James J. Peters Bronx VA Medical Center - Dietetic Internship Program
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Dietetic Internship Program


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James J. Peters Bronx VA Medical Center


The following information is subject to change without notice, based on availability.

Rotations (August to August)

Clinical (32 weeks supervised practice and 3 weeks orientation for 35 total weeks)




3 weeks


Overview of medical center and intern responsibilities, computer training, clinical classes. Participate in WIC’s annual Health Fair.

4 weeks Provides intense, in-depth exposure to a variety of acute and chronic medical conditions. Activities include  assessments, counseling, team meetings, meal rounds, and observing medical procedures such as barium swallow evaluations and PEG placements
Critical Care/ICU (JJPVA) 3 weeks Gain practical experience in the assessment, nutritional support and follow-up of critically ill patients, working as part of an interdisciplinary team.
Spinal Cord Injury
3 weeks Gain exposure to the special needs of spinal cord injured patients including unique energy needs, and challenges to skin integrity. Participate in activities such as DEXA bone density scans and indirect calorimetry.
Renal/Dialysis Unit
2 weeks Provides exposure to the specialized nutritional needs for patients in a hemodialysis clinic setting. Provides outpatient counseling experience for this patient population.
Geriatrics/Extended Care
3 weeks In-depth exposure to the geriatric population's special needs, as well as principles surrounding long-term care and palliative care issues.
MOVE!/Wellness/Bariatric Surgery
4 weeks Offers comprehensive experience counseling overweight/obese patients in both group and individual settings. Provides an introduction to wellness programs in the workplace as well as bariatric surgery. Activities include counseling, leading support group sessions, creating patient education materials/teaching aids, and hosting a cooking demonstration  for both employees and veterans.
 Primary Care and Diabetes Outpatient Clinic
3 weeks In-depth outpatient counseling experience involving a variety of disease states. Activities include creating educational materials, and teaching classes in diabetes.
Oncology (JJPVA) 3 weeks Provides exposure to outpatient counseling for cancer patients within a multidisciplinary hematology/oncology clinical setting. Gain experience with various oncological diseases, medical nutrition therapy, and complimentary therapy practices.
HBPC (Home-Based Primary Care) (JJPVA) 1 week Offers a unique learning experience in which the intern will provide nutrition education and care to veterans and their caregivers in the home setting. Activities will include home visits, nutritional assessments and participation in team meetings.

GI (Weill Cornell Medical College)

3 weeks In-depth outpatient counseling experience involving clients with disorders related to the GI tract.
 Unit Coverage 1 week  Interns cover a portion of an RD’s unit. The intern will function as the dietitian, but with close supervision. This affords the intern some autonomy and the chance to use clinical judgement in a supervised setting. Also referred to as “Supervised Staff Relief”.
Enrichment 2 weeks Offers the intern the spend additional time in a rotation of their choice depending on availability

Food Service Systems Management (4 weeks)

Rotation Length Overview
Food Service Management
3 weeks Follow the flow of food from the receiving dock to patient delivery. Review and implement HACCP procedures while gaining a greater understanding of the many aspects involved in clinical food service.
Clinical Nutrition Management (JJPVA) 1 weeks Provides comprehensive exposure to the process of assessing, planning, directing, controlling, and evaluating nutrition care in a clinical setting.

Community (2 weeks)

Rotation Length Overview

WIC (Women, infants, children)

2 weeks

Unique experience working with prenatal women, breastfeeding mothers, infants and children. Focus on the prevention of nutrient deficiencies and nutrition related diseases through individual counseling and group activities

Enrichment (3 weeks)

Rotation Length Overview
 Dietetics Education  1 week Work with the Dietetic Internship Director on projects related to leadership development, Code of Ethics, dietetic internship marketing, measuring program outcomes and student outreach
Culinary Nutrition/Healthy Teaching Kitchen 2 weeks Work with culinary trained Registered Dietitian in the implementation of facility-based programs offering lifestyle management through cooking classes. Rotation assignments include recipe development and hands-on cooking for demos at JJPVA's Farm Share program


Additional Features:

Staff Relief Experience (4 weeks)
Unique commencement to the supervised practice experiences. Students will assume the role of a dietitian in designated units/clinics and perform all duties and responsibilities. This represents a chance for the student to demonstrate his or her knowledge and competency, and to gain first-hand experience as an entry-level dietitian.

Vacation (2 weeks) 1 week during holiday season and 1 week agreed on between intern and director

Projects: Dietetic interns also engage in a number of educational activities designed to promote skills in public speaking and presentation. Projects include:

  • Intern Debates
  • Grand Rounds Presentation
  • National Nutrition Month Fad Diet Presentation
  • Assist in hosting the graduation reception for the annual December Dietetic Internship Graduation

NYU Classes (34 credits)

During this first year, dietetic interns are required to attend classes at NYU on a part-time basis. A total of fifteen graduate-level credits must be taken at NYU during the internship period.

New York University Component

34 graduate credit Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition degree

During the first year of the program, dietetic interns attend classes at NYU on a part-time basis. Typically interns take 6 credits during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. After the dietetic internship concludes in August, one full-time semester at NYU will be left to earn the MS degree in Clinical Nutrition.

Interns are not required to finish the degree to earn a Verification Statement from the JJPVA Dietetic Internship. But they are required to take at least 15 graduate-level credits at NYU during the internship year, August to August, and to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 for those classes in order to successfully complete the internship.

The NYU for VHA Program Rotations document provides more information.


No Departmental (i.e., course numbers beginning with E33) master's level courses may be taken pass/fail. Not all courses listed are offered every semester. Classes run only if enrollment is sufficient.

Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health
411 Lafayette St. 5th floor
New York, NY 10003


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