NDEP Documents

Alternate Supervised Practice Activities and Assignments

To help provide educators with examples of activities and assignments to use for alternate supervised practice experiences, NDEP has compiled a listing of resources organized into four categories: General, Clinical, Community and Foodservice. Please note: the first item listed in the General category is the link to the Google folder titled Alternative Hours for Dietetic Interns - COVID-19 Restrictions. This folder contains many additional resources and activities shared by our NDEP members, and is a location where members may actively continue to post items to share.

NDEP Webinars

Intern QI Projects in a Hospital Setting Led by Staff RDNs

Health care consists of complex systems that work together in a nonlinear manner with inconsistent outcomes. Quality Improvement (QI) programs attempt to increase the likelihood that system outcomes are consistent with current professional goals. At Children’s Hospital Colorado and University of Colorado Hospital, the dietetic interns work with the clinical nutrition staff to identify QI projects and follow the PDSA frame work – Plan, Do, Study and Act – to implement the projects. Because of timing, the interns may only be involved in one of these steps but the experience allows them to learn the process and work on a project identified by staff members that ultimately benefits the hosting facility and patient care. Past projects included evaluation of a algorithm for nutrition assessment/intervention in lung transplant patients, updating formula mixing directions, and identifying patients with high alpha tocopherol levels on IV lipid solutions.

Presented by: Susan Gills, PhD RD

Active Learning and Flipped Classroom Techniques with Applications for Teaching Life Cycle Nutrition Webinar

When instructors use flipped classroom and active learning methods, students can engage in high level cognitive activity (e.g. application, evaluation) with the support of their peers and instructor during classroom time. The presenters will share how they have re-structured their courses using class preparation activities, case studies, primary research, assessments, and student feedback to improve student learning, engagement, and enjoyment.

Presenters: Cynthia Bartok, PhD, RDN, CD and Nadine Braunstein, PhD, RD, FAND

Competency-Based Supervised Practice Experiences in Agriculture and Food Systems Settings Webinar

This webinar will help make the case for providing supervised practice experiences in agricultural settings across the food system to dietetic interns and students using examples from the University of Arizona ISPP program. There is opportunity for many competencies/knowledge requirements to be met with these experiences. Next steps for integrating these experiences in your program will be provided, along with opportunities for questions and discussion.

Presenters: Ashlee Linares-Gaffer, MS, RDN, FAND and Kayle Skorupski, MS, RDN-AP, CSG, CNSC, FAND

A Strengths-Based Approach to Self-Awareness

People who are self-aware are happier, more effective, peaceful and confident. In this video, learn about the importance of self-awareness, with a focus on capitalizing on strengths, specifically using the CliftonStrengths assessment tool. Become the best version of you with the information shared about personal growth and success for both you and the students you are guiding.

Presented by: Janice Watt, SNS

Diversity and Inclusion in Dietetics: Educators as Allies and Advocates

Diversity and inclusion continue to be challenges facing the profession of dietetics. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its associated organization, the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, have undertaken a number of initiatives designed to improve diversity and inclusion among dietetics students and interns, yet data regarding racial/ethnic diversity (the only diversity data currently collected) suggest little improvement. Educators of dietetics professionals are uniquely positioned to positively affect diversity and inclusion in dietetics given their interface with students and interns throughout the process to become credentialed professionals. In this presentation, the speakers informed educators about ways to strategically and thoughtfully improve diversity and inclusion in their programs, and provided educators with resources they can use to foster diversity and inclusion throughout the education continuum.

Presenters: Shelly DeBiasse, PhD, RDN and Katherine Burt, PhD, RDN

Eliminating the 'Top Ramen Years': How to Integrate your Nutrition and Dietetics Program with Your Campus Food Pantry

Food insecurity is a huge issue facing students on college campuses. This session describes the collaborative activities between a Nutrition and Dietetics program and campus food pantry. Specific opportunities for supervised practice and competency fulfillment, that can be integrated into your program, are discussed in detail. On-going challenges and opportunities for the future, including how the collaboration will continue during COVID-19 are included.

Presented by: Beth Blake, MPH, RDN

Incorporating Experiential Learning in the Classroom Setting with Simulation

The current generation of dietetic students are accustomed to the use of technology and interaction to maximize their learning. As educators, we are facing the challenges of incorporating interactive experiential learning activities in the classroom setting. Examples of how experiential learning activities are implemented in the didactic program will be used to highlight how to successfully implement more interactive/experiential types of activities in the classroom setting.

Presenter: Sandra Mayol-Kreiser, PhD, RDN, CNSC


NDEP Survey to Program Directors – Feedback on Future Education Model Talking Points Handout

In July, the NDEP Council surveyed Program Directors of ACEND-accredited programs to gather input on two handouts developed by ACEND® on Future Education Model Talking Points for both Administrators and Students/Parents. Below are the results of those two surveys as well as compiled summaries of the data.


Open House Listing

This resource was created and is maintained by Victoria M. Getty, M.Ed, RDN, and is being made available through Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP). These listings will provide you with information regarding open houses being hosted by accredited dietetic internships and coordinated programs to provide supervised opportunities and training for achievement of required competencies.

For more information about the Open House Listing, email Vicky Getty.

Revised 2018 Standards of Professional Performance

View the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics article titled "Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Revised 2018 Standards of Professional Performance for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (Competent, Proficient, and Expert) in Education of Nutrition and Dietetics Practitioners."