Rhode Island Spine Center a Primary Spine Care Facility
Rhode Island Spine Center Chiropractic Externship Program

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, neck pain and headaches.
2. Education of chiropractic and medical students and physicians regarding the diagnosis and management of patients with non-surgical back pain, neck pain and headaches.
3. Research to enhance the understanding of patients with non-surgical back pain, neck 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:

Application of a diagnosis-based clinical decision guide in patients with low back pain
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.

Duration

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: rispine@aol.com

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.

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