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Wednesday, October 5, 2005 - South Jersey Healthcare Welcomes Students Into the First Dietetic Internship Program
South Jersey Healthcare Welcomes Three Students Into the First Dietetic Internship Program in South Jersey
VINELAND, NJ (October 5) – South Jersey Healthcare welcomed three dietetic/nutrition students to its new dietetic internship program this month. The 10-month internship is the only program offered in southern New Jersey accredited by the American Dietetic Association’s Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education.
The students are Kristin Arnold, a graduate of Pennsylvania State University from Philadelphia, PA; Bethanne Borodynko, a graduate of Drexel University from Sewell, NJ; and Kristen Gilmore-Leon, a graduate of West Chester University from Clayton, NJ.

The three students, who hold four-year degrees in Nutrition, Dietetics or nutrition-related fields, will complete 900 hours of supervised practice at SJH and in the community. Upon successful completion of the program, the dietetic interns will be eligible to sit for the Registered Dietitian’s Exam.

SJH Clinical Nutrition Manager and Internship Director Maria Basche began developing the internship three years ago to address the shortage of registered dietitians in our area. Programs were previously only available in northern New Jersey at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown and at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s School of Health-Related Professions in Newark.

“We have much to offer here at South Jersey Healthcare,” Basche said. “Our program is unique because it provides dietetic students in southern and central New Jersey on-the-job training close to home.”

SJH is a nonprofit, integrated health care system, providing access to a continuum of delivery services. SJH provides hospital services, numerous community health clinics, home health services, and specialty services, which serve the medical and healthcare needs of Southern New Jersey residents.