Dietetic Internship Program

Established in 1940, the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Dietetic Internship is a 50-week, full-time professional educational program. During the course of a 50-week period, each dietetic intern applies theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom to the hands-on, clinical setting in an acute care university hospital. Educational experiences are provided in Clinical Dietetics, Ambulatory Nutrition and Food Service Systems Management. The emphasis of the educational experiences is in Nutrition Therapy. The Dietetic Internship is administered and supervised by experienced registered dietitians at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Department of Food and Nutrition.

During the program year, dietetic interns are scheduled to rotate through major units in the Department of Food and Nutrition at the Weill Cornell Medical Center, the Columbia University Medical Center, the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, The Allen Hospital, Lower Manhattan Hospital and the Westchester Division of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. In these settings, interns learn, practice and assume all the varied responsibilities required of an entry-level dietitian. At least 1,200 hours of supervised clinical experiences are provided. Classes, lectures, meetings, field trips, specialty area assignments and projects supplement educational experiences in the clinical units. Qualification for graduation from the Dietetic Internship Program includes successful completion of all clinical unit assignments, written assignments, examinations, special projects and oral presentations. Upon completion of the Dietetic Internship, graduates are eligible to apply to write the Registration Examination for Dietitians and apply for active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Completion of the Dietetic Internship Program also meets the experience requirement for certification in dietetics-nutrition by New York State.

Mission

The mission of the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Dietetic Internship Program, a professional educational program offering post-baccalaureate training in Dietetics, with an emphasis in Nutrition Therapy, is to provide the dietetic intern with educational experiences that are reflective of the evolving practice of Dietetics. Upon completion of the Dietetic Internship Program, the graduate has an understanding of evidenced-based, compassionate, culturally competent, cost-effective and ethical practice and is able to assume the responsibilities generally required of a dietitian in an entry-level position.

Goals and Outcome Measures

Program Goal One: Provide an ACEND accredited Dietetic Internship Program with an emphasis in Nutrition Therapy.

Outcome Measures for Program Goal One:
  • Maintain standards for ACEND accreditation of the Dietetic Internship Program on an on-going basis.
  • Over a five-year period, 90% or greater of graduating dietetic interns will describe the overall preparation that they received in Clinical Dietetics, Food Service Systems Management and Ambulatory Nutrition during the Dietetic Internship Program as at least a satisfactory rating.
  • Over a five-year period, 90% or greater of graduates responding to the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Post-Dietetic Internship survey will describe the overall preparation that they received in Clinical Dietetics, Food Service Systems Management and Ambulatory Nutrition during the Dietetic Internship Program as at least a satisfactory rating.

Program Goal Two: Provide the educational experiences that will enable dietetic interns to acquire the specialized knowledge and develop the technical skills needed to become competent entry-level dietitians.

Outcome Measures for Program Goal Two:

  • Over a five-year period, 90% or greater of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Dietetic Internship Program graduates taking the Registration Exam for the first time will pass the Exam.
  • Over a five-year period, 90% or greater of employers responding to the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Post-Dietetic Internship Survey will indicate overall preparation of graduates for assuming their present job responsibilities as at least a satisfactory rating.

Program Goal Three: Expose dietetic interns to the roles of dietitians functioning in a variety of job settings based on professional and ethical standards, and incorporating patient-centered compassionate care.

Outcome Measures for Program Goal Three:

  • Over a five-year period, 90% or greater of dietetic interns who enroll in the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Dietetic Internship Program will complete all program requirements within 150% of the planned 50-week program period.
  • Over a five-year period, 90% or greater of Dietetic Internship Program graduates responding to the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Post-Dietetic Internship Survey, will indicate that they adjusted to the work setting easily with minimal problems encountered.

Program Goal Four: Provide dietetic interns with opportunities to establish a foundation for professional networking both within the profession and with other disciplines.

Outcome Measures for Program Goal Four:

  • Over a five-year period, 90% or greater of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Dietetic Internship Program graduates who sought employment in Dietetics will be employed within twelve months of program completion.
  • Over a five-year period, 90% or greater of employers responding to the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Post-Dietetic Internship Survey will indicate our graduates' effectiveness in team work and collaboration as at least a satisfactory rating.

Program Goal Five: Provide dietetic interns with a foundation for professional development and leadership.

Outcome Measures for Program Goal Five:

  • Over a five-year period, 90% or greater of graduates responding to the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Post-Dietetic Internship Survey will indicate participation in professional development activities such as advanced degree and/or advanced certification programs.
  • Over a five-year period, 90% or greater of graduates responding to the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Post-Dietetic Internship Survey will describe the preparation that they received in leadership during the Dietetic Internship Program as at least a satisfactory rating.

Outcomes data is available upon request by contacting Elaine Rosenthal, MS, RD, CDN, Dietetic Internship Program Administrator, at erosenth@nyp.org.

In This Packet, Check Out...

General Information About NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Clinical Assignments within the Dietetic Internship

Internship Schedules

Facts About the Dietetic Internship

Dietetic Internship Scholarship Application Criteria and Instructions

Dietetic Internship Scholarship Application Form

Tour Information

Application Policies and Procedures

Applicant's Preference of Internship Entrance Dates

Application Check Sheet

Computer Matching: Applicant Responsibilities


Scholarship Application

Applicant's Preference of Internship Entrance Dates

Application Checksheet

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