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University of New Mexico Dietetic Internship Donna W. Lockner, Ph.D., R.D. Dietetic Internship Program Director.

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1 University of New Mexico Dietetic Internship Donna W. Lockner, Ph.D., R.D. Dietetic Internship Program Director

2 Route to R.D. Bachelor’s Degree from CADE accredited program Complete CADE accredited Dietetic Internship Pass national R.D. exam

3 All CADE Accredited Internships Provide : n At least 900 hours of supervised practice n Opportunity to demonstrate ability in entry-level “Competency Statements”

4 Internships differ by: n Emphasis area –Nutrition Therapy –Community –Foodservice Systems Management –Business/Entrepreneur –Generalist n Affiliation with university, hospital, etc. n Location n Length n Cost

5 Information on Dietetic Internships n ADA Web Site n Directory of Dietetics Programs n Applicant Guide to Supervised Practice Experience

6 Applying to Internships n Ask for Information/Application Packet n Follow instructions METICULOUSLY n Send for official transcripts from every college attended

7 Application Packet n Application form available on disk from ADA or UNM Nutrition Program n Neatness counts n Written communication skills evaluated n Start several months before postmark deadline n Follow directions!

8 Memberships, Awards n American Dietetic Association –Dietetic Practice Groups n New Mexico Dietetic Association n Society for Nutrition Education n UNM Nutrition Club –Offices held (shows commitment and responsibility)

9 Letters of Recommendation n Choose people who fit the criteria for evaluators –Faculty –Work/volunteer supervisor n Ask a month before you need the letter n Sign cover sheet about confidentiality n Provide information to help them write the letter (don’t be shy) –Include specific information about your abilities and skills

10 Work Experience n Describe key responsibilities with strong verbs –Conduct, responsible for, ensure, maintain standards n ADA standard application separates nutrition-related (including volunteer)

11 GPA n DPD courses = courses required for BS degree in Nutrition/Dietetics n Required = in Student Handbook n Additional = other courses you chose to take n A = 4.0 A- = 3.67 B= = 3.33 –See UNM catalog n For each course, multiply credit hours times grade points

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13 UNM Dietetic Internship n Generalist n August through May n Enrolled as a graduate student n Earn 18 graduate credit hours –3 credit hours each semester for on- campus graduate course –6 credit hours each semester for supervised practice off-campus n Cost is tuition only (less than $2,500 for NM residents

14 Rotations: 30 hours per week of supervised practice n 9 weeks - Nutrition Therapy n 9 weeks - Foodservice Management n 9 weeks - Community Nutrition n 5 weeks - Enrichment (intern chooses area)

15 In each rotation: n intern meets each competency statement by performing planned activities in the supervised practice facility under direction of a preceptor (30-32 hours per week) n intern writes weekly journal n intern attends graduate class on campus one day per week

16 Upon Completion of Internship: n take R.D. exam n apply for state licensure if applicable

17 Selection Criteria for UNM Dietetic Internship n GPA for last 60 hours –minimum of 3.0 n GPA for nutrition courses –minimum of 3.0 n Letters of recommendation n Work/Volunteer experience –skills demonstrated –responsibility –duration n Letter of application


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