Acute Care Inpatient
Dietetic Interns work with staff to provide nutrition care on inpatient medical, surgical, and critical care units. Interns develop skills in nutrition assessment, designing care plans, providing diet education, as well as communication with other disciplines and documentation in medical records. Additional experience is offered in specialty units, including the adult intensive care unit, clinical research center, and transplant (both inpatient and outpatient). Altogether, twenty two weeks are devoted to inpatient clinical nutrition, including time in pediatrics (Boston Children's Hospital), a community hospital, and in long term care.
Ambulatory and Community Nutrition Services
Dietetic interns are assigned to work in outpatient and community settings to focus on nutrition education and counseling. Interns will spend time in the Nutrition Clinic, the Celiac Center, the Bariatric Surgery Clinic, the hospital's wellness center and a community health center.
Food Service Management
Food Service Management encompasses several areas including patient food service, purchasing, production, catering, and cafeteria management. Interns develop skills in menu planning, food production and distribution, standardization of recipes, quality control and improvement, safety and sanitation, fiscal control and financial management, and human resource management. The Food Service Management Rotation is approximately four weeks.
Plan Your Own
Dietetic interns have a two-week rotation to plan their own learning objectives and experiences to meet their professional goals. Recent examples of areas of dietetics they have gained exposure to include:
- sports nutrition
- inborn errors of metabolism
- school-based nutrition education
- private practice
- AIDS research
- recipe development/nutrition communication