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Steven Huybrecht, DC (Doctor of Chiropractic) July 2017-18, St. Louis VAMC
"My experience as a resident at the St Louis Health Care System was the single biggest factor in my decision to seek full-time employment as a chiropractor and led me to my current position within VA Palo Alto Health Care System. After completing a clinical clerkship in an inpatient rehab unit within a hospital in High Point, NC, I was drawn to hospital-based care and sought pathways to find a position in one of these settings. Ultimately, the residency within VA stood out amongst other options including private practice or entrepreneurship due to the ability to work closely with and learn from other providers, the chance to participate in research projects, which might improve care and clinical outcomes, and the opportunity to serve veterans.As a resident I was energized in this setting. I also had the opportunity to present a poster on behalf of our team at an annual national chiropractic research conference regarding a veteran under care in our clinic. The experience gained through the process of creating an academic submission will likely be useful for future scholarly projects. We were able to improve the resident training experience through the creation of a medical specialties guide to assist and educate chiropractic residents during interprofessional rotations. Due to this exceptional experience, I knew that I would not be truly satisfied as a provider unless I was able to find a position within VA so I applied to a half dozen or so openings ranging from Phoenix to Nashville and Omaha to Stockton. With limited positions within VA nationally (~200 total nationwide) I was willing, with the support of my amazing wife, to move anywhere across the nation for an opportunity to work at Veterans Affairs, and fifteen months into my current employment I can resoundingly say the decision has been the right one. The work is fulfilling, the mission is honorable and I’m proud to be a part of a team who makes the lives of veterans of our nation’s armed forces better. Additionally, our service line was recently approved for a new chiropractic residency program (now 1 of 10 such programs nationwide at VA) and I’m excited for the opportunity to give back through mentorship, which was formative during my experience as a resident. The work is fulfilling, the mission is honorable, and I’m proud to be a part of a team improving the lives of veterans of our nation’s armed forces."