General Information

UC San Diego Medical Center offers a 43-week dietetic internship with a Nutrition Therapy concentration in a progressive academic medical center environment. The medical center, located in San Diego, is a large tertiary care hospital that provides the highest level of specialty care in the region. Under the supervision of Registered Dietitians, dietetic interns will rotate through experiences in:

  • Clinical nutrition
  • Food
  • Service management
  • Ambulatory/community nutrition
  • Research

Upon satisfactory completion of the internship, dietetic interns are eligible for active membership in the
Academy of Nutrition and Dieteticsand to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians. Candidacy for Accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has been granted to UC San Diego Medical Center Dietetic Internship. The United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognize the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. The address and phone number of ACEND:

120 South Riverside Plaza, suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
800-877-1600 ext. 5400

Find out more about the Application Procedure.

Human Resources Requirements

Upon acceptance to the UC San Diego Medical Center Dietetic Internship, the accepted applicant must undergo a California State Criminal Background Check. The intern will complete this process through the Human Resources department at no charge to the dietetic intern. Successful admission into the program is contingent on the background check. This is consistent with University procedure for all staff, residents, interns andvolunteers.

Upon acceptance to the UC San Diego Medical Center Dietetic Internship, the accepted applicant must obtain a health clearance from The Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine (COEM). COEM is responsible for the Employee Health Services. Interns must complete a pre-employment physical exam that includes a TB skin test and drug screen. Appointments will be made during Orientation week (or before) by the Internship Director to ensure clearance is granted prior to the intern starting in rotations. False information or misrepresentation may disqualify applicants and/or be grounds for dismissal from program.

Computer Matching Information

The UC San Diego Medical Center Dietetic Internship will participate in the D&D Digital Systems computer matching for 2013 applicants. Applicant deadline is Feb. 15, 2013. Please refer to the Application Procedure section.

Program Contact Information

UC San Diego Medical Center Dietetic Internship
UC San Diego Medical Center
Department of Food and Nutrition Services
200 W. Arbor Drive, mail code 8801
San Diego, CA 92103-8801
http://health.ucsd.edu/specialties/nutrition/

Betty Garrity MPH, RD
Internship Director
bgarrity@ucsd.edu
619-543-3351