The University Hospitals Case Medical Center (UHCMC) accredited Dietetic Internship Program, founded in 1933, is the second oldest program in the country. In 1965, the dietetic internship linked with the Department of Nutrition at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center as part of the Coordinated Dietetic Internship/Master’s Degree Program.
UHCMC is a 1032-bed tertiary medical center specializing in adult/pediatric medical and surgical specialties. It is an affiliate of CWRU.
University Hospitals Case Medical Center’s Mission Statement:
To Heal. To Teach. To Discover. UHCMC Dietetic Internship Program’s Mission Statement: Graduates of the program will be adequately prepared to pursue positions as entry level registered dietitians. They will be able to begin a professional practice with a solid background encompassing the breadth of the field of dietetics. Their depth of knowledge will allow them to provide quality of service, effectively apply knowledge and provide a continuous systemic approach to evaluating outcomes. The graduate will be able to base their practice on significant scientific principles and best evidence.
1. To prepare graduates to be competent entry-level dietitians.
2. To demonstrate its unique ability to provide each student with the foundation of research processes and applications.
3. To demonstrate that it provides an environment of learning for the interns and preceptors.
The Program offers ONE area of concentration:
Research Processes and Application
This concentration builds off of the required competencies/learning outcomes. There is a strong research environment between UHCMC and CWRU. It provides the student with many opportunities to expand and apply their research knowledge. This concentration will heighten the student’s learning experience. The process begins during the fall semester when each student is paired with a research mentor in the CWRU course Nutrition 561. The student and mentor continue to work together throughout the spring semester to complete the competencies/learning outcomes for the concentration.
The program offers a unique variety of educational experiences in a diverse environment. It will provide the interns with: intense acute care rotations; a pediatric experience at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital (ranked as one of the leading children’s hospital in the country); exposure to MacDonald Women’s Hospital and a rotation in the Seidman Cancer Center (one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country).