Professional Education

Program Rotations

Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT)

The goals for this concentration include:

  • The dietetic intern will demonstrate the ability to apply current MNT to a broad range of disease states, as evaluated by dietetic internship preceptor evaluations.
  • The dietetic intern will develop the foundation for life-long learning and application of nutrition expertise in the field of clinical dietetics through designated rotations and relevant experience, as evaluated by both the intern and preceptor evaluations.

Our internship offers 1280 hours of supervised practice and is comprised of seven rotations:

Rotation AreaHours
Clinical600
   Basic (Medical/Surgical)   80
   Rehabilitation   40
   Neurology   40 - 80
   Eating Disorders   40
   Oncology   40
   Renal Transplant Center   40 - 80
   Gastrointestinal/Surgical   40
   Pediatrics/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit   120
   Critical Care/Nutrition Support   120
Staff Relief120
Long Term Care120
Specialty120
   Dialysis   40
   Weight Control Center   40
   Diabetes Self-Management   40
Community120
   Wellness   40
   Rochester Area Neighborhood House   40
   National Kidney Foundation of Michigan   40
Orientation40
Food Service Management160
   Purchasing, Chef, Patient Meals   120
   Retail Services    40
Total Supervised Practice Hours1280

These rotations provide a diverse array of dietetic environments including long-term care facilities, community hospitals, dialysis centers, weight control centers, and community and wellness nutrition.


Program Calendar

The program begins with orientation during the first week in January and concludes in August. The program includes a one-week vacation scheduled in April. Additional information on rotations and assignments can be found below in the listed Policies and Procedures, (#7 - Rotation Schedule), Program Materials and Rotation Assignments.

Examples of Program Projects

Clinical

  • Complete pediatric, sports nutrition, pregnancy, weight control, neuroscience, enteral nutrition, oncology and eating disorders Intern Learning Packets
  • Develop patient nutrition education materials
  • Produce a nutrition bulletin board for the weight control center
  • Complete rotation case studies and read nutrition related articles
  • Attend a one hour lecture presented by a respiratory therapist further discussing on how to utilize a metabolic cart machine
  • Develop nutrition educational interactive displays
  • Review tips for communication with patients diagnosed with aphasia
  • Review Braden Scale, Beaumont Skin Assessment and Braden Risk Assessment Algorithms
  • Review Pressure Injury Staging

Long-Term Care Facilities

  • Read nutrition related articles
  • Attend a presentation on “Nutrition Care in the Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Setting”
  • Complete a “Dietary Mock Survey Summary” Assignment

Community / Wellness Nutrition

  • Complete Women, Infant and Children (WIC) learning modules
  • Conduct grocery store tours discussing nutrition related topics such as diabetes, weight loss and heart healthy
  • Present cooking/food demonstrations at Beaumont and grocery stores
  • Develop an in-service for employees at the food pantry
  • Develop recipes, budget meals and family meal preparation for the underserved population
  • Create meal plans that are tailored to the patient’s lifestyle
  • Assist with educational seminars
  • Trained to perform “Cooking Matters at the Store Mobile Tours”
  • Review grant writing materials
  • Participate in nutrition screenings, health fairs, and any community events
  • Assist with developing nutrition flyers and presentations for community events
  • Train in Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment
  • Summarize hot topics on nutrition for the Beaumont Registered Dietitians to read

Rehabilitation

  • Complete rehabilitation intern learning packet
  • Complete specific case studies

Outpatient

  • Complete diabetes intern learning packet
  • Complete case studies and read nutrition related articles
  • Learn how to code and bill for outpatient services

The program begins with orientation during the first week in January and concludes in August. The program includes a one-week vacation scheduled in April. Additional information on rotations and assignments can be found below in the listed Policies and Procedures, (#7 - Rotation Schedule), Program Materials and Rotation Assignments.

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