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Dietetic Internship Program

     The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (JHBMC) is a full service, 560-bed community teaching hospital and continuing care facility located on a 1,000-acre campus in Baltimore, Maryland. Specialty centers of the medical campus include a wound care center, neonatal intensive care unit, burn unit, a continuing care facility, a Joint Commission Center of Excellence for bariatric surgery and oncology, alcohol and drug treatment center, and cardiac rehabilitation program.

JHBMC's Dietetic Internship Program has been in place since 2001. The program's clinical experiences and didactic program provide the core educational competencies for entry level dietetic practice and have been designed for the supervised experience required to sit for the Commission on Dietetics Registration Exam for Dietitians. The full-time program accepts a maximum of 10 interns annually.

The JHBMC Dietetic Internship Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, 1-800-877-1600, ext. 5400.

Philosophy & Mission

The philosophy of the JHBMC Dietetic Internship Program is to provide education opportunities for excellence in dietetic training. Expertly guided by highly qualified dietetics professionals in environments dedicated to excellence in research, healthcare, and education, the program is designed to provide unique opportunities for a variety of experiences in clinical, community, and food service management. The program's mission is consistent with that of Johns Hopkins Medicine:

  • To provide dietetic registration opportunities for qualified graduates of didactic programs in dietetics
  • To provide the highest quality training in the field of nutrition and dietetics through a strong, interdisciplinary training team
  • To enable students to develop skills in dietetic leadership
  • To promote the development of dietetic professionals who are able to embrace proven theory, evaluate current research, and communicate effectively to other health professionals, peers and the lay population

Core Values

The core values of the Dietetic Internship Program are congruent with those of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center:

  • Excellence & Discovery
  • Leadership & Integrity
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Respect & Collegiality

Program Goals & Outcomes

The program staff and preceptors are committed to preparing graduates to become outstanding dietetics professionals. The following goals and outcome measures for the program have been established:

Goal 1

The program will provide interns with rigorous, clinically advanced training, enabling them to provide nutrition therapy to diverse populations.

Outcome measures:

  • 100 percent of the curriculum and reference material will be updated annually to reflect current research and practice.
  • 100 percent of the graduates will evaluate the program with a score of “4” (agree) or above in the areas of intern expectations met, preparation for entry-level dietetics and resource availability.
  • 100 percent of the graduates will evaluate the program with a score of "4" (agree) or above in the area of preparation for entry-level dietetics.
  • 100 percent of the graduates will evaluate the program with a score of "4" (agree) or above in the area of providing exposure and training to diverse patients/populations.

Goal 2

The program will prepare graduates to become skilled entry-level dietitians.

Outcome measures:

  • At least 90 percent of students enrolled in the program will successfully complete all program requirements within 150 percent (17 months) of the time planned for completion (11 months).
  • Within 12 months of program completion, at least 80 percent of the graduates seeking employment or an advanced degree will either be employed in the dietetics field of their choice or enrolled in an accredited continuing education program.
  • Ninety percent of the graduates will pass the RD exam within 12 months of their first attempt.
  • At least 80 percent of graduates will indicate “yes” on the graduate survey when asked if they felt prepared for an entry-level dietetics position.
  • At least 80 percent of graduates' employers will indicate "yes" on the graduate survey when asked if the graduate was prepared for an entry-level dietetics position.

Program Completion Rate and Pass Rate on the RD Exam

The JHBMC Dietetic Internship program has maintained a 99-percent completion rate since its inception in 2001. Over the past 5 years, 100 percent of graduates have taken and passed the RD exam; 100 percent of graduates achieved first-time passing score on the RD exam.

Outcome Data

Outcome data is available upon request.

Requirements

In order to begin the dietetic internship, all interns are required to undergo a criminal background check, drug screening, have a TB test or provide a current lung x-ray, provide proof of immunizations, receive a flu vaccine and have a physical exam at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Employee Health Center. In addition, liability insurance, health insurance, car insurance and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) membership are required.

Expenses

Tuition for the internship is $7,500, payable in two installments during the year. A $3,000 deposit of the program fee shall be paid by June 1, preceding the start of the internship. The remaining $3,500 shall be due no later than July 15. All fees are non-refundable and subject to change.

The JHBMC Dietetic Internship Program does not participate in Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

Additional expenses are estimated as follows:

Housing$500-1,000/month
Parking and travel$600
Liability insurance$35
Textbooks and references$100
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics student membership$49
Lab coats and safety shoes$60
 
 
 
 

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