Innovations to Advance Clinical Skills Education and Practice


RDNs today face challenges to provide clinical expertise in a complex and rapidly changing environment. Critical shortages of other health care professionals drive dietitians to expand their clinical skills in order to fill in gaps in the continuum of care. This is an exciting time for dietetics with many opportunities for dietitians to shift the boundaries of their practice actively, develop new roles and expand existing roles in ways that significantly elevate their contributions to patient care and entrench the RDN’s essential place in today’s health care system. This session will highlight noteworthy practices on clinical skills education that prepare students as future practitioners. Panel participants will also share examples of how preceptors are being trained on these skills. To close the loop, the panel will share their experiences in developing RDN driven protocols within a hospital system.

Planned with the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)

Learning Objectives

Explain the process for developing an effective RDN-driven protocol within a hospital system

Incorporate a clinical skill into the dietetics curriculum

Justify to an employer how enhanced RDN clinical skills add value to an organization

Performance Indicators

3.2 Advocates for and participates in activities that support advancement of the profession

3.1 Demonstrates and applies leadership skills

9.3 Designs, selects and implements education strategies to meet the learning needs of individuals, groups, communities and populations


Shelby Yaceczko

Assistant Clinical Professor

University of the Pacific

Kristen Roberts

Associate Professor

The Ohio State University

Jennifer Bowers

Internship Program Director

Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System


Long Wang

Clinical Professor and Chair, Department of Nutrition

University of the Pacific

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