April is National Preceptor Month!
As an essential component of any dietetic internship, preceptors play an important role in the lives of dietetic intern students everywhere. Within each rotation of a dietetic internship, there exists a preceptor that decides to take on the role of a mentor and personally teach their intern(s) the specialty skills for that specific rotation.
Starting in the month of April, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) will celebrate National Preceptor Month by beginning a preceptor drive!
ACEND will unveil a database which allows practitioners to register to potentially become preceptors and join the effort to guide and educate the next generation of dietetic professionals. In addition, the Academy and ACEND will establish a Find-a-Preceptor Database so directors and students members of the Academy can search for a preceptor within a certain geographical or specialty area.
Applications and efforts, like the preceptor database, are so important in the field of nutrition, as well as the profession. It’s important for other RDs to promote the growth of tomorrow’s RDs, to try and keep America healthy!