What can Ingalls offer an intern?
Ingalls is a large modern community hospital with many specialized rotations including renal, oncology, gastrointestinal/surgical nutrition, cardiology, enteral, and parenteral nutrition. Because of the breadth of our facility, most of the learning experience can be completed at Ingalls. This allows the intern stability in a physical location to learn in-depth the areas that are being taught.
The staff has a high level of expertise and autonomy which is utilized by the medical staff. For instance, diets and enteral feedings are primarily managed by dietitians.
Our food service system is modern and provides skills necessary to work as qualified managers. Activities in the units will allow you to use your creativity in areas such as recipe development, team enhancement and employee education. ARAMARK Food Services contracts with Ingalls to provide food and nutrition services at Ingalls.
The hospital serves a community of many socio-economic levels and cultural backgrounds, providing learning experiences in the counseling and education of patients and employees in these populations.
Our affiliations and field experiences also give the intern an opportunity to see and work in other clinical systems and within the community.
Special practice is a unique opportunity to spend time in an area of dietetics that best meets the goals of the individual intern. Examples include business, public health, or specialized medical nutrition therapy.
How many registered dietitians are at Ingalls?
Dietitians on staff at Ingalls include: 7 clinical dietitians, 2 administrative dietitians, the dietetic internship director, and 1 dietitian in the diabetes and wellness center. In addition, interns work under the direction of dietitians at our affiliate healthcare and community sites.
Clinical dietitians are responsible for patient care including nutrition assessment and education. They are a critical part of the medical team and act as nutritional consultants to the medical staff of Ingalls Hospital. Utilization of the nutrition care process are part of daily clinical activities.
Administrative dietitians along with food service managers operate the patient and non-patient food services utilizing tools and techniques of one of the largest food service management companies.
What is a typical week for an intern at Ingalls?
One day a week is designated as formal class time. This day will consist of seminars, workshops, lectures, and tours and will take place at either Ingalls or other facilities. Some of these seminars and workshops will be held with other Chicago area dietetic internship programs.
Hours each day will vary depending upon the rotation. The intern will usually be scheduled to work the same hours as the preceptor. A typical schedule in the clinical area would be 8 AM – 4:30 PM. Administrative rotations will vary depending upon the learning experience. You will be working some weekends during the program—primarily during administrative staff relief. Homework assignments are completed in addition to the time spent in the units.
Where do interns live during the internship?
Many interns live with friends or relatives and commute to the hospital. Those interns who need to rent housing in the area usually share apartments. Information on living areas and interns needing roommates will be provided after you have accepted an appointment at Ingalls.
Are graduates of the program able to pass the CDR Exam and find employment after graduation?
Yes, over the past 5 years 92% of our graduates have successfully passed the CDR Registration examination on the first-try; 95% one-year pass rate. Over the past 5 years, 95% have found employment in dietetics or began graduate studies within one year of graduation. We are very proud of this record.
Does Ingalls provide graduate credit?
No, Ingalls does not provide graduate credit.
Does Ingalls offer financial aid and/or loan deferments?
No, Ingalls does not offer financial aid. Loan deferment requests are honored.