Program Strengths - UCSF Medical Center Dietetic Internship

1. UCSF Medical Center is a teaching hospital with learners from all disciplines, including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, and nursing. Interns are immersed in a robust and dynamic learning environment. 

2. Interns are treated as members of the professional staff. They have opportunities to develop and implement solutions to actual problems encountered in management and clinical areas

3. The opportunity to work with a staff representing a variety of academic and clinical experiences, with more than 40 registered dietitians in our department who work in a range of clinical specialties, food service management, clinical management, and research. 

4. Both clinical nutrition and management areas have strong support personnel.  Interns work with Dietetic Technicians Registered, Food Service Supervisors and Food Service Managers.

5. UCSF is a top ranked hospital in the United States, often at the cutting edge of advances in practice. Interns are also expected to use evidenced based guidelines and research to guide patient care and solve problems. 

6. Interns work with an array of patients with complex medical and nutritional diagnoses, including renal disease, cardiovascular disease, organ transplants, diabetes mellitus, cancer, and enteral and parenteral nutrition support.

7. UCSF Nutrition & Food Services is responsible for all UCSF Health food operations, including patient dining, retail food outlets, catering, and gift shops. Interns have the opportunity to complete projects in a large-scale food service environment, for patients and the public, that are actually implemented and have lasting impacts. 

8. UCSF Nutrition & Food Services has been continually recognized for its innovation and commitment to sustainable purchasing and practices. Interns have the opportunity to learn about and contribute to creating sustainable food systems. 

9. Interns have the opportunity to practice public speaking. They do formal and informal case presentations of patients. They also formally present the results of a management project to the department. 

10. After demonstration of competence, interns complete staff experience in inpatient clinical nutrition. Staff experiences solidify interns’ knowledge, provide an opportunity to function independently and reinforce expected practices for an entry-level dietitian. Interns are required to complete a minimum of two weeks staff experience.