Curriculum Description

Curriculum Description

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 nearly200 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 managers/supervisors.
  • 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.