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practicum projects provide faculty-mentored research experiences for
each student. The research interests of the student and their graduate
advisory committee (GAC) chair and members drive the types of practicum
projects considered, but all projects must be patient-oriented research.
Practicum experiences involve direct
participation in clinical research, including working with study
patients or participants and conducting data collection, analysis and
interpretation. Practicum projects can investigate one aspect of a
larger research question being explored by the faculty mentors or be
separate projects. The two practicum projects can be entirely unrelated
or can be two pieces of the same overall project.
project plans are approved by the student’s GAC. A final practicum
report, as defined in the plan, is delivered to the GAC at the end of
each practicum project. Scholarly products, such as publishable-quality
manuscripts, are desirable. Successful completion of each practicum
project is indicated by the GAC's acceptance of
the written and oral reports.
Examples of past practicum projects:
- A pilot mixed-methods study of patient satisfaction with chiropractic care for back pain
- Frequency with which atlas transverse process lies superior to the
mastoid process' horizontal plane line: implications for chiropractic
- An exploration of community leader perspective about minority involvement in chiropractic clinical research
- Attitudes/perceptions among students and faculty toward introduction
of other Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAM) into
- A feasibility study to examine the verbal interaction between a chiropractor and a chronic low back pain patient
- Biomechanics of Gonstead technique for cervical spine adjustment
- A job analysis of chiropractors with a diplomate in pediatrics
- Implementing questionnaires to assess progress of children treated
for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Kentuckiana Children's Center
- A feasibility study assessing multimodal care and spinal manipulative care for subacute and chronic neck pain patients.