Morrison Healthcare Dietetic Internship

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Morrison Healthcare Dietetic Internship Experience


For 2023, Morrison Healthcare DI will offer:

June 7, 2023-Dec 8, 2023; ONLY Full time- 40 hours/wk, Monday-Friday; Admission requirement: BS or MS Degree with DPD verification statement. A mandatory virtual orientation will be held June 7-9 and 12-16, 2023 (must attend all days).  Rotations start June 20, 2023.

Internship Class: Sept 2023-March/April 2024

Track 1:  Sept 2023-March 2024; 40 hours/wk, Monday-Friday; Admission requirement: DPD Verification Statement with completed MS degree by August 2023

Track 2:  Sept 2023-April 2024; 32 hours/wk, Monday-Thurs; Admission requirement: BS degree, DPD Verification statement, 18 hours completed toward master’s degree. 

Track 3: Sept 2023-April 2024; 32 hours/wk, Monday-Thurs; Accepted into University of Alabama (UA) MS Degree, with BS degree and DPD Verification Statement; Courses with UA start, May 2023.    

A mandatory virtual orientation will be held Aug 21-25 and Aug 28-Aug 31, 2023 (must attend all days). Rotations will start Sept 5, 2023.  

Internship Breaks:  The week of Thanksgiving;Monday prior to Christmas and returning the Monday after New Year’s Day; and MLK Day, Memorial Day and 4th of July.

Orientation:  All students must attend the virtual orientation prior to starting the internship. 

Online Sessions: On-line classes will be scheduled in the evenings throughout the internship. The sessions will  provide on-line live training, presentations, and discussions.

Rotation experiences include:

Food Management (6 weeks)
Experiences to include, but not limited to:

~ Implement steps to order, purchase, and receive food according to regulatory and budgetary requirements.
~ Create and implement recipes/menus to satisfy needs and demands of patients and café customers.
~ Assist with employee schedules, payroll, and providing training and development.
~ Participate in patient food delivery operations from meal selection to patient meal delivery
~ Evaluate workflow of systems, kitchen design, kitchen equipment and layout
~ Researching and implementing sustainability initiatives or trends to improve food management operations.
~ Analyze quality, financial and productivity data for use in planning.
~ Evaluate food & nutrition services to ensure that the environment for customers and associates is safe and regulatory requirements are met.

In-patient Clinical Nutrition (12 weeks)
Experiences to include, but not limited to:
~ Assess and educate patients with varying medical conditions
~ Present case study and a comprehensive literature review
~ Participate in functions of leadership

Outpatient Nutrition Counseling and Community (3 weeks)
Experiences to include, but not limited to:
~ Participate in providing medical nutrition therapy to patients/clients in the outpatient setting
~ Document requirements and follow-up of care and communications in the outpatient setting
~ Participate in coding and billing of nutrition services to obtain reimbursement for services
~ Participate in providing outpatient class or healthcare system community initiative
~ Estabish, coordinate, and lead a group  for a local grocery shopping tour.

Long Term Care (2 weeks)
Experiences to include, but not limited to:
~ Assess and educate residents of the elder population with diagnoses that include pressure ulcers, dysphagia, and unintended weight loss
~ Complete nutrition risk assessments, develop nutrition care plans, and follow up on interventions to ensure positive results
~ Learn the difference between regulatory agencies, different levels of care, and the regulations these impact

Research (24 hours)
Experiences to include, but not limited to:

~Designated research topic estabished by the internship
~Collection of data, with analyzation of information, and literature research to support topic
~Research topic and findings presented as a poster