Clinical Nutrition Training Program

Research efforts are directed at understanding the molecular, genetic and chemical bases of catastrophic diseases in children; identifying cures for such diseases; and promoting their prevention. Research is focused specifically on cancers, some acquired and inherited immunodeficiencies, sickle cell disease, infectious diseases and genetic disorders. Clinical research efforts are aimed at understanding the mechanisms of disease, developing better diagnostic and therapeutic tools, and providing a bridge from the laboratory to the bedside.

The Department of Clinical Nutrition Services operates as a supportive department of St. Jude and is committed to excellence in patient care, research, and teaching. Clinical Nutrition offers training opportunities for dietetic interns and dietitians interested in obtaining an understanding of the nutritional management of pediatric oncology and catastrophic illnesses.

Dietetic interns and dietitians requesting a training opportunity at St. Jude in the department of Clinical Nutrition must fit into one of the following categories:

  • Dietetic interns must be enrolled in an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) approved dietetic internship and have completed their pediatric and nutrition support rotations.
  • International visitors must be an approved visitor through the St. Jude International Outreach Program.
  • Dietitians must have experience working with pediatric and nutrition support patients.

Application Process

  • Complete an online application prior to deadline.
  • Submit information regarding rotation objectives, goals, and evaluation method.
  • Provide two letters of reference from past/current professors and/or employers.
  • Contact your department chair to request development and approval of a contract between the school and St. Jude. Assistance with this process will be provided by the Department of Clinical Nutrition Services.
  • All applications and other materials listed in the application process must be received by August 1 to be reviewed for acceptance in the spring of the following year. Selected applicants will be notified of acceptance by September 1. Opportunities are limited to one intern/visitor per month for the following months: March, April, May.

Complete Your Application

Send hard copies of letters of recommendation to:

Karen Ringwald-Smith, MS, RD, LDN, FAND
Department of Clinical Nutrition Services
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place, Mail Stop 732
Memphis, TN 38105-3678

Prior to beginning your experience at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital you will need the following:

  • Documentation of current TB skin testing within 12 months of visit.
  • Proof of immunity to Varicella (chickenpox) by titer or documentation of 2 doses of the vaccine or MD note verifying illness during childhood. Personal history of the disease is not sufficient.
  • Proof of immunity to Measles, Mumps, and Rubella. Titers or documentation of 2 doses of the vaccine.
  • Documentation of receiving 3 doses of the Hepatitis B vaccine and/or titer showing reactive antibodies after receiving the vaccine.
  • We recommend that you have a Tdap and the flu vaccine if you are going to have direct patient contact

Participants in the St. Jude Clinical Nutrition Training Program obtain the following experience:

  • Observe nutrition education provided to the patients and family members.
  • Observe nutritional assessment and the development of nutrition care plans for specific disease states.
  • Observe research conducted by registered dietitians in Clinical Nutrition Services.