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Profession

Nutrition expertise to North York General Hospital (NYGH) programs is provided by registered dietitians in Clinical Nutrition Services. There are currently 20 dietitians on staff at NYGH and they are assigned to all inpatient units and selected outpatient programs at the General site, Branson Ambulatory Care Centre and Seniors' Health Centre.

Registered dietitians are governed by the Regulated Health Professions Act through the College of Dietitians of Ontario in order to ensure safe and quality nutrition care is provided to the public.

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 internship minimum of 35 weeks (or equivalent practical training). Following this education, a dietitian must also pass an exam assessing his/her competence to practice in Canada.

As an integral member of the health care team, registered dietitians are involved in ensuring that patients meet their nutritional requirements based on their illness or condition.

This involves medical nutrition therapy and may include oral diet modification and or supplementation, as well as more invasive nutrition support techniques. The latter includes enteral nutrition, that is, delivering nutrition by a feeding tube into the stomach or intestine, and parenteral nutrition, when nutrition is delivered directly into the bloodstream by an intravenous tube.

Nutrition care may involve patient and family education, and counselling on diet and lifestyle changes to improve or maintain health.

Registered dietitians are key members of the following outpatient programs at NYGH:
Diabetes Education Centre, Centre for Complex Diabetes Care, Adolescent and Adult Eating Disorders Programs, Baruch/Weisz Cancer Centre, CHF Clinic, Mental Health Paediatric Clinic, Paediatric Complex Care Clinic, Geriatric Day Hospital, and outreach team.
 
Education Program

NYGH/Ryerson University Collaborative Dietetics Program — Professional Masters Diploma Program in Dietetics (PMDIP Dietetics)

North York General Hospital's Dietetic Education Program in partnership with Ryerson University provides dietetic students with comprehensive hands-on experience, as members of the interprofessional health care team, in the areas of clinical nutrition, population and public health and management settings. The program encourages self-directed learning through goal setting, self-reflection, and evaluation. Students are given the responsibility and accountability of an entry-level dietitian towards the end of the program.

The program provides students with opportunities to achieve progressive levels of competence as defined in the Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice (ICDEP). Graduates of this professional program will qualify to write the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination and if successful, register with a provincial regulatory body and become registered dietitians.

Program mission, vision and goals

​Mission
To deliver outstanding academic and practical training for future dietitians through collaborative partnerships.

Vision
To be a leader of innovation and collaboration in dietetic education and training.

Goals

  1. To provide students with high-quality practical training through which they can demonstrate competency attainment as per the Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice, qualify to write the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination, and become registered dietitians.
  2. To collaborate with partner organizations to enhance the quality of dietetic practical training for students and preceptors.
  3. To support students and preceptors by providing exceptional opportunities for professional growth and development.

The program begins in September and is 46–50 weeks long. For more information on the Dietetic Education Program refer to our brochure. Download: Dietetic Education Program brochure


Seeking a placement


Placement requests must be coordinated through your academic institution. All requests should be sent to the Centre for Education. Students can begin their clinical experience at the hospital only if their academic institution has an established affiliation agreement with North York General Hospital. Please check with your student placement office to ensure a valid agreement has been established. To reach a staff member, view our contacts below.

Starting a placement


Placement prerequisites

The following prerequisites are required in order for a student to start a placement at North York General Hospital:

  • Mask fit testing
    You must have completed mask fit testing within the past 24 months. The following information will be requested upon registration:
    Date mask fitted
    Location mask fitted
    Size/Model

  • Immunizations
    Your immunizations need to be up to date. This includes a TB test within the past 12 months. The hospital is not responsible for any expenses relating to immunization requirements. Students will not be allowed to start a placement without proper documentation. Seasonal influenza immunizations are highly recommended. Your rotation or placement may be affected if this is missing.

    If you are a student in a graduate program and have not provided your institution with documentation regarding immunizations, you must bring this with you on or prior to your first day of placement.

    You will be asked to confirm your immunization status as well as your TB test results during the registration process.
    Immunization form

  • Workplace insurance

    Institutional Workplace Insurance Agreement
    The students from publically funded Ontario colleges and universities are covered for workplace injuries through a program from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities. If you are from one of these academic
    institutions you do not need to do anything else.

    Private workplace insurance
    This applies to the following:
    • Out of province students
    • Students from private institutions
    • Students in a practicum placement following completion of their academic studies

    Bring certificate of coverage on Day 1

    Not applicable
    • Observers
    • Students paid by NYGH

  • Vulnerable sector screen
    Vulnerable sector screen must be completed within the past 12 months for all students and must be submitted to your academic institution. If you have not provided the completed screen to your academic institution, you must bring it in on Day 1 of your placement.

    If your screen has positive findings, please notify us before your placement, as conditions of your placement will need to be reviewed.

  • Mandatory training
    All mandatory training modules must be completed prior to the first day of your rotation. You will be asked to verify that you have completed the online modules including date of completion as part of your registration process. The modules are also available on the registration pages.

Prior to first day

Online registration
All students must register for their placement through the Centre for Education. You will receive a link to our registration system upon approval of your placement.

Online mandatory training
The online mandatory training program is designed in compliance with provincial legislation and to provide you with knowledge of our programs, services and policies.

On the first day


Bring with you:

Registration documents

  • Mask fit record
  • Completed immunization form
  • Completed vulnerable sector screen
  • Workplace insurance – if applicable

Government issued photo ID — This is required in order for you to receive a hospital ID. The Badge Office is located at the General site on the east wing, ground floor besides shipping. Hours of operation are 10-10:30 a.m. and 1:30-2 p.m., Monday to Friday. If you are a student at the Branson Ambulatory Care Centre, you may want to receive your badge a couple of days earlier to not affect your placement time.

Payment for parking (if applicable) — Monthly costs of $60 (debit or credit card accepted). Daily rates are also available by contacting the parking office. Parking at the hospital is available in the Staff Parking Lot. Please park in Visitors Parking on your first day, once you pay for your monthly pass, your parking ticket for that day will be validated. The Parking Office is located at the parking deck, ground level, adjacent to the exit gates. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

Contacts

Marcia Sivilotti, RD
Professional Practice Leader and Dietetic Education Coordinator
North York General Hospital
marcia.sivilotti@nygh.on.ca

Centre for Education

Ann Bickram
Education Coordinator, Nursing, Health Professions, Administrative & Operational
Centre for Education, 6 North Room 630
North York General Hospital
4001 Leslie Street
Toronto ON M2K 1E1
Tel: 416-756-6000 x4805
Fax: 416-756-6056
ann.bickram@nygh.on.ca

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