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Apr
20
2018

My Reflection about McGill’s Master’s of Science Applied in Human Nutrition- Dietetics Credentialing

Janelle HatchAlaa received her BASc. in Nutrition & Food from Ryerson University in 2015. She went on to receive her master’s degree in Human Nutrition from McGill University in December 2017. As a newly licensed dietitian, Alaa is eager to share her experience as a graduate and dietetic student. In addition to her love of food and nutrition, Alaa enjoys fitness, travelling, and catching up on her latest TV series. Connect with Alaa on LinkedIn.

It was around two and a half years ago, when the exhilaration stemming from my undergraduate commencement began to fade, that the questions that plague most graduates surfaced. What’s next? Did I want to pursue a master’s degree? Did I want to go straight into an internship? Personally, I still had a lot of growing to do and did not feel ready to jump right into an internship. And more importantly, I knew that I wanted to learn more and delve deeper into the field of human nutrition. I guess that answers my question, right?   continue reading

Feb
06
2018

Reflections on my PMDip Program Experience

RC-HS1.jpgCarmen El-Khazen received an Honours BSc (2013) from the University of Toronto in Nutritional Sciences and Human Biology, and a BASc with Honours (2016) in Nutrition and Food from Ryerson University. She is a recent graduate of the Professional Masters Diploma in Dietetics (PMDip) - St. Michael's Hospital/Ryerson University Collaborative Dietetic Program. Alongside her prime passion for clinical nutrition and dietetics, Carmen also enjoys cooking, dance-fitness, playing piano, and music! Connect with Carmen on LinkedIn.

With the variety of dietetic internship options available, choosing a program can be confusing. By sharing my personal experience in the “PMDip” program, I hope to provide some insight to nutrition students journeying along the same dietetics path. .    continue reading
Jun
18
2014

Journey of an Aspiring Dietitian: 5 Tips for Future Graduates

Kaitlyn Bresee is a recent graduate from the Applied Human Nutrition program at the University of Guelph. She currently works at Country Roads Community Health Centre as a Youth Activity Worker, and will be heading back to Guelph in the fall to start the Master of Applied Nutrition program to become a Registered Dietitian. Contact her at Bresees@uoguelph.ca to learn more about her journey.

As a recent graduate from the Applied Human Nutrition undergraduate program at the University of Guelph and future student in Guelph’s Masters of Applied Nutrition (MAN) program, I have learned a few things about making it in this competitive field of study.  I am one of many students who spent the last four years competing for a spot in a dietetic internship or masters/practicum program. Through this post I hope to share a little about my on-going journey towards becoming an RD, and to offer up some tips for future internship and masters/practicum applicants. continue reading
May
06
2014

Expectations Meeting Reality: A Dietitian Learning Long Term Care

Nicole Osinga, MAN, RD is an Ontario-based Registered Dietitian working in Long Term Care. In addition to clinical nutrition, she has a passion for education and writing. She teaches healthy cooking classes for those living with cancer and regularly writes educational pieces for her nutrition blog

From what I’ve gathered, it seems that new RDs don’t always rank working in Long Term Care (LTC) as their first choice.  Rationale from my colleagues regarding this hesitancy to work in LTC includes perceiving it as not exciting, not being able to be creative, nervousness about working with frail older adults and dealing with complex issues like tube feedings. On the other hand, I had developed a passion for LTC from prior work experience and was eager to work as an RD in LTC when I graduated from Internship. I appreciated the potential for building relationships while in a controlled, clinical setting – ideal for Type A personalities like myself.  continue reading
Apr
23
2014

Life of a nutrition student during Nutrition Month: Taking advantage of opportunities

Tamara Sarkisian is originally Armenian and French Canadian. She started cooking at a young age and learned to cook Armenian dishes from her grandmother. Read her blog, email her at tsark029@gmail.com, follow her @tamarasarkisian or check out her #nutritious #creations on Instagram.

During March 2014, dietitians all over the country were talking about nutrition and encouraging families to “Simply Cook and Enjoy”. As a soon to be Registered Dietitian, I can say that I had the greatest experience sharing my passion for nutrition through social media and appearing on CTV Morning Live and Rogers TV in Ottawa.   continue reading
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