Various chiropractic residency programs exist, but our focus is on residencies that are accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education or have met the eligibility requirements for initial application for such accreditation. To date, these are the Integrated Clinical Practice programs. These chiropractic residency programs focus on the provision of chiropractic care in integrated healthcare systems, collaborating with primary care, specialty care, and other medical and associated health providers and trainees. The residencies provide advanced clinical training in multimorbid case management, allowing recent graduates to increase their scope and depth of clinical knowledge, experience and acumen. Residents are mentored by senior chiropractors who are national leaders in integrated chiropractic practice. These clinicians share their expertise in patient care and scholarship to provide a robust educational experience.
Residents are expected to be dedicated, self-driven, collaborative and coachable. The programs are rigorous, and residents must focus on maximizing their individual growth to become exceptionally qualified for medically-integrated positions. Residents become active partners with faculty who provide mentorship in career development and future job placement throughout the training period and beyond. Lastly, residents develop collegial professional relationships and friendships with their peers across the country.
Residency graduates are highly sought after by decision-makers in medical systems. The completion of a residency serves as a mark of distinction unlike any other in the chiropractic profession. Over 97% of graduates have excelled in career placement in hospitals and medical facilities and are on trajectories to become future leaders in healthcare. In the VA system, the starting salary for DCs with 1 year of experience would be over $20,000 higher for those who completed residencies compared to those who did not.