Dietetic Internship

Program Overview

The University of Michigan Hospital and Health Centers Dietetic Internship is a post-baccalaureate, full-time, 10-month internship program that takes place from September through June of each year, and consists of approximately 1,550 total hours. Our internship offers two areas of concentration, the Clinical Nutrition Concentration and the Pediatric Clinical Nutrition Concentration. The University of Michigan Hospital and Health Centers Dietetic Internship program prepares competent, entry-level dietitians for positions in clinical, food systems and community nutrition settings.

The internship provides knowledgeable and supportive staff who facilitates intern learning experiences in a progressive, quality-oriented setting. Upon successful completion, individuals will be eligible to take the national dietetic registration examination.

Goals

  • Prepare competent, entry-level registered dietitians.
  • Prepare graduates who value professional involvement and continued growth.

Outcomes

We have established outcomes to determine how well we meet our program goals. Outcomes include:

  • 95 percent of the interns will successfully complete the program (mean rolling average over a five-year period).
  • 90 percent of the DI graduates will successfully complete the registration examination on the first try.
  • At least 80 percent of graduates are employed in dietetics or enrolled in an advanced education program within a year following graduation.
  • 100 percent of employers responding to surveys rank UMHHC DI program graduates at 3 or higher (on a 5-point scale) on the average mean of all attributes measured.
  • 80 percent of the respondents to a past graduates survey are working in dietetics or a closely related field.
  • 95 percent of graduates will indicate on a graduate survey that they belong to one or more dietetics-related professional groups.
  • 50 percent of those working in the field will indicate that they hold an office or committee appointment in a work-related and/or a professional group.

Curriculum

Curriculum competencies must be reached to successfully complete the program. The curriculum fosters technical expertise in the areas of:

Clinical Nutrition Concentration

  • Clinical Nutrition including specialty areas of medicine, surgery, intensive care, cardiology, pediatrics, nephrology, oncology, otology, bone marrow transplant, clinical nutrition management and one week of an elective.
  • Food Systems Management (including procurement and systems, production, patient food services and retail operations)
  • Community Nutrition (emphasizing wellness and health promotion) and
  • Administration

Pediatric Nutrition Concentration

  • Pediatric Clinical Nutrition including specialty areas of pediatric bone marrow transplant, pediatric liver transplant, cystic fibrosis, ketogenic diets, pediatric surgery, pediatric cardiology, pediatric nephrology, pediatric intensive care, neonatal intensive care, clinical nutrition management and one week of an elective.
  • Food Systems Management (including procurement and systems, production, patient food services and retail operations)
  • Community Nutrition (emphasizing pediatric wellness and health promotion) and
  • Administration

Internship affiliations include the WIC Program, worksite health promotion programs, long-term care facilities and outpatient counseling.

Interns have the opportunity to attend lectures by medical staff and visiting experts, and to attend the annual state dietetics meeting. Five weeks of professional staff experience culminate the internship program.

Sample Master Rotation Schedule illustrates the typical arrangement of rotations.

Clinical Nutrition Concentration Competencies

Pediatric Nutrition Concentration Competencies

Accreditation

The UMHHC Dietetic Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
312-899-0040 ext. 5400
ACEND@eatright.org

Requirements/Matching

Internship admission requirements and computer matching directions are found on the Application Process page. Interns must successfully complete all supervised practice experiences in order to complete the program. The University of Michigan is a non-discriminatory institution.