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Dietetic Internship (NODIP)

The Northern Ontario Dietetic Internship Program (NODIP) is administered by the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), in collaboration with multiple preceptors, communities, and facilities throughout Northern Ontario. NODIP is nationally accredited and thus has been designed to develop the competencies required of an entry-level dietitian.

NOSM’s social accountability mandate and a commitment to community engaged and distributed learning is the foundation of NODIP. 

Standing Tall: NODIP@NOSM

Since 2007, the Northern Ontario Dietetic Internship Program (NODIP) has demonstrated a commitment to improving the health of Northern communities. Graduates are trained by dedicated preceptors and committed organizations. Upon completion of their program, NODIP graduates work in diverse practice settings, serving their communities in different ways. To learn more about NODIP, view the video Standing Tall: NODIP@NOSM, created recently by Dr. Hoi Cheu, Professor of English and Film Studies at Laurentian University.

Achievement Report

Since 2007, NOSM has offered the Northern Ontario Dietetic Internship Program, a 46-week internship that teaches dietetic interns the skills and knowledge they need for rural and Northern practice. In July of 2017, NODIP celebrated the tenth graduation of NODIP interns. Here are some of the many successes the program and its faculty, learners, and graduates have garnered over the years.

NODIP Achievement Report

About the Program

NODIP provides practical experience for students to obtain the Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice. The internship is a comprehensive 46-week program in which students are exposed to nutrition care, population and public health, and management roles in dietetics.

NODIP offers a wide range of challenging learning experiences in a variety of practice settings including:

  • Regional Hospitals
  • Family Health Teams
  • Public Health Units
  • Community Health Centres
  • Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Small Rural Hospitals
  • Aboriginal Communities
  • Indigenous Communities

This internship will help you develop the unique skills required to meet the growing demand for health professionals in Northern and rural communities.

Up to 12 successful applicants will be selected annually for this 46-week program which begins in early September. Interns will live and practice in one of three primary sites: Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, and Sudbury.

For additional information about the Northern Ontario Dietetic Internship Program please view the NODIP program video developed for the virtual forum.  The video can be found on the Dietitians of Canada Website here.

Applicants must apply through Dietitians of Canada (DC). Please refer to Application & Selection Process for more details.

Program Outline

Orientation / Professional Development: 2 weeks
Food Service and Management: 7 weeks
Clinical Nutrition Care: 18 weeks
Population and Public Health*: 10 weeks
Practice-Based Project: 4 weeks
Staff Relief: 3 weeks
Vacation: 2 weeks
Total (including vacation): 46 weeks

*Includes a six-week Public Health Unit placement.

A minimum three to six-week rural placement is required for this program. NOSM housing is provided for placements outside of the intern’s primary site.

Rotation Examples

Rotations/placements are available for each component of the program. Below are examples; exact placements cannot be guaranteed and may change year to year.

Food Service and Management

  • Food service operations in a  hospital or long term care facility
  • Human resources management
  • Working in a unionized environment
  • Project management

Outpatients

  • Regional bariatric assessment centres
  • Cancer centres
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Diabetes programs
  • Family health teams

Inpatient Clinical

  • Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Long-term care
  • Oncology
  • Surgery
  • Renal Care
  • Critical care
  • Pediatrics

Population and Public Health

  • Public health units
  • Indigenous community health centres
  • Health Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch
  • Family health teams
  • Community health centres

Practice Based Projects

Topics are submitted annually by RD preceptors from the various NODIP placement sites. Two dietetic interns are paired and then assigned to a project, which is completed over the internship year, including four scheduled research weeks.

Examples of previous practice-based projects include:

  • Advice provided to women with breast cancer by oncology dietitians concerning the consumption of foods containing soy
  • Development and cognitive testing of a First Nation school food survey for Manitoulin Island
  • Impact of Craving ChangeTM Program on eating self-efficacy
  • Patient satisfaction with meal service and nursing attitudes and beliefs at Royal Victoria Hospital
  • An evaluation of nutrition risk screening at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

Examples of oral poster presentations include:

Professional Development and NODIP Resources

NODIP’s professional development includes an annual calendar of workshops on topics including research and data analysis, program evaluation, health literacy and clear language, pediatrics, renal disease, food allergies, the International Dietetics and Nutrition Terminology and Nutrition Care Process. There may also opportunities to attend events and workshops offered during some rotations and/or by organizations such as Dietitians of Canada.

NODIP SharePoint Site

As a distributed learning program, the learning SharePoint site is the primary tool for communication. The site includes:

  • All placement information, intern schedules and materials online.
  • Common performance objectives and evaluation forms.
  • A Resource Centre of workshop materials, additional resources and references.

Competency Tools

Working with Francophones

Assess your Francophone culture and health knowledge.  Complete the online module called Working with Francophones: NOSM Health Sciences Learning Guide and receive a professional development certificate.

Working with Indigenous People

Assess your Indigenous culture and health knowledge.  Complete the online module called Working with Indigenous Peoples: NOSM Health Sciences Learning Guide and receive a professional development certificate.

Using Videoconferencing in Practice

Determine your videoconference telepractice readiness. Complete the NOSM Health Sciences Using VC in Practice Checklist.

Shown below: NODIP’s professional development opportunities include an annual calendar of workshops on topics including a Growth Assessment Workshop.

Northern Ontario Dietetic Internship Program student measuring a baby's head circumference.