Dietetic Internship Program
Welcome to one of the nation's leading Dietetic Internship Programs
Dear Student Applicant:
Thank you for your interest in the Hurley Medical Center Dietetic Internship Program. Below is information about both Hurley Medical Center and its Dietetic Internship Program. If you have questions after viewing this information, please do not hesitate to contact the program director.
Hurley Medical Center
Widely regarded as one of the premier hospitals in the state of Michigan, Hurley Medical Center is a public 443-bed, non-profit teaching hospital in Flint, Michigan. Founded in 1908, we treat everyone who comes through our doors, regardless of ability to pay. Delivering exceptional Patient- and Family-Centered Care to 20,000 inpatients and over 76,000 emergency cases a year, Hurley has the dedicated professionals, advanced technology, and state-of-the-art facilities to meet the complex health needs of our region. Flint is located approximately one hour from the cities of Lansing, Ann Arbor, Detroit and Saginaw.
Hurley Medical Center is committed to and experienced in educating health professionals. Hurley’s educational programs include the Hurley School of Nursing, a variety of physician residencies and internships, medical student clerkships, a radiology technology program, a nurse anesthetist program, a medical technology program, and the dietetic internship.
Department of Nutrition Services
Hurley’s Department of Nutrition Services provides an excellent environment for teaching dietetic interns. The department employs a staff of five inpatient registered dietitians and related professionals. In addition, there are seven other Hurley registered dietitians from other departments who cover a variety of specialty areas, such as: Outpatient Diabetes, Pregnancy and Diabetes, Bariatric, Pediatric Endocrinology, and Maternal Infant Healthy Program/Healthy Start. In total, there are 22 teaching specialists involved with Hurley’s Dietetic Internship Program.
Hurley’s clinical registered dietitians practice dietetics at an advanced level. They are responsible for nutritional screening and assessment, medical nutrition therapy, counseling and educating. As respected members of a variety of interdisciplinary teams, they are involved with patient care, health promotion, community nutrition, nutrition education for health professionals, and the dietetic internship program.
Established in 1982, Hurley has graduated over 100 interns from our Medical Center Dietetic Internship Program. All have passed the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) registration exam or are eligible to write the exam, and 19 have served on the internship faculty and clinical staff.
Following completion of Hurley Medical Center’s Dietetic Internship program, graduates are eligible to sit for the National Examination for Registered Dietitians.
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Curriculum, Classes, Costs and Benefits
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The Hurley Medical Center Dietetic Internship Program is currently granted continuing accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND):
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
(312) 899-0400 ext. 5400
The dietetic internship program is a vital component of the Hurley Medical Center Mission: Clinical Excellence, Service to People. Our clinical (nutrition therapy) emphasis program is dedicated to providing an excellent supervised practice experience that directly results in the delivery of excellent patient care.
Clinical Excellence demands that we are constantly working to deliver the best possible supervised practice program for dietetic interns. The team of registered dietitians and preceptors actively seek to continuously improve the quality of their rotations. We expect dietetic interns to apply their best efforts in attaining the goals of this clinical emphasis program and we strongly welcome constructive feedback, to aid in our continuous efforts for improvement.
Service to People dictates that we will provide outstanding medical care to our Hurley community, within the hospital and beyond, and that we will deliver a well-rounded supervised practice program that is pleasant, meaningful, and professionally relevant to interns.
The Hurley Dietetic Internship Program is a 36-week program beginning each January which:
1. Prepares intern graduates for dietetic registration and graduation of entry-level dietitians.
2. Stimulates professional and personal growth for each intern graduate and emphasizes quality performance.
Measurable Graduate Outcomes
- Over a five-year period, the pass rate for program graduates taking the registration examination for the first time will be at least 80%.
- Over a five-year period, 70% or more of program graduates who sought employment in dietetics will be employed within three months of program completion.
- Percentage of interns enrolled in the Dietetic Internship program that is expected to complete all program requirements within 150% of the time planned for completion.
- The rating of competency statements that graduates give on their final evaluation will meet a score of “3.0”, extensive experience-perform independently, on all (100%) of the competencies.
- Each graduate is formally rated satisfactory or better by a preceptor a minimum 8 times prior to graduation.
- Each graduate completes a formal resume and list of accomplishments prior to graduation.
- Hurley’s “Lunch and Learn” attendants at the intern case study presentations will rate the achievement of each objective listed as “a=met”.
Criteria for Graduation and Issuing of Verification Statement
The graduate must meet the following minimum criteria in order to successfully complete the Hurley Medical Center Dietetic Internship Program and receive his/her Verification Statement.
- Satisfactory completion of rotations, assignments and learning experiences as outlined by the preceptors for each rotation. Unsatisfactory rotations must be repeated and if necessary, the graduate may have a time extension with approval.
- Satisfactory completion of 4 weeks of staff relief as judged by the preceptor and internship director. Additional weeks of staff relief may be scheduled, with approval.
- Satisfactory attendance with no more than 5 days of approved absence. If more than 5 days are missed, the graduate will be required to make this time up on weekends or by extending weekday hours.
- Each graduate will receive a minimum of 5 original Verification Statements upon successful completion of the program. Statements will not be pre-dated or issued prior to the program completion dates. Signatures will be written in blue ink.
- During the course of the internship, each graduate must submit completed, satisfactory “special projects,” rotation assignments, required reports, and a list of continuing education seminars/classes attended. Upon completion of the program, each graduate must submit a current résumé to complete his/her portfolio.
- Final intern self-evaluation, program evaluation, office keys, and pager must be submitted to the Internship Director. ID badge must be returned to the Security Office for a $5 refund.
For more information on the Hurley Dietetic Internship Program, please contact:
Dietetic Internship Director
Hurley Medical Center
One Hurley Plaza
Flint, MI 48503