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RD or Bust - Guest Blog

Hi everyone! I am currently a dietetic intern at UAMS. Hazing at its finest, lemme tell ya. Just kidding, but really, I’m busier than a mosquito at a nudist camp.

First of all, I want to say to any of you undergrads who might be reading this – if you are currently applying to internships or preparing yourself for that process, props to you. It’s a lot of work and I know you have worked really hard to get to this point. Best of luck with it! Something I wish someone would have told me before I applied is to make sure you have someone proofread EVERYTHING you send out to schools or include in your application. Trust me. 

As for me, right now, my fellow interns and I are currently in week 14 of 40 of our internship! So were making through! In the UAMS internship, our 40 weeks are split into a 20-week clinical semester and a 20-week administrative semester. I am currently enduring the clinical semester. So far, my most interesting rotation has been the pediatric rotation at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. I learned SO much and everyday was something completely different. We spent each morning and afternoon with a different specialty of dietetics and each one comes with its own challenges and rewards. I loved working with all the kids!  

I can say, without a doubt, my preceptors have all been splendid. The RDs in Arkansas are sincere and kind and so willing to help interns succeed in this field. The other girls in the internship are also the greatest. We have all bonded so well, whether it’s hiking Pinnacle Mountain, grabbing Mexican food, or celebrating birthdays during our Monday class time with all the food – we have become really good friends. It is really important to lean on each other because we need all the help we can get sometimes!

Being in a dietetic internship is like a crazy mystery adventure where you meet like ten new people every day and then stay up late staring at the Quizlet you made, trying to absorb as much as you can so you are prepared for the rotation the next day.  But it’s all so worth it. I am so happy I have the opportunity to further my education here in Arkansas and I keep telling myself that one day I WILL BE AN RD! It’ll be here sooner than I think!

--Haley Ruffin

Posted by Alicia Landry at 8:06 PM