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Graduates' Testimonials

2016-17 UK Hospital dietetic interns
2016-2017 UK Hospital dietetic interns and program director with Kentucky state Rep. Susan Westrom.

Testimonials from the 2016-17 dietetic internship class

"The UK dietetic internship offers a multitude of unique learning opportunities. The knowledge and experience I gained over this 10-month course allowed me to confidently walk into the position as a clinical dietitian. I am honored to have had the opportunity to work and learn from such an intelligent and supportive team of preceptors. This internship is an experience of a lifetime and well worth all the blood, sweat and tears."

“If you’re looking for a clinically focused dietetic internship, the University of Kentucky Hospital Dietetic Internship should be at the top of your list. This internship provides a challenging and comprehensive experience while strengthening both clinical and personal skills. This is a unique internship in that you get to experience two different clinical facilities between UK and the VA Medical Center while working alongside some of the top professionals in their respective fields. While on this journey, I encountered many outstanding preceptors that have a wealth of knowledge and various interests which helped me discover the path I would like to take in my career. The additional projects and presentations involved with each rotation also helped me tremendously with solidifying skills in time management, research and public speaking. This program has given me more than I thought possible and for that I’m truly grateful.”

“The UK Hospital Dietetic Internship far exceeded my expectations regarding the knowledge and skills that could be honed during a 10-month internship. This is an incredible opportunity for a dietetic intern, especially one who’s interested in working as a clinical dietitian, because of the vast array of experiences that are offered between UK and the VA. In addition to learning about and working with dozens of disease conditions, my time management, communication, public speaking and teamwork skills were all greatly improved. I can’t say enough good things about the preceptors at both institutions. They are encouraging and always available, yet they challenge you to get out of your comfort zone and hold you to a high standard. While it was a very challenging internship and there was a lot of homework, I felt like all of it was applicable to the rotations, and I continue to reference the assignments in my job as a clinical dietitian. In the end, it was completely worth it because I was overly-prepared to enter the workforce as an entry-level dietitian!”

“The University of Kentucky Hospital Dietetic Internship offers a plethora of opportunities that more than prepared me to assume the responsibilities of an entry-level dietitian and challenged me to become a nutrition expert. This internship is very challenging as it requires interns to produce quality work at two very different medical facilities, to give presentations on patients and current nutrition research, and to complete a copious amount of preparatory work for each rotation. Furthermore, the preceptors were incredibly knowledgeable and encouraging as they challenged me to assess and treat each patient with evidence-based nutrition care. I would highly recommend this internship to any nutrition student that is looking for a unique and challenging experience that will undoubtedly be a great start to a career as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.”

“Before you start your internship application process, consider this thought exercise: if money was no object and you had the capability of dismantling the time-space continuum, how would you build a perfect dietetic internship from the ground up? Would it take place at a Level 1 Trauma Center, a thriving and expanding research hospital, or a governmental agency that would provide the opportunity to provide public service to an underserved population? Would it be located in a diverse urban hub, a distinguished and quirky college town or a humble rural area? Would your preceptors be interested in advancing the field of dietetics or dedicating their time to perpetuating the excellence of the DI? Does this internship challenge you to master an unthinkable number of practice areas or does it provide the opportunity to focus on your own interests? Does it focus on hard research or public speaking. public service or advocacy? Will you feel like you're in a demanding, full-time job or a rigorous grad school program? Now consider this: the dietetic internship provided by the University of Kentucky and Lexington VA Medical Center gives you of all that and it doesn't charge a cent of tuition. What it does ask for are impeccable credentials and 10 months of total immersion in perhaps the most challenging and rewarding phase of your entire career as a dietitian. Any DI will teach you to be an entry-level dietitian. The University of Kentucky instills a priceless dedication to excellence from your first day and the confidence of stepping into any job knowing that you're better prepared than anyone in the country, except for your classmates. Do that thought exercise again: a dietetic internship that provides more opportunity and value than the University of Kentucky Hospital literally doesn't exist."