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Dietetic Student Externship

Note: Program is limited to only Clemson students at this time.

Academic Requirements

  • GPA greater than 3.0
  • Currently enrolled in Clemson’s B.S. in Food Science with Concentration in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Completion of Anatomy/Physiology, Human Nutrition and Nutrition and Metabolism coursework
  • Letter of interest/cover letter, resume and e-transcript
  • Intent to apply for Dietetic Internship

Student Clearance Requirements

Student clearance expenses are estimated at $50-$85 and are the responsibility of the student. Upon acceptance into the externship, each student will be responsible for providing:

  • Criminal Background Check
  • Documentation of Health/immunization requirements
  • Completion of online orientation

Business Health Department

Business Health is the hub of wellness within GHS. We provide wellness opportunities at each GHS campus for our 14,000+ employees by teaching wellness classes, delivering programs such as LoseWell (a 13-week weight management program) and QuitWell (a smoking cessation program), holding employee health screenings and providing health coaching to individuals. Business Health also works with local employers to address their healthcare and wellness needs. Dietitians in this department are an integral part of the wellness education team.

  • Classes on a number of nutrition topics
  • Hold “lunch and learns” at local businesses
  • Counsel individuals on nutrition
  • Involved in hospital health initiatives
  • Always developing and implementing new education opportunities as part of the Business Health team

Bariatric Surgery Department

Bariatric Solutions is one of the leading bariatric surgery groups in South Carolina. We specialize in evaluating, educating and caring for bariatric surgery patients before and after surgery. Our bariatric surgery options include Adjustable Gastric Band, Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy and Roux-en-Y Divided Gastric Bypass. Dietitians are an integral part of pre-surgery evaluation, education and post-surgery education and lifelong monitoring of patients. We work in an interdisciplinary team with surgeons, nurses, and other specialties. Responsibilities include

  • Group presentations
  • Individual counseling
  • Research

New Impact Department

New Impact is a comprehensive weight management program for children up to age 21. The mission of New Impact is to treat overweight and obese children in the upstate of South Carolina and empower them to develop active and healthy lifestyles. Our team members target the exercise and eating behavior of the entire family system. We use a multidisciplinary approach to manage weight and address related medical, social and emotional issues. Our team consists of two pediatricians, a psychologist, a dietitian and a nurse case manager. New Impact partners with participating Upstate YMCAs to provide the exercise component of the program. Dietitians are an integral part of providing nutrition education and counseling on an individual basis and in group settings. Other responsibilities include:

  • Partnering with Clemson University Culinary and Nutrition students to lead cooking classes
  • Group presentations
  • Developing education material for clients
  • Implementing new education opportunities for our clients and the community

Center for Integrative Oncology and Survivorship (CIOS) Department

Your experience at the Center for Integrative Oncology and Survivorship (CIOS) will not only enable you to work closely with the Registered Dietitian but also with the interdisciplinary team including physicians, nurse practitioners, oncology nurse navigators, exercise specialists and research assistants. As a student with CIOS, you will experience:

  • Nutrition counseling for patients before and during treatment
  • Counseling for lifestyle changes post-treatment through individual and group settings

Diabetes Self- Management Program (Medical Nutrition Therapy, Education, Consultation)

Diabetes is a disease that can be well managed through the combined efforts of the patients own self-management and their physician’s medical practice, which includes our Diabetes Self-Management programs.

GHS has a Diabetes Self- Management Program (DSMP) at The Greenville Memorial Campus and that has been accredited by the American Diabetes Association since 2003. In 2013 it added another Diabetes Self-Management Program accredited by the American Diabetes Association on the Patewood Campus. Accreditation means both programs meet the national standards for Diabetes self-management education.

Your experience at the DSMP will not only enable you to work closely with Registered Dietitians and Registered Nurses most of who all are Certified Diabetes Educators but also other interdisciplinary team members. You will be included in instructing and counseling patients one on one and in a group on many topics such as:

  • Meal planning
  • Carbohydrate counting
    Grocery store tours
  • Medical nutrition therapy
  • Insulin and medication recommendations
  • Self- monitoring
    Exercise and activity
  • Psychosocial issues

Nutrition Solutions

Nutrition Solutions provides non-surgical weight loss solutions by offering medically supervised and non-medically supervised nutrition programs and services:

  • Individual medical appointments
  • Individual dietitian counseling & coaching appointments
  • Cooking classes & Culinary demo’s
  • Grocery shopping tours
  • Behavioral strategies
  • Group Weight Loss/Lifestyle Education Classes
  • Prepared meals
  • Metabolic Testing
  • Nutritional Genetic Testing

Baptist Easley Hospital – Clinical Nutrition Department

Baptist Easley Hospital (BEH) is a 109 bed inpatient facility in Easley, SC that contains two medical/surgical floors, a critical care unit, and birthplace. The dietitians work closely with the nutrition department and the interdisciplinary team to provide care to patient using the Nutrition Care Process.. You will be included on morning care rounds, daily nutrition department line-up, patient care assessments, follow-ups, and diet educations, as well as other events and meetings that come up. The patient population at BEH includes those with:

  • Respiratory issues (COPD, Cystic Fibrosis, etc)
  • Nutrition support
  • Wounds
  • Malnutrition
  • Medical/Surgical issues

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