“Life is not merely being alive, but being well.” ~ Marcus Valerius
The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition”. ~ Thomas Edison
My name is Mary Rodavich and I am recent graduate from West Virginia University’s Graduate Dietetic Internship in Morgantown, WV. The purpose of this blog is to archive my experiences as a Dietetic Intern and newly credentialed Registered Dietitian, and to reflect on my passion – anything health and nutrition-related!
A little more about me…I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and am the oldest of four children. I attended Penn State University Main Campus for four years and attained a BS in Nutritional Sciences (with honors!). I am currently working as an RD in long-term care in the Pittsburgh, PA area.
WVU’s Graduate Dietetic Internship Program
After undergrad, I was accepted into WVU’s Graduate Dietetic Internship program. The combined program offers interns the opportunity to complete a Master of Science degree in addition to the required supervised practice component consisting of over 1200 hours of supervised practice.
The first year of the internship consists mainly of graduate coursework and research. Courses for the first year typically include biochemistry, physiology, statistics, nutrition, and seminar. Supervised practice placements for the internship begin the summer between the first and second year.
There are two master’s degree options: Thesis and Non-thesis. I chose the thesis option. The thesis option will require 30 credit hours, 24 hours of regular course work plus 6 hours credit for a thesis. A student must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or better to remain in good standing. All additional course requirements will be determined by the student in consultation with the major advisor and graduate committee members.
My research is in the area of marine vs. non-marine sources of omega-3′s and the effects on the liver and serum lipoproteins in mice under the advising of Dr. Kimberly Barnes. The second year of the internship consists of a graduate seminar, continuing my research project, and rotations to different supervised practice sites.
Dietetic Internship Rotation Sites
- Monongalia General Hospital
- Health South MountainView Regional Rehabilitation Hospital
- Charleston Area Medical Center
- West Virginia University Center for Excellence In Disabilities
- Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
- The Shack Neighborhood House