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CDR Connection—January 2019

CDR Connection—January 2019

Commission on Dietetic Registration
Linda Gigliotti, MS, RDN, CDE
Vice Chair
Rebecca Brody, PhD, RD, LD, CNSC
Public Member
Micheal W Giles, BA, MA, PhD

Elizabeth (Lisa) S Abbay, RDN, LDN, FAND
Nancy DiMarco, PhD, RDN, CSSD, FACSM
Kellene Isom, MS, RD, LDN
Kathryn Lawson, MS, RDN, CD
CDR DTR Representative
Amanda R Coufal, BS, NDTR
Newly Credentialed Practitioner Representative
Anna Acre MS, RDN, LD
Board Certified Specialist Representatives
Linda Heller, MS, RD, CSP, CLE, FAND
D. Travis Thomas, PhD, RDN, CSSD, LD, FAND
Advanced Practice in Clinical Nutrition Representative
The Commission on Dietetic Registration is pleased to share this Winter 2019 edition of its e-newsletter, CDR Connection: Power Your Future! In this issue we are highlighting the CDR 2019 National Election, as well as updates regarding ongoing CDR initiatives. We hope that you find this newsletter informative and helpful!

To view past issues go to

Linda Gigliotti, Chair,
Commission on Dietetic Registration

Remember To Vote!

The 2019 Election will run February 1–15, 2019.
The CDR 2019 Commissioner Slate of Candidates can be viewed here.
Learn more about the qualifications and skill sets for the CDR positions by clicking here.

Did You Know?

CDR credentialed practitioners, RDs and DTRs, elect CDR Commissioners for three-year terms on an annual basis. Every year the CDR Nominating Committee distributes a call for nominations to all CDR credentialed practitioners. The Nominating Committee reviews all nominations and develops a slate of candidates. The candidate slate is distributed to all CDR credentialed practitioners in February of each year. Election results are reported annually in late February. As a credentialed practitioner it is very important that you participate in the election process.

Since 1990, an elected DTR member has served on the Commission. A Board Certified Specialist and an Advanced Practice in Clinical Nutrition credentialed practitioner are also included on CDR since the implementation of these certification programs. A public representative has held an appointed position on CDR since 1984 and has full rights and privileges. Beginning in June 2006, a newly credentialed registered dietitian serves in an appointed position on the Commission for a two-year term. In all, the Commission currently consists of 12 members, 10 who are RDs, 1 of whom is newly credentialed, 1 DTR and 1 public representative.


CDR News Highlights

Dietetic Technician, Registered Marketing Initiative

CDR has implemented a marketing initiative to promote the value of the DTR credential to employers and didactic program in dietetics (DPD) program directors.

During focus groups with educators and dietetic technicians, DPD program directors were identified as a primary target audience for the bachelor degreed, DPD program graduate dietetic technician. A promotional poster highlighting the practice role options for DTRs was sent to all ACEND accredited DPD program directors in April/May. Promotional brochures highlighting the DTR’s role in different practice settings, such as school nutrition, public health, acute care, long-term care and retail were recently sent to RD employers in these practice sectors.

Please visit CDR’s website to view these materials:

Practice Competencies Initiative

The CDR Competency Assurance Panel collaborated with the Academy’s Quality Management Committee on the development of dietetics practice competencies and performance indicators. These competencies and performance indicators replaced the current learning need codes for the Professional Development Portfolio recertification system.

This new system began in 2015 with new registrants whose registration began on or after June 2, 2015 and current registrants beginning their June 1, 2016 recertification cycle. An article describing the development and validation of the practice competencies was published in the June 2015 Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

CDR has been hosting webinars entitled Your PDP and Practice Competencies: What’s Next and What’s in It for You? The schedule of 2019 webinars introducing  the new practice competencies to CDR credentialed practitioners beginning a new recertification cycle in 2019 is listed below:

  • Thursday, January 17, 2019
    • 12:00 pm Central Standard Time —1 hr 30 mins
  • Thursday, February 14, 2019
    • 12:00 pm Central Standard Time—1 hr 30 mins
  • Friday, March 15, 2019
    • 12:00 pm Central Daylight Time—1 hr 30 mins
  • Thursday, April 11, 2019
    • 12:00 pm Central Daylight Time—1 hr 30 mins
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019
    • 12:00 pm Central Daylight Time—1 hr 30 mins

To register for these webinars of for past webinar recordings and additional information go to

This page also includes several practitioner, educator and student resources. Recordings of webinar presentations made during 2016–2017 are available at the following link:

Continuing Professional Education Approval Criteria

CDR has revised the current continuing professional education approval criteria to require that all continuing professional education activity types (excluding academic coursework) addressing diet and nutrition topics, include an RD or DTR in program planning*. This policy change is effective for continuing professional activities offered on or after June 1, 2018 and for CDR credentialed practitioners recertifying beginning a new recertification cycle on or after June 2, 2018.

*Academic Coursework, and CPE activities offered by American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), Organizations accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Organizations accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), American Psychiatric Association (APA), American Psychological Association (APA), American Public Health Association (APHA), pharmacy, dentistry, and speech language pathology societies and associations are excluded from this requirement.

