I entered the University of Bridgeport’s College of Chiropractic in January of 2003 and quickly came to the realization that my time in Bridgeport would not be defined by academic performance or by student clinical rotations, but by the relationships I formed there.
UBCC provided me access to a network of professionals both within the UBCC faculty and within the chiropractic community that allowed me to grow as a provider and as a person during my four years there. These experiences included presenting at ACC-RAC, rotating through the VA hospitals of Connecticut and completing an externship at an integrated chiropractic clinic. These relationships helped me consider the future of the chiropractic provider as an integrated part of a medical team.
Currently, I hold the position of Associate Medical Director of the Jordan Hospital Spine Care program in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Jordan Spine Care is an integrated network of medical providers that work together to maximize patient satisfaction and outcomes, while reducing and minimizing costs associated with the management of musculoskeletal conditions.
Chiropractors have assumed the position of “primary spine care providers” in this model, receiving referrals from the primary care providers, emergency department, physical therapy, occupational medicine and other departments, to triage and manage the patient’s musculoskeletal complaints.
My current position would not have been possible without the experiences, and more importantly the relationships, that were presented to me by UBCC.