Residencies and Fellowships are advanced study intensive programs that focus on the clinical application and scholarly development of a specialist within their discipline. They are rigorous, clinically focused programs that demand intense learning and multitasking to take specialty abilities to the “next level”. Residency and Fellowship trained physicians are able to not only practice at the edge of their art, but they are scholars and consultants to their colleagues- a “doctor’s doctor” as it were.
The purpose of the diagnostic imaging residency program is to participate in an advanced education program in Diagnostic Imaging. The program requires demonstration of competency in clinical interpetation of diagnostic images as a specialty, as well as teaching, scholarship and service to the university. Residents completing sufficient levels of the program are qualified to sit for Diplomate examination administered by the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology (ACBR). Specific requirements for eligibility are available to residents and others at the ACBR website. (www.ACBR.org)
This residency is a 3 calendar year program that requires participants to be full time employees of the university. The program is demanding and academically rigorous. Admission is competitive and contingent upon available slots. Upon successful completion of all the program requirements and the recommendation of the Program Director and Chief Academic Officer of the University, the resident is eligible to sit for the certification examinations administered by the ACBR.
To become a resident, an applicant shall:
A. Complete the application process.
B. Earn prior to beginning the residency program a DC degree from a chiropractic college accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education.
C. Be eligible for or hold an Oregon license to practice chiropractic within 6 months of starting in the program. All residents must acquire an Oregon license before they can progress into the third quarter of their residency. Any resident who has not acquired an Oregon license, shall be subject to immediate dismissal from the program without opportunity to return. Any resident who fails to maintain a sanction-free license to practice will be subject to sanction up to termination of employment without opportunity to return.
D. Have a recommended CGPA of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale) in the DC professional program.
E. Have earned a CGPA of at least a 3.0 in the radiology courses, without receiving any grade lower than a “C” in any radiology course.
F. Submit two letters of recommendation, preferably from the Department Chairperson or Head of Radiology at their alma mater and another DACBR.
The following requirements must be met for effective processing of the candidate’s application.
A. All materials for application should be addressed to:
B. Application materials required for consideration:
• Letter of intent
• Current Vitae
• Original, official transcripts from the applicant’s DC program.
C. Selected candidate(s) will receive an invitation for on-campus interview.
D. On-campus visit (at candidate’s expense) including interview, presentation and examination.
E. Residency Selection Committee’s recommendation of candidate.
F. Candidate sent notification of acceptance/rejection.
Upon request, the candidate will receive an application package containing:
• Application Form
• Residency Handbook
• Resident Job Description
Applicants must submit a completed application with supportive documentation, official transcripts and letters of recommendations to:
The Residency Committee shall review all applications and applicants will be selected for interviews on campus. Those chosen for interview for the Diagnostic Imaging Residency Program will be required to complete the following:
A. On-campus interviews with Residency Committee Representatives and departmental representatives. (at the candidate’s expense)
B. An oral examination including interpretation of films at the view box with members of the Department of Diagnostic Imaging.
C. Written examination.
The Residency Committee shall recommend a single candidate after review of the application, transcripts, letters of recommendation, examination results and on campus interviews. This recommendation shall be based on consensus of the Committee.
Candidates shall be notified in writing by mail or fax of the decision of the committee. The selected resident-candidate shall receive a letter of acceptance and intent which shall be returned to the university within ten calendar days. In the event that the selected resident-candidate declines the appointment or fails to submit a letter of acceptance and intent, then the Committee reserves the right to offer the position to the first runner-up.
Definition of a DACBR
Chiropractic radiology is a recognized specialty in the chiropractic profession. It has long been heralded as the most rigorous of all chiropractic specialties. As a board certified chiropractic radiologist, Diplomates perform consultative services to chiropractors and other health care providers to meet the needs of referring physicians and their patients. The quality of the consultative services by the chiropractic radiologist in independent practice is reflected by the quality of their professional credentials. Members of the American Chiropractic College of Radiology are certified as Diplomates by the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology (DACBR).
Radiologists supervise and interpret plain film studies as well as advanced imaging procedures. They advise referring physicians on the necessity and appropriateness of radiologic services and quality assurance issues. In addition, they assist in clinical decision making issues regarding the maximum benefits and potential risks to the patient from an imaging standpoint.
A chiropractic radiologist assists in making diagnostic imaging available to the public and referring physicians. A radiologist may have a private practice, may pursue research and diagnostic applications, and may serve as an expert witness in matters of litigation.
The advance of the medical and the technological facets of diagnostic imaging is so rapid that only a qualified radiologist can reasonably be expected to maintain the high level of proficiency required to supervise and to interpret these procedures. The practice of radiology continuously involves the application of this technology to patient imaging and treatment. Individual practices may vary by intent, licensure, and scope of practice laws. More information about chiropractic radiology as a professional career choice is available at www.ACBR.org.