Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Life of a Final Year Dietetic's Student.

"Don't play Pokemon Go, final year should not be playing with any games.. Focus. Study and work hard"

I was laughing crazily after listening to her words. How updated she is with the today's generation and the technology!. She is 56 years old and she knows this Pokemon thingy. But, that is not the point  that I wanted to brag. 

Allow me to write some of the clinical and final year thingy as it is important to me. REALLY IMPORTANT.  Today, dietitians from PPUKM came to the campus to brush up our knowledge about the body measurement techniques and conducting a dietary recall session. They also gave us some of the briefings about PPUKM'rules and how to perform our clinical year. Basically, for the dietary recall, we are expected to know:

1) Type of Diet Recall. 
Which has been taught during our second year but, still, I need to a 'marathon' on it. 

2) Estimate the calories in foods.

We have done it before during our second year and third year, so we need to brush up the skills, and improve anything that needs to be improved and try to remember our exchange table as it is one of the 'weapons' of a dietitian. By estimating the calories in a food, we are also expected to know how many exchanges of Carbohydrate, Protein and Oils in each food. Thus, practice makes perfect. 

During the dietary recall session, we need to implement our communication soft skills, which includes:

1) How important is the eye contacts between the patients and the dietitian. 
2) Our tools should be utilized wisely (tools means: reference books, bowls, spoons, matchbox) and don't just put it there to display to patient ONLY. 
3) We also need to calculate the energy requirement quickly, because it is not nice and not that comfortable to let the patients wait for you blindly. 
4) Again, have to memorize the exchanges.
5) It would be nice if you ask the patients the price of their foods in order to know the surface size of the foods that your patients consumed. 
6) Let say, some of the foods that contain protein is not listed in Atlas Book, we can simply use that matchbox and asked the patients to estimate the size of the protein according to matchbox. Let say : Fish Fillet. 
7) Should ask the frequency of consuming certain foods in each mealtime in order to know the patients' food patterns as we do not see them every day. Applied to OPD. Hence, which one has the highest frequency, we should calculate it from it.
8) Don't be biased with patients. 

Done!

During this semester as well, our members have been divided into 4 groups and named A,B,C and D. Group A will be doing the practice in InPatients Dietetic Service (IPD) and group C and D will be in OutPatients Dietetic Service (OPD). Mine is Group A. So, I'll be doing the IPD. Hopefully everything will be alright. InsyaAllah

Tomorrow, I will be going to PPUKM for the second day of orientation and will be there FOREVER (during the period of my 4th year). Good luck everyone!

Until then!


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