Class of 2022
Class of 2022

The UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Dietetic Internship Program has over 40-years of experience and accepts nine interns each year. In 2016, the University of Chicago Medicine and Ingalls Health System joined forces in an alliance that combined a top community hospital in Chicago's Southland with one of the country's leading academic medical institutions. Harvey-based Ingalls is now part of the UChicago Medicine brand: UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial. The transaction joins assets to create a hospital system that is stronger combined than each institution is individually.

The program will ensure that dietetic interns follow the standards established by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) in regards to education and professional conduct. The internship will prepare graduates to work with culturally diverse groups and serve their communities as highly qualified professionals in the field of dietetics.

Requirements and Process to Become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Educational Requirements

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master's degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). For more information about this requirement, visit CDR's website.

To align with CDR’s increased eligibility requirements, the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) is requiring that all ACEND-accredited dietetic internship programs either admit only individuals who have a verification statement from a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) or Foreign Dietitian Education Program (FDE) and have earned at least a master’s degree granted by a U.S. accredited college/university or foreign requirement, AND/OR has a process to ensure interns complete a graduate degree by the end of the program.  

The UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Dietetic Internship Program is a hospital-based dietetic internship program and is currently exploring these two options to meet both ACEND’s and CDR’s requirement. Updated information will be posted to this website in October 2022. Please contact the program director to learn more about these two potential options (for example – partnering with a graduate program (20-month program), or accepting only those with a graduate degree (10-month program). 

Cheryl Bacon, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND
Director of the Dietetic Internship
708-915-5723
Cheryl.Bacon@ingalls.org

Commission on Dietetic Registration Credentialing Exam

Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship program at UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorials will be eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

State Licensure

In most states, including Illinois, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. Find more information about state licensure requirements.

Learn more information about educational pathways to become a RDN.

About Our Program

UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial can provide an experience that allows an intern to learn in an environment that has the sophistication of a big city hospital and the personalized care of a community hospital. In this unique setting, interns work in an atmosphere where a free exchange of ideas and learning is encouraged and at the completion of the program have developed the perspective and skills to be an asset in health care organizations and community wellness settings. Although most of the training will be provided at UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial, located in Harvey, IL, several weeks may be provided by affiliating organizations within the Chicago area. With the exception of one week of Special Practice, the internship director will locate all supervised practice sites for the interns. Many resources, such as exam review courses, guides, practice question, and more are available throughout the internship program to help prepare graduates to successfully pass the credentialing exam.

The UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial advantage offers

  • Outstanding reputation
  • Sophisticated surroundings
  • Teamwork
  • Shared intern office space
  • An inclusive and respectful learning environment

The UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Dietetic Internship Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Continuation of full accreditation was granted in February 2017 for a term of seven years ending June 30, 2024. Our accreditation was recently extended to June 30, 2025, as a result of the pandemic.

ACEND is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN) or nutrition and dietetic technicians, registered (NDTR). ACEND serves and protects students and the public by assuring the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs. ACEND is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE). This affirms that ACEND meets national standards and is a reliable authority on the quality of nutrition and dietetics education programs.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Phone: 312.899.0040 (ext. 5400)
Fax: 312.899.4817
acend@eatright.org
www.eatright.org/acend


Program Mission Statement: “The UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Dietetic Internship program will provide quality education and practical experience to our Dietetic Interns so they can become competent entry-level registered dietitians dedicated to providing compassionate care to the communities they serve.”

Goal 1: UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Dietetic Internship will prepare graduates to competently perform professional positions in the area of food and nutrition as an entry-level registered dietitian nutritionist.

Objectives

  1. The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist is at least 80 percent.
  2. At least 85 percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist within 12 months of program completion.
  3. Of graduates who seek employment, at least 85 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation
  4. After first year of employment, 75 percent of employers will rank “above average” in professional knowledge and skills as compared to other entry level dietitians.
  5. At least 80 percent of interns complete program requirements within 30 months (150 percent of the program length)

Goal 2: UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Dietetic internship will prepare graduates to become compassionate leaders in the communities that they serve.

Objective:

  1. An average of 50 percent of graduates will report that they are employed in a management or director position; have been appointed or elected to a leadership position in a dietetic-related organization; or serve as preceptor within two years of program completion.

All program outcomes are available upon request.

Please contact:

Cheryl Bacon, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND
Director of the Dietetic Internship
708-915-5723
Cheryl.Bacon@ingalls.org

Class of 2023

August 22, 2022 - June 9, 2023

Future Classes

The UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Dietetic Internship Program is currently exploring two program length options to meet both ACEND’s and CDR’s requirement. Updated information will be posted to this website in October 2022. Please contact the program director to learn more about these two potential options (for example – partnering with a graduate program (20-month program), or accepting only those with a graduate degree (10-month program).

