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Mission and Goals

Mission and goals of the BIDMC dietetic internship program

The mission of the Dietetic Internship is to recruit the best intern applicants for the internship and provide them with experiences that help them meet the core competencies required to become qualified dietitians, and to instill in them the importance of excellent patient care, individual accountability, and involvement in the community. We recognize the need for future registered dietitians in the Boston community and the United States, and actively support the mission of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as being "...the advocate of the dietetic profession serving the public through promotion of optimal nutrition, health and well being.''

Goals and Outcome Measures for the BIDMC Dietetic Internship:

Goal #1: Train graduates to practice competently in entry level dietetics:

  • Alumni of BIDMC's program will achieve a first time pass rate of at least 80% on the RD exam, over a 5 year period.
  • At least 80% of employers of our graduates, responding to the employer survey, will indicate that the intern was adequately prepared for the position they obtained.
  • Over a 5 year period, at least 70% of DI graduates who sought employment in dietetics will be employed within twelve months of program completion.
  • At least 80% of interns enrolled in the DI program complete all program requirements within 150% of the time planned for completion.

Goal #2: Continually improve the quality and diversity of intern applicant pool, in order to select and graduate successful practitioners.

  • At least 30% of DI graduates will be from non-New England states/countries over a 5 year period.
  • At least 13% of DI graduates will include diverse applicants such as gender, ethnicity over a 5 year period.

Goal #3: Prepare graduates to assume leadership positions.

  • At least 20% of intern graduates will assume leadership positions within 5 years of graduation.

Meeting Our Goals:

  • The first time pass rate of our graduates taking the RD examination is 91%. (2007-2011)
  • 88% of our graduates who sought employment were employed in dietetics within three months of program completion. (2010-2011)
  • 25% of our graduates represented diversity in the past 5 years. (2006-2011)
  • 100% of interns enrolled in the DI program at BIDMC completed the program within 150% the time allotted for completion. (2011)


Contact Information

Julie Robarts, MS, MPH, RD, LDN
Dietetic Internship Coordinator
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Rabb B-06
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
617-667-2582
617-667-3126
JRobarts@bidmc.harvard.edu