New Policy: Continuing Professional Education Activities Addressing Ethics

At its October 2018 meeting the Commission established the following policy effective January 1, 2019:

All continuing professional education providers (CDR Accredited providers and those seeking prior approval) will submit all ethics related activities; e.g., self-study, webinars, live lecture/seminars, through the CDR online prior approval application process for review to ensure that information and interpretations provided in the activities are consistent with current Academy/CDR Code of Ethics

Online Dietetics Preceptor Training Program

The online Dietetics Preceptor Training program, has been reformatted to allow course participants to complete either the full eight (8) hour course or to complete any one of three course segments offering either two (2) or three (3) continuing professional education units. This formatting change was made to encourage greater participation in this course. The course can be found here:

New Specialist Certification

CDR recently implemented a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition with a Critical Care emphasis. This new certification will address practice in critical care units for the pediatric population. The designation for this new specialist certification will be CSPCC. Twenty-one Registered Dietitians passed the first examination administered this Fall.

For more information, please visit CDR’s website:

New Online Assess and Learn Module

A new online Assess & Learn module entitled, The Role of Nutrition in Health Promotion and Prevention, is now available at In this module there are five case scenarios, each addressing one of the five levels of the social ecological model. The scenarios are interrelated to reinforce the concept that CDR credentialed practitioners can address primary prevention of overweight and obesity through many diverse approaches. The scenarios also demonstrate the interconnectedness of RDs’ work across a community and the need for RDs to be players and leaders at all levels and in all sectors of society. The content provided for any one level is not intended to be a comprehensive assessment of competencies for that level, but the knowledge, competencies and skills assessed across all five levels will give CDR credentialed practitioners a good sense of their role in the social ecological approach to nutrition in health promotion and disease prevention.

Cost: $64.99 for 7 CPEUs.

Questions? Please email

Updated Assess and Learn Module—Managing Type 2 Diabetes

This newly revised Assess and Learn module will help you assess your ability to provide medical nutrition therapy, identify specific nutrition diagnoses, and provide evidence-based nutrition knowledge in the management of clients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. The self-assessment will also evaluate aspects of critical thinking and problem-solving to address the multifaceted nutrition-related problems associated with type 2 diabetes. Collaboration with the health care team is also evaluated so effective quality nutrition care and desired outcomes are optimized. Whether you work in an area that encounters persons with type 2 diabetes or provide consultation to health care providers that administer services to patients with diabetes, this course will be helpful in assessing your knowledge and ability to manage the unique nutrition challenges of this chronic disease.

Cost: $55.49 for 6 CPEUs.

Questions? Please email

Interdisciplinary Specialist Certification in Obesity and Weight Management

The CDR Interdisciplinary Board Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management examination is administered annually in March and September. Registered Dietitians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Exercise Physiologists, Licensed Clinical Psychologists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers are currently eligible to take the examination. At is October 2018 meeting the Commission passed a motion to expand eligibility for this certification to include certified nurse specialists (CNSs or overall APRNs), physical therapists (PTs), and pharmacists.

The eligibility requirements are available at the following link:

Advanced Practitioner in Clinical Nutrition Certification Update
  • Fifty-three registered dietitians have successfully completed the Advanced Practitioner in Clinical Nutrition examination.
  • The next examination administrations will be April 2019.
  • The examination fee is $450.
  • Exam dates and deadlines are available at the following link:

Ethics Toolkit

The joint Academy/CDR Ethics Committee has updated the Ethics Education Facilitator’s Guide to educate CDR credentialed practitioners and Academy members on the 2018 Code of Ethics for the Nutrition and Dietetics Profession.

This Guide offers an overview of the Academy/CDR Code of Ethics along with guided discussion. It is not intended to be an in depth study of professional ethics. Although facilitators are welcome to adapt time frames to their individual schedules, the script, activities and handouts in this Guide have been designed for a two hour presentation.

The ethics resources may be downloaded and used by all nutrition and dietetics practitioners for personal use only and are not available for resale or any commercial use.

Upcoming Certificate of Training Programs

Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management

May 9-11, 2019—Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Registration deadline is April 24, 2019

For registration information and to view the certificate requirements, timeline, registration deadlines and agenda:

Certificate of Training in Obesity Interventions for Adults

Upcoming programs include:
March 14-15, 2019—St. Louis, Missouri
Registration deadline is February 27, 2019

April 12-13, 2019—Raleigh, North Carolina
Registration deadline is March 27, 2019

June 21-22, 2019—Long Beach, California
Registration deadline is June 5, 2019

For registration information and to view the certificate requirements, timeline, and registration deadlines:

Commission on Dietetic Registration
Staff Contact Information - 1/800-877-1600

Christine Reidy, RD - Executive Director, ext. 4857

Kay Manger-Hague, RD - Director - Credentialing Operations, ext. 4777

Pearlie Johnson-Freeman, MBA - Director, Credentialing Services, ext. 4849

Rebecca Beavers – Sr. Manager, Registration Eligibility Services, ext. 4781

Beth Crowley Garst, RD, Sr.  Manager, Credentialing Services , ext. 4718

Caitlin Griffin - Sr. Manager of Professional Development, ext. 4715

Jessica Rapey, RD - Sr. Manager of Professional Assessment, ext. 4816

Kim White, RD - Sr. Manager of Professional Assessment, ext. 4758

Marka Ambrose - Manager, Credentialing Services, ext. 4849

Peggy Anderson - Manager, Registration Eligibility Services, ext. 4764

Elaine Butler - Manager, Examination & Licensure, ext. 4859

Kristen Eis - Manager, Professional Development, ext. 1739

Kelly Kim - Manager, Professional Development, ext. 4830

Chris Kralik - Manager, Professional Development, ext. 1742

Tracy Strong - Manager, Weight Management Programs, ext 4783

Samantha Sullivan, RD - Manager, Professional Assessment, ext. 4724

Roxanne Way Carter - Manager, Credentialing Services, ext. 4749