Eating Disorders – The Emily Program Concentration

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 of fully integrated eating disorders training. Placement will be divided between several day programs and/or residential locations at The Emily Program. 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 Program

Interns 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 – 14 weeks

Fourteen weeks of medical nutrition therapy within one of our partner hospitals, with experiences in a variety of clinical practice areas. During clinical, 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. Providing staff relief within an assigned unit is also included.

We are proud of our long-standing, committed clinical partner healthcare sites:

  • Abbott Northwestern Hospital (Minneapolis)
  • Hennepin County Medical Center (Minneapolis)
  • St. Francis Regional Medical Center (Shakopee)
  • Mercy Hospital (Coon Rapids and Fridley)
  • Regions Hospital (St. Paul)
  • United Hospital (St. Paul)

Community – 5 weeks

Five weeks within a variety of community nutrition programs, such as DaVita Kidney Care, U of MN Extension, Hy-Vee Supermarket, The Aliveness Project, Training HAUS Sports Performance with Twin Cities Orthopedics, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Programs, and other potential community settings. Experiences include nutrition education and behavior modification strategies, development and implementation of health and nutrition topic materials, and design of activities related to healthy eating for wellness and exercise performance.

Foodservice Systems and Management – 4 weeks

Dietetic interns will spend four weeks within an organization participating in the various facets of foodservice systems and management, such as food production, food service, retail operations and human resource management. An intern project includes the planning, marketing and implementation of a theme meal in the organization's retail area.

Participating foodservice partner sites include:

  • Eastern Carver County Schools
  • Midtown Global Market
  • Regions Hospital
  • U of MN Gopher Athletics Performance Nutrition