“Dietetics is a very practical, useful science,” said Tamar Kafka. “It’s a diverse field with many different ways to use your degree.”
Kafka’s journey, for example, has led her from Clinical Dietitian at Royal Columbian Hospital to Internship Coordinator for the Fraser Health Authority, and finally to her new position as Dietetic Education Coordinator in our Faculty.
This new role is a perfect fit for Kafka. Besides being an alumna of our Faculty – she graduated with a BSc in Dietetics in 2000 – she already has experience working with our students; in her position at the Fraser Health Authority, she coordinated internship placements for our fifth-year Dietetics students.
“I loved working with the students. It was the highlight of my job,” Kafka said. “I feel really lucky to be able to continue that work here at UBC.”
She will work closely with Karol Traviss, who, on top of her teaching duties, has coordinated the growing program on her own since 2003. Our Faculty has the only undergraduate dietetics training program in BC and currently enrols more than 30 students each year.
Kafka, who also holds an MSc in Nutrition Communication from Tufts University in Boston, is responsible for the internship component of the program. Her background in Dietetics, along with her own internship experience at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre, gives her a solid understanding of student needs.
“The Dietetics program has a real community feel and it’s nice to be part of that again,” she said.