Q&A With the First VA Chiropractic Residents
SOURCE: Dynamic Chiropractic ~ July 1, 2015 ~ FULL TEXT
By Clinton Daniels, DC, MS, Amanda Dluzneiwski, DC, Derek Golley, DC,
Benjamin Liang, DC and Rachel Perrucci, DC
The Inaugural class of 2015 shares their residency experiences.
As you may have read previously, a major step forward for the profession occurred in July 2014 when the Department of Veterans Affairs began piloting a chiropractic residency program at five locations.1-2 This program is the result of years of dedication and strategic planning by the VA chiropractic leadership, and is congruent with the VA’s mission to train providers to serve the VA and the nation at large.
As the inaugural class, we are honored to have participated in the first phase of the three-year pilot program.
In March 2015, we had the opportunity to gather for a VA meeting held in advance of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges /Research Agenda Conference in Las Vegas. At this meeting, we worked with representatives from VA Central Office, the five residency program directors, and representatives from each program’s academic affiliates: Logan University, New York Chiropractic College, Southern California University of Health Sciences and the University of Bridgeport.
After this, many of us attended the ACC/RAC conference itself, where we participated in workshops and observed several cutting-edge research presentations. In our interaction with many of the ACC/RAC attendees, we noted a tremendous amount of interest in the VA Chiropractic Residency Program. We received questions ranging from inquiries about our future career plans to how perspective residents may apply. The following are some of the most frequent questions we fielded, as well as personal residency experiences.
How long is the residency program and is it a paid position?