Elizabeth Robinson, M.Ed, RD, LDN, has been the Director of the Nutrition Internship Program at Vanderbilt since 2008. Her job responsibilities include mentoring/coaching/scheduling and directing 16 nutrition interns through 25 different rotations while interfacing with ~78 preceptors to ensure interns are achieving competence to practice as entry level practitioners in the areas of clinical nutrition, management, business and community nutrition. Additional job responsibilities include budget preparation and financial management of the internship program in addition to verifying graduates are prepared for the national credentialing examination for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (national boards) upon successful completion of the internship program. Previous jobs include staff dietitian and preceptor for the dietetic internship’s oncology, neurology and neurosurgical rotations prior to becoming the clinical coordinator of the internship program. Elizabeth’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in Foods and Nutrition from the University of Utah, Master of Education in Science Education from Vanderbilt University, and completion of the nutrition internship program at Vanderbilt Medical Center.
Elizabeth has contributed to IPE by actively serving on the Faculty Advisory Committee for the Meharry Vanderbilt Alliance IPE project (since 2008) and the Meharry Consortium Geriatric Education Center Inter-Professional Team Training Events (since 2012). Inter-professional team rounding has been utilized in clinical rotations at VUMC for many years. The orientation portion of the Vanderbilt nutrition internship has classes taught by all different members of the Inter-professional team--thereby exposing interns to the concept of inter-professional “teaming” from the very beginning of their internship training at VUMC.
The health care provider of the 21st century cannot work in a silo if quality patient centered care and a reduction in medical related expenses is the desired outcome.
Inter-professional education enables practitioners to provide “best practice” to patients in any setting. Practitioners must have a 360 degree focus for effective, high quality patient care. To fully meet a patient’s individual needs it takes a team of experts in their, respective, fields working as a cohesive group-- learning from each other on an ongoing basis. Inter-professional teaming enables all of us to work smarter and learn faster while we, ideally, help patients live longer and heal quicker.