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Residency Programs

Receive advanced training through our three-year, full-time residency program in Diagnostic Imaging, our two-year, full-time residency program in Chiropractic Sports Medicine, or our two-year and full-time residency program as a Primary Spine Care Practitioner.
 

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Chiropractic Sports Medicine Residency

Overview

The Sports Medicine Clinical Division offers a two-year, full-time residency program that provides advanced clinical experience concentrated in sports medicine. Its mission is to develop board certified doctors of chiropractic in sports medicine and foster a culture of scholarly research that benefits the advancement of chiropractic through patient centered evidence based care.

Residents are mentored by senior sports medicine chiropractors that are known nationally and internationally for their expertise in the field. Residents follow a comprehensive syllabus, which provides for a variety of learning formats, clinical and field experience, academics, and scholarly research. Residents participate in a wide array of exciting real-world sports and integrated healthcare settings, providing care for all levels of athletes from high school to world-class professionals. Residents are selected on a competitive basis and openings are limited. The resident receives an annual stipend and health benefits. Upon completion of this program, a doctor of chiropractic is eligible to sit for the Diplomate examination of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (ACBSP).

Highlights

  • Two-year, full-time appointments Stipend and full benefits
  • Leads to eligibility to sit for specialty experience exam

  • Excellent teaching and learning experience

  • Off-campus rotations throughout Southern California

 

Location

Training will take place at the SCU campus in Whittier, California with multiple off-site rotations throughout Southern California. Residents selected for rotations with professional teams will travel throughout the United States and abroad.


Off-site rotations will include team-based management of complex cases in collaboration with other medical specialists and healthcare providers. Residents will also engage in clinical educational rotations through services including pain management, surgical specialties, and rehabilitation disciplines. Additionally, residents will participate in various scholarly activities and will attend and give presentations at multiple academic/research venues.

Eligibility Requirements

Programs will be open to applicants who hold a DC degree from a CCE-accredited program. Applicants must have a current, full, active, and unrestricted chiropractic license in the state of California or be eligible to sit for the California board examination. Ideal candidates will be within 3 years of graduation.


Duration

The program is full-time consisting of a minimum of 55 hours per week with additional weekly time needed for scholarly study and training activities. The program is broken down into two consecutive, one-year commitments, each with their own requirements for successful completion.


Compensation

Residents are stipend employees of SCU and are compensated $33,250* for the first year and $35,780* for the second year. In addition to the stipend, residents receive up to $20,000 in educational benefits related to the curriculum   Residents receive paid Federal holidays. Residents are also eligible for life and health insurance. Residents will be protected from personal liability while providing professional services at SCU and malpractice insurance is provided through SCU.

*A new stipend schedule will be posted in July 2014.


Application Process

The minimum specific requirements the applicant must meet for residency consideration include the following:

  • The applicant will have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent
  • The applicant must have earned a DC degree from an accredited chiropractic college

  • Have a current, full, active, and unrestricted chiropractic license in California or be eligible for such licensure

  • Selection of residents will be made without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or sexual orientation 


Application process checklist (for applicant), please complete the following steps before submitting your application:

  • Complete Residency Application Form
  • Three letters of recommendation

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Submit a copy of your license or a letter from the CA State Board indicating your eligibility to sit for the licensure examination

  • Submit Verification of Licensure in Good Standing from all states where licensed.

  • The applicant must have successfully completed Parts I, II, III, IV, & PT of the NBCE Boards and have scores submitted as soon as available

  • TOEFL results for those applicants whose second language is English

  • Application fee, a $50.00 non-refundable application fee must accompany the application

  • Have Official Transcripts from all colleges attended sent to the LACC Dean's Office


A committee of program faculty including representation by the academic affiliate as appropriate will take part in the review of applications for all of the minimally acceptable candidates. The resident will ultimately be selected following an interview process for the most qualified candidates. Telephone interviews may be arranged in instances when a visit cannot be scheduled. The selected resident will receive a letter of appointment from SCU confirming the applicant’s acceptance of the position and providing information regarding the duration of the program, hours of attendance, and stipend. Applicants will be informed in writing of the decision of the committee.

 


 

Diagnostic Imaging

SCU offers a three-year in-house diagnostic imaging residency program. Completion of such a residency is the only way in which a Doctor of Chiropractic may become eligible for the ACBR examination. This is a full-time program in which the participants act as members of the diagnostic imaging portion of the diagnosis department while following a comprehensive syllabus for their studies. It is a demanding program that includes auditing and teaching of Radiology classes to DC candidates, practical training in all aspects of radiology, research, clinical involvement, consultation, assigned study, testing and other endeavors. Opportunity to spend time in the radiology departments of cooperative teaching hospitals and at two medical imaging centers adds practical, as well as didactic, experience in pertinent areas beyond that which could be gained in a purely chiropractic setting.


Highlights

  • Three-year, full-time appointments

  • Stipend and full benefits

  • Leads to eligibility to sit for specialty experience exam

  • Excellent teaching and learning experience

  • Off-campus rotations throughout Southern California

 



Primary Spine Care Practitioner (PSP)

This two year, fulltime Residency is designed to produce a highly skilled, first-contact and continuing care Primary Spine Care Practitioner (PSP) specifically trained to diagnose and manage the majority of patients with spine-related disorders using evidence-based methods. The program emphasizes advanced clinical training and experience in interdisciplinary settings on a foundation of relevant academic courses, self-directed research, publication and teaching. The program develops PSPs who act as clinicians, consultants, researchers and scholars capable of participating with and able to lead a multidisciplinary, integrative health care team. At the conclusion of the two years of Residency, a six month or one year, fully funded fellowship may be arranged in a clinic caring for underserved populations in the developing world. Residents are selected on a competitive basis and openings are limited. The resident receives an annual stipend and health benefits.


Highlights

  • Two-year, full-time appointments

  • Stipend and full benefits

  • Leads to eligibility to sit for specialty experience exam

  • Excellent teaching and learning experience

  • Off-campus interdisciplinary rotations throughout Southern California

 

New Residency Programs Coming Soon!

  • Chiropractic Research

  • Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

 

Contact Us

Southern California University of Health Sciences
LACC Dean's Office
16200 Amber Valley Drive
Whittier, CA 90604
P: 562-947-8755 x659

 

Chiropractic Sports Medicine Residency Director: Nathan J. Campbell, DC, CCSP, ICCSP
P: 562-947-8755 x508
E: nathancampbell@scuhs.edu

Receive advanced training through our three-year, full-time residency program in Diagnostic Imaging, our two-year, full-time residency program in Chiropractic Sports Medicine, or our two-year, full-time residency program as a Primary Spine Care Practitioner.