Dietetic Internship Program Schedule
UC Davis Medical Center Program Dates:
2020-2021 Class: August 17, 2020 - July 30, 2021
2021-2022 Class: August 16, 2021 - July 29, 2022
2022-2023 Class: August 15, 2022 - July 28, 2023
2023-2024 Class: August 21, 2023 - August 2, 2024
The first week of the program is an Orientation Week. After approximately one week of both general orientation and clinical classes, all interns begin with inpatient clinical nutrition at the UC Davis Medical Center. Following completion of the clinical nutrition core experiences, interns begin experiences in advanced clinical nutrition, management, ambulatory and community nutrition. The sequence of each interns schedule is different, but all interns will complete the following experiences.
* Dietetic Internship credit is not granted for prior learning or work experience.
Clinical Nutrition Core
Dietetic Interns will spend 12 weeks in clinical nutrition core rotations. Experiences may include some of the following areas:
|General Medicine||Ear, Nose and Throat|
Critical Care Nutrition
Dietetic Interns will spend 4 weeks in critical care nutrition rotations. Experiences may include some of the following intensive care units:
Dietetic Interns will spend 4 weeks in pediatric nutrition rotations. Experiences may include some of the following areas:
|Pediatric Unit||Neonatal Intensive Care Unit|
|Pediatric Intensive Care Unit||Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit|
Dietetic Interns will spend 11 weeks in UC Davis Medical Center ambulatory practices. Experiences may include some of the following areas:
|Renal Transplant||Bariatric Surgery|
|Internal Medicine||Adult Cystic Fibrosis|
|Pediatric Specialty Clinics||Adult/Pediatric Endocrine|
|Renal Clinic||High Risk Obstetrics|
|Primary Care Networks||Wound Clinic|
|General Medicine||Cancer Center|
Dietetic Interns will spend 3 weeks in community settings. Experiences may include some of the following areas:
|Living Fit Forever||Supplemental Program for Women Infants, and Children (WIC)|
|Food Bank||Meals on Wheels|
Dietetic Interns will spend 6 weeks in food service management rotations. Experiences may include:
|Recipe Development||Cost and Revenue|
|Menu Planning (Retail and Patient)||Marketing|
|Quality Improvement||Taste Testing|
|Food Production||Food Costing|
|Human Resources Management||Safety and Sanitation|
Interns may spend up to two weeks completing electives. Experiences may include some of the following areas:
|Adult Specialty Clinics||Pediatric Inpatient Specialty|
|Pediatric Specialty Clinics||Long Term Care|
|Adult Inpatient Specialty|
After demonstration of competence, interns complete a minimum of two weeks of staff relief experience in inpatient clinical nutrition. In general, interns spend up to five weeks in staff relief experience. The staff relief experience solidifies interns' knowledge, provides an opportunity to gain independence and reinforces practices for an entry-level dietitian. Interns apply knowledge learned throughout the internship including assessment, implementation of interventions, problem-solving, consideration of disease pathophysiology and documentation skills. Interns are supervised by an RD, who reviews and co-signs all documentation.
Classroom time accompanies supervised practice. Interns spend approximately 200 hours in didactic class time throughout the year.
Please click on the link below for detailed information on didactic classes:
Dietetic Interns receive at least one week of vacation each year. Scheduled vacation may vary based on the learning experiences schedule.