They wore their white coats on Dietitians' Day...

DOI : https://doi.org/10.32739/uha.id.48121

Üsküdar University Faculty of Health Sciences Department of Nutrition and Dietetics students experienced the joy of wearing white coats. Head of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Assoc. Prof. Müge Arslan, academicians of the department, students and parents showed great interest in the apron wearing ceremony held as part of the June 6 Dietitians' Day. Students who were excited to wear aprons took an important step on the way to professional life. Within the scope of the ceremony, Specialist Dietitian. Olcay Barış gave a talk titled "About the Profession with Olcay Barış".

The white coat ceremony held at Üsküdar University NP Health Campus Ibni Sina Auditorium attracted great interest from the participants.

At the ceremony, Instructor Kübra Şahin made a greeting speech.

Assoc. Prof. Müge Arslan: "Nutrition is the most important topic of discussion throughout history"

Üsküdar University Faculty of Health Sciences Head of Nutrition and Dietetics Department Assoc. Prof. Müge Arslan talked about the historical process of dietitian profession. Arslan stated that "Today is a very important day. A day when two beautiful days coexist. June 6 is Dietitians' Day and at the same time, it is the day when you, our students, will wear white coats, which are the most important representatives of ethical and moral values and equal service understanding before their profession. That is why we are experiencing the excitement of today like you. Since the beginning of human history, every living thing has encountered some problems such as reproduction, shelter and nutrition, and undoubtedly, nutrition has been the most important topic of discussion throughout history. With the advancement of time, nutrition in parallel with the advancing technology is becoming a branch of science. In fact, in line with the rules of nutrition science, a professional group emerges that provides training to people to create personalized nutrition plans specific to the individual, specific to the individual's lifestyle, and for the relationship with diseases, and to implement these nutrition plans. Dietitian first appeared in the United States in 1899. In our country, the department of dietetics was opened at Hacettepe University in 1962, under the leadership of Prof. Ayşe Baysal who is the doyen and founder of our profession. In fact, dietitian in Türkiye started in 1966 when Hacettepe gave its first graduates, and since then, our profession has undoubtedly become very popular in the process until today."

"There is a lot of information pollution about our profession..."

Pointing out that dietitians are people who can intervene in the whole process that may endanger human health by eliminating nutritional pollution, Arslan stated that "I think according to the data of the Ministry of Health in 2023, the number of dietitians actively working in our country was around 31 thousand. I think this will increase even more in 2024. So, what is dietitian profession? Dietitian is the title given to people who have successfully completed their 4-year education in the Faculty of Health Sciences or Schools of Higher Education Institutions. Unfortunately, today, there is a lot of information pollution about our profession, from unqualified sports instructors to artists and models, to inform the public about nutrition without this training. At this point, we have very important roles. We are very important people who can intervene in this whole process, which can endanger human health by eliminating this nutritional pollution, which is present in public health, public and private sectors, food industry, education processes, that is, in fact, wherever there is food and nutrition. These white coats that you will wear today are the most important representatives of the importance of health and disease processes with the information you receive."

Specialist Dietitian Olcay Barış gave an interview

Within the scope of the ceremony, one of the important names of the field, Specialist Dietitian Olcay Barış gave a talk titled "About the Profession with Olcay Barış". Barış shared her private hospital experiences, working life, ideals and goals with her graduate students with sections from her life. She drew attention to ethical values in Peace, Nutrition and Dietetics education, from theory to practice, scientific and working life. Drawing particular attention to professional ethics and principles, Barış made important reminders to the students.

Underlining the obstacles that may be experienced in professional life and the methods of coping with obstacles, Specialist Dietitian Olcay Barış also talked about the World Health Organization Dietitian definition.

Barış was presented with a certificate of appreciation by Head of the Department of Dietetics Assoc. Prof. Müge Arslan.

The students put on their white coats...

Üsküdar University Faculty of Health Sciences Department of Nutrition and Dietetics students experienced the joy of wearing white coats.

Specialist Dietitian Olcay Barış also dressed the students in white coats.

Students experienced great enthusiasm and excitement at the ceremony.

 

Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)