The Rhode Island Spine Center is a primary
spine care facility that includes chiropractic and physical therapy.
It functions in an interdisciplinary environment, with the majority
of patients referred by medical doctors, including internists, family
practitioners, orthopedists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, OB/ Gyn,
ENT and rheumatologists.
The motto of the Rhode
Island Spine Center is "Clinical Excellence in a Caring
Environment" and its purpose is threefold:
1. Top quality care of patients with non-surgical back
pain and headaches.
2. Education of chiropractic and medical students and physicians regarding
the diagnosis and management of patients with non-surgical back
pain and headaches.
3. Research to enhance the understanding of patients with non-surgical
pain and headaches.
The Rhode Island Spine Center utilizes
a variety of methods of diagnosis and treatment for non-surgical spine
disorders. The approach taken has been published:
of a diagnosis-based clinical decision guide in patients with low
Application of a diagnosis-based clinical decision guide in patients
with neck pain
The methods utilized include diversified and Gonstead manipulation,
McKenzie, neural mobilization, stabilization exercise and patient
education according to the biopsychosocial model of spine disorders.
Purpose of the Externship
The purpose of the Rhode Island Spine Center
Chiropractic Externship program is to provide experiential training
for chiropractic externs in the diagnosis and management of spine
related disorders in a hands-on, practical environment.
The duration is one semester or trimester, though it can be longer
or shorter depending on individual circumstances.
What the student can expect
Externs work at the Spine Center, assisting with patient evaluation
and care within the bounds of their ability and state law. They observe
and take part in the process of diagnosis and management of patients
from history taking to clinical exam to treatment and rehabilitation.
This includes reading and interpreting tests such as MRI. They also
attend Grand Rounds at the Neurosurgery, Neurology and Orthopedics
departments of Alpert Medical School of Brown University and attend
any medical lectures Dr. Donald Murphy happens
to be giving during the time of the externship. In addition, they
take part in research activities, which may involve assistance in
data gathering, writing papers, or other activities, depending on
the projects that are currently underway.
What type of student should apply
The type of student we are looking for is one who is excited about
learning to become a top-quality non-surgical spine specialist, interacting
with other specialists in the management of patients with spine related
disorders. Only those who are serious about "clinical excellence
in a caring environment" should consider the externship.
Students would be expected to behave in a most professional manner,
as they will be directly involved in the management of patients in
an environment in which they are representing the profession to other
professionals. They would also be expected to have a personable manner
with patients, other physicians and medical residents and students,
as well as being responsible and punctual.
How to apply
To apply for the program, the candidate must supply a Curriculum
Vitae and a letter expressing specifically his or her practice interests
and goals for his or her education. These should be sent to: MFDeluca@KentRI.org
About Dr. Donald Murphy
Dr. Donald Murphy is a chiropractic physician
with postgraduate training in neurology and holds a Diplomate from
the American Chiropractic Academy of Neurology. He is the Clinical
Director of the Rhode Island Spine Center
as well as Clinical Assistant Professor at the Alpert Medical School
of Brown University. He lectures around the world on various topics
related to the diagnosis and management of spine-related disorders.
Dr. Donald Murphy has also published dozens
of articles in numerous peer-reviewed scientific journals and trade
publications as well as several books and book chapters. He is currently
writing 2 books on diagnosis and treatment of low back and neck disorders.
Dr. Donald Murphy has trained dozens of
chiropractic interns at his clinic, many of whom have gone on to prominent
positions in multidisciplinary settings and academic institutions.