November, 16 Week 8

Dr. Mary Cluskey, OSU DI Director

Stephanie Parrish, OSU Intern                                                                       21 members

  • Was DPD director here for 14 years

  • 12 interns currently, 10 month program, currently not masters programs

  • No preference for OSU students, no quota. Usually 70 applicants per year, this year 6 OSU students as interns

  • All internships are intensive, this internship includes 6 or 7 rotations

  • New rotation at Student Health Services with dietitian

  • Question: Does everyone get to do long term care at this DI? Most interns go to Mt. Angel for long term care physical assessments

  • Question: How to do we go about choosing an internship based on the focus? How do we know what we are interested in? All internships have a 1200 hour requirement, and there are competencies that address all required areas. You will get exposure to all areas, and may find out you like one area better than another, but you will get exposure to all required areas.

  • Question: Are interns able to find a job outside of Oregon, after attending an Oregon internship? The location of the internship typically doesn’t matter, but job placement has been successful with completion of the OSU DI.

  • Question: What do you think about students getting the Master’s combined DI? It is not required until 2024. It is not required to get a job in the field, there are plenty of jobs available for students with a bachelor’s and an RD. It is personally up to student. Mary doesn’t have a strong opinion about you getting your Master’s prior to sitting for the RD.

  • Question: If you have shadowed at a location that has offered to be a preceptor, is it possible for OSU to make a contract with that location? It is very hard to get contracts with locations due to the fact that it is up to Administration to accept.

  • Everyone commutes to some extent in this internship due to our location. Portland is a common place interns must commute. Don’t sink all your rocks into distance internship due to the competitiveness of other internships using that site as a rotation. Don’t choose a site that has less than 4-6 weeks in a clinical rotation due to the fact that that is not long enough to learn the competencies you need for the RD exam.

  • Question: What do you wish was incorporated into the DPD programs that isn’t right now? It’s not a specific course, it is more of wanting to be told specifically what to do. Sometimes you aren’t given exact directions, you must problem solve and use your skills and confidence to critically think and problem solve. Be okay with making a mistake and learning.

  • We’re started looking at hours in specific studies (science, nutr, biochem, chem, anatomy). We like to see students that came from strong programs. Diversity of people, strong program, capable students.

  • We use Albany, Corvallis and Lebanon hospitals for rotations as well as Salem and Silverton.

  • Question: What do you think about the Cultural Foods Certificate, is it beneficial for internship applications? Culture and Social Justice Certificate. That one specifically may not matter, language minors are the most beneficial currently.

  • Question: How long is the Long Term Care rotation? 4-6 weeks. Large location with 450-500 residents. Includes both Food Service and some on the floor nutritional care and services. Most food service rotations come from hospitals and school districts. Locations range from Portland to Eugene.

  • New contract with a Pediatric office, interns on their own with no preceptor or RD. You are part of the health care team with the Physicians. Pediatric nutrition care, picky eating, allergies, overweight kids, infant feeding. 6 week rotation. Working on the health care team in a close and more intimate setting. Interns are prepared before going in, some love it, some are apprehensive.

  • Dietitians need to convince doctors and health care providers that dietitians offer valuable information.

  • Question: As an intern or dietitian, would you say that mostly you sit in a desk, or are up walking around? It varies widely upon the task at hand and the facility you work in. There are so many directions you could go (demonstrations, pharmaceuticals, research, working for corporations, translate nutrition information)

  • Most important quality looking for in an intern: well rounded, independent, competent

  • Turnoffs during an interview: More of a feeling when it’s not going very well, we do skype interviews and can see body language and locations.

  • Success Rate: 9 year 100% pass rate for RD exam

  • How do I rank grades: Get diverse experience, don’t do 3 years of the same thing. Get multiple kinds of experience.

  • Small Scholarship: $750, OAND

  • Financial Aid: potentially an option to defer loans, personal loans

Stephanie Parrish

  • Undergrad at OSU, transfer student from PCC

  • applied to 3 internships, with this ranked 1

  • How long did it take to do all the applications? Don’t put it off, make a plan, personal statements take time, use career center and writing center. Career center for mock interviews, very helpful.

  • Do you feel in the first 8 weeks that you are being prepared to be a dietitian? Yes and it feels like I need to review information from the DPD program. Take time to process and learn and review learned material from DPD courses.

  • Do all interns do clinical rotation first? No, not all begin in clinical.

  • Were preceptors helpful at the rotation sites? Not all personalities match, but you make the internship work. All preceptors have different expectations and personalities.

  • Where did you choose to live? In corvallis due to convenience for me personally.

  • When looking at internships, looked at cost of internship as well as living costs.

  • Did Mary ask you why you chose OSU for internship? Asked why you are interested in the specific internship.

  • What kind of extracurricular activities were you involved in? Get a variety of experiences, and also show commitment. Volunteer work at the food pantry, that turned into a job (leadership). Many volunteer opportunities can connect you to other volunteer opportunities.

  • How do you go about putting experience on paper? Include core aspects and focus on that most, and mention other responsibilities where applicable. Try not to list things, such as characteristics, but describe the relevant piece that points to what you are trying to explain.

  • How personal are most personal statements? Talk about what is important to you and how you were able to meet a need or problem solve or aid in what was important to you. Use stories that show why it is important and what affect it had.

  • What did you use for work samples? Communications class-consumer article, Food systems class-policy brief, Community-food recall analysis.

  • Is your rotation schedule planned out? Yes, entire schedule is provided for all interns. Once a month, all interns get together and have a class where they listen to speakers, counseling sessions with staff and faculty, research project.

  • Competency Projects: How much time do those take? Work on them throughout the rotations, some things are worked on at home.