Road to RDville: School of hard knocks

Happy Monday! I had a productive weekend…and I hope you had a fun one. I did actually have some fun…I finally watched Anna Karenina, and I cleaned out two paper grocery sacks full of old research papers that I will never look at again. Good times!
This is my last week of Part 1 of my clinical internship rotation. It has felt really hard at times. Like, banging my head against the wall hard. But I have been learning a lot, and I finally a breakthrough last week (I realized that I retain information by taking tons of notes, and I hadn’t been taking enough notes my way while reading through patients charts), and now I’m feeling sad that I’ll soon be leaving my floor behind. Just goes to show that some of the most valuable lessons are the ones that don’t come easily. Next week I’ll be doing more nutrition education with two different RDs. I’m really looking forward to it.
I haven’t had time to post as often as I would like, and we’ll see how this week goes. But heads up that next week will have a special theme: Gluten. My column in next Sunday’s Seattle Times is on gluten-free diets, and I have some related content planned for the rest of the week (because I couldn’t fit everything I wanted to say in 500+ words.
In other RD-to-be news, I’m already super excited for this fall’s Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Expo. They just released the educational lineup, and I’ve already picked out which sessions I want to go to. I am such a conference geek!