The University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic practices chiropractic in our health care settings that is both patient-first and patient-centered.
The care provided by our clinicians and interns include:
- Diagnosing and managing each patient’s presenting illness and complaint
- Diagnosing and managing other health conditions, disorders and diseases
- Promoting health and wellness
- Helping each patient achieve their highest optimal level of health care whatever that may be for each individual patient
Our goal of the clinical training experience is to produce graduates who are competent to practice as portal of entry chiropractic physicians, provide diagnostic services, health services, humanistic care and methods of therapeutics to assist patients in achieving health and wellness, and relief from pain. These goals and clinical experiences are accomplished at a variety of on-campus and off-campus clinical training sites and affiliations. Interns begin their clinical training in the sixth semester and continue through their eighth and final semester.
Our training sites include:
- Student Clinic. Beginning in the sixth semester, interns under the supervision of licensed clinical faculty provide care to other UBCC students. This is a two-day, four-hour per week clinical experience.
- Out Patient Clinic. Upon successful completion of the sixth semester and successful completion of the Clinical Proficiency Examination, students enter out-patient clinical services for a 42-week rotation. Interns during two semesters of various clinical patient care activities and clinical off-campus rotations develop competency in a variety of required core clinical competencies, procedures, and skills. Out-patient clinic interns under the supervision of clinical faculty provide care to patients from the UB community, City of Bridgeport, and surrounding cities and towns. It is during this time that interns begin to further develop and refine their patient interaction skills, case history and physical examination skills, and develop their clinical reasoning skills for the development of patient diagnoses and case management. They also begin to advance their treatment skills as they apply appropriate therapeutic adjustments to the spine, pelvis, ribs, and extremities, and provide soft tissue treatment by manual means or with the use of various instrument assisted devices and electric modalities. Also included when appropriate are corrective exercises, stretching, and education about diet, nutrition, rest, vitamin supplementation, and self-care at home. Upon completion of the first nine (9) weeks of out-patient clinical services and with the development of appropriate clinical skills, competency and approval of their clinician, interns are eligible to participate in a variety of off-campus clinical training sites.
- Integrative Clinic. This is an on-campus clinic shift that includes interns from all four health science clinics: chiropractic, naturopathic, acupuncture, and dental hygiene. The diagnostic work-up of a patient and the care provided incorporates a team-based approach.
Off-campus clinical training sites include:
- Optimus Health Care. The mission of Optimus “is to improve the overall health of our communities in Bridgeport, Stamford, and Stratford, particularly the medically underserved, by providing preventive, primary care and supplemental health care services along with health education in a culturally sensitive manner regardless of one’s ability to pay.” Optimus is a medical health care organization providing health services to patients in need. Patients are referred for chiropractic health services by medical primary care providers. Care is provided at the Optimus health care clinic site. Interns currently have two locations for rotations each two days per week for five hours per day. This is a nine week clinical hands-on rotation where interns provide care under the supervision of chiropractic faculty. Patients seen here have complex medical health concerns and many are co-managed by chiropractic and medical providers.
- Community Based Internships (CBI). Interns have the opportunity to be selected for a nine-week rotation at a private practioner’s office. The practicing DC is a member of the clinical faculty and the intern can be involved in all levels of patient care.
- Observational Only Rotations. Interns have the opportunity to participate in short term (2 days per week for 2 weeks) to longer term (2 days per week for 6 weeks) observational-only rotations. Interns can observe how physicians specialize in orthopedics, radiology, neurology, and may include both MD and DC providers work in a clinical setting. These observational rotations include:
- Orthopedic Practices. Interns work with a DC employed in a group orthopedic medical practice. Interns have the opportunity to observe how this type of integrated care is provided. Interns are exposed to a variety of clinical conditions that they may not normally see in a chiropractic clinic.
- MRI Clinical Radiology Training. Interns participate in a 6 week MRI neuroradiology rotation at Stony Brook medical school and hospital. Interns observe advance MRI neuroradiology readings from specialized medical radiologists. Interns participate in this rotation with medical students, medical interns and fellows specializing in advanced neuroradiology imaging. This rotation provides interns with training and discussion of a variety of complex patient health conditions in a major university teaching hospital.
- Externships. Upon completion of all quantitative clinical requirements, an intern is eligible for an off-campus observational rotation. This is done at the office/clinic of a private practitioner. The experience is strictly observational and the intern cannot participate in any type of patient care. The experience allows an intern to see how a practice operates on a day-to-day basis, including front desk procedures, scheduling, insurance, and patient care. The externship is 3-4 days per week and can be as long as 6 weeks or less. During this experience, an intern is required to return to the campus clinic for at least one day per week. During this time they have the opportunity to continue to see patients and continue to be assessed and evaluated in their clinical competency.