Program Overview and Calendar
- Program Length: 52 weeks
- Entrance Date: Program starts on the second Monday of June and the second Monday of October
- Class Size: 5 interns for each class (total of 10 interns per year)
- Work Schedule: Approximately 40 hours per week (5 days, 8 hours per day)
- Vacation: Each intern has 17 days of time off from the internship program (these days are used for sick days and all holidays that are on a weekday)
- Meals: Free meals and snacks
- Health Insurance: Interns are required to obtain their own health insurance
- Computer Matching: All applicants must participate in the D&D Digital Systems computer matching process. OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Dietetic Internship code for matching is #326. There is a $50 process charge.
- Accreditation: The OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Dietetic Internship Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education and Nutrition and Dietetics.
There are 3 major sections of the OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Dietetic Internship. Interns have a wide variety of experiences, projects, and opportunities to prepare them to be an entry-level dietitian.
- Clinical Inpatient Medical Nutrition Therapy
- Community/Wellness & Food Service
Clinical Inpatient Medical Nutrition Therapy
There are 19 weeks of clinical inpatient nutrition which provides interns with hands on experiences in medical units including:
- Regional Stroke Center and Neurology
- Intensive Care Units
- General Medical
- Children's Hospital-General and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Community, Wellness, and Food Service
The 10 week rotation in community, wellness, and food service provides interns with the opportunity to gain experience through a wide variety of projects, observations, and outreach to the community such as:
- OSF Endocrinology Center
- RiverPlex Recreation and Wellness Center classes
- Adult and pediatric outpatient observations
- Cystic Fibrosis clinic-adult and pediatric
- TV and media relations
- Create an educational handout and poster
- Legislative letter
- Outpatient counseling classes
- Cooking demonstrations
- School district education outreach
- Recipe development
- Community agency program experience
- Food production
The unique 20 week emphasis curriculum provides diverse experiences to meet individual career goals and develop leadership skills. The curriculum is based on:
- Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Dietetic Internship Emphasis Curriculum Development Guide
After the dietetic interns demonstrate the necessary skills to perform the entry-level practice they may choose one or more of the following emphasis areas for their concentration:
- Medical Nutrition Therapy
The goal of the emphasis curriculum is to help dietetic interns develop individual, in-depth knowledge and skills necessary for future proficiency in dietetics. However, it is not intended to prepare specialists or advanced level practitioners as defined for credentialing purpose.
Projects required during the emphasis curriculum include:
- Counseling at Heartland Armstrong Clinic - nutrition counseling at an ambulatory clinic
- Nutrition Education Luncheon - professional presentation to health professionals for 1 CPE
- Cafeteria Alternatives Project - plan, organize, coordinate and market healthy food items to consumers
- Professional Portfolio and Resume Development
- Clinical Experience - gain further MNT experience in your area of interest
Other optional projects during the emphasis curriculum may include:
- Eating disorders unit
- Media projects
- Inpatient and outpatient perinatal care
- Corporate wellness
- Nutrition presentations to the community
- Food services & catering projects
- Newsletter articles
- Diabetes camp
- National Nutrition Month® activities
- Participation in classes, seminars, and conferences*
* Participation is arranged according to the specific goals of the interns.
"The emphasis curriculum provided an opportunity to pursue areas of my interest and work toward my specific career goals."
Stacey Crutchley, RD, LD
The following calendar is the same for both June and October start dates. The interns progress through the program from MNT to Community/Wellness and Food Service and complete the program in the Emphasis Area.
Each intern is allotted 19 days off for vacation and sick time. Preceptor and director must approve days off, however, most preceptors not available on major holidays and desk days are required if interns do not want to take the time off.
Hours worked each week will vary based on the hours worked by each individual preceptor (i.e 7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. or 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
You will be expected to work a minimum of 40 hours per week.
|MNT Orientation||3 weeks|
|MNT Rotations||16 weeks|
|Community/Wellness and Food Service Orientation||1 week|
|Community and Wellness||8 weeks|
|Food Services||2 weeks|
|Emphasis Orientation||1 week|