Getting Comfortable with Patient Interaction

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Many nutrition and dietetics students from this spring’s match day are now starting or getting ready to start their dietetic internships while current Coordinated Program students are also preparing to begin a new rotation at the upcoming start of the Fall 2015 semester. For many interns, this will be your first time working with patients or clients on a regular basis, and racking your brain to recall appropriate nutritional information while still maintaining a professional demeanor can be a slightly unnerving experience. Luckily, with practice and confidence in your didactic education, you can overcome your jitters and develop into a successful RD-to-be.

For suggestions on how you can get comfortable with patient interaction, check out my article titled Getting Comfortable with Patient Interaction in the May 2015 edition of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Student Scoop, an online newsletter published five times per year.

To current dietetic interns or recently credentialed RDs: what other tips do you have for getting used to working with patients and clients?

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