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New York/New Jersey VA Health Care Network


Chiropractic Residency Program VA Finger Lakes Health Care System

The purpose of the VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System (VAFLHS) Chiropractic Clinical Residency program is to facilitate the development of chiropractic clinicians with an emphasis on clinical and academic practices in integrated medical settings. It is designed to enhance the knowledge, skills and behaviors of chiropractic clinicians through clinical training and systems based educational experiences. The program trains chiropractors in an integrated, multidisciplinary manner that focuses on the role of chiropractic care in addressing pain issues from a biopsychosocial perspective. The resident will be trained to function in integrated environments from the PACT teams through the multidisciplinary pain clinic. There will be an emphasis on care that is patient centered and uses evidenced based diagnosis and management for complex musculoskeletal and neuromuscular cases in the VA setting. The Residency is designed to complement the mission of the VHA.


Programs are administered nationally by VA’s Office of Academic Affiliations and locally by the individual VA facility. Each VA facility partners with its affiliated Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) accredited chiropractic school in conducting the program.  The academic affiliate for the two residency programs in VISN 2 is New York Chiropractic College. For further information please refer to the following:


Canandaigua VA Medical Center 400 Fort Hill Ave. Canandaigua, NY

Rochester Calkins Road VA Clinic  260 Calkins Road, Rochester, NY 14623

Bath VA Medical Center: 76 Veterans Avenue Bath, NY 14810

Training takes place at the individual VA facility, and may also include other sites such as the chiropractic school or other affiliated locations.

Curricular overview

Residents will provide full diagnostic and management services of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions under the mentorship of senior VA doctors of chiropractic (DCs). This will include team-based management of complex conditions in collaboration with other medical specialists and healthcare providers. Residents will also engage in clinical educational rotations through services including primary care, medical and/or surgical specialties, mental health, and rehabilitation disciplines. Additionally, residents will participate in various scholarly activities and will attend and give presentations at multiple academic/research venues of the VA facility and/or its affiliates.  All VA residencies meet the same national standards, yet each program is unique, and training experiences and opportunities will differ somewhat at different sites.

To apply for the Canandaigua VA Medical Center, send applications to***