Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital - Dietetic Internship Program
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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 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%

§   Annual overall scaled scores and domain specific scores on the Registration exam will exceed the national average

*  At least 80% of program interns will complete program requirements within 16 months (150% of the planned program length)

Assessment Methods include: Descriptive statistics of registration exam scores from Pearon VUE reports, descriptive statistics for program completion rate

o    Results from graduate and employer surveys

§  Based on graduate surveys, >90% of responding program graduates will respond that the internship adequately prepared them for professional practice.

§  Based on employer surveys, >90% of responding employers will respond that the internship adequately prepared the graduates for professional practice with a response of "well prepared" or "very well prepared"

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 program graduates will secure VA employment in the VA system withing 3 years of graduation
  • Employment upon graduation
    • Of graduates who seek employment, at least 90% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields withing 12 months of graduation 

       Assessment Methods include: Descriptive statistics of job employment, graduate surveys

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

    Outcome Measures include:

  • At least 25% of interns' performance improvement/quality management projects will involve health care professionals from other disciplinesParticipation in performance improvement/quality management projects and activities
  • One hundred percent (100%) of interns will participate in poster presentations of performance improvement/quality management 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, Candice M. West, MS, RD, LDN at Candice.West@va.gov


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