Which DPGs Offer Continuing Education?

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Renewing your Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics membership is a great opportunity to pick a dietetic practice group (DPG) or two to join. Some of the DPGs also include sub-units around a specific topic. Each DPG has varying costs and product offerings and it takes time to research each one. Did you know that many offer continuing education credits as well?

All of the DPGs are set up a little differently. The most common forms of continuing education are either CPEU articles (from a regular newsletter or a peer-reviewed publication) or webinars (live or pre-recorded). Dietitians in Nutrition Support and Renal Nutrition DPGs offer peer-reviewed publications with CPEUs.

A few DPGs also offer a conference or symposium. The Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness, Clinical Nutrition Management, and Dietetics in Health Care Communities DPGs all feature annual symposiums. The Oncology Nutrition DPG holds a conferences every other year.

Food and Culinary Professionals DPG has a unique CPE offering in its international trips. The trips take you to dream foodie locations (Italy!) and provide ~40 CPEUs each. They also offer domestic culinary workshops every other year.

Not everything requires a membership. However, often a membership will more than pay for itself if you want access to the free or reduced cost CPEU offerings.

So, before you renew, take a peek at what the DPGs offer!

PLEASE NOTE: All quoted descriptions come from the Academy’s website found HERE. This is a gathering of publicly available information. There is a distinct possibility that some DPGs offer much more than what is aggregated in this post.

Behavioral Health DPG

“Behavioral Health Nutrition DPG’s mission is to empower members to be the food and nutrition experts in the areas of eating disorders, intellectual and developmental disabilities, addictions and mental illness.”

Fees: $30 | $10 students

Contact: info@bhndpg.org

CPE opportunities:

  • Several CPE pre-recorded webinars available for free or $35 each ($25 if a BHNDPG member)
  • Newsletter with CPE opportunities

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Clinical Nutrition Management DPG

“Members of the Clinical Nutrition Management DPG are managers of clinical nutrition programs across the health care continuum. They are responsible for developing and implementing nutrition programs that keep pace with the changing health care environment and conform to the cost limitations of managed care.”

Fees: $35

Contact: info@cnmdpg.org

Subunits:

  • Pediatrics
  • Informatics
  • Quality and Process Improvement

CPE opportunities:

  • CNM Annual Spring Symposium | ~15-18 CPEUs available
  • Each newsletter includes a CPE opportunity
  • Webinars are available for members only

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Diabetes Care and Education DPG

“The Diabetes Care and Education DPG promotes quality diabetes care and education for people with diabetes and their families and for those at risk for developing diabetes.”

Fees: $35

Contact: webmaster@dce.org

CPE opportunities:

  • Each newsletter includes a free CPE opportunity
  • 5-6 webinars per year free for members | $40 for non-members

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Dietetics in Health Care Communities DPG

“Practitioners typically employed under contract who provide nutrition consultation to acute and long-term-care facilities, correctional facilities, home care companies, healthcare agencies and foodservice industry.”

Fees: $35 | $15 for students

Contact: dhccdpg@mchsi.com

Subunit:

  • Corrections

CPE opportunities:

  • Spring conference | ~13 CPEUs available
  • Each quarterly newsletter includes a free CPE opportunity
  • Webinars are available free or at a reduced cost for members

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Dietitians in Business and Communications DPG

“Dietitians in Business and Communications DPG are food and nutrition professionals who are working for or consulting with local or global corporations, businesses, or organizations in the food, nutrition communications, public relations, and healthcare industries, or who are self-employed or business owners.”

Fees: $35

Contact: dbc@quidnunc.net

CPE opportunities:

  • Free webinars for members

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Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine DPG

“Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine is a specialty practice group of nutrition professionals that promotes the integration of conventional nutrition practices with evidence-based alternatives through education, research and practice.”

