Dietetic Internship Program
VA Caribbean Healthcare System (San Juan)
We appreciate your interest in the VA Caribbean Healthcare System (VACHS) Dietetic Internship Program (DIP). We hope you can find all the information on our webpage, and if not, we will be honored to assist you by phone, email, or in person.
The VACHS-DIP is localized in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was established in 1950 and has graduated more than 700 nutritionists/dietitians from Puerto Rico and the United States. Our program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
The VACHS-DIP provides supervised practice experience principally in clinical nutrition. However, we offer experiences in other traditional (e.g., food service system management and community nutrition) and non-traditional settings (e.g., social media and communication & sports nutrition). The intern completes their rotations principally in our main medical center in San Juan. We also have opportunities to rotate in our outpatients' clinics in Arecibo, Ceiba, Mayaguez, and Ponce.
The VACHS serves Veterans in PR and U.S. Virgin Islands. Our population is principally Hispanic male adults, but we have a growing community of women, and we provide supervised practice experiences in pediatric and community. We are an institution that strives for excellence, and our internship closely follows our VACHS core values I CARE Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, and Excellence.Open House: January 27, 2023 at 11:30 am EST
Link: Microsoft Teams Meeting
Meeting ID: 227 472 647 977
***Beginning on January 1, 2023, the VACHS-DIP will require a master’s degree to apply to the program. Since, 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).
"Most of the rotations are through the VA main facility. The interns can bond because they can help each other with advice throughout the different rotations. Many of the preceptors completed this internship, so they understand what is going on during the internship. The length of time allows for more practice in different areas.” Chelsea Hawkins, 2021
“Excellent preceptors, excellent facilities, the RDNs are very valuable for the patients and interdisciplinary team and are respected, the technology and programs, the autonomy given to Interns of visiting patients and doing Nutrition Assessments, Follow Ups, etc.” Devin Torres, 2021
“It pushes us out of our comfort zone. The discipline and fast paced environment prepare us for when we become RD. It prepares us very well on how to provide nutritional education: from education material to live cooking sessions to HTK and podcasts. Gives us the full experience of participating in a research project. Preparing us all year round for the RD exam and providing us all the tools for our journey post internship”. Jose Rodriguez, 2021
“The extent of time and detailed learning of the internship makes it great supervised practice, both for the taking of the RD examination and overall, for the professional practice of dietetics.” Martin Tesini, 2020