MS/DI Capstone Research Project
The expectations for the capstone scholarly endeavor are that the project must be a novel project, involving literature review and a scholarly presentation. The aim of the dietetics program is that the capstone project will be offered to the student as a choice of available practice-based projects, after being pre-identified by the Nutrition faculty and the internship preceptors. Students will begin efforts at searching the literature, considering methodological and human subject research project approval (as needed) early in their first year. The project may include data collection and analysis, taking place in a rotation site in an effort to evaluate the outcomes of care, effectiveness of treatment, service quality monitoring or evaluation or other project whereby the desired outcomes are manifested.
Presentation of the scholarly activity will involve writing a Capstone Report, following a format similar to a research paper. Presentation will involve a defense with presentation to the committee, and will be open to other faculty, students and the public. Presentations will take place in the spring term of the student’s second year.
Program rotation overview
The dietetic internship program structure reflects the recognition that entry level Registered Dietitians (RD) require a diverse repertoire of skills to meet future practice needs.
Rotation sites include facilities encompassing long-term health care, Women Infant and Children’s Supplemental Food Program, sanitation and menu planning, school foodservice and community nutrition education programs. In addition, traditional acute care settings round out the program developing intern skill in nutrition care for individuals. Interns gain insights into traditional practice in clinical, community and foodservice services, as well as in innovation and newer practice areas such as primary care. They gain experience delivering food and/or nutrition services to pediatrics, adults, and geriatric populations in both preventative nutrition and treatment (medical nutrition therapy).
The schedule will be developed to have only one intern at a rotation site with minor exceptions where there may be overlap of interns, due to the length of the rotation. Regular homework outside of the internship is a part of the curriculum.
Projects, derived from competency statements for the supervised practice component of entry-level dietitian education programs, are planned at each rotation.
The internship rotation sites
An intern will only rotate through 6-7 sites. Rotations are located throughout the Mid-Willamette Valley. All interns should expect some commuting. If you plan to move to Oregon for the internship, locating near Salem, OR would be most central for the majority of the rotations.
A typical intern schedule may include the following:
Clinical sites – 10 weeks
Primary care sites – 9 weeks
Community sites – 4 weeks
Foodservice sites – 4 weeks
Clinical Management – 2 weeks
Concentration (senior care or additional community): 4-6 weeks
Staff Relief/Intern Choice – 2 weeks
Intern completion requirements
Interns are evaluated using a competency-based rubric, which documents that each intern has achieved a “proficient” score (of 3 or higher) on all competencies and post-assessments. Site evaluations for interns are kept to ensure that all interns have met this requirement. This must be completed in order to earn a Verification Statement of completion. The director evaluates intern assessments, completes documents verifying completion and provides an exit interview for each intern. A signed Verification Statement documents completion and is sent in a timely manner to the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) to register interns for the RD exam.
Interns who do not complete assignments satisfactorily may be asked to extend the internship time until satisfactory completion can be attained and/or to re-do assignments. Interns who are not proficient in specific competencies are told this during preceptor evaluation and the mid-year evaluation and may dictate the need to extend the internship rotation. Specific meetings with the director may be scheduled to ensure interns meet all internship requirements.
The DI director provides each student with the most current Credential Registration Management System (CRMS) Registration Eligibility Application documentation from the (CDR). These forms are also available online at www.cdrnet.org
Information about program evaluations and outcomes, program rules and requirements, Program Support Services, Information Management, Grievance Procedures and Program Assessment for Interns can be found in the student handbook and the OSU Academic Regulations and Academic Calendar. Interns are expected to conduct themselves according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Code of Ethics.