Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition
Rush University Medical Center
- Expected Graduation: May 2016
- Expected Registered Dietitian Examination Date: April 2016
My name is Sarah Beth Steinmetz and I recently graduated from Rush University Medical Center's combined dietetic internship and Master's in Clinical Nutrition Program. I also recently took and passed the Registered Dietitian Exam. Throughout my time at Rush, I have developed and enhanced my skills to become an effective leader, manager, and practitioner in the nutrition profession. Current interests which I hope to pursue a career in are clinical pediatrics, critical care, gastrointestinal surgery, oncology, and sports nutrition where I can simultaneously engage in nutrition education, communications, and research.
Objective: To secure a position as a clinical dietitian in an acute care facility, as either an inpatient or outpatient dietitian.
As a dietetic intern, I have completed over 1200 clocked hours of supervised practice both in and outpatient. In-patient rotations include two weeks in the cardiovascular unit, gastrointestinal surgery, neurological sciences, enteral nutrition support, diabetes, renal, pediatrics, oncology, neonatal intensive care unit, geriatrics, and three weeks in the adult intensive care units (medical, surgical, and neurological sciences) and independently managing an adult general medical floor as both the dietitian and diet technician. Following the completion of rotations, I did a four-week staff relief in the general pediatrics unit, where I was both the dietitian and diet technician, as well as an adult general medical floor.
Pediatric In-Patient Experience
For one month I was the dietitian and diet technician in the general pediatrics unit, which consisted of over 20 beds and patients less than one to 10 years old of age. The above four skills were utilized when in staff-relief, and commonly conducted educations included:
Pediatric Out-Patient Experience
To gain more experience with pediatric and neonatal nutrition support, I am currently interning in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for a minimum of two weeks each.
Food Service Experience
National Nutrition Month Co-Manager
Master's Thesis: "A quasi-experimental dietitian-provided low-FODMAP intervention assessing changes in quality of life, gastrointestinal symptoms, and nutrient intake in subjects with symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome"
Epidemiological Study: "Is there a difference in accordance to the alternate Mediterranean Diet (aMED), intakes of a total alternate aMED score and specific aMED dietary constituents in those diagnosed with asthma compared to those without asthma among a sample of children aged 2-18 from NHANES cycles 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, and 2011-2012 (2005-2012)?"
Graduate Seminar Presentation: "Metabolically Healthy Obesity"
I am confident in my ability to conduct reviews of literature, design validated methodology to collect data, and run IBM-SPSS to properly statistically analyze results.
I have experience of collaborating with professionals from different areas of healthcare, education, marketing, and journalism.
I am an emotionally intelligent, team-oriented leader who advocates for my patients and the promotion of nutrition to other healthcare professions and the general public.
I am proficient in and enjoy speaking to diverse ages and populations.
To view my blog post for the Chicago Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, follow this link: http://eatrightchicago.org/whats-really-going-on-with-gluten/
Throughout my junior and senior year of college I was a Health, Fitness, and Nutrition weekly writer for the online magazine College LifestylesTM. To view all of my published articles, follow this link: http://collegelifestyles.org/author/sarahst/
Heather Rasmussen, PhD, RD; Senior Thesis Advisor
Diane Sowa, MBA, RD, LDN; Dietetic Internship Director
Christine Sharp, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC; Staff Relief Preceptor