Dietetic Internship: In early June of 1996 I completed my nine month dietetic internship from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC. As an officer and dietetic intern I had spent the previous months doing a variety of rotations to learn about the various aspects of being a Registered Dietitian.
I observed and learned everything from calculating tube and intravenous feedings for seriously ill patients to developing recipes and organizing specialty meals for hundreds of staff and giving classes to family members and outpatients about diabetes, weight loss and cardiovascular health. Since my position also required that I acquire skills to be an Army officer, I had attended a Officer Basic Course to become proficient in firing a weapon, putting up a tent, setting up a field kitchen, navigating with a compass, map reading and much more. While at Walter Reed I travelled to Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina to learn the role of a dietitian during deployment and how troops are fed. Military dietitians first deployed with the British Armed Forces in 1917.
Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN
Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian