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Dietetic Internship Program

The Dietetic Internship Program is currently in its 47 year!

Beginning as an integrated program in 1971, the Dietetic Internship Program became a post-degree program in 1976, clinical program in 1984, and comprehensive program in 1996. Our longstanding program has been recognized as one of excellence, with a focus on providing a high quality learning environment, innovative dietetic education, and nutrition care and research-focused programming that benefits the profession and Sunnybrook and Women’s College Hospital.

We invite you to consider being part of the new Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Collaborative Dietetics Program with Ryerson University, the Professional Masters Diploma in Dietetics (PMDip – Dietetics) Class of 2019-2020.

Six interns will be selected into the 2019-2020 class. Dietetic interns will rotate through Nutrition Care, Research, Population and Public Health, and Management rotations. Here are some program details:

  • Interns gain experience both onsite and at offsite facilities.
  • Population and Public Health rotations are available through a variety of agency and industry liaisons.
  • Food Service Management rotations are offered at Sunnybrook and offsite locations across the GTA.
  • Research experience will be gained through the completion of practice-based research and quality improvement projects.

Students will graduate with knowledge and skills required for a variety of entry-level employment opportunities.

Throughout the program, students will have access to research, library and electronic resources, computer labs and technical support, WSIB coverage, professional liability insurance, academic and personal counselling, medical services, health coverage, athletic centre membership, student housing, discounted transit passes, learning support, and other student services provided by Ryerson University. For more information about the benefits of being a Ryerson student visit their website.

About Sunnybrook and Women's College Hospital

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (SHSC) is an incredible place to work, study, conduct research and provide care. Each year, our 11,000 staff, physicians, volunteers and students work to improve the lives of the 1.2 million people who arrive at our doors. Bayview Campus operates more than 1,200 inpatient, long term care and veterans beds, with additional beds at the Holland Centre and St. John’s Rehab sites.

Sunnybrook is committed to inventing the future of healthcare. In every area of SHSC, you will find individuals committed to discovering new treatments, ensuring the safety of our patients, and teaching current and future healthcare professionals the latest in theory and practice. All care provided is based on the philosophy of person-centered care, allowing patients and their families to guide care based on the perception of their needs.

At Sunnybrook, education matters. Each year, more than 2,600 learners from medicine, nursing and other health disciplines are trained at Sunnybrook.

Women’s College Hospital (WCH) has been our longstanding partner in dietetic education. Women’s College is a well-established leader in women’s health. WCH is a community hospital dedicated to achieving leadership in women’s health in an ambulatory care setting.

WCH is the only independent ambulatory care hospital in Ontario, and the only hospital in Ontario with a primary focus on women’s health.

About clinical nutrition & food services

Sunnybrook’s clinical nutrition team is an integral part of our interprofessional healthcare team and has been recognized for its leadership in education, practice and research. The Registered Dietitians are leading-edge experts in translating scientific, medical and nutrition information into practical nutrition care plans for Sunnybrook patients, residents and clients. Nutrition Technicians work closely with the dietitians to provide one-on-one support for our patients.

The food services team at Sunnybrook is currently managed by Aramark and includes a Registered Dietitian, directors and managers who oversee Patient and Retail Food Services. Patient Food Services assembles approximately 3,150 patient meals daily for inpatients, outpatients and Meals on Wheels. The delivery model includes trays, bulk and meal carts. The diet office is managed by Food Services and uses a CBORD system.

Dietetic education at Sunnybrook

The PMDip Program leads to entry into a regulated health profession. The program is an accredited professional education program that supports the achievement of the Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice (ICDEP). The program is recognized by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice and prepares students for eligibility for registration with a provincial dietetics regulatory body.

Program mission, vision and goals

Mission

To deliver outstanding academic and practical training for future dietitians through collaborative partnerships.

Vision

To be a leader of innovation and collaboration in dietetic education and training.

Goals

  1. To provide students with high quality practical training through which they can demonstrate competency attainment as per the Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice, qualify to write the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination, and become registered dietitians.
  2. To collaborate with partner organizations to enhance the quality of dietetic practical training for students and preceptors.
  3. To support students and preceptors by providing exceptional opportunities for professional growth and development.

Program outline*

Our comprehensive professional program provides varied experiences in management, clinical practice, research and population and public health.

