Why Nutrition Communication (MHSc) at Ryerson? ​

Why Nutrition Communication (MHSc) at Ryerson? ​


♪♪♪ When I entered the program I had no idea what
a dietician does. 5 years later I
am still learning what a dietician does. This is the program where you are going to get
that personalized experience. You’re going to get
a practicum that’s tailored to you and you’re also going
to get that coursework that’s going to give you
the background. It’s just a unique program that fit with my goals for what I wanted in terms
of my work placements. It really allows you the opportunity to specialize in an area of nutrition but then also get your masters and also become a dietician
which is really great ♪♪♪ The goal of our credited Option 1 Practicum of the MHSC Program is to really prepare students for dietetic practice. Our curriculum
is really geared to meet dietician’s needs. Students become adept at understanding and interpreting scientific evidence which is the foundation of practice based decision
making in dietetics. Our courses give students opportunities to understand and apply adult
education theory, principals of universal design for education,
flexible learning and communication strategies
that really meet a wide range of
audience needs including people living
with disabilities. I think the masters really steps up your game in terms of your
confidence level. A lot of our coursework
really prepared us for the work placement because it was so self-directed I came in having done
my bachelors degree and not really feeling like I could go out
into the real world and be a dietician and the coursework, those two semesters really set the foundation, gave me a lot of the skills
and knowledge that I was then able to apply in the practicum. Like how to do a
systematic literature review, how to write for a
specific audience, knowledge translation, strategies of health behaviour, all of these things that I really took with me into my practicum. The MHSC students engage in an 8 month practicum following their two semesters
of coursework. So the practicum has a variety of different placements where students meet the integrated competencies for dietetic education
and practice. It’s like working a 9-5 job so they go and work the
hours of their preceptors.
They do the tasks
of their preceptors would be engaging in and they really work
alongside dieticians and other allied
health professionals to engage in the work that dieticians do. You have some really
unique work opportunities that could
be your calling One of my preceptors was talking to me she said sorry
I keep forgetting that you’re a student, I keep thinking that
you’re a colleague and I kind of sat there and I thought I feel
like I work here too and it was really great to have that feeling of I can actually
do this job. So, when choosing
a practicum students are required
to complete certain placements in area of nutrition care population health and
management. However, the diversity
is really vast so if students want to engage in more hospital based
practicum then they can, if they prefer to
work more in the community or in industry we also look at these factors in order to make sure that their placement areas that they prefer. I couldn’t have gotten
the experience that I was looking for at a
hospital internship program because I knew specifically that I wanted to be
working in the community for most of my time. So Ryerson really
offered that to me There was a lot
more flexibility in terms of me potentially being able to direct where
my work placements were. How long I could be where. It’s really great when you know what
you want to do, but also if you don’t
know what you want to do at the end because you can
experiment with different things Megan was able to
take our preferences, our desires, what we
wanted to learn, what we were interested in, and what we needed to learn and put all of those together so everyone had this
really unique experience. Part of my job is getting to know the students and what their personalities are like and then matching them with preceptors where I know they’ll
have a great experience. Megan was my friend, my therapist my everything during the practicum She really takes the time
to get to know you. I’ve emailed her and she always responds she’s willing to
set up a phone call or do whatever you need to really make you feel like you’re moving forward and you’re going to be
successful in the program If you’re struggling or you’re having
emotional challenges with your course work or with your internship she’ll really guide you through that process
to make it easier on you. There is a lot of flexibility in where students are placed, and also we focus on students’ preferences and their ability to travel. So, if students prefer to engage in placements closer to their home, where they’ll likely be working when they finish the program, I look for opportunities where they can save a little bit of money and create networking
connections You get so many opportunities to go from workplace
to workplace and meet so many people that there is absolutely
the chance of networking and
having job opportunities when you’re done
which is really amazing. Well, in this day and age, getting a job all
if it is networking Someone like me who didn’t know
where to start, who do I talk to, these work
great opportunities to actually meet
other dieticians and to be able to
connect with them Networking in dietetics is very important. At Ryerson you start
to accumulate that network by working with your fellow students We really talk about how to network
with each other and how to maintain that great circle of friends that you developed
over the course of the program I was lucky to get employment very early and I would send jobs to we had a group on Facebook so definitely that was our first network we kind of all shared things with each other
even after we graduated. Having such a close
group of students is actually one
of the highlights of the program for me. As we move on I think we’re all going to
keep in touch and keep supporting
each other. I’m really passionate
about my job. I love watching the transition that students go through throughout the
16 months of the program. And it’s really rewarding when at the end of the day 20 students graduate and become dieticians and really join a field
that I am so proud of. (applause) It means so much to me to be graduating and everyone was really emotional today It’s just like a weight is lifted off of my shoulders and now I’m ready
to take my schooling in whatever direction I want because I feel like I’m ready. I would recommend the Ryerson Nutrition Communication
graduate program because it offered me
a sense of community, the skillsets that I needed in the area that
I wanted to work in. And to me, the
most important thing was that they really valued us as individuals, with our individual career pathways. I always recommend the program I would say 100% you’re going
to get a unique experience, it’s going to be
tailored to you, you’re going to be able to get that hands on experience but also have a skillset that you need to go out there and do it. I think it’s wonderful, it’s really personally
changed my life and I’m really happy
with how far I’ve come since the beginning. It’s been really, really nice. ♪♪♪

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