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VA Chiropractic Education and Training

Chiropractic Residency Programs

The Integrated Clinical Practice chiropractic residency programs focus on the provision of chiropractic care in integrated healthcare systems, collaborating with primary care, specialty care, and other medical and associated health providers and trainees.

The residencies provide advanced clinical training in multimorbid 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.

Curricular overview
Residents provide full diagnostic and management services of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions under the mentorship of senior VA doctors of chiropractic (DCs). This includes team-based management of complex conditions in collaboration with other medical specialists and healthcare providers. Residents also engage in clinical educational rotations through services including primary care, medical or surgical specialties, mental health, and rehabilitation disciplines. Additionally, residents participate in various scholarly activities and attend and give presentations at multiple academic/research venues of the VA facility and/or its affiliates.

Eligibility requirements
Applicants must hold or be scheduled to receive a DC degree from a CCE-accredited school prior to the start of the residency program. Applicants must meet all VA employment requirements including United States citizenship, and Selective Service registration when applicable. Licensure is not required prior to the start of the program. Accepted residents, prior to program completion, must obtain a full, active, and unrestricted chiropractic license in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the US, or in the District of Columbia.

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 adjusted annually by VA Office of Academic Affiliations, and ranges from $36,000 to $45,000 per year 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 are 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).


Facility Established Council on Chiropractic Education Accreditation Status  Attending DC Faculty
Canandaigua VA Medical Center 2014 Initial: July 2016
Comprehensive Site Visit: Spring 2020
Status Review Meeting: July 2020
Michael Barbato, DC
Paul Dougherty, DC (Director)
Christopher Farrell, DC
Lindsay Rae, DC
Cincinnati VA Medical Center 2020 Initial application projected for submission by October 2020 Frank Bucki, DC
Michael Clay, DC, MPH (Director)
Miami VA Healthcare System 2020 Initial application projected for submission by October 2020 John D’Amico, DC
Charles Penza, DC, PhD (Director)
VA Central Iowa Health Care System 2020 Initial application projected for submission by October 2020 Nathan Hinkeldey, DC (Director)
Heather Meeks, DC
Julie Olson, DC, LAc
VA Connecticut Health Care System 2014 Initial: July 2016
Reaffirmation: July 2019
Next Comprehensive Site Visit: Fall 2025
Lauren Austin-McClellan, DC, MS
Christopher Coulis, DC, MS
Todd Kawecki, DC
Anthony Lisi, DC (Director)
Nathaniel Majoris, DC
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System 2014 Initial: July 2016
Reaffirmation: July 2019
Next Comprehensive Site Visit: Spring 2025
Paul Barkmeier, DC
Valerie Johnson, DC (Director)
Benjamin Liang, DC
Robb Russell, DC
VA Palo Alto Health Care System 2020 Initial application projected for submission by October 2020 Annie Babikian, DC
Steven Huybrecht, DC
Alec Schielke, DC
Charles Sullivan, DC
Robert Walsh, DC (Director)
VA Puget Sound Health Care System 2020 Initial application projected for submission by October 2020 Edward Bednarz, DC
Clinton Daniels, DC, MS (Director)
VA St. Louis Health Care System 2014 Initial: July 2016
Reaffirmation: July 2019
Next Comprehensive Site Visit: Spring 2025
Glenn Bub, DC
Ross Mattox, DC
Jason Napuli, DC
Pamela Wakefield, DC (Director)
VA Western New York Healthcare System 2014 Initial: July 2016
Comprehensive Site Visit: Fall 2019
Status Review Meeting: July 2020
Andrew Dunn, DC, MS (Director)
Derek Golley, DC

Application process
Selection is through a competitive process considering factors such as chiropractic college performance, additional professional experiences, letters of recommendation, and interviews. A call for applications is issued each year on the first business Monday of January. Applications are only accepted during the open call.

As of 2020, all VA Chiropractic Residency Programs are following a standardized application and Match process to fill available slots. Match processes are commonly used for residencies and fellowships in medicine, dentistry, psychology, podiatry, optometry and other health professions. General background information on match programs in other disciplines is available from National Matching Services (currently not affiliated with the VA chiropractic program).

Additional information
Webinar  - Overview of the VA Chiropractic Residency Program. December 2017.
Report - Overview and update of the VA Chiropractic Residency Program.