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Outstanding Preceptor Awards

At the request of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation now funds seven awards on behalf of the Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP) group and ACEND to recognize preceptors who are exemplary educators and mentors. The award recipients will receive reimbursement up to $1,000 to cover expenses to travel and attend the upcoming Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™ (FNCE®). The seven award recipients are recognized at the Academy Member Showcase and the NDEP Member Meetings at FNCE®.

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2014 Outstanding Preceptor Award Winners

Area 1 Winner
Nancy Bugwadia, MS, RD, CNSC
Regional Medical Center of San Jose, CA
Nominated by Ashwini Wagle, MS, RD

"It is an honor and a privilege to win the Preceptor Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. I had a very positive experience as an intern at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. My preceptor, Daria Mintz, created such a great learning environment that I felt inspired to give back what Daria gave to me whenever I had the chance. Ever since, I have held onto that philosophy and always try to create a positive influence on these new interns who will be our future dietitians. It is such a pleasure to see the pride of accomplishment and feeling of confidence on the faces of the interns--it goes a long way in proving that I did my part in helping an aspiring person realize his/her goals."

Nancy Bugwadia

Area 2 Winner
Darci Bohn, RD, LRD, CSG
Valley Eldercare Center, Grand Forks, ND
Nominated by Doris Wang, MPH, RD, LRD

"Being a preceptor over the years has been very rewarding for me! It is a way for me to stay connected and informed with our future dietitians. Knowing that we could be working side by side someday is a great motivator! I thoroughly enjoy being a part of the student’s growth and education. I very much enjoy the process of watching them learn and seeing their progress during the time they spend with me. I find that I learn a lot from their thoughts and questions. It helps me grow and hopefully become better clinician and preceptor as a result!"

Darci Bohn

Area 3 Winner
Kristi Fogg, MS, RD, LD, CNSC
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Nominated by Kelley Martin, MPH, RD, LD

"As a dietetic intern at the University of Rhode Island, I learned quickly the importance of having strong preceptors who challenge you and encourage you to grow. As a preceptor today, I try to do the same. Precepting has been one of the most rewarding parts of my job because it allows me to stay current and hopefully influence the dietitians of tomorrow. By providing interns a brief glimpse into pediatric clinical nutrition I hope to encourage them to stay an active part of dietetics and continue to challenge themselves. I am so appreciative of this award and look forward to continuing my role as a clinical preceptor."

Kristi Fogg

Area 4 Winner
Grant Cefalo, MDA, RD, CD
McKay Dee Hospital Center, Ogden, UT
Nominated by Pauline Williams, PhD, MPA, RDN, CD and Rebecca Charlton, MPH, RD, CLE

"I am honored and humbled to receive this award. Working with interns has been a true joy. Interns ask the hard questions. This is a great motivating challenge which keeps me current with research and leads to a continued attitude of learning. It is has been rewarding to see how the interns learn and grow as time passes. I enjoy following up on previous interns to see how they have advanced in their careers. It is gratifying to have the opportunity of being part of that development. This award fortifies my desire to provide the best experience for interns to grow in the future. I feel privileged to work with these dedicated interns, and also to be numbered amongst my peers of outstanding preceptors."

Grant Cefalo

Area 5 Winner
Carole Corder, MS, RD, LDN, CDE
St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital, Effingham, IL
Nominated by Melissa Foor and Rachael Jannusch

"As a preceptor, I feel like a coach, a teacher, a cheerleader and sometimes even a mother. I'm with my mentees for such a short time. Yet, I’m keenly aware of the opportunity I‘ve been given to impact their professional growth. Nothing is more exciting than sharing my passions, my experiences and watching my mentees become independent and successful. Being a preceptor keeps me youthful, allowing me to see the world through 'young eyes.' I am extraordinarily grateful for the all chances I’ve had to mentor so many wonderful young men and women over the years."

Carole Corder

Area 6 Winner
Stephen Clarke, MS, RD, CNSC, LDN
Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Nominated by Elizabeth Emery, MA, RD, CNSC, LDN

"Life-long learning for myself and instilling this desire in others is one of my career goals. Being recognized by the Academy Foundation as an excellent preceptor reinforces my desire to pursue this endeavor. I am truly grateful to my former preceptors for sharing their knowledge. Having the opportunity to do the same for new members of the dietetic profession is fulfilling. As I have taught others, they have taught me, and each student has helped me become a better preceptor. I look forward to continuing the pursuit of my goal to learn for life with each new intern."

Stephen Clarke

Area 7 Winner
Nimi Bhagawan, MS, RD
Camden County College, Blackwood, NJ
Nominated by Marsha Patrick, MS, RD AND and Bose You Sun

"I am very grateful to the Academy's Foundation and NDEP for this Outstanding Preceptor Award and recognizing me as being one of the seven chosen in the country. Having been an Educator/Preceptor for over 20 years, I want to thank the Academy's Foundation and NDEP for this award. It is an honor and a privilege that I am blessed to have had the opportunity be among so many excellent educators. It gives me great pleasure to see the young folks of today want to enter the field of Dietetics. I always strive to be the best in what I do, as my father always said to me 'good education is something that no one can take away from you.' I educate the students with my stories that I have experienced and all of the knowledge I can part with as did my Professors. I know that I learn new things every day from my students and I love it!"

Nimi Bhagawan