FAQ

F.A.Q.

No – you will begin to accumulate supervised practice hours through the completion of case studies, role-playing activities and simulations that are included in the Introduction to Dietetic Internship course.  You will be required to develop a lesson plan and present it to the group of your choice.

Rotations begin with the start of Bowling Green State University’s spring semester, typically the second week in January.

No, but it is strongly recommended that you complete your long-term care rotation before your clinical rotation.  Long term care or foodservice are good choices for your first rotation. 

Some interns choose to do a combination.  One school foodservice preceptor strongly feels that all interns should be required to complete a school foodservice rotation, as this is a potential job growth area.  I would encourage you to consider your future career goals - if you see yourself in a hospital environment, being familiar with this type of system would likely be more beneficial.  It is also possible to complete your foodservice rotation in a community setting.  The Area Office on Aging in your area may have a foodservice operation that provides food for congregate meal sites or meals on wheels. 

Regarding the foodservice rotation in particular, many preceptors have indicated that four weeks is insufficient time to complete the competencies (typically in large medical centers).  For this reason, it is suggested that you extend your rotation to six weeks.   Discuss the time frame with your preceptor and provide them with the goals and objectives.  If they have worked with other internship programs, they have an idea regarding the amount of time needed.   Some WIC preceptors believe that three weeks is insufficient time as well.

Yes, please have your additional sites fill out the preceptor and site information forms and forward them to my attention.  They can be sent electronically as an attachment and quite frankly I prefer this because I can print them out back to back.  Make sure that you save a copy for yourself for future reference.

Yes, please have your additional sites fill out the preceptor and site information forms and forward them to my attention.  They can be sent electronically as an attachment and quite frankly, I prefer this method as I can print them out back to back.  Make sure that you save a copy for yourself for future reference.

The affiliation agreement form can be found on the resources and forms page.  Because they are only good for one year, keep that in mind when requesting signature.  However, if the site has it's own version, it will need to be reviewed by the BGSU Office of General Counsel, so more time is better and an electronic version is required.  Please make sure you put your name and the name of facility in the subject line  on any e-mail correspondence so it is easy for me to not confuse it with current intern paperwork.

Also, since many sites share a common name (i.e. St. Joseph Hospital) please make sure that you include an address for the site and your name on any correspondence.

You may keep your elective weeks unscheduled at this time.  Some opportunities may present themselves during the course of your rotations.  Keep in mind that once you begin rotations, however, your time will be limited.