Graduate Pediatric Clinical Nutrition Training Program
Children's of Alabama in conjunction with a graduate nutrition program offers a 9-month clinical pediatric nutrition assistantship. The position is referred to as a nutrition resident. This 9-month program typically coincides with the academic year.
The pediatric assistantship is designed to provide a broad knowledge base, skills and professional resources to practice in pediatric acute, critical and ambulatory care settings. The assistantship includes 20-hours/week of clinical work experience that can be counted toward graduate course credit. Children's offers a competitive biweekly stipend. Candidates must present proof of current, valid license for Dietetics/Nutrition Practice for the state of Alabama. The nutrition resident must successfully pass the CDR exam for registered dietitians within 2 months of beginning the assistantship.
The assistantship includes weekly rotations with the department's staff of registered dietitians, lactation consultants and dietetic technicians offering the nutrition resident an exposure to a wide range of experiences in management of disease states in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. During the last months of the program, the nutrition resident focuses on the care of children in a chosen subspecialty area. Research is required as part of the assistantship and is completed in this area of subspecialization.
Learning objectives, references, and resources are provided to the nutrition resident for each rotation. Appropriate learning experiences are provided and required to meet the outlined objectives.
|NICU and NICU Follow-up||Gastroenterology|
|Weight Management (including bariatric||Psychiatry|
|surgery) and Lipid Disorders||Outpatient Referrals|
|Pulmonary Medicine (including cystic fibrosis)||LESTER® Program|
|Neurology (including ketogenic diet therapy)||PICU|
|Burns and General Surgery||Rehab Medicine|
|General Pediatrics, Primary Care||Specialty Surgery Services|
|Hematology/Oncology||Nephrology and Dialysis|
|Stem Cell Transportation||Solid Organ Transplants|
|HIV||Immunology and Allergy|
For more information you may contact:
Michelle Jeffcoat MS, RD,
Dept. of Clinical Nutrition, Children's of Alabama
1600 7th Ave. South
Birmingham, AL 35233
As a Nutrition Resident at Children's of Alabama, one is not entitled to any of the Children's benefits, including, without limitation paid time off, medical and dental insurance, and 401(k) participation; (2) this graduate assistantship and this agreement are governed by the Graduate Program Clinical Fieldwork Agreement executed between UAB or UA and Children's of Alabama; and (3) nothing herein is intended to create an employment relationship between the graduate assistants and Children's. Please also note that participation in the assistantship program is not a guarantee for employment at Children's as a Clinical Nutritionist. Any applications for Clinical Nutritionist positions, if available, are evaluated on a case by case basis. Children's has the option not to continue the assistantship. If there are unexpected circumstances where funding is no longer available during the course of the 9-month assistantship, the graduate student may elect to continue the assistantship and/or research without pay. Children's will make available all relevant information relating to patient and organizational nutrition services and policies and procedures.
As a condition of the assistantship at Children's of Alabama you must comply with the following performance expectations: