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Dietetic Internship

Dietetic Internship

Dietetic Internship Program Schedule


The official start date of the UC Davis Medical Center Dietetic Internship Program is the final Monday in August each year.  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 clinical nutrition.  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 given for prior work experience. 

Clinical Nutrition Core

Dietetic Interns will spend 11 or more weeks in clinical nutrition core rotations.  Experiences may include some of the following areas:

General Medicine Ear, Nose and Throat
Cardiology Rehabilitation
Neurosurgery Oncology
Surgery Renal Transplant
Trauma Hepatology
Gastrointestinal Disorders Nephrology
Endocrinology Cardiothoracic Surgery



Critical Care Nutrition

Dietetic Interns will spend 4 or more weeks in critical care nutrition rotations.  Experiences may include some of the following intensive care units:

Trauma Cardiothoracic Surgery
Burn Medical/Surgical
 Neurosurgery  Surgical


Dietetic Interns will spend 4 or more 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

Ambulatory Nutrition

Dietetic Interns will spend 10 or more weeks in outpatient settings.  Experiences may include some of the following areas:

Family Practice 

Renal Transplant Bariatric Surgery
Internal Medicine Adult Cystic Fibrosis
Sports Nutrition Adult/Pediatric Endocrine
 Renal Clinic High Risk Obstetrics
 Primary Care Networks Wound Clinic
 General Medicine  Cancer Center

Community Nutrition

Dietetic Interns will spend 4 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


Food Service Management

Dietetic Interns will spend 6 weeks in food service management rotations.  Experiences may include:

Recipe Development Marketing
Menu Creation Cost and Revenue
Food Production  Taste testing
Quality Improvement  Food Costing



Elective Experience

 Interns can spend 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  

Staff Relief

Dietetic Interns can spend 5 weeks throughout the program year in staff relief.  Dietetic interns are usually assigned staff relief in inpatient clinical nutrition.


Classroom time accompanies supervised practice.  Interns spend approximately 180 hours in didactic class time throughout the year. 


Dietetic Interns receive at least one week of vacation each year.  Time off varies between dietetic interns based on rotation schedule.