Clinical Nutrition

Dietetic Internship: Medical Nutrition Therapy Curriculum


The 31-week clinical nutrition experience consists of many rotations staged to increase practice complexity. During these rotations, interns:

  • Screen patients for nutritional risk
  • Assess the nutritional status of patients with increasingly complex medical conditions
  • Apply the nutrition care process in real-life practice
  • Interpret laboratory data and learn medical terminology
  • Develop knowledge of disease states and procedures
  • Investigate the nutritional implications of drug therapy
  • Develop and implement nutrition care plans, enteral or parenteral
  • Function as members of intraprofessional health care teams
  • Serve as nutrition resources for health care professionals
  • Apply informatics knowledge and document in the electronic medical record
  • Counsel and educate patients and clients

MNT rotations include four weeks in ambulatory care (two weeks focusing on diabetes care and two weeks of a free choice option), one week in clinical nutrition research, four weeks in pediatrics, and the remaining 22 weeks in a majority of inpatient rotations that emphasize the following areas: general medicine, cardiology, renal disease and dialysis, gastrointestinal surgery, oncology, neurology, geriatric, critical care and organ transplant. Clinical nutrition management is also included within the MNT competencies with consideration to the intern's placement preference.


Why Learn at UW Health?

  • Highly trained preceptors

    UW Health registered dietitians and nutrition technicians provide integrated nutrition care in multiple settings. The majority of clinical dietitians and preceptors are Masters or PhD prepared. Our hospital supports the patient- and family-centered systems approach in treatment and education. A cooperative network is maintained between each patient and the members of his or her health care team in order to promote patient satisfaction as well as optimal outcomes.

  • Academic Health Care

    UW Health represents the academic health care entities of the University of Wisconsin-Madison: UW Medical Foundation, UW Hospitals and Clinics, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, American Family Children's Hospital and UW Carbone Cancer Center. Our healthcare professionals are at the forefront of research, developing new treatments and training the next generation, and nutrition is no exception. Our shared vision: Working together, UW Health will be a national leader in health care, advancing the well-being of the people of Wisconsin and beyond.

    UW Hospital, with 566 beds, is part of the UW Health system, which also includes the UW Medical Foundation (physicians' group); American Family Children's Hospital; the UW Carbone Cancer Center; and UW School of Medicine and Public Health. The hospital is a major employer in Dane County and a Level I trauma center for both adults and children.

  • Variety of Medical Specialties

    U.S. News & World Report magazine has named University of Wisconsin Hospital 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

    Both intradepartmental and interdepartmental communication is enhanced through informatics. 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. The UW Health intranet offers immediate access to valuable resources including searches for science-based articles, UW-Madison libraries and related instructional sessions, UW Health Academy resources (e.g., addressing quality improvement, leadership, communication) and much more. Accessing quality, science-based information is at your fingertips. The Clinical Nutrition Department provides access to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Adult and Pediatric Nutrition Care Manuals.

  • Enhanced learning opportunities

    Intern curriculum includes completion of four special projects during the course of the internship.
    This includes an E Portfolio, development and oral presentation of a Clinical Case Study, a written evaluation of personal professional growth and participation in a mentored quality improvement project or science-based evidence project.