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Dietetic Internship Program

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The Michael E. DeBakey Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (MEDVAMC) Dietetic Internship (DI) was first established in 1952. The MEDVAMC DI is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and offers a 16-month Master of Science/Dietetic Internship (MS/DI) program which includes a 12-month (50-weeks) supervised practice experience. Our program partners with Texas Woman’s University (TWU) in Houston, TX for a Master of Science in Nutrition degree or students can also choose to obtain a Master of Science in Exercise Sports Nutrition (ESN). The MEDVAMC program does consider applicants with a previously obtained Master of Science in Nutrition (or similar), with approval, to the DI only (50-weeks) program without the requirement of applying and completing their master's degree component at TWU.

When enrolled in the MS/DI, dietetic interns will take a total of 27 credit hours at TWU during the supervised practice academic year (August through July), generally 9 credits each semester thru a combination of face to face and on-line courses. After the supervised practice portion of the internship program is completed in late July, interns will then spend the next 4 months working on completing their remaining graduate courses to complete the masters degree. Enrolling in TWU for graduate school is a requirement of the combined master's dietetic internship. 

Once the supervised practice rotations and Master of Science in Nutrition are successfully completed, Dietetic Interns will receive their ACEND Verification Statement (VS) allowing them to sit for the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) examination to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). For Dietetic Interns with a completed master’s degree, they will receive their VS following the completion of the supervised practice portion of the DI. 

The MEDVAMC is a tertiary care medical center that provides a broad range of inpatient and outpatient health care services. MEDVAMC Nutrition and Food Service (NFS) provides exceptional nutritional care by its knowledgeable clinical nutrition staff, extensive outpatient counseling and education programs, and quality inpatient services. As a hospital-based DI, 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, school food service, community, home based care, and management rotations. 

The MEDVAMC DI program is proud to offer dietetic interns a paid stipend for their training provided by The Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) during their 50-weeks of supervised practice at the hospital. It is paid in bi-weekly deposits. Note: This stipend is only available for dietetic interns who hold U.S. Citizenship. 

All applicants must apply to our program through Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) and the D&D Digital computer matching system by the deadline (February 15th). All applicants must show proof of verification of/or intent to complete their Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). Applicants joining our program with a MS in Clinical Nutrition (or similar) must be completed with their program degree requirements by the start of the internship.  Further details about the application process may be found on the DI "Application Information" page.

Open House: Each year, the MEDVAMC hosts Open House sessions which provide attendees with the opportunity to learn all about our program, learn about the MEDVAMC, and meet many key people involved in the program. Preceptors, faculty, and interns will all be on hand to meet with those who attend. For those unable to attend, visitors are welcome throughout the year and small group tours can be arranged. Two informational sessions are planned for this year. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to at least one week prior to the event or you can RSVP for the fall open house at or you can RSVP for the winter open house at If you would like to attend the in person open house, you can RSVP at 

Virtual Open House Dates:
Friday, October 20, 2023
Friday, January 12, 2024
1:00pm-3:00pm CST
In Person Open House Dates:
Friday, December 1, 2023
1:00pm-3:00pm CST

To get the most out of this event, please review the information posted on the program's website beforehand.

     VA Dietetic Internship Virtual National Forum
    Tuesday, January 9th 11:00am-12:00pm CST

                                                                        Click here to join the meeting

                                                                        Meeting ID: 292 323 875 181
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                                             Important Dates for Applicants for the 2024 - 2025 Class:
                                                            Application Deadline: February 15, 2024 

                                             Read an important personal message from the Program Director.


The program is currently granted continued accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Accreditation Council for Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Telephone: 1-800-877-1600 ext. 5400