Insight Into Internship – Part 2

Here we go with the second (of many) instalments of Insight Into Internship – a brief look at all of the fun/interesting/random things I have experienced in learned in each placement. This instalment will be from my first placement in my Clinical I rotation.

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Last week I completed my first clinical placement of my dietetic internship – 3 weeks with the Cystic Fibrosis dietitian at BC Children’s Hospital. I was excited to get started in my clinical rotation so I could finally start working with patients and developing my RD skills. I was only somewhat familiar with Cystic Fibrosis before starting. We had spent a bit of time on it in school, but it wasn’t a condition I felt overly confident in my knowledge. Fortunately, I had a great preceptor and felt that at the end of my 3 weeks I had really gotten to know a lot about the condition, the treatment/management of the disease, and how nutrition and RD’s can play such a vital role in these patient’s every day lives. Cystic Fibrosis is a fairly intense condition to manage, and can really take a toll on the family, but these children can live long, fulfilling lives.  

It was my first real experience in dealing with children, which I was a bit apprehensive about. I wasn’t sure how the dynamics would work, how communication with the patients and family would be, and if I was even suited to work as an RD in a children’s hospital. But it was great – I can see how working with children can be so rewarding, because your goals are to ensure they grow and develop to their potential. So different from an adult population. I’m a little sad that I won’t be back for rotations at BC Children’s Hospital now for a few months.

Aside from working on my charting and counselling skills, I also got to do a variety of interesting things:

  • Attend rounds with the entire CF team (doctors, residents, physio, social workers, nurses, etc)
  • Go to the “CF Graduation Clinic” for our 18 year olds transferring to adult care
  • Become very comfortable asking patients/their parents about the frequency/consistency of their bowel movements (RD’s talk a lot about poop)
  • Attend a nutrition symposium at the convention centre downtown while the whole area was under lockdown due to a man with a gun in a nearby hotel
  • Teach a new mom how to mix a specialized formula for her baby over the phone
  • Meet some very interesting, diverse families and get some insight into family dynamics when faced with managing a chronic condition

I wasn’t really sure what to expect going into my clinical rotation, but it was awesome. Some days I felt awkward and unsure of myself, some days I was mentally exhausted, but my preceptor was always there to support me and give me feedback. When the last day of my rotation came, I was sad to leave. Alas, it was time to move on to learn some more skills and about other conditions…

And now for your random photo of the day!

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Mom sent me home with a winter vegetable care package tonight – what should I make first with this bounty? Soup, stew, roasted veggies…thoughts?

If you would like more information on Cystic Fibrosis, please check out Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

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4 Comments on “Insight Into Internship – Part 2”

  1. October 29, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    I’m definitely a fan of roasting at this time of year!!! 🙂

  2. November 9, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    Stuffed squash and roasted veggies! 🙂

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