Massachusetts Student Dietetic Association (MSDA)

The Massachusetts Student Dietetic Association (MSDA) is a student run organization affiliated with the Massachusetts Academy of Dietetics (MAND). Our purpose is to promote visibility and support networking and educational opportunities for students in all fields of nutrition and dietetics.

 

Our Mission & Vission

Our vision is a community where all students are empowered to become future leading professionals in the field of nutrition and dietetics. The mission of the Massachusetts Student Dietetics Association is to foster an environment that empowers students from all backgrounds and provides them the tools, resources, community, and networking opportunities essential to becoming skillful nutrition and dietetics professionals. We hope to raise awareness for the field of nutrition and dietetics, and distinguish dietitians as the credible resource for nutrition care.
Our two biggest events of the year:

The Dietetic Internship Selection Workshop
: October 30, 2020.

This workshop is intended for students of all stages to understand how to effectively apply for a Dietetic Internship (DI). The workshop consists of an introductory lecture, a Q&A with a panel of Internship Directors, and an interview with current dietetic interns.

The Career Development Workshop:
May 3, 2021

The career development workshop is for students to understand how to navigate the career of dietetics and develop their specific interests in the career of dietetics. The workshop features a keynote speaker and a Q&A with a panel of dietetic specialists.

These events are widely attended by students and professionals from all around the Northeast. In addition to these annual events, we also host a variety of other activities throughout the year, such as having guest speakers and virtually gathering for social events.
 

Other events this year:

Kick-Off Kitchen:
September 14th, 2020 @ 5:30pm

Come to our Kick-off event to meet the MSDA board members and learn how you can get involved. We will start with a short presentation introducing our organization, and then we will be cooking Creamy Pumpkin Pasta! 

Check here to view the recording.
 

Specialty Nights:

Our Specialty Nights will spotlight different specialties in dietetics and specific skill sets that will be both informative and beneficial to students as they pursue a career in nutrition and dietetics. They will be about 1-hour long and take place every 1-2 months. 

Pediatrics Night: October 7th, 2020 @ 7:00pm


Kristi is the senior pediatric dietitian at Texas Children’s Hospital. She specializes in chronic malabsorptive and intestinal conditions. In addition, she is the clinical instructor at Baylor College of Medicine where she helped develop a two-week nutrition and physical activity-based weight loss summer camp for children with obesity. She is the co-investigator on various nutrition research projects. As well as a contributing author of the Pediatric Nutrition Reference Guide 12th edition.

Check here to view the recording.


Sports Night: November 16th, 2020 @ 7:00pm

Kayla Martin MS, RD, CSSD, LDN is a certified sports dietitian leading the Performance Nutrition program at Penn State University. As the Assistant Athletic Director of Performance Nutrition, she teaches a course on Nutrition for Exercise Sports, and is a preceptor for field experiences and independent studies. This lecture will focus on marathon fueling, sports nutrition and her journey through the field of dietetics.

Check here to view the recording.


National Nutrition Month: March, 2021

Each year the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics picks on a theme for National Nutrition Month. During this month, we will have educational and fundraising events focused around this theme. All member participation is welcome. More information will be forthcoming as National Nutrition Month approaches, and the theme is released! 

Due to the new structure of all MSDA events, ALL events will be recorded and shared on the website. If you are unable to attend events, this is a great alternative to still receive information.

Stay up to date with our upcoming events by following us on social media!


We will feature recurring social media spotlights with nutrition professionals of diverse concentrations. If you have an RD you’d like to have featured contact us on Instagram or E-mail msdaadmin@gmail.com.
Click here to be taken to the MSDA 2020-2021 Board page.
Have any resources you think you would like to share with students? Email msdaadmin@gmail.com with the subject “MSDA Student Resources”.
 
Join the ACEND Diversity Committee (requires membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) or get connected with Diversify Dietetics. 
Want to join the listserv so MSDA info gets sent straight to your inbox? Email msdaadmin@gmail.com

Also, follow us on Facebook or Instagram for the latest updates on events we are planning.

  • Instagram: massrd2be 
  • Facebook: Massachusetts Student Dietetic Association

 



Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting

Due to health concerns due to COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel the 2020 ANCE. Stay safe and we hope to see you in 2021! 

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