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Dietetic Internship Application Process – Part 2 – Getting ready to apply

hello everybody I hope this will be my
last getting started or getting ready video before we actually get into the
nuts and bolts of the application but I have a few more things to share
primarily pointing you to some of the web resources that I encourage you to
explore anywhere along the line in this application process the ACEND website
which is linked to the academy of nutrition website and I have the URL up
in the upper right hand corner or if you go to eat right org scroll to the bottom
of the page and click on ascend that is the accreditor and as you can see it
stands for Accreditation Council for education in Nutrition and Dietetics
that’s an important acronym for you to have in your vocabulary has a lot of
information but most importantly on this page is this link
excuse me right down here where it lists all of the accredited programs and for
most of you you are going to be looking at Dietetic internships right here
occasionally in fact almost every year someone will click on a coordinated
program and most often those coordinated programs are not designed for the
student that already has a verification statement or has completed a didactic
program in Dietetics so if you do happen to click on a coordinated program be
sure if it doesn’t say clearly on the website be sure that you ask the program
director if a student with a bachelor’s degree and a verification statement is
eligible to apply because that’s not always the case many times they’re
geared for the undergraduate student who is also getting their supervised
practice while they’re taking classes so ACEND again is a good place to start
that clicking on that link will take you to this page and on this page there are
a number of search filters that you can use you can choose a particular state
that you want to look in you can choose programs that are only offered in a
distance format and many distance programs will require you to find your
own preceptors which can be challenging but if you happen to be a graduate you
happen to be working perhaps as a Dietetic technician or as a degreed
nutritionist and you know a good network of dietitians that are willing and able
to take you on as an intern and they would serve as preceptors distance
programs are very effective ways to make that next step into practice and we’ll
talk more about that at another point in my videos there are a few distance
options that are provided by foodservice management contractors most notably
Aramark Sodexo and Morrison and they have their own preceptors through
the account relationships that they have in hospitals and schools all over the
country and so in those programs sometimes they already have all of the
preceptors in place sometimes they have the clinical and the food service and
it’s only up to you to find a community preceptor so those are things you can
explore if that’s of interest to you generally finding a clinical preceptor a
high quality clinical preceptor is the most challenging barrier to completing a
distance program so that’s why I normally recommend either the Aramark
Sodexo or Morrison programs to students that would have that flexibility so
those are other ways you can also search by programs that offer a degree either
require a graduate degree while you’re completing the program
or those that have it as an option so there’s different search filters you can
use and again as I said there are over 260 Dietetic internship programs in our
country so it’s a long list and if you’re not sure where to start this is a
good place there is a good amount of support on the web most of you have
probably discovered this already the image on the left that I titled recorded
seminars and I have a little bullet underneath it that says at Cal Poly SLO
we developed our own website for our students it’s unfortunately only
available to Cal Poly students so if you happen to be a Cal Poly SLO student
listening to this you should know about this already however there are some
other sources that are available to everyone and I’d love to give a plug to
the Diversify Dietetics mentoring program that is available nationally and
I think if you zoom in you can read their web link it is diversifydietetics.org/mentor-program and they have great resources on
their website and the opportunity to connect you with Mentors
and it’s a wonderful program so I would encourage that if you don’t have support
at your own University additionally my advice is there is a tremendous amount
of version on excuse me a tremendous amount of information on the web as you
find programs that you’re interested in carefully review their websites before
you start asking questions of the program director or at an open house
even a virtual open house it’s never a good idea to ask questions at the open
house that are answered on the website so be sure that you’ve carefully
reviewed the websites make sure that you are qualified for that
program an example there’s a wonderful program at Children’s
Hospital of Los Angeles that requires both a master’s degree and pediatric
work experience they take very few interns it’s a very small cohort very
specialized program wonderful program but consistently almost every year when
I was teaching I would have students say oh I’m interested in the children’s of
LA program and I said well did you realize that they require a master’s
degree well no they didn’t pick up on that
so that is it’s those little kinds of details that may not be a headline on
their website but definitely something you want to explore carefully secondly
reaching out and connecting with graduates of internships that you are
interested in is very important and at Cal Poly
I keep kept still keep a database of all of our graduates for the years that I
was involved with the program and if a student reaches out to me and says I’m
interested in a particular program and we have a graduate that completed that
program I electronically introduce them so that they can talk to each other and
ask each other questions my hope is that regardless of what DPD program you’re
graduating from your DPD director should have data on successful graduates
that have gone on to complete particular programs and in fact may even say Oh for
example at Cal Poly we seem to have very strong relationships with Oregon Health
and Sciences UC Davis those are the two that come to mind we
have other programs where we have sent a number of graduates but on the west
coast those are two that we have they’re very familiar with our program they’ve
taken a large number of our graduates and so I often times will say have you
considered this particular program they love Cal Poly graduates and you may have
the same kind of relationships your program may have the same kind of
relationships with universities and internships that I’m not even familiar
with so always talk to your DPD director even if you’re doing your DPD from a
distance and you don’t know your DPD director face to face or very well
that’s what we’re hired to do is to support you in this process and so
please reach out to your own DPD directors find out where your program’s
graduates have gone and see if you can get some of those introductions to
students who’ve gone before you into programs that he might be interested in
you can also use LinkedIn if you don’t have that ability you can obviously if
you have a LinkedIn account do a search for a particular Dietetic internship and
if names come up you may see someone who graduated hopefully you’ll have
