Intern Schedule

Interns start the program with 2 weeks of orientation at the beginning of September. All interns rotate through the same rotations; although, the sequence of rotations vary intern to intern. Certain clinical rotations build off of prior learning experiences. Interns follow the daily schedule of their assigned preceptor (preceptor team). This will vary rotation to rotation, but in general, interns can expect to be in rotation approximately 8 AM to 5 PM. Interns are in rotation Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Class day occurs on Wednesdays.

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 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. The Introduction to Oncology rotation requires the intern to travel to a community site approximately 45 minutes from Charlottesville. In the spring, the Renal rotation require interns to drive as far as 1 hour and 15 minutes for a portion of the week. The renal rotation occurs in pairs and car pooling is encouraged. With advanced notice, accommodations and/or adjustments in rotation may be possible. In addition to in-person rotations, interns have the opportunity to learn about and use technology to reach patients during the COVID era.

List & Length 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
4 weeks


  • Acute Pediatrics (1 week)
  • PICU/Transplant (1 week)
  • Specialization Week - Pediatrics (1 week)
  • NICU (1 week)
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology (1 week)
  • Pediatric Weight Management & Diabetes (1 week)
  • Inborn Errors of Metabolism (1 week)
  • Adult & Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis (1 week)
8 weeks

Nutrition Support Focused Rotations

  • Nutrition Support Surgery (2 weeks)
  • Nutrition Support Medicine (1 week)
  • Transplant - Abdominal + Heart & Lung (2 weeks)
  • Transitional Care Hospital (1 week)
  • Advanced Oncology (1 week)
7 weeks

Adult Outpatient Rotations

  • Diabetes Education Management Program (1 week)
  • Nutrition Counseling Center (1 week)
  • Outpatient Cardiology (1 week)
  • Introduction to Oncology (1 week)
  • Renal (1 week)
  • Advanced Renal (1 week)
  • Weight Loss Surgery Clinic (1 week)
7 weeks

Community Rotations

  • Nutrition and Health Promotion/Student Health (1 week)
  • Public Health/WIC (1 week) (Temporarily not rotation option for 2021-2022)
  • Elective Week (1 week)
2 weeks

Management Rotations

  • Foodservice Management (2 weeks)
  • Advanced Management (2 weeks)
  • Clinical Nutrition Management (3 weeks)
8 weeks

Specialization & Staff Relief

  • Specialization (1 weeks)
  • Staff Relief (2 weeks)
3 weeks


  • Thanksgiving Day & Friday following Thanksgiving (2 days)*
  • Winter Break (2 weeks)
  • Spring Break (1 week)
  • Memorial Day*
*Adjustments are made to the Class Day Schedule to allot for vacation days.
3 weeks