Enhancing Healthcare Education Through Integrative Collaborative Healthcare

Jason Goodman, DC, PhD

Logan University’s College of Chiropractic prides itself on graduating evidence-informed, practice-ready doctors of chiropractic. We’re committed to providing our students with the highest quality educational opportunities, and we do so through multiple external partnerships. These partnerships, along with our core curriculum and selective coursework, have led many students to pursue careers in integrative health care, which is so important in today’s world as healthcare evolves, and the field of chiropractic care continues to grow.

During our students’ final year of education, they have the opportunity to train in integrative healthcare settings across the country. For students who choose to stay within the St. Louis area, Logan maintains partnerships with local healthcare organizations, including Affinia Healthcare, CareSTL Health, Mercy Hospital JFK Clinic, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health and the newest Logan Health Center at the Stephen A. Orthwein Center at Paraquad, a center that integrates exercise, rehabilitation, occupational therapy, physical therapy and chiropractic care in a collaborative effort with the Washington University School of Medicine.

For students looking to work in healthcare settings outside of St. Louis, Logan partners with Essentia Health in Minneapolis, Minn., and with University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition, students have the option of completing a rotation at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where they’ll learn to enhance patient care and have opportunities in research and education.

Students also have the opportunity to work in military settings locally and throughout the United States. In St. Louis, Logan partners with the St. Louis Veterans Administration (VA) and Scott Air Force Base. Nationally, Logan has affiliation agreements with VA locations across the country and with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

Integrating chiropractic care in the collegiate sports industry is another avenue that Logan students may pursue. Working in a Division I collegiate environment alongside some of the industry’s leading medical professionals is extremely beneficial for our students. Logan currently partners with the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Memphis and is always looking to expand with partnerships at additional universities.

Each of these unique training opportunities teaches Logan students how to care for patients by immersing them in team-based clinical environments while working with experts from many different healthcare disciplines. Working within an integrative healthcare system has opened the door to many different opportunities for our students upon graduation. Some students have secured jobs in hospital systems, at educational facilities, Veteran Administrations, at the Department of Defense, and so much more.

Experiencing integrative, collaborative healthcare first-hand allows our students to learn directly from medical professionals with diverse backgrounds. These educational experiences teach our students to look at things through new lenses and to never let their desire for learning fade. In addition to the benefits our students experience, multidisciplinary integration helps advance the entire healthcare system, as medical professionals working together better serves patients, which is our ultimate goal in health care.

Dr. Goodman graduated from Logan University in 1998 and earned his PhD from Saint Louis University in 2019. After spending nine years in private practice, he came to Logan, where he currently serves as the director of external clinical rotations, overseeing doctor of chiropractic students in external rotations. He focuses on providing robust clinical experience opportunities for students and has been instrumental in forming affiliation agreements with numerous organizations across the United States and abroad.