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My Rotation Through a VA Pain Medicine Clinic

Part of a series on the chiropractic residency program in the VA health care system

Some of the most valuable knowledge you gain in the Veterans Affairs (VA) chiropractic residency program comes from rotating in other specialties. Within the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, Stephanie Halloran, DC, rotates at both the West Haven and Newington locations. Thus far, she has spent time in rheumatology, physiatry, women’s clinic (primary care), neurology, pain medicine and the interventional pain clinic. Although she says each rotation has contributed greatly to her clinical acumen, in this post she primarily focuses on what she learned in pain medicine.

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How to Apply for a Chiropractic Residency in the VA (Part 3): The Interview

*Member-Exclusive Content* How many of you experienced goosebumps, tachycardia and/or sweaty palms…just from reading the title of this post? If you’re anything like me, the prospect of interviewing with some of the greatest minds in our profession is anxiety provoking in and of itself. Actually getting an interview is…full-on panic. Just kidding (sort of)! In all seriousness, to be granted an interview is a huge accomplishment. The application process is intense and highly competitive. Pat yourself on the back, then get down to business.

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Author: Rachel Clark
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How to Apply for a Chiropractic Residency in the VA (Part 2)

Part two of a series on the chiropractic residency program in the VA health care system

*Member-Exclusive Content* This post will discuss the curriculum vitae (CV) and letters of recommendation that will accompany your application for a Veterans Affairs (VA) chiropractic residency. Both documents can be heavily weighted in the selection process. The CV gives the selection committee a snapshot of your educational background, clinical experience and extracurricular participation. The letters of recommendation will provide insight into how your superiors perceive you and how you work within a clinical setting.


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How to Apply for a Chiropractic Residency in the VA (Part 1)

Part of a series on the chiropractic residency program in the VA health care system

*Member-Exclusive Content* In this first blog post in a series of three discussing how to be selected for one of the five VA residencies, I’ll be outlining the application process and providing an in-depth guide of how to write a solid personal statement. Subsequent blog posts will cover finding recommendations, completing the necessary application requirements and preparing yourself for an interview.  Some of the information will be from the VA’s residency website while other parts are based on the personal experiences and opinions of current VA residents.

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Gaining a New Perspective from Geriatric Medicine

Part of a series on the chiropractic residency program in the VA health care system

As chiropractors, we have such an opportunity to make an impact on musculoskeletal pain in the elderly, and it often begins with education. Fall prevention, diet and nutrition, exercise and encouraging socialization are just a few ways in which we can make a difference. Fear can be crippling, and depression is not uncommon. Dr. Rachel (Mooers) Clark, a participant in the VA chiropractic residency program, recalls that learning to communicate effectively and motivate this population is one of the greatest things she gained from her experience in the geriatric clinic at the Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center in Los Angeles. 

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VA Residents Attend North American Spine Society’s Annual Symposium

In late October, three of the five chiropractic residents within the Veterans Administration (VA) health care system attended the North American Spine Society’s (NASS) annual symposium in Orlando, Fla.  Rachel Mooers from Los Angeles, Stephanie Halloran from West Haven, Conn., and I spent four days immersing ourselves in spine care from a (mostly) different perspective.

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VA Residency: Anatomy of a Day in Greater Los Angeles

The saying goes: If you’ve seen one VA hospital, you’ve seen one VA hospital. Across the board, there are many similarities between the chiropractic residency sites. However, each has its own flavor – making them unique in their own way. As a New Jersey native, moving to the opposite side of the country wasn’t even a question when I discovered my acceptance to the VA chiropractic residency program in Los Angeles (although retiring my snow shovel for year-round sunshine made the decision quite acceptable, let me tell you…). The opportunity to treat our nation’s veterans in this setting was a dream come true, and almost four months in, I couldn’t be happier. 

Author: Rachel Clark
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