What is the RD Mentorship Program?

The RD Mentorship Program was created to help build bonds between registered dietitian (RD) professionals and nutrition students. Our main goal is to facilitate a professional experiential learning opportunity for nutrition students, while helping RDs on a project. RD mentors will be matched with undergraduate juniors or seniors, graduate nutrition students, or dietetic interns who are preparing to become registered dietitians. The main role of the RD mentor is to provide their mentee with advice on project-specific duties, career path guidance, and professionalism. They also will provide motivation and serve as a role model. The main role of the student mentee is to learn about the field of dietetics by assisting their mentor with identified projects. 
  

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When was this program established?

Dr. Kristen Roof and Dr. Karen Beathard founded this program in 2016. This program continues to expand its reach and scope.

What are the benefits of participating?

For the mentor, this program is a great way to enhance your mentoring skills and gain valuable assistance on a project. Every commitment comes with responsibilities, therefore mentors are expected to act professionally when engaging with their mentee.
 
For the mentee, this program provides the opportunity to gain experience working one-on-one with an RD. Ultimately, the mentor-mentee pair should work together to accomplish a project.

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What resources are provided to help assist mentors and mentees?

  • Virtual Welcome Reception

   - Designed to enhance communication and                        understanding of the logistics of the

       mentor-mentee program and promote professional            networking

   - Two separate meeting time options available 

 

  • 2 Professional Development CEU Workshops 

   - Designed to promote professional development                 (e.g. leadership, mentoring skills, communication             strategies) for mentors and mentees

   - Two separate meeting time options available for               each workshop 

  • Virtual Closing Reception 

   - Discussion of various products and experiences                  from participants. Provide feedback to research                personnel and to other participants.​

   - Two separate meeting time options available

  • Mentor - Mentee Agreement

- Designed to help the mentor/mentee pair establish communication expectations, identify goals for this mentoring relationship, and outline skill areas to be enhanced or developed through this partnership

  • Mentoring Log 

   - Designed to help the mentee log topics discussed at           meetings

   - Intended to enhance communication and continuity by         highlighting meeting content and projects 

  • Mid - Semester Evaluation 

   - Designed to provide feedback and allow for interim            program modifications as needed

   - Designed to enhance communication, provide digital         resources, and useful information throughout the

      RD Mentorship Program