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Dietetic Internship Program

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1.  Do interns receive one-on-one teaching by the Dietitians?

The majority of the rotations will involve one to one teaching with the Dietetic Intern. In the management rotations (Administration/Training, School Food Service and Chief, Clinical Manager) interns rotate through in pairs due to the project nature of these rotations. Interns are also paired for the Pediatric specialty rotation week at St. Joseph's Hospital.

2.   What are a few examples of previous intern evidence-based projects

Each dietetic intern will select a 9-month project from a list created by clinical preceptors.  During research week, the project protocols are developed and a timeline is created.  During the last month of the dietetic internship, an oral and poster presentation is created and presented to 50-200 clinicians.  Many projects result in publication as highlighted below.

Variations in Energy Needs and/or Anthropometric Measures in Head and Neck Cancer Patients Receiving Chemotherapy and Radiation - Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (

A questionnaire for physical findings of malnutrition when physical exams are not possible - PubMed (

Implementation and Evaluation of Outcomes Related to the Nutrition Care Process through the Use of Electronic Health Records - Journal of the American Dietetic Association (

COVID-19 and micronutrient deficiency symptoms - is there some overlap? - PubMed (

3.  What kind of library resources will the interns have access to?

The dietetic intern will have full use of the hospital library which offers a wide variety of books, periodicals, and services, including Internet, Medline and a videotape listening area. During Orientation, interns are given an extensive online introduction to the many electronic databases that they will have at their fingertips from their own personal computers in their cubicle, including:

Point of Care Resources

  • ACP PIER Plus from STAT!Ref - Valnet
  • UpToDate
    Available to employees at Tampa and its clinics ONLY
  • Micromedex

Medical Resources

  • Biomedical Reference Collection (Ebsco)
  • Clinical Trials
  • Evidence-Based Medicine Reviews (OVID)
    Cochrane, ACP Journal Club, DARE, CCTR, CMR, HTA & NHSEED
  • MD Consult
  • Medline (OVID)
  • National Guidelines Clearinghouse
  • Outline in Clinical Medicine