Dietetic Internship Program
VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
Open House 2023-204 Information! (All sessions are virtual)
Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at 10:00AM (MST)
Friday, December 15, 2023 at 11:00AM (MST)
Tuesday, January 16, 2024 at 10:00AM (MST)
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To register, please use the link or QR code below. For any questions, please email Christine Murphy, DI Director at email@example.com.
The VA ECHCS DI Program will accept four interns for the 2024-2025 academic year. The program offers 1,000+ supervised practice hours in clinical, food service management and community dietetics. The Nutrition and Food Service Department professional staff at VA ECHCS administer the program. Registered Dietitians and Food Service Management participate in curriculum development in their specialty areas along with development of evaluation procedures. Staff of affiliate facilities will be preceptors for those rotations they supervise and assist in curriculum development of those rotations. No credit is given for assessment of prior learning.
All rotations are designed to prepare the intern for entry-level professional practice in dietetics or related fields. All interns will rotate at our Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center | VA Eastern Colorado Health Care | Veterans Affairs and may be assigned rotations are the following outpatient clinics: Golden VA Clinic | VA Eastern Colorado Health Care | Veterans Affairs, Jewell VA Clinic | VA Eastern Colorado Health Care | Veterans Affairs, PFC Floyd K. Lindstrom Department Of Veterans Affairs Clinic | VA Eastern Colorado Health Care | Veterans Affairs and Union Boulevard VA Clinic | VA Eastern Colorado Health Care | Veterans Affairs. Interns will also rotate through Community affiliation sites.
Each intern will have 24 to 32 hours of supervised practice experience weekly, general Tuesday - Thursday. The VA ECHCS DI Program has two tracks to program completion. Both options begin in August and include identical supervised practice hours and rotations completed at ECHCS and affiliate sites. The first week of the internship will be spent in orientation. Included in this week will be a general orientation to the Eastern Colorado Healthcare System (ECHCS) along with introduction to computerized charting and utilizing the nutrition care process. Interns will spend 19 weeks in clinical nutrition, 11 weeks in food service management, 8 weeks in the community nutrition and 2 weeks in staff relief. Interns will be scheduled “off” on federal holidays with 1 week off at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Schedules are subject to change.
Administrative Dietetics: Interns will gain experience in the roles and responsibilities of food service systems management and administration. The rotation includes clinical management, food preparation and evaluation, food service and operational management, informatics and process management and improvement. Learning is facilitated using a project-based rotation. Projects are based on practical needs of the department and intern interest.
Clinical Dietetics: The clinical component of the program is designed to provide interns experience in the nutrition care process, patient education and active participation in the multidisciplinary health care team. The inpatient clinical rotation includes general medicine, surgical care, renal, critical care and nutrition support, spinal cord injury, inpatient mental health, homeless veteran rehibition and staff relief. The outpatient clinical rotation includes ambulatory care, home based primary care, MOVE! (a national weight management program) and staff relief. VA ECHCS dietetic interns are also responsible for the planning and implementation of the healthcare system's National Nutrition Month program at ECHCS locations and in the community.
Community Dietetics: The community component of the program is designed to provide interns experience in wellness and health promotion across the lifespan, food insecurity, food distribution and diversity, equity, and inclusion in dietetics practice. Interns will rotate through affiliate sites in the Denver metro area.
Internship Program Completion:
- Completion of 1,000+ supervised practice hours
- Completion all assignments and projects by established guidelines
- Satisfactorily completes the requirements for each rotation.
- Attends all workshops and seminars scheduled during the year
MS Degree at UA Requirements:
- The MS in Human Nutrition program consists of 30 credit hours.
- All students must complete a Capstone experience and choose a curriculum track: Generalist, Community, or Clinical.
- Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher
Unique qualities of Internship:
- Preceptors: We have a dedicated staff of highly qualified dietitians and a teaching environment that promotes education and evidenced based practice. Our small class size means that you will get specialized, individualized attention. In most rotations, only one intern is assigned to a preceptor at a time, allowing for maximum attention to your learning experience.
- Jobs Placement: We will assist you in finding employment in the government or private sector. With more than 100 VA Medical Centers across the country, you will have increased opportunities to work for the VA.