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 general nutrition clinic, as well as in specialty clinics focused on gastrointestinal issues, bariatric surgery, oncology, heart failure,  and cardiovascular health.

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.

Opportunity for a Pediatric Focus

In partnership with Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), we have the capacity to provide a pediatric focus for 1 or 2 interns. The experience would allow the intern to spend 12-20 weeks in the pediatric setting, in place of some adult nutrition rotations.

Please note that matching to the BIDMC internship guarantee placement in the pediatric focus. Interns with an expressed interest in pediatrics will be evaluated by both BIDMC and BCH, with final decisions made prior to the start of the internship.

*As an applicant, you are welcome to express your interest in the pediatric focus in your personal statement. First and foremost, however, you must be willing to commit to the standard Adult focus should that be the decision.

Plan Your Own

Dietetic interns have a unique opportunity to plan their own learning objectives and experiences. This allows them to gain experiences that align directly with their professional goals. Recent examples of areas of dietetics they have gained exposure to include:

  • burns
  • sports nutrition
  • inborn errors of metabolism
  • school-based nutrition education
  • private practice
  • AIDS research
  • recipe development/nutrition communication