Sydney Kaufman

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Sydney Kaufman, MS, RD, CDN

Clinical Dietitian Nutritionist

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

New York, New York

       

Kaufmas1@MSKCC.org

Experience

Current Roles

Inpatient/outpatient Dietitian Nutritionist at David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Career Path

After a few years of working in nutrition-related media for moguls such as Joy Bauer and magazines such as Woman’s Day and Good Housekeeping, I felt that my approach to nutrition education would be more effective if I could work one-on-one with people facing challenges requiring nutrition and diet changes. My journey brought me to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) where I began to work with patients undergoing bone marrow transplant needing extensive support, both in the form of educating on what to eat to keep them safe while immosuppressed, and motivating them to continue eating when they were in pain or feeling exhausted.

After nearly 4 years in the acute oncology setting, an opportunity landed me at a new MSK campus which has allowed me to take on outpatient care, while continuing to grow my inpatient skills on a small 16 bed unit, specializing in hepatopancreatobiliary and thoracic Interventional radiology procedures and lymphoma chemotherapy visits.

My supervisors have supported my interest in Clinical Nutrition Informatics by allowing me to take the lead in many of the informatics and technology-centric projects within our department. I am most interested in EMR improvements and building new elements within ClinDoc that better support the work of dietitians. I work with IT teams to create solutions that elevate both the role of the dietitian and our provision of nutrition care at MSK. I also enjoy teaching my fellow dietitians how to optimize their time using technology and functions within the EMR. Because the Covid-19 pandemic has introduced many on our team to remote work, there is no better to time capitalize on all that technology offers us in our work in healthcare.

Education

  • Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Informatics, Kent State University, expected 2021
  • Masters of Science in Clinical Nutrition, New York University, 2016
  • Bachelors of Science in Human Development, Binghamton University, 2012

A Day in the Life

8:45 AM

Conduct nutrition screening of newly admitted patients. Compile and organize data regarding nutrition risk, length of stay, and dietitian referrals.

10:00 AM

Virtual rounding and communications with our patient-facing food service team (“Room Service Associates)”, inpatient Interventional Radiology / Lymphoma teams, and nursing to assure nutrition care plans align with patient and medical team goals.

12:00 PM

Communicate with IT analysts and project managers regarding project status, expected time lines, and general ideas to improve dietitian workflow through IT updates.

1:00 - 4:00 PM

Scheduled outpatient appointments.

4:00 - 6:00 PM

Complete all documentation and organize schedule for tomorrow.

6:00 PM

Log onto my remote Blackboard portal for Kent State University and complete healthcare informatics assignments, readings, and participate in group discussions.