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Dietetic Internship

Dietetic Internship

Dietetic Internship Rotations


The official start date of the UC Davis Medical Center Dietetic Internship Program is the final Monday in August each year.  This first week of the program is called Orientation Week. 

During Orientation Week, dietetic interns are introduced to the UC Davis Medical Center campus, program preceptors, and fellow dietetic interns.  The primary purpose of Orientation Week is to educate dietetic interns about program expectations, and policies, and procedures. 

Dietetic Interns can expect to receive preliminary individual rotation schedules for the first half of the year during the final afternoon session of Orientation Week.

Clinical Nutrition

Dietetic Interns will spend 15 or more weeks in inpatient clinical nutrition rotations.  Experiences may include some of the following areas:

General Medicine Ear, Nose and Throat
Cardiology/Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Rehabilitation
Neurology Oncology
Surgery Transplant
Trauma Burn
Adult/Pediatric Critical Care General Pediatrics

Ambulatory and Community 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
Pediatric Nephrology Adult/Pediatric Endocrine
Wellness High Risk Obstetrics
Long Term Care Supplemental Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

Food Service Management

Dietetic Interns will spend 6 or more weeks in food service management rotations.  Experiences may include some of the following areas:

Patient Services Procurement
Diet Office/Diet Kitchen Retail/Cafeteria
Management Projects  

Staff Relief

Dietetic Interns can spend 6 weeks throughout the program year in staff relief.  Areas in which dietetic interns are assigned include clinical nutrition, ambulatory nutrition and/or food service management.


Dietetic Interns receive one week of vacation at the end of December each year.  Time off varies between dietetic interns as each will be assigned to work one of the following holidays:  Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's.