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What is expected of NODIP preceptors?

NODIP preceptors are expected to plan learning activities that provide interns with opportunities to meet the Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice (ICDEP). Preceptors take the time to teach and coach interns to support knowledge application and skill development. By regularly discussing their learning needs and providing timely feedback on performance, preceptors can facilitate learning and help interns hone their dietetic practice skills. It is also the preceptor’s responsibility to help the student prepare for their placement by creating a rotation description for your practice setting. Identifying pre-requisite readings, case studies and/or assignments to complete prior to their first day, and during their placement will set them up for success. The NODIP Program Manager will support you in developing this rotation description and orienting you to the preceptor role. NODIP has many resources to support you in your preceptor role.

Through your guidance and supervision, interns gain the valuable hands-on experience needed to begin their dietetic careers with skill and confidence.

News and Events

NOSM U Health Sciences – Northern Connections – May 12-13, 2023: Registration is now open!

Northern Connections is intended as a professional development, networking and appreciation event for those clinicians who support our Health Sciences programs, including dietitians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech-language pathologists, audiologists and physician assistants. We are pleased to provide this event at no cost to these clinicians, including current preceptors and those interested in getting involved as preceptors in the future. Registrants are responsible for their travel and accommodation expenses.

This year the event will take place at the Valhalla Hotel & Conference Centre in Thunder Bay, ON. The education sessions, awards event and dinner will take place on Friday, May 12th. Social and networking events have been planned for Saturday, May 13th. Please review the schedule prior to registering, as you will be asked which sessions you would like to participate in as part of the registration process. This event will only be taking place in-person. In future years, we will alternate the conference between Northeastern and Northwestern locations. Registration will be open until May 1, 2023.

Registration Will Open on Wednesday, March 22nd

Invitation to Health Sciences Preceptors – Facilitate Interprofessional Education-Community Learning Sessions

Preceptors interested in the role of small group facilitator for the Interprofessional Education- Community Learning Sessions (IPE-CLS) at NOSM University are invited to contact Sheila Renton, CLS Coordinator at

IPE-CLS are a mandatory component of the Phase 1 (Yrs 1 & 2) curriculum of the Undergraduate Education (UME) program at NOSM U and include students of various health disciplines, including medicine, nursing, dietetics, kinesiology, social work, health promotion, and where possible, rehabilitation sciences and other health and social science professions.

All sessions are conducted by Webex allowing the participation of facilitators from across Northern Ontario.

The role of the facilitator is to promote discussion and interactions within a small group of students. Facilitators are not expected to provide content expertise but can offer valuable perspectives on interprofessional collaborative practice in real-life settings.

Orientation is provided to all facilitators.
Remuneration is provided as per the NOSM U Faculty Handbook but faculty appointment is not a requirement for this role.

Currently we need 1-2 back-up facilitators for CBM 102 this Fall as follows:

  • Tues. Oct. 18, 9am-noon
  • Tues. Oct. 25, 10am-noon
  • Tues. Nov. 08, 9am-noon

This provides an opportunity to shadow more experienced facilitators and prepare for more facilitation opportunities to come in January 2023 and beyond.

Please contact Sheila for more information and to express your interest in sessions this Fall or in the future:

Health Sciences Preceptor Development Series and Webinars

Research Advising

Do you have a practice-based question you want answered?

Do you want to enhance your research and/or evaluation skills?

Do you want extra help on a project?

Become a NODIP Project Advisor

The purpose of this project is to provide interns with a basic foundation and introductory experience in collaborative practice-based dietetic research and evaluation. The project can take place in any RD practice setting; see past projects below.

The project must be practice based, relevant to the sponsoring facility, manageable within the NODIP program year (September to July), and within the budget and resources available to the Project Advisor(s).

Please also see Dr. McElhaney Dietetic Learner Research Fund.

For examples of previous projects, please see the Practice Based Projects.

For more information, please email

Annual Preceptor Awards

Each year, we ask learners and members of our clinical community to submit nominations for our Preceptor Awards to recognize those who have gone above and beyond in providing exceptional experiences to learners. For more information about the award categories, please see Annual Preceptor Awards.

2019-2020 Award Winners

2021-2022 Award Winners