Mount Sinai Hospital is committed to training the best possible dietitians, to apply and practice evidence-based research and care for patients with diverse backgrounds and a variety of needs.
The minimum requirement for becoming a Registered Dietitian is the completion of a four-year accredited undergraduate university program in foods and nutrition (or equivalent) as well as an accredited dietetic internship (or equivalent).
Following this, a dietitian must also pass an exam assessing his/her competence to practice in Canada. Only those registered with the College of Dietitians of Ontario can use the titles Dietitian and Registered Dietitian.
Mount Sinai Hospital Graduate Dietetic Internship
At Mount Sinai, we offer a Comprehensive Dietetic Internship to meet this requirement and advance learning. The Mount Sinai Hospital Dietetic Internship has been in existence for over 30 years and has graduated over 100 dietitians.
Our internship accepts eight to ten interns annually to participate in a 44-week competency-based program that begins each September. The Internship received full accreditation by the Dietitians of Canada in 2004.
Mount Sinai Hospital’s dietetic interns have the opportunity to:
- Think critically and work independently;
- Be clinically active, while participating in research, education seminars, journal clubs, case studies and critical reviews;
- Conduct a practice-based research project and disseminate results in the form of a research presentation and abstract publication;
- Attend workshops, seminars, and conferences (if possible);
- Work with patients from a variety of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Our Collaborative Partnership with Humber River Regional Hospital
Interns spend up to 9 weeks of their clinical rotation at Humber River Regional Hospital – one of Ontario’s largest regional community hospitals, in the fastest-growing and most culturally diverse area in Canada. MSH interns will care for patients representing 100 cultures, more than 70 different languages and a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds.
Humber River is a Regional Paediatric Centre, and a Regional Dialysis Centre with Canada’s first home nocturnal dialysis program. Students will also have increased exposure to specialties such as Bariatric Surgery, Neurology and Oncology.
A New Partnership with William Osler Health System
In 2010, William Osler Health System (WOHS) joined the MSH Dietetic Internship Program. Partnership with WOHS has facilitate expansion of the MSH internship program and increased the variety of rotations available to interns.
Interns have an oportunity to complete clinical rotations at Brampton Civic Hospital and Etobicoke General Hospital in specialties such as renal dialysis, adolescent eating disorders, and mental health. WOHS serves one of the most diverse and rapidly growing communities in the country.
Ryerson University’s Internationally Educated Dietitians Pre-Registration Program
The Internationally Educated Dietitians Pre-Registration Program (IDPP) at Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education offers resources including guidance, language testing and training and other information to internationally-educated food and nutrition professionals. The program helps prepare internationally-educated dietitians for registration with the College of Dietitians of Ontario (CDO) and Dietitians of Canada (DC).
Mount Sinai accepts one IDPP candidate annually, to complete their required practicum. IDPP candidates have the opportunity to train with Mount Sinai dietitians for 6-8 weeks, in up to two clinical areas.
Volunteering for Students
We often receive requests from undergraduate nutrition students to obtain field-related nutrition experience within the Nutrtition Department at Mount Sinai Hospital. The Nutrition Department may take up to 2 students during the year. It is subject to change on a yearly basis depending on staff availability.
Please contact the department to receive further information.
Nutrition & Foodservices Department
Mount Sinai Hospital
600 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1X5
416-586-4800 ext. 5025