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Dietetic Internship

Dietetic Internship

Program Strengths

  • The opportunity to work at a nationally renowned academic medical center where clinical practice, teaching and research converge to advance human health.  The UC Davis Medical Center is recognized as one of the “Most Wired” hospitals in the U.S. and as a "Top Hospital" for delivery of high-quality care by the Leapfrog Group.  Additionally, the UC Davis Medical Center is ranked as Sacramento's top hospital by U.S. News & World Report.
  • The opportunity to work in a large 619-bed multispecialty academic medical center.  The UC Davis Medical Center provides comprehensive, specialty healthcare services to 33 counties covering a 65,000-square-mile area north to the Oregon border and east to Nevada.   The UC Davis Centers of Excellence include: 
    •  UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center,  one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive centers nationwide
    • State-of-the-art emergency departments that include the region's only Level I adult and pediatric trauma centers
    • The internationally recognized UC Davis MIND Institute, devoted to finding treatments and cures for neurodevelopmental disorders
    • UC Davis Children's Hospital, a nationally ranked pediatric hospital with more than 120 physicians in 33 pediatric subspecialties
    • A pioneering telehealth program, which gives remote, underserved communities access to academic specialty and subspecialty care

    As the region's only academic health center, UC Davis Health System is focused on discovering and sharing knowledge and providing the highest quality of care.

  • The opportunity to work with a variety of clinical and administrative dietitians and foodservice managers who are experts in their areas, work in various specialties, hold specialty certifications and advanced degrees.
  • A strong clinical nutrition services department that provides nutrition care in a high acuity setting on the inpatient side, as well as in adult and pediatric ambulatory/community clinics on the outpatient side.  Inpatient nutrition care services are provided in nine intensive care units, including Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma centers, Regional Burn Center, and Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.   Medical nutrition therapy is provided for virtually all medical conditions including cancer, neurosurgery, cardiothoracic, gastroenterology, cardiology, diabetes, transplant, rehabilitation, pediatrics, and general medicine.  Dietitians are involved in the management of oral, enteral, and parenteral nutrition care.  Nutrition care services are provided in over 30 adult and pediatric ambulatory/community clinics.
  • The opportunity to work with a culturally diverse population.
  • The opportunity to participate in patient care as a member of an interdisciplinary health care team that may include physicians, nurses, physical therapists, social workers, occupational therapists, speech therapists, discharge planners and pharmacists. 
  • The opportunity to work in a food service department that provides over 3 million meals per year to patients, visitors and staff.  Food Services provides catering services ranging from light refreshments to large receptions.  Menus and recipes are developed and tested on-site and food is cooked utilizing fresh ingredients and a large volume scratch production method.
  • The opportunity to complete staff relief at a multispecialty academic medical center.  After demonstration of competence, interns complete staff experience in inpatient clinical nutrition. Staff relief experiences solidify interns’ knowledge, provide an opportunity to function independently and reinforce expected practices for an entry-level dietitian. Interns demonstrate the depth and range of clinical nutrition skills learned in the internship. Interns apply assessment, critical thinking, problem-solving and documentation skills. Interns are supervised by an RD, who reviews and co-signs all nutrition documentation.  Most often, interns have the opportunity to complete five weeks of staff relief experience.
  • Access to the most current research available.