James J. Peters Bronx Veterans Affairs Medical Center - Dietetic Internship Program
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James J. Peters Bronx Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Dear Applicant,

Welcome to the James J. Peters VA Medical Center (JJPVAMC) Dietetic Internship site. We hope you will find the answers to all your questions while reviewing this page. The JJPVA Dietetic Internship partners with New York University (NYU) for a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Nutrition. You also must apply to NYU during application time and take a minimum of 15 graduate credits in Clinical Nutrition at NYU during the 12-month JJPVA Dietetic Internship. Our program offers interns a stipend provided bi-weekly. You must be a U.S. citizen to participate in our Dietetic Internship Program.

The JJPVA Dietetic Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). This internship was re-established in 1982 with a prior 29-year history dating back to 1946. Interns are in rotation four days per week and attend graduate school at NYU 1-2 late afternoon/evenings per week during the year-long dietetic internship. Most interns complete the 34 credit Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition at NYU in one additional semester after the completion of the Dietetic Internship. Please note: Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). More information regarding this requirement can be found on the "Application Information" page. 

The JJPVAMC is a tertiary care medical center that provides a broad range of inpatient and outpatient health care services. It is strategically affiliated with three of the premier academic medical institutions in New York City, including Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and Mount Sinai Hospital, the Hospital for Special Surgery, Columbia Medical School and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. JJPVAMC provides academic support for medical students, resident training programs, and several additional allied health care training programs, as well as providing state-of-the-art medical expertise for the benefit of our Veteran patients. Our Nutrition and Hospitality Service Center (N&HSC) provides exceptional nutritional care by its knowledgeable clinical nutrition staff, extensive outpatient counseling and education programs and quality inpatient services. JJPVAMC is proud to have converted from cook-chill food service model to room service in July 2020. This conversion has allowed Veterans the maximum choice in meal selection and delivery times for each patient and has fostered the opportunity for dietitians and interns to educate the Veterans on food choices as they order. Dietitians are consultants to professional, administrative, and medical staff. They coordinate nutrition intervention services with total patient care in both acute and primary managed care environments by assessing nutritional status, developing nutrition care plans, and recommending modalities for achieving nutritional goals.

The James J. Peters VAMC Dietetic Internship is a very rigorous 12-month program that begins mid-August and ends in mid-August of the following year. The program has a concentration in Medical Nutrition Therapy. Successful completion of the Dietetic internship program qualifies you to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians, which is administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). As a hospital-based internship, approximately three-fourths of the supervised-practice are spent in clinical rotations (inpatient and outpatient) and the remaining time is spent in food service management, community and culinary nutrition rotations. As a VA hospital our patient population is primarily made up of adult men. Despite women’s health services being enhanced at JJPVA, Dietetic Interns have limited exposure to women and children, and little time in non-traditional rotations such as sports nutrition, private practice, etc. If non-traditional areas of practice and women and children are areas of interest, you might find that this internship is not a good fit for you. Applications are only accepted via the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) and all applicants must apply to NYU’s graduate school at the same time they apply to JJPVA. Applicants must also register online for computer matching through D & D Digital. Details about the application process may be found on the JJPVA Internship "Application Information" page. If you have any questions unanswered by our website, you may contact me by e-mail to verzhine.owens@va.gov.

Thank you for your interest in our program.

Sincerely,

Verzhine V. Owens, MS, RD, CDN, CDCES
Dietetic Internship Director
Nutrition and Hospitality Service Center (120)
James J. Peters VA Medical Center
130 West Kingsbridge Road
Bronx, New York 10468
Verzhine.Owens@va.gov
(718) 584-9000 ext. 6845

 
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