Canandaigua VA Medical Center
Chiropractic Residency Program - Background
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) conducts the country’s largest health care provider clinical training program. In July 2014, VA initiated chiropractic residency training programs at five VA medical centers with two of those programs being awarded to VA Health Care Upstate New York (VISN 2) at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center and VA Western New York Healthcare System in Buffalo, NY. In 2019 the number of programs expanded to 10 sites. The focus of these programs is Integrated Clinical Practice, with training emphasizing the provision of chiropractic care in an integrated health care 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 health care professionals in team care, as trainees learn with and from other health care providers during interdisciplinary rotations. Residents develop their knowledge of hospital practice, policies and procedures, and are better prepared for future positions in VA, other health care systems, and/or academic settings.