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Rotation Information

Most of the rotations for the University of Virginia Health System Dietetic Internship take place at the UVA Medical Center. The medical center was founded in 1901 on the grounds of the University of Virginia. Although steeped in tradition, the current state-of-the-art facility opened in 1989. It is a designated Level I Trauma Center as well as a teaching, research, and referral center. The UVA Health System Medical Center is fully accredited by the Joint Commission (TJC).

Other rotations take place at sites in the community or off the main medical center grounds. Interns may choose to utilize the University transit system, the Charlotttesville-Area transit system or the hospital shuttle to get to various rotation sites. The Renal + Outpatient Dialysis rotation does require interns to drive to Lynchburg, VA (approximately 1 hour 15 minutes from Charlottesville) for a portion of the rotation. This rotation is completed in pairs. 

Rotations may include the following:

General and Clinical Orientation (2 weeks)

Clinical Rotations 

Inpatient Block (4 weeks)
Interns will spend time in the following areas:

  • Cardiology
  • Digestive Health
  • General Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurology
  • Oncology 

Pediatric Rotations

  • Inpatient Pediatrics (2 weeks)
  • Outpatient Pediatrics (1 week)
  • NICU (1 week)
  • Inborn Errors of Metabolism (1 week)
  • Pediatric Weight Management + Diabetes (1 week)

 Nutrition Support Focused Rotations

  • Surgical Nutrition Support (2 weeks)
  • Medicine Nutrition Support (1 week)
  • Transplant Nutrition (Abdominal + Heart/Lung) (2 weeks)
  • Transitional Care Hospital (long-term acute care hospital) (1 week)

 Adult Outpatient Rotations

  • Outpatient Cardiology (1 week)
  • Nutrition Counseling Center at Northridge (1 week)
  • Outpatient Oncology (1 week)
  • Weight Loss Surgery Clinic (1 week)
  • Renal + Outpatient Dialysis (1 week)

Management Rotations

  • Clinical Nutrition Management (2 weeks)
  • Patient Services ( 2 weeks)
  • Retail Food Service Management (Non-patient Services) (2 weeks)
  • Advanced Management (2 weeks)

Community Rotations

  • Public Health Nutrition/WIC (1 week)
  • Geriatric Nutrition: Long Term Care (Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge) (2 days)
  • Nutrition and Health Promotion: UVA Student Health (2 days)
  • UVA HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital (1 week)
  • Elective Week: Intern's choice of site (1 week)

Staff Relief/Specialization

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


  • Thanksgiving Day and Friday following Thanksgiving (2 days)
  • Winter Break- occurs at end of December (2 weeks)
  • Spring Break- occurs in April (1 week)
  • Memorial Day