Monthly Diabetes Management Class
During my time at Northwest Texas Healthcare System, I volunteered to take on the responsibility to teach the monthly diabetes management class at the main campus. The class was part of the Diabetes Self-Management Education program offered on campus. On top of the nutrition piece, the program offered lectures on exercise, medication, and behavior change all in one day.
Each class was about 45 minutes long and included 10-50 clients. My presentation was based on a ready-made PowerPoint approved by the American Diabetes Association. Although there was limited room for me to modify the slides, I strived to make my lecture creative by adding in interactive activities. One of the activities I tried during the holiday season was asking patients to design a meal that could fit the holiday atmosphere while staying within their carbohydrate meal plans.
After class, I always made sure to check out clients’ satisfaction survey and ask peer educators for suggestions of improvements. This opportunity really honed my presentation skills. I could feel myself becoming more relaxed and confident onstage as time progressed. With this experience in hand, I now feel much more comfortable about holding public presentations in the future.
Dietetic Internship Experience
UC San Diego Center for Community Health Youth Advisory Council - Social Media Work Plan
During my involvement with the Youth Advisory Council at the UC San Diego Center for Community Health, I mentored high school students (youth members) in the Social Media group. Under the guidance of my preceptors, I organized two meetings with the Social Media group and orally explained to the youth members about how to utilize social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to increase their voice and impact in the community around public health issues. I also wrote a social media work plan to outline the meeting agendas, as well as the tasks that I designed for the youth members to help them get prepared for the 2017 Childhood Obesity Conference.
Please click on the following link to access the work plan, or learn more about the Youth Advisor Council at the UCSD CCH by clicking here.
The above picture shows me (left) answering questions that the youth members had about the social media work plan.
Community Teaching Sessions
During my Nutrition Education and Counseling course in spring 2016, I was exposed to concepts such as behavior change theories, learning theories, as well as various types of teaching techniques. I also worked with 2-3 classmates as a group to conduct teaching sessions in community and professional settings. For example, in one of the teaching sessions, my team educated a group of low-income women about how to prevent chronic diseases with healthy diets and lifestyles. During these teaching sessions, I developed skills in conducting nutrition education using behavior change theories and learning theories. I also gained experiences in developing effective educational materials such as PowerPoint and other types of visual aids. Please click on the link below to see the PowerPoint, lesson plan, and mentor evaluation from one of the teaching sessions.
Student Learning Center Science Tutor
In fall 2015, I took a Science Tutor Training course at the Student Learning Center on Campus. Through this class, I was introduced to strategies and tips for peer tutoring. I also learned about how to lecture in a classroom setting, which includes writing on the blackboard and explaining concepts to students in an engaging way. To apply my learnings, I carried out several mock lectures in front of the course instructor and peer tutors, during which I presented topics from the course of Introduction to Human Nutrition (NST10). Please click on the following link to check out the sample board work that I prepared for one of my mock lectures.
WonderWorks is a UC Berkeley student organization that aims at supplementing local elementary school students with extra science education. The club has established connections with several local schools. Club members form teams of four or five and teach children about fun science concepts at the classroom level. These classes usually take place once or twice a month and are about 1 hour long. I participated in the club during the school year of 2014-2015, and taught third-grade students with my team. In one of the sessions, we presented to the students about how polymers are formed. To back up our explanations, we demonstrated the concept with an activity in which the students had the opportunity to make a polymer from glue and Borax. To learn more about WonderWorks, please click on this link to visit their website.