Joslin’s Melinda Maryniuk Accepts Medallion Award
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Melinda Maryniuk, M.Ed., R.D., C.D.E., director of clinical education programs at Joslin Diabetes Center, has been given the prestigious Medallion Award by the American Dietetic Association.
The award, for outstanding service and leadership to the Association and to the dietetics profession, was presented at the Annual Food and Nutrition Conference last month.
“Melinda has been a knowledgeable and enthusiastic resource as well as a great role model for educators not only here at Joslin but nationally and internationally as well,” says Judy Giusti, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., C.D.E., manager of Joslin’s clinical education programs.
The award recognizes Maryniuk for many individual achievements, among them:
● “Her leadership in bringing the registered dietitian to the forefront as a valued team member in diabetes self-management education, and establishing the dietitian’s role in diabetes care as one of the first outpatient dietitians hired at Joslin Diabetes Center 30 years ago.”
● “Her skills mentoring future leaders in the field of diabetes care and giving over 100 presentations throughout her career.”
● “Her competence as expert author in over 75 publications, promoting the importance of nutrition and the role of the dietitian in diabetes management.”
● “Her visionary ability to see things as they should be, always focusing on the “big picture.”
● “Her compassion in helping people with diabetes live longer, healthier lives, and going that extra mile to help diabetes educators be the best they can be.”
Richard Beaser, M.D., Joslin’s medical executive director for professional education, recalls that when he started off managing diabetes patients back in 1980, “Melinda was so understanding and helpful to us fellows, and we really began to understand what nutrition therapy was beyond the brief exposure that most of us got in medical school. To this day, I remember her wonderful teaching approach to the fellows—patient and dynamic.”
“She still teaches today with the same skill and enthusiasm, for which we are all extremely grateful!” adds Dr. Beaser.
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