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Continuous improvement in dietetics education with a regional advisory board: a model that works.
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PMID:  12891153     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Continuous improvement has been a focus of business and health care for years. The Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education has also identified the need for continuous improvement in dietetics education programs and requires them to seek outside counsel to help accomplish it. Most dietetics education programs develop advisory boards to provide this outside counsel, but finding individuals to commit to an ongoing advisory board can be challenging. Dietetics internship directors from dietetics practicum programs throughout Arizona created the Arizona Dietetic Practicum Advisory Committee (AzDPAC), which uses suggestions from preceptors, interns, and committee members to generate ideas for improvement. Since the conception of AzDPAC both tangible and intangible outcomes have occurred. Tangible outcomes include better coordination among programs, development of a combined annual affiliate meeting, standardization of forms, creation of a combined "Clinical Bootcamp," development of a Web page describing all programs, and better networking among interns from different programs. In addition, AzDPAC improved cooperation and sharing of expertise and created an available group of peers for new directors. An advisory committee of regional program directors is a model that works in providing dietetics education programs with ongoing outside counsel and ideas for continuous improvement.
Rose L Martin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Dietetic Association     Volume:  103     ISSN:  0002-8223     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Diet Assoc     Publication Date:  2003 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-07-31     Completed Date:  2003-09-02     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503061     Medline TA:  J Am Diet Assoc     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1026-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Arizona State University East, Mesa, AZ, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Advisory Committees
Curriculum / standards
Dietetics / education*
Education, Continuing / methods*
Internship, Nonmedical / methods
Preceptorship / methods
Professional Competence / standards

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