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Program Outline

Program Outline by Weeks

I.       Clinical Nutrition Rotations - 19 weeks  

Medicine – 6 weeks
Critical Care/Nutrition Support – 5 weeks
Pediatrics – 2 weeks
Renal/Dialysis – 2 weeks
Advanced Clinical Services – 2 weeks
Staff Relief Experience – 2 weeks
(Advanced Clinical followed by Staff Experience rotations will include one or more in-patient services: medicine, critical care/nutrition support, digestive health, oncology, burns, neuroscience, surgery, cardiovascular, transplant or pediatrics.  Intern interests and learning needs, as well as preceptor availability are considered for assigned area)

II.       Food Service Systems Management Rotations - 11.5 weeks

Hospital Food Service Management (Main Kitchen) – 6 weeks 
Food Service Audit – 1.5 weeks * 
Retail Operations – 2 weeks 
Staff Relief Experience– 2 weeks

*Interns work as a group to complete an audit that will culminate in a group report to management. 

III.      Community Nutrition Rotation - 4 weeks

This rotation includes time in the VCU Medical Center, Outpatient Nutrition Services (Nutrition Clinic and specialty clinics such as diabetes, bariatrics, obstetrics, oncology and transplant), at the VCU Health Hub at 25th (group diabetes prevention program, grocery store tours and other nutrition education programs), as well as exposure to community agencies (i.e. Meals on Wheels, and a community clinic). 

IV.      Advanced Administration -  3 weeks

For this rotation, interns are assigned to work with a nutrition program or division manager to gain exposure to responsibilities in leadership positions. At least one project related to concentration area will be completed during this rotation.

 V.     Specialty Rotations - 6 weeks

Specialty Rotations are planned to meet the individual needs and interests of each intern as well as concentration requirements.  Examples of specialty rotations include community and public health programs, diabetes camp, university and K-12 nutrition programs, long term care facilities, diabetes treatment center, research, wellness/fitness programs, and numerous adult and pediatric clinical in-patient and out-patient practice areas. Specialty rotations may be completed at affiliation sites or within VCU.  A minimum of one specialty rotation (2 weeks) is completed in concentration area.

VI.     Other

Personal Time Off – 14 days for vacation, sick time, interviews, etc. (For the class beginning in August, eight days are scheduled automatically in December/January.)
Orientation – 1.5 weeks  Note:  The specific program start dates are determined by the hospital orientation schedule.  Dietetic Interns selected in the spring will begin within the first two weeks of August, while those selected in the fall begin within the first two weeks of January.  Please contact jana.boston@vcuhealth.org if you need more detailed information.