The Southern Regional Medical Center (SRMC) Dietetic Internship is a (10-month)
42-week post-baccalaureate program with a medical nutrition therapy emphasis.
The program begins in mid-August and ends in late May/early June. Interns
complete a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice in the dietetics
field and nearly 200 hours of didactic classes. Mondays are reserved for
didactic classes. SRMC shares lecturers and guest speakers with the Emory
and Georgia State University internship programs. Vacations include one
week for Thanksgiving, two weeks for Christmas/New Year’s, and four
personal days throughout the year.
The 1200 hours of supervised practice are divided as follows:
Clinical (17 weeks)
The SRMC internship has a medical nutrition therapy emphasis as we are
hospital-based. The majority of the clinical experience is gained within
our facility, although some clinical rotations may be at other Atlanta
hospitals and long term care facilities. Southern Regional does offer
some unique experiences, such as the Women's Life Center, inpatient
rehabilitation, and a Bariatric Center.
Food Service Management (5 weeks)
Food Service rotations are completed within SRMC’s Department of
Food and Nutrition Services. The first two weeks are devoted to completing
modules (as a group) by working with and observing various aspects of
food service in a hospital setting. The final three weeks consist of rotations
in the production and retail areas, patient tray services, and with department
- Diabetes (3 weeks)
- Since diabetes is such a major health concern, we devote three weeks to
this area of nutrition. Interns work with certified Diabetes Educators,
outpatient dietitians and other clinicians to teach many aspects of diabetes
management and provide outpatient nutrition counseling.
Community / Wellness (5 weeks)
Community rotations are very diverse as students work in public health/WIC
and school wellness/nutrition.
Emphasis (4-6 weeks)
Interns have the option of completing a six-week emphasis in areas of
their choice. Interns have the opportunity to work with dietitians in
various fields of dietetics. Some have chosen to work in specialty areas
such as writing for nutrition web sites, nutrition support, geriatrics,
eating disorders, diabetes, long term care, dialysis, alternative medicine,
cardiac rehab, private practice, pediatrics, and many others. The options
are endless if you use your creativity!
Skills Development (2 weeks)
These are orientation/skills development classes done with
Georgia State University and
Emory University Hospital DI programs to prepare interns for rotations.