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Apply now: Chiropractic VA Residency Programs are Hiring

Canandaigua VA Medical Center: Rochester Outpatient Clinic & VA Western New York Healthcare System (VAWNYHS)

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) conducts the country’s largest healthcare provider clinical training program. In July 2014, VA will initiate chiropractic residency training programs at five VA medical centers with two of those programs being awarded to VISN 2 including the Canandaigua VA Medical Center and VA Western New York Healthcare System in Buffalo, NY. The focus of these programs is Integrated Clinical Practice, with training emphasizing the provision of chiropractic care in an integrated healthcare system, collaborating with primary care Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACTs), specialty care, and other medical and associated health providers and trainees.

The residencies provide advanced clinical training in complex case management, allowing recent graduates to increase their scope and depth of clinical knowledge, experience and acumen. Residents are mentored by senior VA chiropractors who are national leaders in integrated chiropractic practice. These clinicians share their expertise in patient care, academics and research to provide a robust educational experience.

These hospital-based training programs expand the residents’ ability to collaborate with other healthcare professionals in team care, as trainees learn with and from other healthcare providers during interdisciplinary rotations. Residents develop their knowledge of hospital practice, policies and procedures, and are better prepared for future positions in VA, other healthcare systems, and/or academic settings.

Administration
Programs are administered nationally by VA’s Office of Academic Affiliations and locally by the individual VA facility. Each VA facility partners with its affiliated Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) accredited chiropractic school in conducting the program. The academic affiliate for the two residency programs in VISN 2 is New York Chiropractic College.

Location
Training takes place at the individual VA facility, and may also include other sites such as the chiropractic school or other affiliated locations.

Curricular overviewM
Residents will provide full diagnostic and management services of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions under the mentorship of senior VA doctors of chiropractic (DCs). This will include team-based management of complex conditions in collaboration with other medical specialists and healthcare providers. Residents will also engage in clinical educational rotations through services including primary care, medical and/or surgical specialties, mental health, and rehabilitation disciplines. Additionally, residents will participate in various scholarly activities and will attend and give presentations at multiple academic/research venues of the VA facility and/or its affiliates. All VA residencies meet the same national standards, yet each program is unique, and training experiences and opportunities will differ somewhat at different sites.

Eligibility requirements
Programs will be open to applicants who hold a DC degree from a CCE-accredited program. Applicants must have a current, full, active, and unrestricted chiropractic license in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia, or be eligible for such licensure. Applicants must meet all VA employment requirements including United States citizenship, and Selective Service registration when applicable.

Duration
Programs are full-time (40 hours/week) for 12 months. Additional weekly time may be needed for scholarly or other training activities. Programs run from July 1 to June 30.

Compensation
Salary is $37,434 per year and is based on geographic location. Residents receive paid Federal holidays, and accrue vacation and sick leave. Residents are also eligible for life and health insurance. Residents will be protected from personal liability while providing professional services at a VA health care facility under the Federal Employees Liability Reform and Tort Compensation Act, 28 U.S.C. 2679 (b)-(d).

Application process
The minimum specific requirements the applicant must meet for residency consideration include the following:

  • The applicant will have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent in chiropractic college.
  • The applicant must have earned a DC degree from a Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) accredited chiropractic college prior to July 1st 2014.
  • Have a current, full, active, and unrestricted chiropractic license in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia, or be eligible for such licensure.
  • The applicant must have successfully complete Parts I, II & III of the NBCE Boards; each applicant is required to successfully complete part IV of the NBCE Boards and have scores submitted as soon as available.
  • The applicant must be a citizen of the United States
  • Selection of residents will be made without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or sexual orientation.

Applications complete with supporting documentation and consistent with the request for application guidelines must be received electronically by February 21st, 2014 to be fully considered.

To apply for VA Western New York Healthcare System, send applications and supporting documents to: andrew.dunn@va.gov.

To apply for Canandaigua VA Medical Center, send application and supporting documents to: paul.dougherty@va.gov.

The following documents are required to be submitted:

  • Applicants must submit 2 files via email
    • The completed VA Chiropractic Residency Application form
    • A current CV (Limit to 3 pages)
  • Applicants must request recommendations from exactly three (3) individuals who must be chiropractic and/or medical physicians with direct knowledge of the applicant’s clinical and personal abilities. These individuals must complete the Chiropractic Resident Recommendation Form and submit the form by email directly to the Chiropractic Residency Director at the site that the applicant is applying.

A committee of program faculty including representation by the academic affiliate as appropriate will take part in the review of applications for all of the minimally acceptable candidates. The resident will ultimately be selected following an interview process for the most qualified candidates. Telephone interviews may be arranged in instances when a visit cannot be scheduled. The selected resident will receive a letter of appointment from VA confirming the applicant’s acceptance of the position and providing information regarding the duration of the program, hours of attendance, and compensation. Applicants will be informed in writing of the decision of the committee. Selection of the resident for each location is anticipated to be completed on or before April 1st, 2014.

Descriptions of each residency program are included below.

Canandaigua VA Medical Center: Rochester Outpatient Clinic
919 Westfall Road
Building B, Suite #120
Rochester, NY 14618
Chiropractic Residency Director: Paul Dougherty, DC
Designated Education Officer: Debra Khani, MD
The purpose of the Canandaigua Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Chiropractic Clinical Residency program is to facilitate the development of chiropractic clinicians with an emphasis on clinical and academic practices in integrated medical settings. It is designed to enhance the knowledge, skills and behaviors of chiropractic clinicians through clinical training and systems based educational experiences. The program trains chiropractors in an integrated, multidisciplinary manner that focuses on the role of chiropractic care in addressing pain issues from a biopsychosocial perspective. The resident will be trained to function in integrated environments from the PACT teams through the multidisciplinary pain clinic. There will be an emphasis on care that is patient centered and uses evidenced based diagnosis and management for complex musculoskeletal and neuromuscular cases in the VA setting. The Residency is designed to complement the mission of the VHA.

VA Western New York Healthcare System
3495 Bailey Avenue; Buffalo, NY 14125
Chiropractic Residency Director: Andrew S. Dunn, DC
Designated Education Officer: Mark Sands, MD
The VAWNYHS chiropractic care residency program is designed to train chiropractic residents as clinician scientists blending patient care, research and academics within an integrated health care environment to optimally prepare residents to supervise VA chiropractic clinics. Residents will develop their diagnostic and clinical management skills for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions and provide high quality care while adhering to supervision guidelines. Central to this mission is providing residents with an advanced understanding of the illness burden and complexity of Veteran patients and an appreciation for the roles and responsibilities of primary care and specialty providers across the spectrum of health care disciplines within VA. VAWNYHS consists of two health care facilities, one in Buffalo and one in Batavia, as well as a number of community based outpatient clinics. The chiropractic clinic is aligned administratively within primary care in the Medical VA Care Line and is physically situated in close proximity to orthopedics, pain management, and rheumatology allowing for working relationships and collaboration. The Batavia VA medical center provides geriatric and rehabilitation services, separate residential post-traumatic stress disorder units for men and women, and outpatient services.

Links for Additional Information:

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