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About the Dietetics Internship Progam

Dietetics Internship Program director

From the Director

I am pleased to see that you are interested in finding out about a program with such a rich history!  I have been the program director since October 2014 and am proud to be associated with such an accomplished program.

Our program is fast-paced and rigorous and will expose you to many different areas of dietetics. It is a joint program that takes place at both UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital and the Lexington Veterans Administration Medical Center. This provides you with a unique opportunity to be a part of two different environments of patient care, processes and management styles. Clinical rotations between these two locations include pediatrics, oncology, out-patient clinic and abdominal transplant, just to name a few. By the end of it all, our goal is to prepare you to be an entry-level Clinical Dietitian.

In addition to the clinical rotations, you will complete several weeks of Food Service Management rotations and a month-long Community rotation. During your community experience, you will live in another part of the Commonwealth of Kentucky (yes, we pay for your housing while you’re gone!) and be serving county health departments, WIC clinics, school food services and other community-based services.

Throughout your rotations, we will expect you to complete oral presentations that improve your public speaking skills. You will give several patient and knowledge-based presentations to the preceptors and your peers. This provides us with the opportunity to not only teach you, but learn from you.

Have I mentioned homework? There is lots of it. You will spend your day with your preceptors learning and your evenings doing written assignments using evidence-based sources. You complete a notebook for each rotation that contains review questions, new terms, current practice issues, and other assignments. You will even develop and conduct your own research project.

Why select the University of Kentucky Hospital Dietetic Internship? Because our goal is to prepare you for a prosperous future in the field of dietetics! UK Hospital is an academic medical center, which means it is an exceptional learning environment. You will be among students from other disciplines including medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry, also here to learn. You will be able to ask questions of and learn from physicians and all members of the health care team.

If you are intrigued and want to learn even more, please review our website and attend one of our open houses. If you have any questions after doing so, please do not hesitate to contact me. We wish you luck in the search for an internship that matches your needs!


Whitney Duddey