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Program Faculty

Clinical, Community, and Management Program Faculty

The clinical and community program faculty are Registered Dietitians and highly qualified clinicians and educators. Our preceptors have qualifications such as:

  • Advanced degrees - over half of our RDNs have Master's Degrees.
  • Specialty training and certification - Dietitians at UVA specialize in particular disease states and patient populations, such as pediatrics, diabetes, transplant, renal, and nutrition support. Over 70% of UVA RDNs have certifications from the National Board for Nutrition Support Certification (the Nutrition Support Clinician credential) and/or the Commission on Dietetics Registration, including Certified Specialists in Pediatrics, Oncology, Renal, and Obesity and Weight Management.
  • Expertise and training not only in advanced nutrition practice but also in the education of dietetic interns and other dietetics professionals. Preceptors receive yearly training updates on effective precepting methods and learner-focused teaching principles.
  • Speaking and presenting experience at the local, state, national, and international level - Many preceptors have presented sessions at national conferences such as Clinical Nutrition Week, the Academy's Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo, and the National Kidney Foundation Meetings.
  • Professional writing in peer-reviewed publications - Our preceptors are routinely published in well-known peer-reviewed publications, such as Nutrition in Clinical Practice, Practical Gastroenterology, and The Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.
  • Local and national awards - Our preceptors are, time after time, recognized for their outstanding achievements in the field of nutrition and education:

The program faculty also includes the administrative and management staff. Many of the managers have received specialized training in the Culinary Arts, and many have extensive experience in both institutional and hotel/restaurant foodservice management.