UCSF Medical Center offers a 52-week dietetic internship with a Nutrition Therapy emphasis in a dynamic teaching medical center environment. The internship includes experiences under the supervision of Registered Dietitians in clinical nutrition, management, and nutrition counseling and education. Admission to the internship requires completion of minimum of a bachelors degree and completion of a didactic program in dietetics. Upon satisfactory completion of the internship, graduates are eligible for active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and to take the Registration Examination for Dietitian Nutritionists. More detailed information is available from the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR); please click here to access the CDR website.
Over 800 Registered Dietitians have completed our dietetic internship program since it began in 1934. Our graduates are employed as clinical and outpatient dietitians, managers in clinical nutrition and food service, and in non-traditional jobs.
The Dietetic Internship at UCSF Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.
For the benefit of our patients and the larger community, the mission of UCSF Medical Center is: Caring, Healing, Teaching and Discovering.
Our mission 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:
The expectations of dietetic interns at the UCSF Medical Center Dietetic Internship are that each individual intern:
The program goals of the UCSF Medical Center Dietetic Internship are:
The Dietetic Internship at UCSF Medical Center is a 52-week program with a Nutrition Therapy concentration. After approximately one week of general orientation, all interns begin clinical nutrition learning experiences in the Adult Inpatient Clinical Nutrition Core. Following completion of the clinical nutrition core experiences, interns are scheduled for experiences in Advanced Clinical Nutrition, Management or Nutrition Counseling and Education. 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 and field trips 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; this responsibility is rotated among interns. Interns are also scheduled to work some weekends and holidays and earn time off for days worked.
Most internship experiences will take place at the Parnassus and Mission Bay campuses (see internship home page for more specific information about these campuses). Some experiences will occur at the Mount Zion Campus as well. There is a free shuttle bus service that provides transportation between all of the UCSF campuses.
During the Nutrition Counseling and Education experience, interns select a community nutrition program or agency in the San Francisco Bay Area that meets their interests. Elective experiences may be arranged at various locations within the San Francisco Bay Area.