UCSF Medical Center Dietetic Internship Overview

Program Mission and Philosophy

For the benefit of our patients and the larger community, the mission of UCSF Medical Center is: Caring, Healing, Teaching and Discovering.

The mission of the internship is to prepare entry-level registered dietitians who will provide evidence-based practice and compassionate patient care, through learning experiences in a diverse, academic tertiary health care system.

We are committed to:

  • Providing individualized learning experiences in a supportive learning environment;
  • Developing dietitians with in-depth knowledge in nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, food service systems, and management;
  • Modeling and teaching skills for evidence based practice with the expectation that interns apply these skills in their daily work and in their future careers;
  • Fostering an environment that thrives on effective and honest communication and respect for others;
  • Providing guidance for interns to take responsibility for their own learning and professional development;
  • Maintaining high ethical standards;
  • Compliance with regulatory and accreditation standards.

Schedule Overview

The Dietetic Internship at UCSF Medical Center is a 10 month program focused on clinical nutrition. Interns start with an orientation to the organization and department and then progress through rotations in adult inpatient clinical nutrition, advanced clinical nutrition in the ICU and pediatrics, food service management, outpatient diabetes, and community nutrition. The sequence of each intern’s schedule is different, but all interns complete the required learning experiences. Learning experiences and schedules are individualized, but dietetic internship credit is not given for prior work experience.

Interns are scheduled to work an eight-hour day and a forty-hour week, usually Monday through Friday. Hours will vary depending on the work assignment. Classes are usually scheduled into the forty hours but may occur outside of the regular daily schedule. After demonstration of competence in the inpatient clinical nutrition core rotation, interns provide "on-call" coverage from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weeknights and weekend coverage; this responsibility is rotated among interns. Interns earn time off for days worked.

Most internship experiences take place at the Parnassus Heights and Mission Bay campuses. The interns can self select a community nutrition program in the San Francisco Bay Area that meets their interests. Elective experiences may also be arranged at various locations within the San Francisco Bay Area, scehdule allowing. 

For a detailed description of intern learning experiences, please click here

For an overall schedule of internship learning experiences, please click here