Dietetic Internship Curriculum: Community
The community experience in the Dietetic Internship Program consists of four rotations lasting a total of eight weeks. Experiences are designed to develop the interns' skills to assess and meet the nutritional needs of specific populations.
Interns develop counseling and interviewing skills in the outpatient nutrition clinic during a four-week rotation, and learn to assess and meet the nutritional needs of specific populations.
The case load includes but is not limited to clients requiring prenatal and pediatric nutrition education, weight loss management and nutritional management of diabetes.
During this rotation, interns have the opportunity to visit many of the satellite clinics around Madison that provide nutrition counseling. Currently, nutrition services are provided at East Clinic, West Clinic, University Station and Research Park. The clinics are accessible by the Madison Metro bus line.
Currently, we are using over 200 pamphlets about normal nutrition and clinical issues, all of which have been developed by our staff. UW Hospital and Clinics outpatient dietitians promote nutrition education of the public through print and broadcast media, as well as public appearances at health fairs. Interns also have the opportunity to educate the public through events such as workshops, National Nutrition Month displays, cooking classes and much more.
Each intern spends one week at a not-for-profit agency serving the elderly and disabled. Special projects related to the current needs of clients may include completion of a quality improvement project, evaluation of the nutritional adequacy of a nursing home's menus and recommendations for revisions where appropriate, or provision of nutritional care to patients undergoing rehabilitation with mental and/or physical conditions.
Community Health Promotion
Each intern spends two weeks with a state nutritionist. These experiences include public policy grant writing, evaluation and community networking.