Dietetic interns complete hospital rotation

From Press Reports


The Dietetic Internship program, offered in the Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion Department at Mississippi State University, is an innovative post-baccalaureate program designed to prepare interns for rewarding careers in traditional and nontraditional roles. Interns complete the requirements for the Dietetic Internship and six hours of graduate credit within 10 months.

The MSU Dietetic Internship program provides hands-on experience in many different clinical, research, food service management, community nutrition and nutrition education activities that registered dietitians encounter. Interns work with faculty and preceptors in outpatient clinics, various inpatient settings, community settings, classrooms and other locations as they build skills and broaden their understanding of modern dietetics.

For many years North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora has served as a rotation site for these interns. Connie Ray Black, PhD, RD, LD, and Shiloh Quintana, RD, LD, lead this program at the hospital. As preceptors, they work closely with the MSU internship director and faculty to coordinate planned experiences and activities that meet national guidelines.

At Eupora the interns are given hands-on experience as they interact, not only with Food & Nutrition staff, but also with pharmacists, nurses, therapists, administration, doctors and all others who work together as a team. As a team, their goal is to ensure the health and wellbeing of patients, residents and members of the community. It is their commitment to education and the future of healthcare that allows them to continue to achieve their mission, which is to continuously improve the health of the people of the region.