Curriculum

Classes
Classes are generally scheduled Monday morning from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. They are presented by a variety of professionals who are experts in their field. Topics may include: renal disease, transplantation, metabolic nutrition, school nutrition, HIV/Oncology, public policy, ethics, interviewing, food service management, and others. Classes are frequently combined with other internships in the Atlanta area (Georgia State University and Southern Regional Medical Center).  Classes may be held at Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Goergia State University, Southern Regional Medical Center and occasionally at other off-site locations.

Monday afternoons are usually reserved for intern presentations. Interns each present one formal clinical case study, a seminar, and other oral presentations as assigned. When presentations are not scheduled, time may be used for meetings with the director, coordinator or for work on special team projects.  

Planned Rotations
Interns are scheduled in rotations Tuesday through Friday. When in rotations, interns keep the same schedule as the preceptor, or as directed by the preceptor. Times will vary during the food service rotation from beginning at 4:30 a.m. to leaving at 7:30 p.m. Hours for most clinical and external rotations also may vary, but are generally 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

The rotations planned for 2014-2015 include 20 weeks of clinical, 6 weeks of food service management, 6 weeks of community and 2 weeks of elective rotations. The first 2 1/2 weeks of the program are devoted to orientation and skills development.

The rotations include:

  • Clinical (20 weeks): Bariatrics, Cardiology, general medicine, general surgery, oncology, rehabilitation medicine, renal/transplan, nutrition support, and a four week clinical staff experience
  • Food Service Management (6 weeks): Development and marketing of new recipes for retail food service operations, production, purchasing, human resources, quality improvement and management experience
  • Community (6 weeks): May include senior citizen programs, Open Hand, maternal and child health, health and wellness, adult diabetes, Atlanta Community Food Bank, School Nutrition or Atlanta Regional Commission
  • Elective Rotations (2 weeks): Allows the intern to pursue an area of interest in-depth or explore an area not covered in the program. Examples of elective experiences interns have participated in include, but are not limited to:  private practice, culinary school, sports nutrition, genetics, and pediatrics.  Some interns elect to spend an additional 2 weeks in one of the regular clinical rotation areas that they would like to explore in greater depth.
  • Skills Development (2.5 weeks): Includes an orientation to the hospital and the program as well as a review of different clinical specialties in nutrition

Graduation Requirements
To qualify for graduation from the program, interns are required to complete all 36 weeks of the program, successfully achieve all ACEND competencies, pass all rotations, and complete all assignments.

Sites/Facilities
Most clinical and food service experiences are provided at Emory Healthcare (Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, and Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University).

Community experiences are provided through programs and institutions outside of the hospital environment.

Emory University Hospital

Emory University Hospital (EUH) is a 579-bed facility specializing in the care of the acutely ill adult.  The hospital is located on the Emory University campus in northeast Atlanta.

More than 24,000 inpatients and 80,000 outpatients come to Emory University Hospital each year.  They receive care from physicians of The Emory Clinic, who also are faculty of the Emory University School of Medicine, and from a highly trained staff of nurses and other clinical professionals. 

Our hospital provides a full range of specialized care.  We are recognized as one of the nation's leaders in cardiology and cardiac surgery, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics and transplantation.  Emory University Hospital has been included in the U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Hospitals" for several years as one of the nation's top 10 cardiology centers. 

Dietetic interns may rotate at EUH in the areas of cardiology, general medicine, general surgery, transplant, oncology, rehab medicine, nutrition support, and foodservice management.

Emory University Hospital Midtown

Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM) is a 511-bed community based, acute care teaching facility and full-service hospital located in Midtown Atlanta.  A part of Emory Healthcare, the hospital offers a full range of services, which include general medicine, maternal and infant care, orthopaedics and surgery.  Emory University Hospital Midtown is staffed by 600 Emory medical faculty and 800 community physicians.  More than 23,205 inpatients and 143,961 outpatients come to Emory University Hospital Midtown each year.  Patients receive care from community-based physicians, physicians of The Emory Clinic and from a highly-trained staff of nurses and other clinical professionals. 

Medical services include 56 intensive care beds, a level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and four hyperbaric oxygen units.  This full-service hospital is well known for services in cancer, cardiology, cardiac surgery, gastroenterology, and emergency medicine.  Women's services include prenatal and postnatal education, bone density testing, mammography, and obstetrics, with a specialization in high-risk pregnancy. 

Dietetic interns may rotate at EUHM in the areas of cardiology, general medicine, general surgery (including bariatric surgery), renal disease, nutrition support, and foodservice management. 

Community-Based Environments

To provide a broad range of experiences in the community and in food service management, rotations are also scheduled outside the hospital environment. A description of selected sites follows:

Open Hand 

Open Hand is the only community-based nonprofit organization in Atlanta addressing comprehensive nutrition care - healthy, home-delivered meals combined with nutrition education, counseling and therapy for homebound seniors and individuals struggling with chronic illness.  The Open Hand rotation offers interns the opportunity to learn about community assessment and outcome measures, participate in community-based grant funded health promotion programs and evaluate these programs. 

Maternal and Child Health — Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) 

Maternal and Child Health WIC is a federally sponsored national program that provides nutrition education and supplemental food to low income families. In Georgia, WIC has taken a holistic approach to serve WIC participants.  Interns rotate with WIC nutritionists in Gwinnett County, and participate in nutrition assessment, body measurement, hemoglobin checks, nutrition education and breast feeding support education.

Atlanta Regional Ciommission (ARC) 

The ARC is the regional planning and intergovernmental coordination agency for a 10-county area.  Interns participate in home visits to patients who have been recently discharged and have risk factors for re-admission including dietary non-compliance.

Atlanta Communicty Food Bank (ACFB) 

The ACFB is a non-profit food distribution center in which an RD works with various agencies to combat food insecurity issues.