The Palmer Chiropractic Clinics deliver more than 170,000 patient visits annually while providing students with a hands-on learning environment that’s key to developing the best chiropractors in the profession. This year, the Clinics will undergo exciting and cutting-edge changes.
Nate Hinkeldey, D.C. pictured with Morgan Lintz (Main, ’19) and Matthew Knieper (Main, ’19).
Palmer Clinical Co-Curricular Programs continue to expand the reach of Palmer Clinics by adding new opportunities for student learning outside the classroom. Department of Defense, Veteran’s Affairs hospitals and multidisciplinary affiliations have risen to more than 30 partnerships in the past 10 months, adding high-caliber educational opportunities for students to learn in an integrated, interprofessional environment while serving veterans and/or active-duty military members. Students from all three campuses have the opportunity to competitively apply to these programs for sites across the country.
"Applying for the VA rotation has easily been the best decision I’ve made during my time at Palmer. Working under Dr. Nathan Hinkeldey (Main, ’11) at the VA hospital in Des Moines, Iowa has been rewarding in so many ways. This opportunity has allowed me to see nearly 1,000 patients, rotate throughout different areas of the hospital, and learn how to work with an interdisciplinary team," says Morgan Lintz (Main, ’19). "I’ve become extremely confident in my abilities to properly diagnose, obtain pertinent imaging, as well as make the appropriate referrals when necessary. I never would have believed I’d be this confident in my abilities to treat and diagnose patients on my own. I’d recommend this rotation to anyone who wants to be pushed, is willing to work hard, and wants to explore further into evidence-based care."
In addition to these opportunities, an increasing number of students are taking advantage of opportunities to participate in clinic marketing and public relations efforts whether through the Palmer Clinics affiliations with local sports teams such as the Quad City Storm hockey team, Quad Cities River Bandits baseball team or through the many health fairs and educational opportunities presented by the department. Participation in these activities provides students with valuable skills to help them succeed after graduation.