Throughout the clinical rotation of the dietetic internship, confidence through preparation is key. Reading a patient's past medical history, admitting diagnosis, current medications, and laboratory values are easy. Walking into a patient's room, asking them about their usual diet, social history, living situation, and self-management their current health is easy. It's tying all the information together to pinpoint a nutrition diagnosis with appropriate interventions that's difficult. However, this is where being prepared gives the confidence to do just that.
Over the summer and throughout the clinical rotation, assignments have been given ranging from studying simple medical terms to identifying the appropriate nutrition therapy for gastroparesis. Assignments to determine the mechanisms, uses, and nutritional side effects of medications have been given , so when a patient is being treated with steroids, their high glucose levels are no surprise. These small assignments have prepared us interns to quickly answer our preceptors' questions, or to ask knowledgeable ones because we have adequate back ground information. The assignments have given us the ability to not only communicate in a medical setting, but to have confidence in our diagnoses and defend them when questioned.