Dietetic Internship

James J. Peters/Bronx Veterans Affairs Medical Center Dietetic Internship

THE JAMES J PETERS/BRONX VETERANS AFFAIRS (VA) MEDICAL CENTER DIETETIC INTERNSHIP/NYU MASTER OF SCIENCE IN CLINICAL NUTRITION PROGRAM

Introduction

The James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center  (JJPVAMC) Dietetic Internship/New York University (NYU) Master of Science Program is conducted jointly by NYU's Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health, and the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center .  The coordinated program affords the opportunity to complete the dietetic internship and master of science (MS) degree in only 16 months.  The program meets all requirements for dietetic registration eligibility as well as for the MS degree in Nutrition and Dietetics: Clinical Nutrition (GEHONDMS: GECNU002).  Full accreditation by the the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) has been granted since 1982.

The program accepts seven interns annually.  The JJPVAMC offers each dietetic intern a stipend of $16,090 during the 12-month (1560 hours) clinical training period.  During the first twelve months interns spend four days a week in internship rotations and one day a week attending classes at NYU.  The final four months of the program are spent as full-time master's students at NYU.

The Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system has been recognized as one of the most advanced healthcare systems in the nation.  VA medical centers have a strong commitment to research, technology, and excellent inter-professional training and education programs.  We are one of the largest employers of dietitians in the nation, with 163 medical centers throughout the US.  Graduates of VA dietetic internships are given preference in hiring within VA medical centers.  VA dietetic interns are awarded government service credit if they choose employment within a VA medical center and/or the federal government.

The JJPVAMC is a state-of-the-art medical center with a 250- bed acute care hospital, an 80 bed long-term care facility, out-patient clinics, and a research building.  Medical records are computerized.  As a teaching hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine, clinical training is offered for a variety of health disciplines.  Dietetic interns have a private office where they each have a desk unit and computer.  Most clinical rotations provide a 1:1 dietetic intern-preceptor (Registered Dietitian) ratio.

Program Mission

Achieve competence in nutrition knowledge and professional skills essential for entry-level dietitians in a rapidly changing environment.

Program Goals and Objectives

  1. Prepare dietetic interns for successful nutrition practice to the public, by providing experiences that establish strong foundation knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies.
  2. Couple the strengths of each institution by combining the academic background of the university faculty with the expertise and experience of the JJP/BVAMC dietetics faculty to provide an educational program that cannot be met by either institution alone.
  3. Provide an environment in which interns can develop professionalism, maturity and social responsibility by working closely with registered dietitians and members of the health care team in providing comprehensive and research-based nutritional care to clients.
  4. Provide inter-professional education with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and competencies at an advanced level of training for successful communication, collaboration, critical thinking and research in the health care setting.
  5. Prepare specialists in clinical dietetics with the skills, experience, and capability of assuming leadership positions in the profession of dietetics as clinicians, researchers, educators, administrators and consultants.

Program Structure

  • 16-month coordinated dietetic internship / master of science program.
  • Dietetic interns are paid $16,090 by the JJPVAMC over the 12-month supervised practice.
  • 1560-hour internship, worked 32 hours per week, over four days per week (usually Tuesday – Friday. 8 am -  4:30 pm) x 12 months.
  • 34-credit MS degree in clinical nutrition from NYU scheduled over the 16-month period; NYU classes are one day per week during the supervised practice, then interns are full-time students in the final four months.
  • Rotation locations include the JJPVAMC, Manhattan VAMC, and a variety of additional medical centers and community sites located in the NY metropolitan area.
  • Clinical training culminates in four weeks/160 hours of independent staff relief, and provides an opportunity for first-hand experience as an entry-level dietitian.

Dietetic interns engage in grand rounds, debates, and educational activities designed to promote skills in public speaking and presentation.  Classroom instruction consists of lectures by professionals in nutrition and medicine.  Interns attend either the AND’s Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo or the New York State Dietetic Association Annual Meeting as part of the internship curriculum.

Admissions Requirements

  • US citizenship
  • Undergraduate degree (BS or BA) from an accredited college or university.
  • Verification of completion (or Declaration of Intent to complete) of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic's Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics, a defined set of undergraduate courses.
  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 on a scale where A = 4.0.
  • Interns must take 15 graduate credits at NYU during their year at the JJPVAMC, no matter how many graduate credits they may already have completed before starting the internship.  There is no option to complete this internship without enrollment at NYU from August to August for a minimum of 15 graduate credits.

Application Procedure

Please visit the JJPVAMC Dietetic Internship website for detailed instructions on our application requirements and procedures.

Please note that applicants to this program must also apply separately to New York University as well as to D&D Digital Systems in order to participate in computer matching.

  1. JJPVAMC Dietetic Internship: All applications are submitted through the Centralized Internship Application System (DICAS).  Mailed Applications will not be accepted. Applicants should follow instructions for the DICAS described below:

    • Access the on-line centralized internship application (DICAS) at https://portal.dicas.org
    • Complete the on-line application for our program by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the date in February 2013 specified at the DICAS portal.  Applicants will need to include the name and contact information (e-mail address) for each reference; this will trigger an e-mail message requesting completion of a reference form
    • The fees for DICAS are approximately $40 for the first application submitted and $20 for each additional application
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to DICAS – Transcript Dept., PO Box 9118, Watertown, MA 02472
  2. New York University MS in Nutrition and Dietetics: Clinical Nutrition

    Applicants must have at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. For detailed information about the Master’s of Science Program in Clinical Nutrition, including access to the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education & Human Development Graduate Bulletin and application materials, please visit our website (www.steinhardt.nyu.edu/nutrition) and click on the appropriate links at the top of the page.  The Bulletin contains detailed information on tuition, living costs and financial aid.  For specific questions on admissions, please call the Steinhardt Graduate Admissions Office at 212-998-5030, or visit www.steinhardt.nyu.edu/graduate_admissions

    Applicants who have non-US undergraduate credentials must present a course-by-course evaluation of their international credentials along with their completed application.  A number of agencies can provide this service:

    http://www.eatright.org/ACEND/content.aspx?id=5966   Please note that the JJPVAMC Dietetic Internship is only available to US citizens.

