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