Dr. Karen Kritsch, PhD, RD
Thank you for your interest in the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Dietetic Internship. UW Hospital and Clinics is an acute care teaching institution, nationally recognized in many areas of medical care. Within this environment, dietetic interns apply their academic training, furthering their competency in:
- Clinical nutrition
- Food systems administration
- Community and Public Health
Our Dietetic Internship Program has provided interns with academic excellence in a clinical setting since 1953. We are very proud of our graduates. Over the past five years, 96 percent of our graduates have passed the registration exam on their first attempt. Additionally, many of our graduates have completed advanced degrees.
The Dietetic Internship program has a medical nutrition therapy concentration. This 48-week program includes 31 weeks of medical nutrition therapy clinical experiences, six weeks of community and public health experiences and nine weeks of food systems administration. Interns are in rotation a minimum of 32 hours per week. Up to eight additional hours per week are provided as didactic class work and group or individual learning activities. Interns complete the scheduled supervised practice experiences full-time.
As a dietetic intern, you will acquire the skills necessary to pursue a variety of career opportunities in the nutrition profession. This is a comprehensive program in which dietetic interns actively learn and become competent in best-practice, patient- and family-focused nutrition care at a tertiary hospital providing all levels of medical care. In addition the program integrates the interns with nutrition specialists in the community and within Public Health. The intern becomes actively integrated into food systems administration.
The strength of this program lies in the high quality of knowledgeable preceptors providing supervised practice, usually within a one on one rotation experience. The overall learning experience is enhanced with a required graduate class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, internship core learning sessions and many hospital-based clinical and administrative educational trainings and sessions.