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DoD/VA Internship Program helps students become doctors

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 julie.schrad@palmer.edu or (563) 884-5818.

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