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Dietetic Internship Program


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Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital


Through excellence in education, research and service, the Hines Dietetic Internship will provide experiences in all areas of Dietetics practice which will prepare competent entry-level dietitians to provide total nutritional care to meet the needs of America's Veterans as well as the community at large.


To provide an internship known for its quality, compassion, and dedication to educating future practitioners using an evidence-based approach to patient care and practice.


Integrity:  Act with high moral principle. Adhere to the highest professional standards. Maintain the trust and confidence of all with whom I engage.

Commitment: Work diligently to serve Veterans and other beneficiaries. Be driven by an earnest belief in VA's mission. Fulfill my individual responsibilities and organizational responsibilities.

Advocacy: Be truly Veteran-centric by identifying, fully considering, and appropriately advancing the interests of Veterans and other beneficiaries.

Respect: Treat all those I serve and with whom I work with dignity and respect. Show respect to earn it.

Excellence: Strive for the highest quality and continuous improvement. Be thoughtful and decisive in leadership, accountable for my actions, willing to admit mistakes and rigorous in correcting them.

Goals of Hines Dietetic Internship

Through participation in this well integrated curriculum, you will develop professional competence as well as a strengthened understanding of dietetics and of the diverse opportunities available to the professional dietitian.

1.     The Hines Dietetic Internship Program will prepare graduates to become competent entry-level dietitians.

    Outcome Measures include:

o    Results from registration exam & program completion rate

§  The pass rate of first-time test takers on the National Registration exam will be at least 90% as measured over every five-year period.

§  The Hines annual overall scaled scores and domain specific scores on the Registration exam will exceed the national average at least 90% of the time over every five-year period.

At least 90% of interns will successfully complete the Hines Internship program annually within the planned 42 weeks and will not exceed 62 weeks to complete the program.

Assessment Methods include: Registration exam results, descriptive statistics for program completion rate

o    Results from graduate and employer surveys

§  Based on annual graduate surveys, >80% of graduates will respond that the internship adequately prepared them for professional practice.

§  Based on annual employers' surveys, >80% of employers will respond that the internship adequately prepared the graduates for professional practice.

Assessment Methods include: Graduate/employer surveys


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2.The Hines Dietetic Internship Program will prepare graduates to serve the nutritional needs of the veteran population and the community at large and to compete in the job market.

    Outcome Measures include:

  • Job placement within the Department of Veterans Affairs
    • >25% of graduates will obtain positions within VA Medical Centers/Hospitals upon graduation.
  • Employment upon graduation
    • >80% of graduates will obtain a Dietetics related position after completing the internship program
    •  >80% of graduates who seek employment in dietetics will be employed within 6 months of the internship completion.
    Assessment Methods include: Descriptive statistics of job employment

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3.The Hines Dietetic Internship Program will provide opportunities to foster participation in food and nutrition research using collaborative efforts with associated health care professionals in attempt to better serve the needs of our veterans and the community.

    Outcome Measures include:

  • Participation in research activities

25% of the performance improvement/research projects completed by interns annually will involve health care professionals from other disciplines.

All interns will participate in poster presentations of their performance improvement/research projects

Assessment Methods include: Descriptive statistics for participation in poster presentations and for collaboration with other disciplines


Outcome measures are available upon request by contacting the internship program director, Patricia Knisley RD, MS, LD at


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