    Application deadline to NYU for Fall admission: February 1

    When sending your application materials to NYU, be sure to state that you are applying to the JJPVAMC

    Dietetic Internship, because application fees are waived for this purpose.

    NYU offers another dietetic internship program of 1,200 hours.  Information on that program is available at the Department’s website: www.steinhardt.nyu.edu/nutrition.
  3. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Computer Matching Process

    Applicants must also register online for computer matching and select dietetic internship priority choices by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the date in February 2013 specified at the D&D Digital website. The computer matching fee is approximately $50.  Apply online by visiting website www.dnddigital.com/ada/

Finances

Income: Dietetic interns receive a government stipend of $16,090, paid bi-weekly during the clinical component of the program in which they are interns at the JJPVAMC.

* Please note: Due to the full-time and intensive coordinated program, JJPVAMC dietetic interns are strongly advised not to work outside the program during the first 12 months of the internship.

Costs: Costs include, but are no limited to NYU tuition, living expenses, books, travel, meetings, and insurance.  Information about NYU costs should be obtained from the current School of Culture, Education & Human Development Graduate Bulletin, (available at www.steinhardt.nyu.edu) as they vary from year to year.

Financial Aid: Financial aid is available through NYU. JJPVAMC dietetic interns are eligible for full-time equivalency throughout the entire 16-month training period. *Please note: students will only receive direct financial aid when they are enrolled full-time at NYU.  Full-time equivalency status will qualify interns for student loans, but not for financial aid awards until interns are registered for a full-time credit load of 12 credits in the final fall semester, and/or 6 credits in the summer semester.  Information and applications for financial aid should be addressed to:

Office of Financial Aid
New York University
25 West 4th Street, First Floor
New York, NY 10012-1199

Students requiring financial aid must file a FASFA by February 1st

To be eligible for loans and scholarships

Scholarships are available from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, state and district dietetic associations, and other organizations.  You may also request the Department's handout on scholarships.

Housing

Please contact the Dietetic Internship Director for questions concerning housing options.  Interns also have housing options at NYU dormitories in or around Greenwich Village, or on their own (check with the NYU Office of Off-Campus Housing as a starting point).  To apply for graduate housing through NYU, consult the Steinhardt School Graduate Bulletin- for current information: www.steinhardt.nyu.edu.  However, if you decline NYU dormitory housing upon admission, you will be wait-listed for NYU housing for the following semester.

Transportation

The JJPVAMC is in walking distance from the Lexington Avenue Line #4 train Kingsbridge Road station as well as “D” train. Interns are eligible to apply to the VA Employee Transit Benefits Program during their hospital orientation in order to qualify for partial or full reimbursement of MTA fare.  Interns who prefer to drive to JJPVA during rotation will be issued a parking permit from August to August of the internship. Interns with a JJPVA parking permit are not eligible for the VA Employee Transit Program.

James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center Dietetic Internship/NYU Master's Program Nutrition and Dietetics: Clinical Nutrition (GEHONDMS: GECNU002)

Curriculum

This 34-credit master's program is reserved for students accepted into the dietetic internship conducted in conjunction with the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center.  It begins during the Fall semester and continues for 16 months.

  • No graduate level courses within the Department (i.e., NUTR-GE, FOOD-GE or PUHE-GE/) may be taken pass/fail.
  • A GPA of at least 3.0 is required to graduate from the program.

Prerequisite: Verification of Bachelor’s degree and Verification Statement from Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD).

First Fall Semester

 

6 credits

NUTR-GE 2190

Research Methods - GEHONDMS (3) (required)

 

NUTR-GE 2139

Advanced Nutrition Science: Proteins, Fats & Carbohydrates (3) (required)

 

NUTR-GE 2000

New Graduate Student Seminar - GEHONDMS (0) (required)

 

Spring Semester

 

6 credits

NUTR-GE 2144

Advanced Nutrition Science: Vitamins & Minerals (3) (required)

 

NUTR-GE 2220

Nutrition in Aging (3) or another Advanced Clinical Nutrition course. Two courses in the Advanced Clinical Nutrition category are required. Advanced Clinical Nutrition courses are offered every semester. (2 required)

 

Summer Sessions

 

6 credits

Advanced Clinical Nutrition - at least one course must be taken during the Summer session.

Recommend courses:

NUTR-GE 2045

Adv. Clinical Nutrition: Sports Nutrition (3)

 

NUTR-GE 2222

Adv. Clinical Nutrition: Eating Disorders (3)

 

NUTR-GE 2285

Adv. Clinical Nutrition: Seminar in Advanced Nutrition: Obesity in Clinical Practice (3) 

 
See semester course schedule for additional courses.
Second Fall Semester 16 credits
Research

NUTR-GE 2061

Research Applications - GEHONDMS (3) (required)

 

Additional Electives: (13 credits) See semester schedule for additional courses.

Recommended Electives:

NUTR-GE 2198 Nutrition Counseling Theory and Practice (3)  
NUTR-GE 2194 Adv. Clinical Nutrition: Weight Management (3)  
NUTR-GE 2041 Adv. Clinical Nutrition: Pediatric Nutrition (3)  

NUTR-GE 2043

Adv. Clinical Nutrition: Critical Care Nutrition (3)