It’s January and for many seniors majoring in dietetics it’s a very scary time. In a couple months the competitive match for a dietetic internship will take place. It is hard to believe it has almost been a year since the 2012-2013-intern class was sending in our applications to the University of Maryland Dietetic Internship.
This past Monday, the University of Maryland hosted a joint class day at the Natural Agricultural Library for all the dietetic internships in the area, sharing a taste of our technology emphasis with our nutrition community.
A few of the cutting edge presentations at the class day included: Communication in the Digital Age; Telehealth and Weight Management in the 21st Century; Text4Baby; Text2BHealthy; Self Promotion and Marketing: using blogs and social media to find career opportunities; and Nutrition Education: Adult Learning and Behavior Change.
The class day had me engaged and on the edge of my seat all day!
Some of the key technology messages covered included:
- · The evolution of technology provides new opportunities for the way society functions and we all have a responsibility to help foster understanding and growth within those opportunities so as a society we can prosper without leaving some behind
- · Social Media Changes the way problems are solved and opens up an opportunity for more people to have a voice and get involved
- · As technology grows so do chances for dietitians and other health care professionals to reach more people in more places to provide them with individualized health care.
- · Taking advantage of technology tools can provide new cost effective platforms to spread nutrition information
Overall, the day consisted of presentations, networking, great food, and even a QR code scavenger hunt! There is a lot to look forward for the next class of University of Maryland Dietetic Interns so hold on during this tough application process!