Cheryl Bacon, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND
Director of the Dietetic Internship
708-915-5723
Cheryl.Bacon@ingalls.org

Vacations

Each dietetic intern will be entitled to take two weeks of vacation time during the program. Typically, there is a scheduled winter and spring vacation, however if an intern has a specific request, accommodations may be possible. Additionally, each intern has two personal days to use throughout the internship.

Holidays

The program respects all religious and/or cultural holidays. If an intern has a specific request, an accommodation may be possible.

The hospital observes the following holidays. There will be no internship related activities scheduled for the following days:

  • New Year's Day
  • Independence Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Juneteenth
  • Labor Day
  • Christmas Day

The program provides a transition from the academic world into the professional world. You will receive hands-on training as well as written and/or oral assignments that relate to your experiences. This provides you with the opportunity to apply nutrition concepts in everyday practice.

The UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Dietetic Internship Program is currently exploring two program length options to meet both ACEND’s and CDR’s requirement. Updated information will be posted to this website in October 2022. Please contact the program director to learn more about these two potential options (for example – partnering with a graduate program (20-month program), or accepting only those with a graduate degree (10-month program).

All core clinical rotations will be completed at UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Hospital. The clinical rotations end with staff relief in which the intern will assume total responsibility as the unit clinical dietitian (under the supervision of a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist). Interns will also counsel outpatients and teach nutrition education classes. While some foodservice, community, and wellness rotations will take place at UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial, our program has partnerships with over 20 organizations, providing our interns an opportunity to complete learning experiences in a variety of diverse settings within the Chicagoland area.

Verification Statements will be signed for dietetic interns who successfully complete the requirements of the UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Dietetic Internship and have earned a graduate degree. A verification statement is a method used by ACEND and accepted by the Commission on Dietetic Registration to ensure that supervised practice requirements has been met and the intern is eligible to sit for the national credentialing exam.

Eligible applicants must have either completed, or be in the process of completing, an ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). If the date of the ACEND-accredited DPD Verification Statement is more than five years prior to the starting date of the internship, the applicant must retake at least three credits in a Medical Nutrition Therapy course from an ACEND-accredited DPD or Coordinated program.

Application materials must be sent using the ACEND centralized application process: Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS). DICAS can be accessed at https://portal.dicas.org. Application materials will not be returned. UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial uses the DICAS Application and Recommendation forms.

Applications must be received by the D&D Digital deadline date in February for the following fall class. Exact dates and deadlines can be obtained at the D&D Digital website at https://www.dnddigital.com/ada/index.php or at https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend/students-and-advancing-education/dietetic-internship-match-students, and click on “Future Computer Matching Dates.”

D&D Digital
3100 S. Riverside Dr.
P.O. Box 887
Ames, IA 50010
Phone: 515.292.0490
Fax: 515.663.9427
E-Mail: dnd@sigler.com
Web page: www.dnddigital.com 

Additionally, a separate application form must be completed denoting your preferred concentration and available interview dates. This supplemental application will be available in October 2022. 

UChicago Medicine Ingalls requires a $60 application fee payable to Ingalls Memorial Hospital. This form should be sent to:

Cheryl Bacon, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND
Director of Dietetic Internship
UChicago Medicine Ingalls
One Ingalls Drive
WLL045
Harvey, IL 60426-3558

All applicants will be notified when the supplemental application has been received by the program, thus there is no need to pay additional fees for certified mailing. Supplemental applications must be postmarked by DICAS application deadline to be considered for review.

All applicants will be notified if they are selected for an interview, which will take place March 15th – March 17th, 2023. Approximately 30 applicants are invited for a personal interview. If not selected for an interview, applicant will not be moving forward in our selection process.

Notification of the internship appointment will be received according to the dates established by D&D Digital. A response by telephone, email or fax for all appointments must be received on appointment day to confirm acceptance of the match. A written confirmation (via email) must follow within 24 hours.

Upon acceptance into the program, applicants must provide an original transcript confirming, at minimal, a bachelor's degree and an ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Verification Statement. Any discrepancies between the on-line application and the official transcript may disqualify an applicant. Once accepted, a physical examination, immunization records, background check and a drug screen will be required during the internship’s orientation.

A panel of three individuals (director of dietetic internship and two preceptors) will serve on the Internship Selection Committee and will review all applicants. At UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial, we welcome applicants from all academic backgrounds and aim to recruit applicants dedicated to promoting and diversifying our profession. The minimum  GPA requirement is 2.75 on a 4.0 scale in the last two years of study and we do not require GRE scores.

