ACEND® has begun to identify Noteworthy Nutrition and Dietetics Education Practices among ACEND®-accredited programs and would like to highlight one or more program(s) per quarter for their noteworthy practices on the ACEND® website. The remaining 2020 due date for noteworthy practice submissions is Friday, October 23.
Noteworthy practices in the following topic areas are requested.
Program directors or other individuals associated with an ACEND®-accredited program are asked to complete the submission form and an abstract of their noteworthy practice and email it to ACEND® for review. Submissions will be reviewed by an ACEND® Board review team and selected entries will be posted.
Email completed submission forms and supporting documentation to ACEND@eatright.org with the subject line: Noteworthy Practice Submission.
Lebanese American University, International Coordinated Program
Maya Bassil, PhD
Noteworthy Practice: Interprofessional Education
The Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Program (CP) at the Lebanese American University (LAU) is a four-year program with an Interprofessional Education (IPE) emphasis. IPE occurs when multiple professions learn about, from and with each other to develop cohesive practices that improve health care and well-being. The framework of IPE at LAU consists of didactic IPE modules, practice IPE activities, research, conferences, and other resources. For the IPE didactic modules, CP students attend a series of five mandatory and longitudinal workshops (IPE steps) offered throughout the curriculum of health and social care students (pharmacy, medicine, nursing, nutrition, and social work). Students from different professions at LAU are grouped by program level (entry, intermediate, or advanced) based on their amount of clinical experience and familiarity with the interdisciplinary practice. As part of practice IPE activities, CP practicum students plan, organize, and execute health fairs in collaboration with other students from the interprofessional team. During their practicum, CP students also provide education sessions to nursing staff and medical students at the hospital on growing malnutrition rates and the importance of early identification and screening for malnutrition on patient outcomes.
Cedar Crest College Didactic Program in Dietetics
Shelley DePinto, MS, RDN, LDN
Noteworthy Practice: Curriculum
As part of NTR 341, an undergraduate nutrition counseling course, senior nutrition majors in the Cedar Crest College DPD provide nutrition coaching to volunteers from the campus community. This year the program adopted an online practice management and telehealth platform for the student-led nutrition coaching program. The platform Healthie was used for multiple elements of the program, including scheduling, communication, electronic paperwork, sharing client education materials, goal tracking, documentation, and mock billing activities.
Maricopa County Department of Public Health Dietetic Internship
Courtney Baker, MHS, RDN and Diana Kinsfather, MS, RDN
Noteworthy Practice: Curriculum
Maricopa County Department of Public Health Dietetic Internship (MCDPHDI) has a 1 week Management Week rotation that all 11 interns participate in learning how to manage a dietetic internship. This rotation takes place every year in April. Interns are tasked with a variety of assignments including revisions to curriculum and evaluations forms, handbooks, and internship documents, and planning and executing a department meeting. Interns provided a department meeting educating staff on the role of a registered dietitian and their own path to getting selected for our program. Other management week tasks include creating welcome letters and care packages for incoming class of interns, beginning development of schedules, and providing quality improvement feedback to Dietetic Internship staff to improve operational processes of the internship. The interns are responsible for designating tasks between themselves to effectively complete all assignments within the week. A Trello board is utilized for communication between interns and DI staff and also helps monitor the progress of the assignments while allowing opportunity for feedback. Throughout this week interns realize the amount of planning, revising, and maintenance that is required to run an effective dietetic internship program. They feel empowered that their feedback is utilized to consistently make change. The objective of the rotation is to provide interns the opportunity to develop management skill, while mentoring others through activities to enhance the experience of future classes within our program.