Preceptor Resources

This website provides background materials and resources to guide and support the Diploma in Dietetic Education and Practical Training Internship Programs’ Preceptors.

Planning and Evaluation Guide for Preceptors


Prior Relationship Declaration for Students and Preceptors


Pre-Placement Report


Orientation Checklist


Post-Placement Feedback Form


How to become a Preceptor?
Coming soon… For now please contact us.
Benefits of being a Preceptor
Being a Preceptor helps educate and lead future dietitians through a hands-on practicum.

As a thank-you to our preceptors we offer access to the Brescia and Western libraries. If you are a current or upcoming preceptor you may have free access to the Brescia and Western Online Libraries for one year. The Brescia library houses excellent databases including PEN (Practice Based Evidence in Nutrition) and eNCPT (Nutrition Terminology Reference Manual: Dietetics Language for Nutrition Care).

Brescia is also pleased to be part of an honorarium system.

Please contact the Food and Nutritional Sciences Dietetic Education Coordinators for more information.

Preceptor Recognition
Preceptor Award of Excellence
In recognition of distinction in preceptoring, a student-nominated Award of Excellence is presented to a Preceptor at the MScFN DDEPT Graduation each June.

The 2019 Preceptor Award of Excellence recipients are:
Ashley Wickens and Kelsey Russell, Clinical Dietitians at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital

2018: Dennis Tsang, CareFirst Family Health Team
2017: Melissa Ferreira, Middlesex Hospital Alliance Diabetes Education Program

The Organization Leadership Award recognizes one organization that has demonstrated exceptional leadership and dedication to supporting Brescia dietetic practicum students and is presented at the MScFN DDEPT Graduation each June.

The 2019 Organization Leadership Award recipient is: St. Joseph Health Care, London

2018: Grey Bruce Regional Dietetic Internship Partnership
2017: Windsor Regional Hospital

Practice-Based Research Proposal
Research Project Proposal – PDF

Research Project Proposal – Word

Seeking Practice-Based Research Projects – Submit your idea today!
Are you looking for help in conducting practice-based research? We can help!
Brescia’s Post-Degree Dietetic Education and Practical Training Program is seeking research projects for our new group of students starting in spring 2020.

Some examples of previous practice-based research projects completed by Brescia practicum students:
• effect of malnutrition identification in hospitalized patients pre & post implementation of a validated screening tool
• analysis of the 2018 pressure injury prevalence and incidence findings at a hospital
• determining the food and nutrition learning needs of patients attending a hospital’s cardiac ambulatory clinics
• evaluating the workflow and standardized operating procedures of a newly implemented NICU milk lab
• planning and testing food insecurity messaging for the public
• measuring weight bias among local Registered Dietitians
• literature review of the effects of colonialism on the determinants of health for Aboriginal Canadians

Some facts about the research placement:
• 4 – 8 weeks long x 35 hours/week, must occur between June 2020 – April 2021
• no research experience required by field supervisors! we want to encourage more practice-based research!
• any area of dietetics/any setting: food service/management/industry, nutrition care/clinical/primary/acute care, population and public health
• involves the application of the following skills: creativity, problem-solving, leadership skills, planning and organization, communication and consultation skills
• supported by Brescia’s Dietetic Training Coordinator, and access to a variety of resources such as remote access to Western Library system, PEN, Resources to Support Preceptors
• Brescia practicum students complete a one-week course in research in May 2020, prior to starting the research placement (and research placement preceptors are welcome to join the course at no cost)
• host organizations are eligible for honorarium of $100/week/intern (up to $800)
• supports the practice of dietetics by sharing project outcomes with other members of the dietetic profession, academic partners and outside agencies – all students prepare a poster presentation for Brescia’s Annual Research Day in April 2021

If you have a project idea or any questions, I’d love to hear from you!
Please contact: Lesley Macaskill ( 519-432-8353 ext. 28065

Deadline for submission of interest:
November 30, 2019 – please complete the attach proposal form (pdf or Word)

Timelines: You will be contacted in December to discuss your submission in more detail. Students are admitted to the program in late March and will be matched to a project by April 30, 2020.

*Preference will be given to organizations who can offer an additional placement in another competency area (nutrition care, management or population health).