Dietetic Internship Frequently Asked Questions
Why do an internship at UW Hospitals and Clinics?
- Education at its Finest
The UW Hospitals and Clinics Internship Program is collaborated with the University of Wisconsin's Department of Nutritional Sciences, bringing quality practice and advanced knowledge to provide a platform for the best future nutrition practices.
- Highly Trained Preceptors
The majority of clinical preceptors are Masters or PhD prepared! UW Hospitals and Clinics provides the best in patient- and family-centered systems approach in treatment and education. Majority of learning is one on one. One intern to one preceptor provides patient comfort and individualized learning.
- Academic Health Care
UW Health represents the academic health care entities of UW Hospitals and Clinics and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. Our health care professionals are at the forefront of research, developing new treatments and training the next generation, and nutrition is no exception.
- Variety of Medical Specialties
U.S. News & World Report magazine has named UW Hospitals and Clinics the top hospital in Wisconsin and among the nation's top 50 hospitals in seven medical specialties: nephrology, geriatrics, pulmonology, ear, nose and throat, neurology and neurosurgery, cancer and gynecology. The magazine also named UW a high-performing hospital in cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, orthopedics and urology. On April 8, 2013, the UW Health Digestive Health Center opened, creating the region's finest multi-disciplinary outpatient clinic serving patients with diseases of the digestive tract, liver and pancreas.
- Informatics and Continued Learning
With an integrated suite of applications, the electronic medical record helps UW Health faculty and staff provide better, safer and more consistent care and more personalized service to patients. Accessing quality, science-based information is at students' fingertips. The UW Health Intranet offers immediate access to valuable resources including searches for scientific, peer-reviewed articles, UW-Madison libraries and related instructional sessions, UW Health Academy resources (e.g., addressing quality improvement, leadership, communication) and much more. The Clinical Nutrition Department provides access to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Adult and Pediatric Nutrition Care Manuals.
- Enhanced learning opportunities
The Dietetic Internship curriculum includes completion of four special projects during the course of the internship. This includes an E Portfolio, a Clinical Case Study presentation, an evaluation of personal professional growth and a journal club presentation.
How can I arrange a visit to UW Hospitals and Clinics?
Visitation is limited to the areas of conference rooms and food systems in order to maintain patient privacy. View posted webinars as they are made available. If you have questions yet unanswered, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (608) 890-8528.
Is there anything I can do to earn extra money during the internship?
Yes, you may earn hourly wages by working in the role of Nutrition Student on weekends or evenings. You may also participate in making research trays or supplementing catering staff at special weekend events. You will learn about these options after you match with the program. Work hours may not overlap planned internship activities.
What is the dress code?
You must wear footwear that is comfortable and quiet. During the food systems rotations, wear sneakers and casual clothes that can easily be washed. All other rotations require professional attire.
Will I need a car?
Most likely. While Madison Metro public transportation can be used to get and from to most practice sites, transportation is necessary for the Food Systems Administration and Community rotations.
Are there any additional items not previously listed that I may wish to purchase?
Lab coats may be borrowed at no cost. Some books may be required with courses for which the intern enrolls.