Preceptor Awards –
Rationale: Preceptors are invaluable in the preparation of dietetic students.
Purpose: This award recognizes Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ members or businesses/organizations who serve programs as preceptors.
Goal: To encourage the perpetuation of this long-standing practice.
Process: Any Idaho school, college or university that has a program accredited through the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and dietetics, currently Idaho State University (ISU) and University of Idaho (UI) will be encouraged to nominate at least one preceptor (either member or business/organization) that provides supervised practice experiences to students/interns in Idaho based programs. Nominations of preceptors can also come from other Idaho Academy members including students.
Nominations will be sent to the program directors of currently (or future) accredited programs for review. Each school, college or university (currently ISU and UI) will facilitate their own selection process for recipients of this award to forward to the Idaho Academy Awards Chair/Past-President board for recognition by March 1st each year.
Congratulations to this year’s Outstanding Preceptors! Becky Sulik, RDN, LD, CDE and Jen Lin, RDN, CD, LD
Idaho State University Master of Science – Dietetic Internship (MS-DI) Preceptor Award – Becky Sulik, RDN, LD, CDE
Idaho State University is honored to present their Master of Science – Dietetic Internship (MS-DI) Outstanding Preceptor Award for 2020 to Becky Sulik, RDN, LD, CDE. Becky works at the Rocky Mountain Diabetes and Osteoporosis Center in Idaho Falls and has for many years.
Becky is the embodiment of what an excellent preceptor is. Becky takes all of the Pocatello based interns every year with an amazingly positive attitude. It is clear that she enjoys working with interns and has an educator’s heart. She asks for intern evaluation of her facility feedback because she strives to make the rotation as good as possible. A frequently commented upon practice of Becky’s at the facility is that the interns are given a great deal of autonomy to set their own schedules and work with all the clinic diabetes educators. Most interns express how much they enjoyed that aspect and their diabetes rotation is one of their favorites.
Another important behavior to note is Becky’s commitment to our profession. Becky has served in numerous positions within the Academy and is currently on the Nutrition and Dietetics Educators and Preceptors (NDEP) Committee this year. Becky values the Academy and its work on our behalf and in turn strongly believes in giving back to her profession, a valuable contribution for our future dietitians. She serves as an excellent example of “paying forward” into our professional associations and is most deserving of this award.
University of Idaho Coordinated Program in Dietetics Preceptor Award – Jennifer Lind, RDN, CD, LD
Jen Lind, RDN, CD, LD has been chosen as the 2020 Outstanding Preceptor for the University of Idaho Coordinated Program in Dietetics. Jen has worked as a clinical dietitian since she graduated in 2010. Currently she is the Director of Wellness at Tri-State Memorial Hospital. In addition to her work at Tri-State, Jen is completing her MBA at Washington State University. Jen always goes above and beyond for students! She genuinely cares about the students and their experience in the clinical supervised practice rotation. She carefully considers each student and creates an experience tailored to their career goals. She finds additional optional opportunities for students at the hospital and in the community. Students know that she is always looking out for them to make sure they are taught skills for success. She is an example of excellence in professional practice, as she has a very large presence at the hospital. She is dedicated to improving nutrition and health, not only for the patients but also for the employees. The University of Idaho is grateful for Jen’s role in teaching and mentoring future Registered Dietitian Nutritionists!