As you proceed through your rotations you will complete ACEND required competencies. Under the guidance of your preceptor, your assignments are the conduit to complete the required competencies.

To evaluate your work, assess student learning, and ensure competency requirements we review the following;

  • Competency rubric

  • Preceptor evaluations – midpoint and end of rotation

  • Capstone projects in each rotation

  • Case study

  • Quiz scores from each domain

  • Weekly work summaries

  • Disease state checklists

  • Population group checklists

At the completion of each rotation interns complete a self-evaluation which is shared with the preceptor and reviewed by the program director. It is a candid opportunity to self-reflect on your growth and areas to improve.

At the completion of each rotation, interns will evaluate the preceptor, facility, and rotation.

There are a total of 50 competencies in five domain areas. See the ACEND list of competencies under the Forms dropdown in our website

NYDDI requires the completion of four rotations. During orientation interns receive a rotation syllabus with a brief overview of what to expect and tips to get started in the rotation. The centerpiece of the syllabus is the learning assignments to meet the ACEND competencies. There are instructions and clearly outlined work examples. Refer to the syllabus each day.

NOTE: As part of your learning experience, it makes sense to repeat work in different rotations. This is why a learning activity will appear in a few rotations. This is intentional. We learn by repetition and building on successes.

There are learning activity options paired with competencies. As an example, in competency CRDN 3.7 Demonstrate effective communication and documentation skills for clinical and client services in a variety of formats and settings, which include telehealth and other information technologies and digital media.

This can be accomplished through several work activity examples during most rotations – See below:

Develop, conduct, and evaluate in-service training for target groups. Develop educational materials. Plan and implement patient nutrition education class (diabetes, cardiovascular, weight loss, etc.). Develop and conduct a Case Study presentation, with video coverage.

This material is covered in our orientation. Examples will be given of how learning activities match with competencies.

Attendance Verification

Keeping track of attendance is an important shared responsibility between the intern and preceptor. Interns maintain electronic attendance logs each day in the DI app.

Attendance is verified by the preceptor’s approval at the midpoint and completion of their rotation.

If an intern will be out, both the Preceptor and the NYDDI program must be emailed.

If the preceptor is out e.g., vacation, the intern must tell NYDDI in advance who will be covering the preceptor’s work.

Supervised Practice Documentation

There are several areas where interns need to document their efforts. These include but are not limited to -

  • Attendance

  • Weekly work summaries

  • Weekly meeting summary with their preceptor recorded in the weekly summary

  • Population group checklist

  • Disease states checklist

  • Self-reflection essay at the completion of each rotation

  • Case study presentation to a target audience

  • Capstone projects

  • Evaluations or preceptor, facility, and NYDDI program

  • Competencies checklist

Assignments are reviewed by the preceptor and uploaded after completion by the intern in the DI app.

NYDDI monitors intern’s work throughout the internship using the DI app.

During Orientation, the DI app will be extensively reviewed with ample practice opportunities.