Program Components

# of Weeks

Orientation

2

Management

Food Service (may be twinned or 1:1)
Clinical Nutrition (may be twinned or 1:1)

8

6
2

Nutrition Care

19

Outpatient Rotations (including diabetes)

Introductory (1:1 precepting)
Secondary (1:1 precepting)



4
4

Inpatient Rotations (at Sunnybrook)

Introductory (twinning model for all interns)
Nutrition Support (1:1 precepting or twinning)



4
4

Further Concentration (at Sunnybrook)

Inpatient or outpatient (1:1 precepting)



3

Consolidation

3

Population and Public Health

4 - 6

Research (spread throughout the year)

4

Vacation (winter holidays + 1 TBD)

3

Final Evaluation

1

Total

44 - 46


Students will also complete a professional practice course to support student learning.

*Subject to change

Additional experiences

  • Monthly supplemental education sessions further support the learning within rotations.
    Examples include:
    • Renal Nutrition
    • Weight Management
    • Geriatric Nutrition
    • Nutrition Support
    • Simulation and Standardized Patient Sessions
    • Media Training
    • Preparing for Workforce Entry
  • Journal Club
  • Case Study
  • Formal interprofessional education activities with students and staff throughout the year

Application & selection procedures

  1. Academic Requirements
    To apply, applicants must have:

    • An undergraduate degree in Nutrition/Dietetics from a Canadian university program accredited by PDEP
    • A minimum B Average (3.0/4.33) in the final two years of this PDEP accredited undergraduate Nutrition/Dietetics degree
  1. Application Process
    The online application process is facilitated through Dietitians of Canada (DC). Please go online to DC to access the application package: dietitians.ca

    At the DC website you will find clear application instructions. In your application package, you will be required to submit a number of documents, including:

    • Personal Letter: A one page letter stating (1) your reasons for pursuing this specific program, (2) how your previous studies and experiences have demonstrated your capacity to succeed in this program and (3) your career objectives and how this program will advance your objectives
    • Confidential Letters of Reference: Successful applicants are selected through strong ratings by all three required letters of reference. Please choose an academic reference, dietitian, or employer who are familiar with your performance in school, work, or volunteer setting and can explain why you would be a good candidate for this program.
    • Resume: When highlighting your experiences, please list the number of hours for all volunteer and work experiences in your application package.'


    Selection of successful candidates is based on evidence of:Self-direction, leadership and ability to work as a team member

    • Self-motivation, self-confidence, maturity and ability to manage time well
    • Ability to convey information clearly and effectively
    • Strong interpersonal skills
    • Breadth and relevance of experience
  1. Interviews

Interviews will be held for selected applicants on Tuesday February 26, 2019.

A Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format is used to interview candidates. The MMI consists of a series of short, timed interview stations and attempts to draw multiple examples of the candidate's ability to quickly and critically appraise information, communicate ideas, and demonstrate thought related to issues pertaining to the dietetic profession. Telephone interviews may be offered if a candidate is unable to attend in person.

Transportation to and from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Shuttle bus

There are two free shuttle bus services provided to staff/students from Monday to Friday.

  1. Between Bayview Campus, Holland Centre and Women’s College Hospital from 5:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  2. Between Finch GO station, St. John’s Rehab and Bayview Campus between 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Limited weekend shuttle service is also available.

TTC and parking

TTC passes and monthly parking permits are available for sale at SHSC. Discounted transit passes are also available through Ryerson.

Once accepted

Program admission depends on completion of degree requirements prior to the start of the internship.

Candidates who are accepted into the program will receive instructions on how and when to register as students at both Sunnybrook and Ryerson.

Program dates – September to mid/late July (3 semesters)

Hours – Rotations are scheduled according to the routine of the placement (e.g. Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.). Schedules and hours vary by rotation and may include evenings and weekends.

Rotation locations – Core rotations will be at Sunnybrook and Women’s College Hospital. Travel within the GTA for other rotations may be required.

Graduation – Program graduates will participate in Ryerson’s convocation in Fall 2020. Graduates are eligible for temporary membership in all provincial licensing bodies (e.g. College of Dietitians of Ontario).

Additional information, including information regarding tuition and financial matters can be found on the Ryerson PMDip website.

Contact information

Katelynn Maniatis, MHSc, RD
Professional & Education Leader
Clinical Nutrition
Telephone: 416-480-4222
Email: katelynn.maniatis@sunnybrook.ca