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Student-Assisted Services (SAS): An Innovative Clinical Education Model that Prepares Graduates for the Future, Contributes to Health Service Delivery, and Addresses Internship Shortages

Published:November 20, 2014DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2014.10.002
      The combination of an aging population profile and a rising prevalence of obesity and chronic disease increases the need for dietetics services.
      • Hooker R.S.
      • Williams J.H.
      • Papneja J.
      • Sen N.
      • Hogan P.
      Supply and demand: 2010-2020.
      It is predicted that by the year 2020 only 75% of the demand for nutrition and dietetics practitioners in the United States will be met.
      • Nyland N.
      • Lafferty L.
      Implications of the dietetics workforce demand study.
      A potential barrier to increasing the size of the dietetics workforce is the shortage of internships.
      • White J.
      • Beto J.
      Strategies for addressing the internship shortage and lack of ethnic diversity in dietetics.
      Approaches such as team teaching have been trialed in hospitals,
      • Roberts N.
      • Brockington S.
      • Doyle E.
      • et al.
      Innovative model for clinical education in dietetics.
      and although such initiatives provide some increase in student training capacity, they are unlikely to meet total placement demand.

      Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education current report—2009 program year. www.eatright.org/CADE_AnnualReport 2009.pdf. Accessed March 27, 2014.

      There is a need to explore innovative models of clinical education outside the hospital setting. Student-assisted services in underserviced settings may address workforce shortages and increase internship capacity.
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