Fees: $40 | $20 for students

Contact: info@IntegrativeRD.org

CPE opportunities:

  • Newsletters offer 2 free CPEU articles each year
  • Live webinars free for members AND non-members
  • Archived webinars are only available to members

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Dietitians in Nutrition Support DPG

“Dietitians in Nutrition Support are dietitians who integrate the science and practice of enteral and parenteral nutrition in order to provide appropriate nutrition support therapy to individuals encompassing adults, pediatrics, inpatients, outpatients, home care and transplantation.”

Fees: $30

Contact: administrator@dnsdpg.org

CPE opportunities:

  • Bimonthly peer-reviewed publication with 3 CPEUs offered in each issue
  • Webinars are offered at discounted price for members

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Food and Culinary Professionals DPG

“Food and Culinary Professionals is a dietetic practice group consisting of culinary educators, food writers, cookbook authors, chefs, marketing professionals, PR executives, food scientists and media reporters. Its mission is to develop food expertise throughout the profession of dietetics and to serve as the nation’s food, culinary and nutrition leaders.”

Fees: $35

Contact: fcp@quidnunc.net

Subunits:

  • Supermarket/retail
  • Restaurant/hospitality
  • Food safety
  • Agriculture

CPE opportunities:

  • Culinary workshops held in odd years
  • International Education Trips offer ~40 CPEUs (2 scheduled trips to Italy this year)
  • Newsletter offers CPEUs
  • Webinars are free for members and available to non-members for a fee to receive CPEUs

Visit Website

Healthy Aging DPG

“Healthy Aging DPG members are employed in community nutrition programs, government agencies, assisted living settings, university settings, hospitals and health care facilities, and private practice.”

Fees: $30

Contact: hadpg@quidnunc.net

CPE opportunities:

  • Currently have 19 self study CPEUs available to members only
  • Quarterly newsletters offer at least 1 CPEU per issue
  • Live and recorded webinars for members to receive free CPEU credits

Visit Website

Hunger and Environmental Nutrition DPG

“HEN promotes optimal nutrition and well-being, acknowledging the interdependence of food and water security, health, agriculture and the environment.”

Fees: $35 | $25 for students

Contact: info@hendpg.com

CPE opportunities:

  • Quarterly newsletters offering CPEUs

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Management in Food and Nutrition Systems DPG

“Management in Food and Nutrition Systems members are managers of food, nutrition and other services who work in a variety of settings.”

Fees: $30

Contact: mfns@quidnunc.net

CPE opportunities:

  • Members only live and self-study webinars for free CPEUs

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Medical Nutrition Practice Group DPG

“Medical Nutrition Practice Group members are recognized leaders who provide exemplary nutrition care to the public.”

Fees: $30

Contact: info@mnpgdpg.org

Subunits:

  • Dietitians in Gluten Intolerance Diseases (DIGID)
  • Dietitians in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (DPM&R)
  • Infectious Disease Nutrition (IDN)
  • Cystic Fibrosis Nutrition (CFN)

CPE opportunities:

  • Quarterly newsletter offering CPEUs

Visit Website

Nutrition Education for the Public DPG

“NEP members include dietitians and dietetic technicians who work in everything from cooperative extension and public health to clinical dietetics, communications and private practice.”

Fees: $30 | $15 for students

CPE opportunities:

  • Members only free live and recorded webinars for CPEUs
  • Quarterly digital newsletters including CPEU articles

Visit Website

Nutrition Educators of Health Professionals DPG

“NEHP is a dynamic network of professionals providing nutrition education for medical, dental, nursing and other allied health students, residents and practitioners.”

Fees: $25

Contact list

CPE opportunities:

  • Members only webinar series

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Nutrition Entrepreneurs DPG

“NE helps members achieve their professional and financial potential by providing the tools to build and maintain a successful nutrition-related business.”

Fees: $40 | $15 for students

Contact: nedpgadm@gmail.com

Subunits:

  • Authors
  • Coaches
  • Corporate Wellness
  • Private Practice
  • Second Career Dietitian
  • Speakers and media
  • Technology and Social media

CPE opportunities:

  • Up to 10 free live webinars and teleconferences providing CPEUs | recorded webinars available to non-members for $15 each

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Oncology Nutrition DPG

“The Oncology Nutrition DPG provides dietetic professionals with resources and networking opportunities to deal with the complexities of oncology practice.”

