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Dietetic Internship Program


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Michael E. DeBakey Houston VA Medical Center

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The Michael E. DeBakey Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (MEDVAMC) offers approximately a 50-week accredited Dietetic Internship Program with a medical nutrition therapy emphasis that is combined with a Master's Degree Program at Texas Woman's University (TWU). Supervised practice experiences are offered in accordance with practice areas of registered dietitian nutritionists at the Michael E. DeBakey VAMC and several affiliated institutions. Dietetic interns are paid a generous stipend and are eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians upon completion of the 16 month dietetic internship.

Dietetic interns take a total of 24-36 credit hours at TWU during the academic year (August through July), generally 9-12 credits each semester thru a combination of face to face and on-line courses. Upon completion of the internship (July), interns will the spend the next 4 months working on completion of their remaining graduate courses to complete the masters degree. Enrolling in graduate school is a requirement of this combined masters dietetic internship.

Over 700 registered dietitian nutritionists have completed the accredited dietetic internship at the MEDVAMC since the program began in 1952. These master's prepared registered dietitian nutritionists are sought by employers throughout the country for positions in medical nutrition therapy, community dietetics and foodservice systems management.

Open House: Each year, the MEDVAMC hosts Open House sessions which provide attendees with the opportunity to learn all about our program, tour the medical center 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 or you can RSVP for the winter open house at at least one week prior to the event.

Virtual Open House Dates:
Friday October 14, 2022
Friday January 13, 2023
1:00-3:00pm CST

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

VA Dietetic Internship National Forum
Wednesday January 18, 2023 12:00pm CST

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                                             Important Dates for Applicants for the 2023 - 2024 Class:
                                                            Application  Deadline: February 15, 2023 

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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