Montana Dietetic Internship (MDI)
The Department of Health & Human Development at Montana State University is now offering a post-baccalaureate dietetic internship. The first class of MDI interns began August 2011. Upon successful completion of the program, graduating interns will earn a verification statement allowing them to sit for the national examination to become a Registered Dietitian.
MDI is headquartered at Montana State University in Bozeman where intern orientation and several supervised practice sites are located. After the initial weeks of orientation, each intern is assigned to a geographic base area depending upon preference and preceptor availability.
Areas include: Billings, Helena, Great Falls, and Kalispell/Missoula. Additional supervised practice sites and rotations broaden intern experiences and are linked to the assigned area. Rotations provide interns with experience in clinical dietetics, community nutrition, and foodservice management to meet ADA supervised practice competencies. Interns successfully completing MDI will obtain a certificate (Dietetic Internship Verification Statement) that qualifies graduates to take the dietetic registration exam.
Sustainable Food Systems
The concentration for the MDI program draws on the resources of the Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems Degree Program established at MSU in 2009. The Sustainable Food Systems rotation will occur following the internship orientation at MSU-Bozeman. It is located at the Towneâ€™s Harvest Garden, the MSU Foods Lab, and at various locations in the surrounding community. General activities include garden maintenance and harvesting, development and preparation of recipes using farm fresh produce, grains, and animal products, direct marketing on campus and in the community via a mobile farm stand, a local food system tour and data collection and analysis, and opportunities to research and discuss a variety of sustainable food system topics and issues.
MDI has a director who is housed at Montana State University along with program faculty who also serve as preceptors. Beyond MSU, MDI preceptors work in facilities throughout Montana in clinical dietetics, community nutrition, and food service management. MDI also has an Advisory Board that includes MSU administrators, faculty, and statewide preceptors representing different practice areas of dietetics. The success of MDI is dependent on the work and collaboration of MSU faculty/administrators and many dietetic professionals across the state of Montana. The number of MDI preceptors is growing with every region of the state represented in the areas of sustainable food systems, food service management, community nutrition, and hospital based clinical practice. The MDI program is strong because of its collaborations and commitment from excellent professionals.
MDI Advisory Board
Coleen Kaiser, MS RD LN MDI Program Director/MSU Instructor Food & Nutrition
Alison Harmon PhD RD LN MSU Associate Professor, Food & Nutrition; MDI Preceptor
Melody Anacker MS RD LN MSU DPD Program Director/Non-Tenured Faculty, Food & Nutrition
Lynn Paul, EdD RD LN Food & Nutrition Extension Specialist; MDI Preceptor
Katie Bark, RD LN Team Nutrition Coordinator; MDI Preceptor
Jill Abbott-Stoltzfus MS RD LN University Foodservice Dietitian, MSU; MDI Preceptor
Christine Emerson MS RD LN MT Office of Public Instruction, School Foodservice; MDI Preceptor
Tami Waite, RD CSR LN Renal Specialist/Clinical Dietitian, Billings Clinic, Billings
Carla Cox, PhD RD LN CDE CSSD Clinical Dietitian, Western Montana Clinic
Susan Cooper, MS RD DTR Program Director, MSU Great Falls College of Technology
Mark Nelson, EdD Department Head, Health and Human Development
Larry Baker, EdD Dean, College of Education, Health and Human Development
For Information Contact:
Coleen Kaiser, MS, RD, LN
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