The MetroHealth Dietetic Internship Program is a 44-week post-baccalaureate program that has been accredited by The Accreditation Council for Dietetic Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, since 1981.
The program accepts up to four (4) interns each year.
Our Dietetic Internship prides itself on offering an evidence-based curriculum to prepare interns for a variety of careers in dietetics. Our program has a clinical concentration; it also provides experiences in community nutrition, research, and food service management.
Jennifer Bier, MS, RD, LD
Dietetic Internship Director
Rotations and Clinical Experiences
The Dietetic Interns at MetroHealth have a hands-on approach in all rotations in which they participate. Since we are a teaching facility, the environment is ideal for interns to learn and participate as equal members of the health care team. The Department of Food and Nutrition Services welcomes the opportunity to work with the interns and takes a vested interest in assuring they develop into competent practitioners.
We continue to evaluate our program and improve its curriculum based on input from previous graduating classes and current trends in the field of Dietetics.
Clinical rotations (19 weeks)
Clinical rotations are designed for the intern to learn basic principles of nutrition assessment in a general medical population, then advance to provide care for the critically ill in our Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Units. Interns will also spend three weeks in outpatient and inpatient Pediatrics. Additional experiences include our Rehabilitation Institute, Trauma and Burn ICUs, and Cardiology and/or Oncology units.
Community rotations (8 weeks)
Community rotations allow interns to hone their counseling skills and provide nutritional care for the ambulatory population in a variety of settings. In addition to counseling at the outpatient Nutrition Clinic, interns will spend time at WIC, in a Renal Dialysis Unit, and assisting with clinical research.
Optional rotations (4 weeks)
Dietetic Interns may choose four weeks of elective rotations, which allows them to shape their experiences around their own interests and future goals. Optional rotations include the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Outpatient Pediatrics, Outpatient Obstetrics, Diabetes Education, and the Food as Medicine program.
Food Service Management rotations (5 weeks)
Food Service Management rotations allow interns to learn the food service operation in detail, participate in supervisory roles, and complete administrative projects. Marketing techniques are focused on the planning and promotion of a cafeteria meal designed by the Interns. The Intern will spend one week at Innovations Food Service.
Staff Relief (2 weeks)
Staff Relief allows the interns the opportunity to perform autonomously as a staff dietitian in an assigned area. This is the final rotation and serves as the transition between learner and independent practitioner.