Palmer’s DoD/VA Student Rotation Program has given students the unique opportunity to provide care— under the supervision of staff chiropractors—to military members and veterans at 24 military hospital or Veterans Affairs (VA) sites throughout the U.S.
“Palmer College is honored to be affiliated with a number of excellent Department of Defense and VA hospitals throughout the country,” says Julie Schrad, M.S., D.C., Davenport ’85, senior director of clinic administration. “When the doctors of chiropractic at DoD and VA hospitals allow our students to participate in their patients’ care it’s a real win for everyone—the patient, the student and the staff chiropractor. Through this opportunity, students have an initial exposure to the rewards and challenges of caring for active-duty military and vet- erans. As a result, many are interested in pursuing DoD or VA staff positions for their long-term careers.”
Students provide care alongside the staff chiropractor and see patients with multiple complex health issues. Additionally, they have an opportunity to be involved in integrated care by being part of a team of health-care providers who collaborate for the benefit of each patient.