VA San Diego Healthcare System - Dietetic Internship Program
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Dietetic Internship Program

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VA San Diego Healthcare System

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Veterans Health Administration: Honor America's veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being.

VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Nutrition and Food Service: Nutrition and Food Service provides progressive, patient-centered nutrition services for Veterans and education for facilities, staff and community through a fiscally sound operation that optimizes Patient dignity, recovery, rehabilitation, and wellness. We promote a supportive and challenging learning environment that develops competent entry-level registered dietitians.

VASDHS Dietetic Internship Program: The mission of the VASDHS Dietetic Internship is to offer a supportive learning environment in a challenging and dynamic program witha focus on medical nutrition therapy. Our program is designed to promote progressive, patient-centered nutrition services, which prepares our graduates to be highly functioning, competent entry-level Registered Dietitians.


PROGRAM GOALS & MEASURABLE OUTCOMES *

1.  The VA San Diego Dietetic Internship prepares graduates to be proficient in conducting Nutrition Focused Physical Exams (NFPE) and practicing Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) on complex patients in clinical settings.
  • 90% of graduates who complete the DI Graduate Survey and are working as a registered dietitian in a clinical setting will rate themselves as proficient in conducting NFPEs.

  • 90% of graduates who complete the DI Graduate Survey and are working as a registered dietitian in a clinical setting will rate themselves as proficient in practicing MNT on complex patients.

2.  The VA San Diego Dietetic Internship will prepare graduates to be competent entry-level dietitians. 
  • 90% of program graduates will take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • The program's one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
  • At least 80% of program interns who start the 41-week program will complete program requirements within 62 weeks (150% of program length).
  • Of graduates who seek employment, 90% who complete the DI Graduate Survey will report that they are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation. 
  • 90% of graduates who complete the DI Graduate Survey and are working as a registered dietitian will rate themselves as “well prepared to perform the duties of an entry-level registered dietitian."
  • 90% of employers who complete the DI Employer Survey will rate program graduates as “well prepared to perform duties on an entry-level registered dietitian.”

*The program is currently meeting or exceeding all outcome measures. Outcomes are available upon request from Robyn Osborn, PhD, RD at robyn.osborn@va.gov

 

PROGRAM CONCENTRATION: MEDICAL NUTRITION THERAPY IN INPATIENT AND OUTPATIENT SETTINGS

Graduates will have demonstrated the ability to:
  1. Apply the Nutrition Care Process and manage nutrition assessment, intervention, and counseling for inpatients with complex needs, complicated health conditions, or multiple nutrition diagnoses.
  2. Apply the Nutrition Care Process and manage nutrition assessment, intervention, and counseling for patients in a variety of outpatient settings, including the PACT clinics and specialty clinics (diabetes, oncology, bariatric, dialysis).
  3. Integrate pathophysiology into medical nutrition therapy recommendations.
  4. Develop and present a cooking demonstration class for outpatients as a part of a PACT rotation and/or ASPIRE Center cooking class.