something in common that enables you to request a connection or maybe someone
who can e- introduce you but LinkedIn is another good place
I suppose Facebook and Instagram might work as well I haven’t tried it with
those two but those are other options if graduates have shared that information
you might be able to make a connection with someone who’s completed a program
or who’s in a program that you’re interested in who can give you good
insider information about that program that might help you make up your mind review your own DPD website the school
where you’re going I’m not sure what all schools have but for example on our
website we place our DPD course lists on that advising website and that’s all of
you will have to upload your DPD course list how that information is shared is
probably different in every program if it’s not crystal clear to you again ask
your program director there may be other information on your own Department
websites that would be useful to you in this process so explore those first then
once you get into the application process and we’ll start talking about
DICAS in the next slides every page in DICAS has a little bullet button
up at the top that says instructions for this section so I navigated in mine to
the section on how to send transcripts and they actually happen to have a video
embedded most of the instructions are just verbal written instructions but
some of them also include videos so click on those watch them listen to them
you can get very good information about again the nuts and bolts of the process
so you say well so if they have all that information why are you recording these
videos well again the reason is because I like to incorporate advising along
with that a more human touch and so there will be some duplication between
the things I’m sharing with you about DICAS and the things that the DICAS
instructions include or other applications include but in my
experience from students the more information the better and the more
comfortable everyone feels additionally at Cal Poly we purchase a resource from
ACEND called the applicant guide to supervise
practice it is a book that is available to all programs I think it costs about
thirty five dollars so it’s not a very expensive book in fact I think you can
buy your own but you shouldn’t have to your program director should have access
to it ask if you haven’t seen it it this is a screenshot the image on the right
is a screenshot of the page from UCSF typically the information for each
program is three pages long it has as you can see on the first page it has the
name of the program the name of the program director and again UCSF has a
new program director since I screenshotted this it has information
about the length of the program this is something you might be interested in it
tells how many applicants they had two years previous and how many applicants
they had the previous year and then how many interns they take so that gives you
a sense of the level of competition it also has checkboxes for the kinds of
places where the rotations occur and the different types of rotations so for
example for UCSF you can see they have just about everything except burns and
trauma not that they don’t have trauma at UCSF but they don’t include a
rotation for the interns there they talk excuse me the length of each rotation
and this is useful information where you can see this is primarily a clinically
focused program you can see that they only have two weeks of community
practice and eight weeks of foodservice management and then three weeks of staff
relief this as as wonderful of a program as this is if you knew that your focus
was in community nutrition it would be very hard to express and make a case for
why this program is a good fit for you because they only have two weeks of
community nutrition and I don’t think you would be happy and they likely would
not be happy if you were unhappy so that’s useful information to make sure
that there’s the right balance of time in each rotation again in our website we
include links to the Academy of Nutrition Academy of Nutrition and
Dietetics website we include links to DICAS we also include alumni
tutorials links to the current open house schedule information about WIC
based internships and other information but again if you learn that your own DPD
has its own website you may find some of this information if not the Academy and
DICAS are easy to access you don’t have to go through a specific website to
get to those and terms of the open house I’m not sure exactly how that would be
distributed I’m hopeful that every DPD director would send that out to their
applicants if you are not aware of the open house schedule again ask your DPD
director and they should be able to send that to you at this point again I’m
recording this in January of 2020 most of the open houses have happened already
there might be a few that are still coming but for applicants applying later
in the year there are still opportunities to stay on top of this and
once you have the link it typically gets
updated every year transcripts very important again you can
have started your DICAS application or you may not have but it’s critically
important to get your transcripts off to DICAS the address is here it’s also
found in the DICAS application once you get that started I put in caps great
news DICAS now accepts electronic
transcripts from both credentials solutions and parchment those are two
transcript services that universities work with and contract with and up until
this year only credential Solutions was accepted the good news for my Cal Poly
students is that parchment is the service that Cal Poly uses and so
parchment also can submit transcripts electronically this is critically
important if you are making a last-minute decision to apply because
sending things by mail and working through the transcript submission
process can take a few days and that could be time that you need where typically
electronic transcripts go out if not the day you order them usually the day after
and they arrive immediately so this is really good news if your university uses
either of these transcripts must be official transcripts you can’t mail them
from your home you can’t get an official transcript and then forward it to them
it has to come directly from the transcript provider the good news is you
only need one set of official transcripts regardless of how many
programs you’re applying to now you need one for each college or university you
attended but if you spent two or three years at a community college and
followed that by two or three years at a state university that would just be two
transcripts and if you apply to six different programs all of the six
programs you apply to will have access to those two
transcripts but all colleges that you’ve attended even if you took college in
high school classes even if you took classes that are not DPD classes or
didn’t count towards your degree the specificity in the application is that
all college transcripts must be included now when we get to the part about
entering your courses you’re still only going to enter your DPD courses but
programs now want to see all of your transcripts so either by mail or
electronically get those transcripts in to DICAS immediately okay I guess I put a little emphasis on
transcripts are required for all colleges you’ve attended that’s all I’ll
say on that topic the next video I’ll come back and we’ll actually start
talking about DICAS the Dietetic internship centralized application
system thank you so much I’ll be back soon

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