The Alumni of the Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition, many of whom serve as preceptors, generously give their time and expertise to mentor students enrolled in our programs. Many of our alumni are employed as clinical dietitians, work in community and public health, or in private practice. Our alumni also serve on advisory boards & committees and others serve as lecturers for our Monday courses.
Sabaidee! Hello from Vientiane, Lao PDR! My name is Joanna (Helm) Cummings, MS RD. I am a graduate of OHSU where I received my masters in Clinical Nutrition and completed the dietetic internship. Currently, I am living and working in Lao PDR (Laos) in Southeast Asia as part of OHSU's Global Health program. I am the Coordinator and Instructor for the Lao-American Nutrition Institute (LANI). LANI is a collaboration between the U.S. Government, Lao Government and OHSU. We are in the process of building a brand new campus with classrooms, a lecture hall, outpatient and inpatient clinical assessment and intervention areas, and a clinical laboratory.
The campus will also include a teaching/demonstration kitchen and café in order to feature innovative food products and to display the research efforts that are being studied; outdoor training facilities to simulate typical rural home environments in order to evaluate innovative and adaptive food preparation techniques and storage methods; and a community-based demonstration garden to display and test "garden-to-family" sustainable agriculture methods, hygienic animal husbandry practices, and health-promoting environmental initiatives. I am honored to be teaching the first dietitians in Lao PDR! Our goal is to help prevent malnutrition, stunting and wasting of the children in Lao (currently among the highest rates in the world) and promote health and well-being throughout Lao.
Hello, I currently work as an adult inpatient dietitian for Legacy Emanuel Hospital, a level-one trauma center in northeast Portland. I serve as the primary dietitian for the surgical and family birth units where I get to interact with a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, and other allied health professionals. I have also recently become a clinical preceptor for OHSU dietetic interns which has fast become one of my favorite parts of the job! My current position requires me to use a balance of medical nutrition therapy knowledge and counseling skills, which I felt very equipped to provide after completing the OHSU internship. The internship also presented numerous networking opportunities which connected my fellow interns and myself with current experts in the field and potential employers. Looking back, I would not have changed anything about my experience in the OHSU Dietetic Internship and feel that I owe the majority of my career successes to my participation in this excellent program.
Hi, I'm Nathan Harrah. As I write this brief synopsis, I've had the RD/LD credentials for two months, and been a practicing clinical dietitian for two weeks. Yes, I'm brand new to the profession…and happy to report that it's been a rewarding two-week career so far! As an undergraduate in dietetics, I always pictured myself starting out as a clinical dietitian in a hospital. I figured this area of practice would allow me the greatest chance for continued learning: about anatomy and physiology, health and disease (both caregiver and patient perspectives), being part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team, and, of course, all things nutrition (nutrition science, medical nutrition therapy, the nutrition care process, etc.). With my new position at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, this vision has become a promising reality. I enjoy being part of an excellent and friendly team of clinical dietitians. The OHSU Dietetic Internship was an undeniably formative 10 months that prepared me for many possible career endeavors, including my current job. I did all my clinical rotations at OHSU, one of two Level 1 trauma centers in the state; now I work at the other Level 1 trauma center. Complementing the supervised practice rotations themselves were courses whose instructors were knowledgeable, passionate, challenging, and supportive. So many varied opportunities to meet challenge after challenge, to learn so much along the way, and to earn very welcome encouragement from faculty and preceptors. All of this gave me the knowledge, tools, and confidence to walk into any situation in my new field and succeed.