The North Shore-LIJ Health System began as a small community hospital in the 1950s. Today its facilities include 16 hospitals, three regional trauma centers and over 130 ambulatory care sites, making it the largest health care system on the East Coast. Today, North Shore University Hospital is the top hospital among those in the nation's largest metropolitan areas, according to a new study by the Washington, D.C.-based Consumer's Checkbook (an independent, not-for-profit organization).
The excellent reputation of the individual facilities and the health system as a whole attract healthcare practitioners and students of the highest caliber.
The North Shore-LIJ Health System strives to improve the health of the communities it serves and is committed to providing the highest quality clinical care by educating the current and future generations of health care professionals; searching for new advances in medicine through the conduct of bio-medical research; promoting health education; and caring for the entire community regardless of the ability to pay.
The North Shore-LIJ Health System (NS-LIJ) Dietetic Internship Program, with a medical nutrition therapy emphasis, strives to prepare individuals to transition from student to professional by integrating didactic knowledge of food and nutrition with practical experience in dietetics. The program provides the highest quality of clinical care, educates current and future generations of dietetic practitioners, searches for new advances in nutrition and food service through outcome-based dietetic research, and promotes health education. This dietetic internship program has a medical nutrition therapy emphasis and will take 40 weeks (about 1,370 hours) to complete. One class of ten interns is admitted annually.
Interns will be based at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset and complete rotations at many other health system facilities. The program meets the performance requirements of The Standards of Education and of The American Dietetic Standards of Professional Practice for dietetic professionals. This Dietetic Internship has initial accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND*) for entry-level dietitians. Graduates of this program will receive a verification statement that will establish eligibility to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians.
Our Goals and Outcome Measures
Program Goal One: Prepare graduates for entry-level practice.
- Based upon program completion data, 90% of enrollees will successfully graduate from the NS-LIJ dietetic internship.
- Based upon data from the most recent one-year period, 90% of graduates will successfully complete the Registration Examination for Dietitians on the first attempt.
- Based on averages from the most recent five-year period, 85% of graduates will pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians the first time.
- Based upon the data obtained from the one-year post graduation survey, at least 80% of graduates who are seeking employment will secure entry-level positions in dietetics within six months of program completion.
- Based upon survey data from employers, 80% of employers will rank graduates as competent entry-level practitioners.
Program Goal Two: Internship prepares entry level practitioner for careers in a variety of healthcare settings: hospitals, health care agencies, government service, food industry, restaurants, school food service and private practice.
- Based upon averages from the most recent five-year period, 75% of graduates are employed in clinical nutrition settings.
- Based upon the data obtained from the one-year post graduation survey, 75% of graduates indicated that they felt comfortable seeking employment in diverse settings.
Program Goal Three: Graduate individuals who will demonstrate self-directed career growth.
- Based upon averages from the most recent five-year period, greater than 50% of graduates intend to enroll or are actively enrolled in graduate programs
- Based upon averages from the most recent five-year period, greater than 40% of graduates will achieve specialty certifications.
*ACEND can be contacted at:
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Phone: 1 (800) 877-1600
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