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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Houston VA Earns Accreditation from Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education

March 4, 2008

HOUSTON – The dietetic internship program at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) has been granted re-accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE), based on the results of a recent on-site inspection.

Dietetics educators and practitioners, appointed by the CADE board, participate in the review process to determine if a program is achieving its own educational objectives and meeting the accreditation standards. The CADE board accredits programs able to meet these standards.

“I am very proud of the job the dietetics staff does here at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. Our dietetic internship program is marking more than 50 years of accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education,” said Henry J. Ostermann, Ph.D., MEDVAMC Clinical Support Service Line executive. “Our people are very dedicated and we take seriously the job of serving those who have served our country.”

A registered dietitian is a health care professional who has completed a nutrition-related degree which includes a rigorous course of study in the scientific areas of biochemistry, human anatomy, and physiology courses. They must also complete an internship or go through an approved coordinated undergraduate program that combines supervised practice and the last two years of college. All dietitians must pass a national board examination before they can receive the credentials of a registered dietitian.

The CADE is the American Dietetic Association's accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitians or registered dietetic technicians. Projections by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate an increased need for well-prepared dietitians. The role of nutrition in health and the benefits of nutrition intervention in the prevention and treatment of diseases continue to be documented in the dietetics and health literature.

CADE exists to serve the public by establishing and enforcing eligibility requirements and accreditation standards that ensure the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs. Programs meeting those standards are accredited by CADE.

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