Chiropractic Residency Program - VA Western New York Healthcare System
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VA Western New York Healthcare System

 

Chiropractic Residency Program

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The VA Western New York Healthcare System (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.

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

VA Western New York Healthcare System
3495 Bailey Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14125

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

Curricular overview

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.

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Contact

Andrew S. Dunn, DC
Chiropractic Residency Director
VA Western New York Healthcare System
716-862-6060
andrew.dunn@va.gov

Designated Education Officer
VA Western New York Healthcare System
716-862-3160
Jennifer.powell5@va.gov