22nd Annual Antonio Palladino Memorial Lecture & Resident Research Symposium


Today I had the opportunity to present a 15-minute oral presentation at the 22nd Annual Antonio Palladino Memorial Lecture & Resident Research Symposium that was put on by West Virginia University’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  The other presenters at this event were all physicians who were in the process of completing their residencies.  This event was held in the Health Science Center in the Fukishima Auditorium and approximately 50 physicians, residents, and other health care providers attended this event .

Below is the brief brochure for the event or you can to download the PDF – 2014 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Brochure but the full program for this event that includes the abstracts is available to view at the end of this post.

 OBGYN Palladino Series - Page 1Palladino Research Day

Here is the presentation that I presented! Please excuse some of the formatting errors – they were not in the actual presentation but just happened with the conversion in SlideShare.

To view the full program with abstracts for this event, click here: 2014 Palladino Program


Nutrition Case Study Presentation

It is crazy to think that my rotation is already wrapping up!  I have learned so much information and practical information that will help me to succeed as a dietitian and a health professional.  As a final evaluation of my performance as a dietetic intern I was responsible for identifying a patient to follow for a case study.  After conducting multiple nutrition assessments on my patient for the past few weeks I complied the information I learned into a presentation that I presented to all of the registered dietitians – about 10 of them.

<div style=”margin-bottom:5px”> <strong> <a href=”https://www.slideshare.net/wmthompson/nutrition-case-study&#8221; title=”Nutrition case study” target=”_blank”>Nutrition case study</a> </strong> from <strong><a href=”http://www.slideshare.net/wmthompson&#8221; target=”_blank”>Wendy Thompson</a></strong> </div>

West Virginia Diabetes Symposium – 2013

These past three days I have my time at the West Virginia Diabetes Symposium that was held in Morgantown, WV at the Waterfront Place Hotel.  This is an annual event that has been in existence for the past 13 years.  This year the conference was entitled “Bridging the Gap with Education.” This conference is attended by physicians, physician assistants, dietitians, nurses, and various other health professionals alike.

On the first day of the conference I attended two sessions:

  • “Diabetes Prevention in the Real World: The Group Lifestyle Balance Program” – Kaye Kramer, RN, DrPH, CCRC
  • “Role of Physical Activity in Diabetes” – Andrea Kriska, PhD

West Virginia has a fairly poor standing when it comes to national health measures. Below are a few statistics to give you a mental representation of the issues this state is facing:

  • 32.4% of the WV adults are obese = 3rd highest in the nation
  • 35.1% of WV adults participate in no leisure-time physical activity or exercise
  • 12% of WV adults have diabetes = 4th highest in the nation
  • 12.3% of WV adults have cardiovascular (heart) disease = 1st highest in the nation

As you can see, West Virginia has a multitude of issues that stem from the high obesity rates in the state.

Are familiar with diabetes? If not, here are few things you should know about diabetes:

  • There are a two main types of diabetes; Type 1 and Type 2.
  • Type 1 Diabetes only accounts for about 5% of all diabetes cases. It is typically diagnosed in childhood or early adulthood.  With Type 1, your body does not produce any insulin.
  • Type 2 Diabetes accounts for the remaining 95% of all diabetes cases.  It can be diagnosed at any time in life. With Type 2, your body produces insulin but your body does not respond to it like it should – this is called insulin resistance.

The lab criteria is the same for any type of diabetes in order to be diagnosed you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Symptoms of diabetes AND casual plasma glucose of 200mg/dl or above
  • Fasting plasma glucose of 126mg/dl or above
  • 2-hr plasma glucose of 200mg/dl or above during an oral glucose tolerance test
  • Hemoglobin A1c greater than or equal to 6.5%

Exercise can be a huge contributor to overall health!  Remember exercise can be any form of physical activity that gets your body moving.  Exercise has been proven to have a positive impact on:

  • Coronary heart disease (CVD)
  • Cancer (certain types…e.g. colon and breast cancer)
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Bone health
  • Mental health
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Quality of Life/Independence
  • Weight management

While diet will contribute more directly and quicker to one’s weight – it has been stated that one of the greatest predictors of who will keep the weight they lost from coming back is… EXERCISE!

One the second and third day of the conference, I attended the following sessions:


  • “Diabetic Retinopathy” – Muge Kesen, MD
  • “Type 2 Diabetes: A Cardiovascular Disease” – Joel Zonszein, MD, CDE, FACE, FACP
  • “Roles and Strategies of Diabetes Support Group Facilitators” – Joanne Costello, PhD, MPH, RN


  • “How to Identify Type 1 versus Type 2 Diabetes, and is There Such a Thing as Type 1.5?” – Brian Ely, MD
  • “Pharmacological Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Highlighting the Benefits and Limitations of Each Treatment” – Angel Kimble, PharmD, BCPS
  • “Developing Cultural Competence in Health Care Providers” – Pedro (Joe) Greer, Jr., MD, FACP, FACG

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– American Diabetes Association, http://www.diabetes.org

– West Virginia Diabetes Symposium & Workshop, http://dsw.ext.wvu.edu/

Breaking News… RD or RDN?

With March being National Nutrition Month and today being National Registered Dietitian Day, it is extremely fitting that a new horizon for the professionals was debuted.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) works diligently protecting dietitians (RD) and the services they provide. Nutrition is one of those sciences where many people think they know it all and it becomes a fuzzy line for the general public to know who they can really count on for solid advice! Is it your personal trainer, your doctor, the employees at Natural Grocers? Who really is the expert? While in certain cases these individuals do have a solid background in nutrition, that is not always the case if they are not an RD! The term “registered dietitian” is a protected credential that signifies that one has met the necessary requirements and should be the one giving nutrition related information. Because the term “dietitian” is not always understood by the general population the term “nutritionist” might make more sense to use. Now, while all dietitians are nutritionists – not all nutritionists are dietitians. The term “nutritionist” can be used by anyone. So yes, even your grandpa could call himself a nutritionist (which might be a scary thought…) and no one could stop him! The Academy recently devised a plan to incorporate the term “nutritionist” into the well accepted term of “registered dietitian”. Now, dietitians will have the option to use the credential, “registered dietitian nutritionist” or RDN, or maintain the previous option of RD. To read more about the new credential, click here.

With so many new changes on the horizon for dietitians, it makes that much more exciting to be apart of this ever changing field. Just 30 years ago, dietetics was often associated with home economics, and today it becoming more and more of a true science. In the near future it is likely that all RD’s (or RDN’s) will be required to have a master’s degree on top of the previous requirements of a bachelor’s degree and an internship, according to the 2012 Visioning Report from the Academy. To get more information on the qualifications for an RD, click here.

What are your thoughts on the future educational requirements for dietitians and the addition of the new credential?


The Importance of Professionalism

You only have one chance to make a first impression. If you would like to be viewed as a professional, you will need to act the part. As part of my teaching assistantship under Megan Govindan, MS, MPH, RD, LD, the Director of the Undergraduate DPD Program, I have created a PowerPoint Presentation composed of brief tips on professionalism. This slide show includes information on how to be viewed as a professional by your image, communication, body-language, demeanor, and competence. This PowerPoint has been made available to the dietetic ISPP (Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways) interns and undergraduate nutrition majors at West Virginia University. My hopes are that this PowerPoint will come in handy to students and interns as they begin to step into the professional world by attending interviews, conferences, meetings, and job-fairs.