Fees: $30 | $5 for students

Contact: contact@oncologynutrition.org

Subunits:

  • Pediatrics

CPE opportunities:

  • Biennial Oncology Nutrition DPG Symposium offers 20 CPEUs
  • 4 CPEU webinars per membership year + archived recorded webinars for members only

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Pediatric Nutrition DPG

“PNPG is dedicated to promoting nutritional well-being as part of a healthy lifestyle for all infants, children and adolescents.”

Fees: $30

Contact link

Subunits:

  • Children with Special Health Care Needs
  • Diabetes, Wellness & Weight Management
  • Failure to Thrive, Gastroenterology & Allergy
  • Infant Nutrition, Breast Feeding & Neonatology
  • Nutrition Support Services
  • Eating Disorders, Adolescents

CPE opportunities:

  • Newsletter offers quizzes for CPEUs
  • Members only live and recorded webinars for CPEUs

Visit Website

Public Health/Community Nutrition DPG

“Public Health/Community Nutrition DPG members work in partnership with other health professionals and stakeholders to serve the public through the promotion of optimal nutrition, health and well-being.”

Fees: $30

CPE opportunities:

  • Members only free live and recorded webinars for CPEUs

Visit Website

Renal Dietitians DPG

“Members of the Renal DPG provide medical nutrition therapy in dialysis facilities, clinics, hospitals, university settings and private practice.”

Fees: $25

Contact: renaldietitians@renalnutrition.org

CPE opportunities:

  • Renal Nutrition Forum (peer-reviewed publication) offers 8-12 CPEUs per year
  • Live and recorded CPEU webinars available ($0-15 for members, $10-25 for non-members)

Visit Website

Research DPG

“Members of the Research DPG lead the future of dietetics by promoting the conduct and application of research related to food, nutrition and dietetics.”

Fees: $30

Contact: researchdpgchair@gmail.com

CPE opportunities:

  • Quarterly newsletter offers CPEUs
  • Webinars available to members

Visit Website

School Nutrition Services DPG

“School Nutrition Services DPG members are involved in child nutrition programs at every level.”

Fees: $30 | $15 for students

Contact link

CPE opportunities:

  • Live and recorded CPEU webinars available for members

Visit Website

Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition DPG

“The Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) dietetic practice group brings together nutrition professionals with expertise in sports performance, fitness and health, cardiovascular health, wellness, and the prevention and treatment of disordered eating.”

Fees: $35 | $20 for students

Contact: scandpg@gmail.com

Subunits:

  • Sports Nutrition
  • Wellness/Cardiovascular Nutrition
  • Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders

CPE opportunities:

  • Quarterly newsletter with CPEUs in each issue
  • Up to 3 CPE approved webinars per month – free for members for first 30 days
  • Annual Symposium offering up to 20 CPEUs

Visit Website

Vegetarian Nutrition DPG

“Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group (VN DPG) members are nutrition professionals in community, clinical, education or foodservice settings who wish to learn more about plant-based diets and provide support to individuals following a vegetarian lifestyle.”

Fees: $30 | $20 for students

Contact: news@vegetariannutrition.net

CPE opportunities:

  • Newsletter offers CPEUs

Visit Website

Weight Management DPG

“The Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group #26 focuses exclusively on the science and application of weight management prevention and treatment.”

Fees: $30

Contact: admin@wmdpg.org

Subunits:

  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Coaching/Wellness
  • Pediatric Weight Management

CPE opportunities:

  • Newsletter offers 4 CPEUs per year
  • Low or no cost CPEU webinars

Visit Website

Women's Health DPG

“The Women’s Health DPG focuses on nutrition education, research and policy initiatives in Women’s Health.”

Fees: $30 | $15 for students

Contact: info@womenshealthdpg.org

CPE opportunities:

  • Free CPEU webinars offered for members only

Visit Website

Originally Published 4/23/2018

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