A rubric is used to evaluate all applicants. Below is a summary (in descending order) of our rating criteria:

40 points – Experiences: Experiences do not have to be directly nutrition-related. We are evaluating the following skills and behaviors in any work settings as we believe these valuable skills/behaviors are transferrable and may contribute to your success in the profession: Evidence of high responsibility [training/supervisor/manager], time management, problem solving, ability to work with others, leadership. No points are awarded for experiences in which the applicant earned Academic Credit. All experiences must be documented in the DICAS application. We will not consider additional experiences from the resume.

40 points – Personal Statement: Your personal statement will be evaluated on the basis of composition, clarity of thought, and ability to respond to the questions asked. Points will be subtracted for grammatical and spelling errors. Please be sure to answer all five sections of the DICAS template (Why do you want to enter the dietetics profession?; Discuss experiences that have helped to prepare you for your career; What are your short-term and long-term goals?; What are your strengths and weaknesses or areas needing improvement?; What other information do you consider important for the selection decision?) Additionally, please be sure to include why you are interested in the UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Dietetic Internship Program. We aim to select applicants who believe our program will be a good fit for them.

30 points – Academics: The minimum GPA requirement is 2.75 in the last two years of study. We evaluate overall GPA, Science GPA, and Didactic GPA using the following criteria for each: Less than 3.0 = 0 pts; 3.0 – 3.25 = 2 pts; 3.26 – 3.49 = 5 pts; 3.5 – 4.0 = 10 pts

20 points – Activities: We are looking for evidence of leadership positions and active involvement in organizations.

No points – Letters of Recommendation: While we do not award points for letters of recommendation, we will subtract points from the overall application if the reference notes any concerning attributes (i.e. tardiness, lack of critical thinking, inability to work in a team setting, lack of professionalism, etc.). We have no set criteria on who the recommendations should come from, however, we recommend you select individuals who you have a good professional relationship with that can speak to your strengths and what you can contribute to our program and the profession.

While we are currently exploring two program options to meet both ACEND’s and CDR’s requirement, the posted dietetic internship tuition and program expense listed below are accurate, and will remain the same regardless of which option we pursue. Updated information will be posted to this website in October 2022. Please contact the program director to learn more about these two potential options.  

All expenses including tuition, fees, housing, meals and transportation are the responsibility of the intern. UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial does not provide a stipend but does provide meal allowance for one meal per day in the UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial cafeteria.

Dietetic Internship Cost Estimate

Tuition (no financial aid is available), $11,500.00

Fees, $300.00

Malpractice Insurance, $26.00 

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Student Membership, $58.00

Living Expense Estimate

Living expenses will vary based on where the intern chooses to live in the Chicagoland area, including surrounding suburbs. Interns will receive a list of fellow interns to assist in arranging for shared housing expenses, if needed. Click here to learn more about average rent in the Chicagoland area.

Transportation cost will vary depending on living location and assigned rotation site. The intern is responsible for the cost of their transportation to and from rotation sites and other assigned program related activities. A car is essential. Parking is free at Ingalls and the majority of rotation sites, but there may be an additional parking expense at certain rotation sites.

Books and other resources – The intern does not need to purchase any books for the program. Copies of all references are onsite for intern use. Scrubs and lab coats will be purchased for you as part of tuition cost. Each intern will be provided a desk and laptop computer. Additional office supplies are available for use (binders, folders, post-it notes, pens, highlighters, calculators, staplers, etc.). A printer and Xerox machine are available free of charge.

Open House Dates will be posted by October 2022. Please contact the program director for additional information about the program.

Call 708-915-5723 or e-mail Cheryl.Bacon@ingalls.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial 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 UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial. 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.

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. Interns build their public speaking skills by researching and developing presentations for both community audiences, as well as professional audiences.

Our affiliations and field experiences also give the intern an opportunity to work in other health care systems and within the community throughout the Chicago area.

There are a total of nine Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) on staff at UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial include: six clinicians, one outpatient oncology clinician, one clinical nutrition manager, and the dietetic internship director. In addition, interns work under the direction of RDNs at our affiliate healthcare and community sites.

Many interns live with relatives, friends or fellow interns within the surrounding communities and commute to UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial and other rotation sites. Those interns who need to rent housing in the area usually share apartments with fellow interns. Information on living areas and interns needing roommates will be provided after you have accepted an appointment at UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial. Click here to learn more about average rent in the Chicagoland area.

Yes, over the past three years 98 percent of our graduates have successfully passed the CDR Registration examination within one year following first attempt; 96 percent have found employment in dietetics or began graduate studies within one year of graduation.

The UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Dietetic Internship Program is currently exploring two options to meet both ACEND’s and CDR’s requirement. Updated information will be posted to this website in October 2022. Please contact the program director to learn more about these two potential options.

No, UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Dietetic Internship Program does not offer financial aid. Loan forebearance requests are honored. Scholarships are available through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation.

All tuition payment options are accepted: personal checks, credit card (no fees) or any combination of payment methods. Please contact the program director to discuss payment options.