Intern Schedule

Interns start the program with 2 weeks of orientation at the beginning of the program. UVA Health interns rotate through the same rotations, although the sequence of rotations vary intern to intern. Certain clinical rotations require knowledge of prior learning experiences. Interns are expected to follow the daily schedule of their assigned preceptor or team. This will vary rotation to rotation, but in general, interns will be in rotation for 8 hours between 7:30 AM and 5:30 PM. Interns are in rotation 4 days a week with class day once per week. The majority of rotations will take place in-person; however, rotations may also include telemedicine and virtual learning opportunities. 

Note: Interns should have a laptop and cell phone that meets minimum HIT requirements. For virtual experiences, interns should ensure laptop and/or cell phone is capable of joining  sessions via both microphone and video.

Rotation Locations

Majority of the rotations for the University of Virginia Health System Dietetic Internship take place at the main UVA Medical Center which includes the hospital, the Emily Couric Cancer Center, West Complex, and the Battle Building (pictured below). Rotations may also take place at sites in the community or off the main medical center grounds. Interns may choose to utilize the University Transit System (UTS), the Charlottesville-Area Transit (CAT), or the hospital shuttle system to get to various off-site rotations. Two rotations (Oncology and Renal) include experiences at satellite and community locations,  which may require the intern to travel 45 minutes - 1 hour and 15 minutes for a limited number of days. With advanced notice, accommodations and/or adjustments to travel in rotation may be possible.

List of Rotations


Rotation  Length of Time


2 weeks

Inpatient Block
Interns will spend time in the following areas:

  • Cardiology
  • Digestive Health/General Surgery
  • General Medicine
  • Oncology
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery
3 weeks


  • Acute Pediatrics and PICU (2 weeks)
  • NICU (1 week)
  • Pediatric Outpatient Specialties (2 weeks)
  • Pediatric Weight Management & Diabetes (1 week)
6 weeks

Nutrition Support Focused Rotations

  • Nutrition Support Surgery (2 weeks)
  • Nutrition Support Medicine (2 week)
  • Transplant - Abdominal + Heart & Lung (2 weeks)
6 weeks

Adult Clinical Outpatient Rotations

  • Nutrition Counseling Center (1 week)
  • Diabetes Education Management (1 week)
  • Oncology (1 week)
  • Renal (1 week)
  • Weight Loss Surgery Clinic (1 week)
5 weeks

Community Rotations

  • Nutrition and Health Promotion/Student Health (1 week)
  • WIC (1 week)

2 weeks

Management Rotations

  • Foodservice Management (2 weeks)
  • Advanced Management (2 weeks)
  • Clinical Nutrition Management (2 weeks)
6 weeks

Specialization & Staff Relief

  • Specialization (2 weeks)
  • Staff Relief (2 weeks)
4 weeks


  • Fall start: Thanksgiving (1 week), Winter Break (2 weeks), and Spring Break (1 week)
  • January start: Spring Break (1 week), Summer Break (2 weeks) and holidays (4 days)
  • See  program calendar for more details

*Adjustments are made to rotation schedules for certain Federal holidays based upon the health system operation schedule.

Opportunities for additional experiences or specialization weeks in the following areas: HIV, Teen Health, Ketogenic Clinic, Pediatric and Adult Cystic Fibrosis, Peds Renal, OB, and Eating Disorders.

4 weeks