Palmer's Department of Defense/Veterans Association
Chiropractic Internship Program began in November 2007.
It is administratively managed through Clinic Capstone
Programs, located on the Davenport Campus.
"The primary focus of the program is chiropractic care with
students assisting in providing services to active military
personnel and veterans," says Senior Director of Clinic
Administration Julie Schrad, D.C. (Davenport '85). "Our
students have reported an increased level of confidence upon
completing the program, and many say that it helped them
make the transition from being a student intern to a doctor."
The College has established 15 affiliations to date, seven with
military health facilities under the Department of Defense, and
eight with Veterans Affairs medical centers. The facilities are
located across the United States.
Within the program, clinic-level students undergo a thorough
application process that includes an initial interview with a clinic
administrator, followed by an interview with one or more of Palmer's
affiliate doctors who decide which student they wish to accept from
the pool of eligible candidates. To date, 72 students from all three
Palmer campuses have completed or are currently in the program.
"Depending on the location of their internship, students may have
the opportunity to rotate through other departments in the hospital,
such as neurology, rehabilitation and women's health," says Dr.
Schrad. "At some locations, students may have opportunities to
observe surgical procedures."
Palmer is working to continue expanding the program. Doctors
currently working at a Department of Defense military medical
center or a Veterans Affairs health facility are welcome to contact
Dr. Julie Schrad at firstname.lastname@example.org or (563) 884-5818.