ACEND® has begun to identify Noteworthy Nutrition and Dietetics Education Practices among ACEND®-accredited programs and would like to highlight one or more program(s) per quarter for their noteworthy practices on the ACEND® website. The remaining 2019 due date for noteworthy practice submissions is Friday, October 18.
Noteworthy practices in the following topic areas are requested.
Program directors or other individuals associated with an ACEND®-accredited program are asked to complete the submission form and an abstract of their noteworthy practice and email it to ACEND® for review. Submissions will be reviewed by an ACEND® Board review team and selected entries will be posted.
Email completed submission forms and supporting documentation to ACEND@eatright.org with the subject line: Noteworthy Practice Submission.
Maricopa County Department of Public Health Dietetic Internship
Courtney Baker, MHS, RDN and Diana Kinsfather, MS, RDN
Noteworthy Practice: Curriculum
Maricopa County Department of Public Health Dietetic Internship (MCDPHDI) has a 1 week Management Week rotation that all 11 interns participate in learning how to manage a dietetic internship. This rotation takes place every year in April. Interns are tasked with a variety of assignments including revisions to curriculum and evaluations forms, handbooks, and internship documents, and planning and executing a department meeting. Interns provided a department meeting educating staff on the role of a registered dietitian and their own path to getting selected for our program. Other management week tasks include creating welcome letters and care packages for incoming class of interns, beginning development of schedules, and providing quality improvement feedback to Dietetic Internship staff to improve operational processes of the internship. The interns are responsible for designating tasks between themselves to effectively complete all assignments within the week. A Trello board is utilized for communication between interns and DI staff and also helps monitor the progress of the assignments while allowing opportunity for feedback. Throughout this week interns realize the amount of planning, revising, and maintenance that is required to run an effective dietetic internship program. They feel empowered that their feedback is utilized to consistently make change. The objective of the rotation is to provide interns the opportunity to develop management skill, while mentoring others through activities to enhance the experience of future classes within our program.