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Dietetic Internship Program Curriculum

There are several components to the NS-LIJ Dietetic Internship: 
  • Rotations through clinical, food service and community settings; staff relief experience, lectures and workshops.
  • A minimum of 1,370 hours of supervised practice (at least 37.5 hours per week for 40 weeks are required.) The intern may need to work more hours to complete an assignment. All case study work must be done on the intern's own time.
  • The intern will receive a final rotation schedule at orientation. This schedule must be maintained so that the program can be completed in the designated time frame. The intern will not routinely replace the hours of paid hospital employees except during staff relief as described below.
  • The schedule will include staff relief experience. During this supervised experience, the intern will work under the direction of the registered dietitian. This experience is meant to give the intern an opportunity to experience day-to-day responsibility in a controlled setting.
  • Lectures/workshops will be presented on various topics in clinical, food service management and community dietetics. The interns must attend classes as scheduled. Each intern will be assigned a topic and expected to develop and present germane information to selected audiences.
  • Completion of all rotations, modules, assignments, case studies and presentations is required as evidenced by satisfactory evaluations by preceptors.
  • Evaluation of the intern’s performance with the supervising preceptor recognizing strengths and accomplishments and identifying areas that need further development.
  • Completion of a clinical nutrition examination with a score 85% or higher during Clinical I in order to advance into Clinical II: Cardiac, Medicine, Oncology, Behavioral Mental Health, Neurology, Bariatric Surgery, Gastrointestinal surgery & oncology and Nephrology.
  • Completion of a clinical nutrition examination with a score 85% or higher during Clinical II in order to advance into Clinical III: Critical Care, Pediatrics and Staff Relief.
  • Completion of a final clinical nutrition examination with a score of 85% or higher at the end of Clinical III is required as a requirement for graduation.
  • Participation in a final evaluation process is required in order to receive the verification statement.
  • The curriculum has a medical nutrition therapy emphasis. A total of twenty-four (24) weeks are spent in medical nutrition therapy settings, seven (7) weeks in food service, three (3) weeks in a community setting and two (2) weeks in elective.
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy: Strong emphasis is placed on nutritional assessment and the relationship between the pathophysiology of disease to nutrition principles. Interns work one-to-one with registered dietitians in all aspects of patient care. A variety of experiences will be provided throughout the health system. Rotations will be completed in general medicine, cardiology, surgery, neurology, orthopedics, maternity, oncology, adult and pediatric intensive care, general pediatrics, psychiatry, nephrology, long-term care and outpatient programs. Sites include: Franklin Hospital, glen Cove Hospital, Huntington Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, North Shore University Hospital, Plainview Hospital, Southside Hospital, Staten Island University Hospital and Syosset Hospital.
  • Food Service Management: The food service management rotation offers cook-chill, cook-serve, remote delivery systems, catering and retail operation sites to develop the integration of nutrition knowledge and food service. Experiences include: financial management, completion of a business plan, purchasing, food production, food delivery systems, personnel management, computer applications to food service and nutrition and staff relief. Sites include, Glen Cove Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, North Shore University Hospital and Plainview Hospital. The interns also spend one week in a school food service setting.
  • Community Nutrition: The community nutrition experiences cover the lifespan.Sites include Nassau County and New Hyde Park Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) programs provide postnatal nutrition education and other services. Health System outpatient pediatric and adult clinics.
  • The program allows for eleven holidays. These days are pre-scheduled: Thanksgiving and the Friday after, December 24 through January 1, Martin Luther King Day, Washington's Birthday and Memorial Day.
  • Interns are "on duty" 37.5 hours per week, including class time. Additional time is required to complete assignments, readings and projects. Interns have up to four days of scheduled time off.  Additional time lost to illness, absence or emergency leave must be rescheduled with the program director. 


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