dietetics from Point Loma Nazarene University. She completed the distance dietetic internship and Masters of Dietetic Administration programs through Utah State University. Currently Jen is the Child Nutrition Supervisor for Cajon Valley Union School District in the greater San Diego area. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member for Point Loma Nazarene and teaches child and adolescent nutrition courses. Jen maintains the School Nutrition Specialist credential through the School Nutrition Association as well.

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