Supervised practice is defined as hours spent in supervised work activities under the guidance of a qualified preceptor. Interns may not work unless a preceptor or approved alternate is present at the facility.
Interns prepare and perform specific work throughout the rotation. This work is driven by the learning activities to meet the ACEND competencies. Keep in mind, some work e.g. writing papers, reports, preparing background work, is not part of your supervised practice hours.
If planning on using a practice site for 40 hours or more the site must have a full-time preceptor available on staff. They must have sufficient educational resources to support the intern’s needs. This includes but is not limited to space available for interns to work and IT access and equipment.
If one practice location is not able or willing to provide the required rotation experiences and competencies, the intern is responsible to find an alternate practice site that will fulfill the competencies and experiences.
We suggest lining up a minimum of six to eight potential facilities and preceptors to cover your four rotations.
There might be times when an intern presents a placement or preceptor where we feel it might not be a good fit. This could be because the placement is not challenging enough or cannot provide the work experience to meet the ACEND requirements. If this is the case, the intern needs to find the best match to meet their needs.
If this is the case, we are open to listening. However, our decisions are backed by years of experience with the interns best interest in mind. Final decisions regarding the acceptance of a facility are not negotiable.
NOTE:All forms must be signed and dated. Affiliation agreements and Preceptor forms for the clinical rotation are required two weeks before beginning orientation. (If struggling to secure a hospital placement, a nursing or rehabilitation facility that provides enteral feeding is sufficient.) Please double check before submitting to NYDDI. Other rotation placements e.g. food service, community is suggested but not required.
Please remind preceptors, the Commission on Dietetic Registration offers free trainings and helpful tips for preceptors.
Preceptors are not paid or compensated for the time they spend with interns. The work the interns does helps them do their jobs while at the same time provides the intern with invaluable real-life experiences.
If working at a Dialysis center for part of the clinical rotation, it is required to be done the last two weeks of the clinical rotation.
If an intern has previously worked at a WIC (Women Infants and Children) position, it would be best to find another community rotation. WIC is generally limited to four weeks.
Dietitians in Private Practice are permitted for the 'Health and Nutrition Influencer' elective.
Consultant Dietitians who work mainly in acute or chronic care settings are generally accepted. The intern will need signed affiliation agreements from each facility.