268. ACEND Forum: Demonstration Program Innovations in Educating Future Practitioners

Sunday, October 21
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: East Salon ABC
CE: 1.5
Level 2 – Intermediate
Activity Code: 141084

Shifting to a competency-based education model under the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards can enhance the preparation of students for future nutrition and dietetics practice. This session will explore the implementation of the future education model with its integrated, competency-based education from two experienced program directors showcasing best-practice examples. Strategies used to effectively reorganize an existing nutrition and dietetics program under the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards and unique and innovative ways for assessing competence will be shared.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify ways to reorganize existing nutrition and dietetics programs to meet the Future Education Model Standards.
  • Use proven strategies to overcome challenges in becoming a demonstration program.
  • Strengthen assessment of student competence.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 6050 – Instructional materials development
  • 6060 – Learning needs assessment, learning plan development, evaluation
  • 6080 – Training, coaching, mentoring

Performance Indicator:

  • 3.1.5 Seeks opportunities for, and actively engages in, mentoring and mentorship.
  • 9.1.4 Evaluates factors that influence the learning process and skill building.
  • 9.2.3 Applies educational theories and uses assessment results for planning process and development of materials and teaching aids.


  • Christine Hartney, MS, RD, LDN, FADA

    Clinical Nutrition Manager

    Rush University Medical Center

  • Session Speaker(s)

  • Jennifer Tomesko, DCN, RD, CNSC

    Assistant Professor and Program Director

  • Riva Touger-Decker, PhD, RD, CDN, FADA

    SHP Associate Dean for Global Affairs, Professor and Chair, Department of Nutritional Sciences

    School of Health Professions’ Department of Nutritional Sciences at Rutgers University