Nutrition training is integrated into all service programs provided by the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities. The program focuses on increasing skills in nutritional assessment and intervention with emphasis on the interdisciplinary approach in the specialty area of inborn errors of metabolism and developmental disabilities.
- Possesses core knowledge and skills to improve the well-being of persons with chronic diseases, intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
- Understanding of the scope, content, and delivery of nutrition services for medical facilities, public health facilities, residential facilities, schools, worksites, and child/adult care programs, to help implement quality nutrition programs in these facilities and programs for persons of all ages and stages of development.
- Knowledge of the political, legislative, and economic factors that affect nutrition services for persons with special healthcare needs.
- Ability to function as a member of the interdisciplinary healthcare team providing comprehensive, community-based, family centered care to children and families.
Training experiences are included as part of dietetic internship and graduate degree programs. Traineeships are available to nutrition professionals and to students enrolled in graduate degree programs at acceptable universities. The training is individually planned, considering the experience, goals, and length of training for each student. In addition to nutritional assessment and medical nutrition therapy as part of the interdisciplinary process, the trainee may explore projects in specific areas such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, feeding problems, or other nutrition issues for children with developmental disabilities.
Lectures, staff conferences, and workshops are planned to enhance the clinical training experiences. Although most of the training takes place within the BCDD, the trainee learns about community resources and may visit other facilities. Traineeships/fellowships with length varying from two months to one year are planned at various times during the year. Training for professionals is also available by special arrangement.
Who Can Apply
A limited number of stipends are available for graduate trainees. Applicants for stipends must be citizens of the United States or non-citizens admitted to the United States as permanent residents, with no other means of financial support.
For further information, contact Chief of Nutrition, BCDD, 711 Jefferson Avenue, Memphis, TN 38105 (901) 448-6511.