Nicole Klem MS RDN CDN CCMS
Nicole is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who has long had a passion for the intersection of food and health.
Nicole recognizes the growing need for health professionals with an understanding of general nutrition and healthy ingredients. As Program Director for the Dietetic Internship, Nicole integrates immersive culinary education across interdisciplinary professional training programs at the University at Buffalo. Nicole is working to position the RDN-interns as partners in the kitchen with student physicians, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, athletic trainers, dentists, pharmacists, public health professionals and social workers – exploring the link between diet, disease and the role food plays in the prevention of illness together.
As these student professionals explore ways to incorporate healthy eating into their own lives, their understanding of nutrition and the role of the dietitian changes as they consider how they can help clients and patients successfully – and enjoyably – integrate nutritious foods into their own lives. Interprofessional education prepares these students to work in a collaborative, team environment to provide highly effective patient- and population-centered care. Interprofessional teams enhance the quality of patient care, lower healthcare costs, decrease patients’ length of stay, and reduce medical errors. Patients receive safer, high quality care when health professionals work effectively in a team, communicate productively, and understand each other’s roles.