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Reflection of Competency Areas

This reflection is composed of evidence retained from the following courses that have challenged my ability to apply the knowledge that I have accumulated over my career as an undergraduate. The education that I have received from the University of Cincinnati has left me prepared to utilize all five of the core competencies.
Knowledge Integration
1) Lifecycle Nutrition – Exam #2: I demonstrated my proficiency in topics ranging from the medical symptoms and health consequences of metabolic syndrome, to the differences between water soluble and fat soluble vitamins, a topic that I felt comfortable with due to my Survey of Biochemistry class. I was also able to draw on the knowledge I accumulated in my Introduction to Psychology course in order to define and assess for Munchausen Syndrome.
2) Public Speaking Speech – The Caffeine Effect: I gave a speech on the effects that caffeine has on the body by using the concept of extemporaneous speaking learned in class. However, the content of my speech was based on the psychoactive properties of caffeine that I learned about in General Organic Biochemistry. I also spoke regarding how popular having a caffeine addiction is in America, which I learned about in Medical Nutrition Therapy II. This speech resonated very well with my audience of college students.
3) Nutrition Research Methods – I was required to locate, interpret, and evaluate an original research paper that has been published in a peer-reviewed journal. I learned how to use PubMed from Community Nutrition in order to locate an original research paper, and I was already familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of implementing a semiquantitative Food Frequency Questionnaire (FFQ) from Nutritio...

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...le also observing the physical therapists at work with the patients. I learned a lot about how versatile of a disease that Parkinson’s and became very involved with the innovative rehabilitation techniques that the clinic used.
Strengths and Areas to Improve:
I consider myself an open-minded and empathetic individual that exceeds in educating others in a way that is not demeaning or overwhelming. I would consider my ability to communicate effectively and to collaborate with a team in order to accomplish a common goal. I have also developed the ability to efficiently locate and integrate resources when planning presentations and conducting research for reports. However, I have often caught myself overburdening myself with too many responsibilities. I consider the fact that I occasionally over-schedule myself a weakness in regards to planning and critical thinking.

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