Dietetic Simulation and Regulatory, Legal & Ethical Issues in Dietetics
This course provides a critical appraisal of processes involved in patient care, counseling, nutritional assessment and clinical activities for various disease conditions. Building on skills and knowledge gained from undergraduate clinical courses, this course uses simulation exercises and case studies to engage students in critical thinking, clinical reasoning and evidence-based decision-making to promote an in-depth understanding of the relationship between clinical conditions and nutritional modifications. Students will begin to think like a clinician and follow patient-centred care practices, learning to act as each patient’s nutritional ombudsman. Legal principles/issues related to informed consent, liability, and regulatory and legal issues as they relate to dietetic practice are incorporated into case discussions. Ethical dilemmas and their resolution will provide opportunities for developing competence and judgment skills, attitudes and confidence. By the end of the course, students will have a better understanding of current dietetic practice from both a clinical practice and regulatory perspective.