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Dietetic Interns Graduate at University Hospital August 1, 2008

FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact Rebecca Sylvester at 706/828-2394.

(Front row, from left) Aileen Ferguson, Jill Hardigree, Divya Patel, Beth Cicerchi and Kym Davis. (Second row) Amanda McBride, Terry Bouldin and Megan Hecker. (Third row) Candice Stapleton, David Talley, Angie Hasemann and Abbey Estlund.

Augusta Area Dietetic Interns Graduate at University Hospital

Augusta, Ga. – The 27th class of the Augusta Area Dietetic Internship of University Hospital graduated on Friday, June 27, in the Levi W. Hill III Auditorium at University Hospital.

The program has prepared almost 400 registered dietitians since it was started in 1980. The 12 graduates successfully completed 44 weeks of supervised practice in clinical, community and food service management rotations at University Hospital as well as many other facilities in the area. The graduates are qualified to take the national registration exam to become registered and licensed dietitians.

The Augusta Area Dietetic Internship Program (AADIP) is a 44-week program of post-baccalaureate study accredited by the American Dietetic Association. It is a generalist program designed to utilize the unique variety of medical and health care facilities in the Augusta area.

Theoretical and clinical experiences in food service management, clinical dietetics and community nutrition are provided at appropriate facilities participating in the internship program. Interns are based in University Hospital, where Morrison Health Care Food Services manage the hospital's Food and Nutrition Services department.

Twelve applicants are selected each year on the basis of academic standing, letters of recommendation, work experience, personal letter of career goals, memberships and other activities.

Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited university and have completed the American Dietetics Association (ADA) minimum academic requirements verified by an ADA Verification Statement by the entry date.

Upon successful completion of the internship, dietetic interns are qualified to apply for active membership in the American Dietetic Association and are eligible to write the registration exam for dietitians.

Augusta Area Dietetic Internship graduates have a very good performance record. The completion rate for the program is 99 percent since its inception in 1981. Graduates of the program receive many job offers and usually are employed in entry-level dietitian positions within one month of graduation.

The Augusta Area Dietetic Internship is currently granted accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association, 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606, 312/899-4876.

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