Chiropractic Residency Program - Rochester VA Outpatient Clinic - Canandaigua VA Medical Center
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Canandaigua VA Medical Center


Chiropractic Residency Program - Rochester VA Outpatient Clinic

Background       Eligibility      Application Form      Chiropractic Resident Recommendation Form

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.


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.


Canandaigua VA Medical Center
400 Fort Hill Ave.
Canandaigua, NY

VA at Clinton Crossings
919 Westfall Road
Building B, Suite #120
Rochester, NY 14618

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.

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 2018.
• 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 5th 2018 to be fully considered.

To apply for the Canandaigua VA Medical Center, send applications to***

Important Dates
January 8, 2018             Application period opens
February 5, 2018           Deadline for submission of all application materials
March 31, 2018              All applicants will be notified of decisions on or before this date

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 2018.

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Paul Dougherty, DC
Chiropractic Residency Director
Canandaigua VAMC - Rochester OPC

Gary Warner, PhD
Designated Education Officer
Canandaigua VAMC - Rochester OPC