Symposium Session: What is the ME in Mentoring?

This is not a webinar or course for purchase - this is a module for credit claiming for our 2021 Spring Symposium attendees and cannot be purchased or taken by non-attendees. These sessions are exclusive to our Symposium; however, the topics may be revisited in the future in the form of a webinar or self-study course.

The thought of mentoring may be exciting, nerve-wracking, or confusing. You may be asking, ‘what’s the purpose? Is it going to take up a lot of my time? Ultimately, is it worth it?’ Karen Beathard and Kristen Hicks-Roof will discuss the “ME” in Mentoring: the reciprocal benefits of participating in a mentoring program and its value to the dietetic profession. They will jump into the roles of the mentor and mentee and provide guidelines and tips for a successful mentoring relationship. They will discuss the research model, the RD Mentorship Program, and how it has shown success over the past five years. Participants will leave the session with an understanding of the role and value of being a mentor, along with the tools and resources to participate in a productive mentoring relationship.

Learning Objectives

After attending this session, nutrition professionals should be able to:

  1. Understand the purpose and function of mentoring.
  2. Implement mentoring into your professional practice.
  3. Describe the traits and employ the tools that make up a quality mentor.

Additional Information

Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 
3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.1.5, 9.4.5
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Karen Beathard, MS, RD, LD, FAND, is a Senior Lecturer and Didactic Program Director at in the Department of Nutrition at Texas A&M University and is a professional mentor and role model to students and entry-level practitioners.  She has a BS in Food Science Technology, a MS in Nutrition and completed her dietetic internship at the Michael DeBakey Veteran Affair Hospital in Houston. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate in Human Nutrition at Texas A&M researching the RD Mentor Program and the relationship between eggs and cognitive performance in older adults. Karen’s industry experience is in food service management, clinical dietetics and private consultation. She co-advises the Texas Student Dietetic Association, served in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics House of Delegates, and held leadership positions in the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Foundation.

The presenter reports the following relevant disclosures: Grants/Research Support - Egg Nutrition Center Young Investigator Award. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.

Kristen Hicks-Roof, PhD, RDN, LDN, CLC, FAND, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of North Florida (UNF). Her research interest is focused on developing and analyzing the impact of online nutrition education courses for healthcare professionals. She is passionate about improving communication between practitioner and patient by providing easily accessible online educational offerings. She has developed partnerships with both the Texas Medical Association and the Florida Medical Association to disseminate educational offerings. Kristen also focuses on mentoring within dietetics as part of her research initiative. She has implemented an RD mentorship program for UNF students, with hopes to expand this across the state of Florida. She is published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at scientific conferences nationwide.

The presenter has no relevant disclosures to report regarding this program. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.


Available Credit

  • 1.00 CDR


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