Eating Disorders – The Emily Program Track

The mission of The Emily Program is to provide exceptional, individualized care leading to recovery from eating disorders. The Emily Program’s vision is a world of peaceful relationships with food, weight, and body image, where everyone with an eating disorder can experience recovery.

Eating Disorders – 8 weeks

Eight weeks will be within the eating disorders concentration. Placement will be divided between several day programs and/or residential locations. Interns will observe and participate in nutrition group/education, meals and snacks, goal setting, eating disorder behavior identification, and provide recovery minded support to clients.

The Emily ProgramInterns will be expected to model normal eating. Interns will also be expected to eat a variety of foods, while at the same time learn to counsel clients through challenging situations that arise during meals. Modeling balanced eating is a key component to the client’s recovery, providing a safe place for the client to challenge eating disorder thoughts and beliefs. Interns must disclose any and all food aversions/intolerances to the preceptor before beginning rotations. 

Interns may also have opportunities to participate in restaurant outings, cooking or food exploration groups, education outreach, and community research tasks.

Clinical – 13 weeks

Thirteen weeks of medical nutrition therapy in clinics and health care facilities with rotations in inpatient and outpatient care and staff relief. During clinical rotations, interns will function as part of a healthcare team by applying the nutrition care process to provide in-depth, individualized, nutrition assessment and nutrition care for disease management. In addition, interns will interpret laboratory data, provide nutritional therapies, and monitor the effectiveness of nutritional services provided to each patient.

Community – 6 weeks

Six weeks within a variety of community nutrition programs, such as WIC, HyVee, Neighborhood House, USDA Child Nutrition, and community wellness settings. Rotation experiences include nutrition education and behavior modification for diabetes management, development and implementation of promotional materials for national nutrition month, and design of activities related to healthy eating for wellness and exercise performance.

Foodservice Management – 5 weeks

Interns will spend five weeks of foodservice systems management within area health care facilities and school food service locations. All facets of food and nutrition management, including menu planning, food procurement and production, food service, retail operations, and human resource management will be included.

Individualized Study – 1 week

Interns will research and choose a nutrition-oriented area of particular interest, area for additional or more, in-depth experience, or a “one-time” opportunity for further exploration.