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Program Mission, Goals & Outcome Measures

Mission

Mission of the University of Virginia Health System:

To provide excellence, innovation and superlative quality in the care of patients, the training of health professionals, and the creation and sharing of health knowledge within a culture that promotes equity, diversity and inclusiveness.

Mission of the University of Virginia Health System Dietetic Internship Program:

To provide students with a comprehensive nutrition and dietetics education through the promotion of innovation and evidence-based patient care; the education of patients, clients, health care professionals, and the community, and the creation and sharing of nutrition knowledge.

Program Goals

1. The program will provide the health care system with entry-level dietitians competent to practice in general medical nutrition therapy areas, as well as the specialized areas, pediatrics and nutrition support.

2. The program will train and empower interns to enter the field with necessary skills to conduct basic practice based research, publish in the field of nutrition and dietetics, and educate students, healthcare professionals and the public through a variety of formal and informal training formats.

3. The program will prepare interns to demonstrate exemplary professional behaviors, leadership within their profession or community, and a commitment to active community service and life-long learning.

Outcome Measures

Based on the above goals, the following outcome measures were developed, which are tied to our program goals. Program Outcomes data may be provided upon request by contacting the Program Director, Assistant Program Director and/or Internship Coordinator

Goal 1: The program will provide the health care system with entry-level dietitians competent to practice in general medical nutrition therapy areas, as well as the specialized areas, pediatrics and nutrition support.

  • ACEND-required objective: " The program's one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%"
  • ACEND-required objective: “90 percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion”  
  • ACEND- required objective:" At least 80% percent of program interns (DI) complete program/degree requirements within 15 months (150% of program length)".
  • ACEND-required objective: "Of graduates who seek employment , 70 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation".
  • Over a five-year period, 25% or more of DI graduates will be employed in pediatrics or nutrition support
  • Within 1 year of obtaining employment, employers will reveal a high degree of satisfaction with intern alumni job performance as evidence by 80% of the respondents selecting agree or strongly agree that interns demonstrate excellent overall job skill performance as compared to other new graduates based on the results of the annual Employer Evaluation Questionnaire
  • Overall, 90% of program graduates will achieve a "pass" or "high pass" rating in all 4 of the pediatric specialty rotations and in both of the adult nutrition support specialty rotations

Goal 2: The program will train and empower interns to enter the field with necessary skills to conduct basic practice based research, publish in the field of nutrition and dietetics, and educate students, healthcare professionals and the public through a variety of formal and informal training formats.

  • Overall, 75% of the program graduates will agree or strongly agree that the capstone project experience was excellent in content and/or quality of learning experience based on the annual end of the year Program Evaluation Questionnaire
  • Overall, 75% of the program graduates will agree or strongly agree that the oral presentation and written communication experience opportunities were excellent in content and/or quality of learning experience based on the annual end of the year Program Evaluation Questionnaire
  • Overall, 90% of interns will receive a score of 80% or better on their final capstone project
  • Within 1 year of obtaining employment, employers will demonstrate a high degree of satisfaction with graduates' communication skills as evidence by 75% of the respondents selecting agree or strongly agree with interns demonstrating effective written and oral communication skills with management, colleagues, patients, and clients based on the results of the annual Employer Evaluation Questionnaire
  • Based on the 5-Year Intern Alumni Survey, at least 50% of respondents are involved in giving oral presentations to the community and/or professional lectures to staff or students, or have published within dietetics or nutrition using a variety of formats, e.g. journal articles, newsletter articles, abstracts or book chapters

Goal 3: The program will prepare interns to demonstrate exemplary professional behaviors, leadership within their profession or community, and a commitment to active community service and life-long learning.

  • Based on the 5-Year Intern Alumni Survey, at least 50% of the respondents have provided community service or presentations in the areas of nutrition and dietetics
  • Based on the 5-Year Intern Alumni Survey, at least 40% of the respondents have participated in leadership roles within their area of employment, dietetic association, or other professional organization
  • Within 1 year of obtaining employer, employers will demonstrate a high degree of satisfaction with graduates' professionalism as evidence by 75% of the respondents selecting agree or strongly agree with interns demonstrating mature, self-motivated and responsible attitudes and behaviors towards work responsibilities and projects based on the results of the annual Employer Evaluation Questionnaire