Memphis VA Medical Center - Dietetic Internship Program
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Dietetic Internship Program


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Program Rotations and Schedule (40 weeks total)

The Catherine Austin Dietetic Internship is a fulltime program with 40 hours of supervised practice scheduled per week.  Typically, interns are scheduled Monday through Friday but may be asked to work an occassional weekend.  In addition to supervised practice hours dietetic interns may have assignments or readings to supplement the hands-on learning experience.



Dietetic Interns - Class of 2017

Supervised Practice Calendar 2020-2021

Planned Experience

Number of Weeks

Orientation:  September 14, 2020-September 25, 2020


Clinical Rotations (9 weeks)  
Medicine: Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Oncology


Geriatrics/Palliative Care


Spinal Cord Injury and Wound Healing


Nutrition Support/Critical Care/Surgery


Community/Outpatient Rotations (12 weeks) 

Outpatient Nutrition Clinic and Telehealth


Intensive Diabetes Management Rotation


Home Based Primary Care




Women's Health/HTK


Shelby County Health Dept (WIC)


Diabetes/MOVE! Program Management

Church Health                              1
UT West Clinic (Oncology)

Food Service Systems/Management (4 weeks)

Clinical Management


Food Service Systems


Maternal/Infant/Pediatrics (1 week)  
Introduction to Pediatrics (didactic and workshops)


Research Rotation (1 week)  


 Special Interest Rotations:  
Memphis VA Elective Rotation                            2
Optional Offsite Elective                            1
Staff Experience and Special Interest Rotations


Professional Development Week:  To be determined


Didactic Class Week and TN Annual Meeting/Hill Day

Vacation:  Interns will accrue a total of 80 hours of vacation and will work with director to schedule in advance


Holidays:  Interns will be off on all Federal holidays including Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President's Day and Memorial Day


Clinical and Community/Outpatient Rotations

The Catherine Austin Dietetic Internship at the Memphis VA Medical Center has a strong concentration in clinical skills.  The dietetic intern will have opportunities to develop their analytical skills, utilize the nutrition care process and get an in-depth education on managing patients with complicated medical histories.  Our dietetic interns serve in multiple settings including our Dialysis, Cardiology, Spinal Cord Injury Unit, Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Units and a Geriatric Rehab Facility.  Interns will be provided with an opportunity to learn counseling skills in a variety of settings including our American Diabetes Association (ADA) Recognized Diabetes Education program, MOVE! Program, metabolic syndrome clinics, outpatient clinics, healthy teaching kitchen, and home based primary care.  The Memphis VA Medical Center is also a regional center for women's health and caters to female Veterans of a variety of ages.  Opportunities for rotations at Church Health, University of Tennessee Health Science Research, and UT Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities are also available.  As dietetic interns are considered employees of the Medical Center and are provided a stipend to cover living expenses 80% of rotations must take place at the Memphis VA Medical Center.

Management Rotations

The food service systems management experiences are planned to give the intern experience in a variety of food service and management situations.  In-depth experience involving food service production, staff training, quality assurance and financial management are incorporated into the rotation.  Field trips offer opportunity for comparison of different food service systems.  

Staff Relief

The final component of the dietetic internship is staff relief.  This is when the dietetic intern assumes the role of the registered dietitian.  Each intern will be allowed to choose their field of interest for staff relief and optional rotations.  This experience is designed to allow the intern to utilize the counseling, assessment and communication skills they have acquired during the internship while developing their leadership and time management skills.  Our goal is for every intern that graduates from our internship is fully prepared and ready to assume the responsibilities and challenges of a registered dietitian.