Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Oregon Dietetics Internship Program

Since we (ok, I) was just talking about the history of dietetics yesterday, it seems remarkably fitting that today I should have added subject headings to the finding aid for a new archival collection, the Oregon Dietetics Internship Program Collection (Archives 2006-007).

This lovely collection of materials was recently donated to us by Carolyn Ostergren, renal dietician, and Dorothy Hagan, current director of the program. One of the things in the collection is a scrapbook created by 1956 program graduate Kathleen Sharp, who passed the scrapbook to Dr. Hagan at the banquet for the 75th anniversary of the dietetic internship earlier this year.

From these materials, we learn that the dietetic internship program was one of the earliest training programs developed here at the university, having started in 1930. A major impetus for creation of the internship was the establishment, in 1929, of the Oregon Dietetic Association as a branch of the American Dietetic Association (which was itself first organized in 1917). This makes our program the oldest on the West Coast! The program has graduated some 725 dieticians in its 75-year history; the first graduate was Dorothy James Keane, from Pullman, WA, who went on to become the chair of professional education.

If you're interested in reading a short history of the program, you can take a look at Hagan's The Oregon Dietetic Internship Program: 60 years of success, or the updated version of this, covering the next 15 years, which is available as part of the archival collection.

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